Online Public School Students Celebrate Academic Achievements,
Head to Distinguished Universities
California Connections Academy Ripon, a tuition-free online public school serving students in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade, graduated more than 130 high school seniors at a June 17 commencement ceremony held at the Warren Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton. Hundreds of family members, friends, teachers, and administrators gathered to honor the students’ accomplishments, with remarks from Ripon Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ziggy Robeson and Valedictorian Lily Eiselt.
Student scholarships totaled nearly $500,000, with this year’s class headed to various prestigious higher education and career opportunities. Graduates will go on to pursue higher education at institutions including Villanova University, Boston University, Fordham University, Loyola Marymount University, University of Göttingen in Germany and University of California, Davis, among others.
“One of the biggest highlights of my time at Connections Academy was my AP English teacher, Mrs. Shafer. She was always helpful and encouraging,” said graduating senior Claire Kennedy. “Her guidance helped me uncover my passion for English which I plan to major in at National University after graduation.”
The online school serves a wide array of students throughout Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties, providing an innovative and flexible learning environment for more than 1,400 students. The combination of state-credentialed teachers and high-quality curriculum, which meets stringent state education standards, allows the school to provide a top-tier learning program for its students.
“I’m incredibly proud of the graduating class this year,” said Dr. Richard Savage, Executive Director of California Connections Academy Schools. “They are an extremely dedicated and talented group of students and there is no doubt they will do incredible things in the future.”
For high school students, California Connections Academy offers a competitive, high-quality curriculum, including a variety of University of California "a-g" courses such as science, honors and (AP)® classes, digital technology, visual and performing arts courses, and Career Technical Education (CTE) courses. National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society chapters are available for students, in addition to an AVID program to help students in grades 6-12 prepare for college and careers. Students can also pursue passion areas through a variety of clubs and activities including technology club, career club and more.
Students have many opportunities to participate in other school-sponsored events, including in-person field trips and special events planned throughout the year – from college tours to educational site visits – where they may socialize offline with staff and fellow students. College-bound juniors and seniors may also adapt their schedules to accommodate exam preparation and applications.