Interest and Enrollment in Virtual Schools Surge Around the Country

Over the past weeks, American teachers, parents, and administrators have made heroic efforts to keep classes learning despite school closures for almost every district in the country. As stakeholders have come to terms with remote learning throughout K-12 grade levels, some have begun to look forward to next year. That anticipation has led some in the direction of virtual schools. While virtual charter schools at one time seemed like an altogether different model from traditional in-person instruction, those former boundaries are tumbling down as schools respond to widespread closures.

Connections Academy, a virtual school operator and service provider owned by Pearson, has witnessed this firsthand. With just a few months left in the 2019-20 school year, the Connections Academy network has seen thousands of transfer applications to their institutions—more than double the previous year.

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