Frequently Asked Questions
What students are eligible to register for iNaCA summer school?
Any students who are interested in the summer school courses offered by iNaCA may register for a course or courses as long as they have completed the applicable prerequisites. Students do not need to have any previous affiliation with iNaCA or any other Connections Academy school in order to register for iNaCA summer school courses.
How much do iNaCA summer school courses cost in 2014?
- High School Original Credit Courses are $325 per course.
- High School Credit Recovery Courses are $275 per course.
- Juilliard eLearning Courses are $249 for K–5 and $299 for 6–12.
- World Languages Courses (Elementary and Middle School Chinese I and II; Spanish I and II) are $249 for K–5 and $299 for 6–12.
- Summer Smarts Technology Programs are $125 for a 5-week program.
- Summer Smarts Math and Language Arts is $125 for a 5-week program, $170 for a 7-week program, and $215 for a 9-week program.
Why are the Credit Recovery and Original Credit courses priced differently?
Original Credit Courses are for students who have not previously taken the course; the course covers new material. The student is expected to complete all lessons in the course and the teacher will not make major course modifications. Enrichment courses are appropriate for students wishing to continue their academic experience over the summer, or take required (e.g. Heath, Fitness, and Nutrition) or elective (e.g. Spanish) high school course in order accelerate the completion of their high school curriculum and/or free up time in their academic year high school schedule
High School Credit Recovery Courses are for students who have previously taken the course but were not granted credit, and need to take the course again and achieve a minimum grade in order to be granted high school credit towards graduation. Because students taking Credit Recovery courses have already taken the course and been exposed to the material, they are expected to have mastered at least some of the material; however, these students still need to fill in gaps in their knowledge and show sufficient mastery of the subject to be granted credit. Therefore, Credit Recovery courses are by nature shorter than Enrichment courses, and are tailored to the individual student’s specific learning needs to achieve subject mastery. Credit Recovery courses are not appropriate for students wishing to take a required high school course for the first time in order to accelerate their high school studies.
Can I get a refund of my course tuition?
Once the student has registered for a course or courses, no refunds will be made. Please read the official refund policy for details.
How do I know my high school will accept credit for courses taken at iNaCA?
Connections Academy school boards have agreed to accept iNaCA summer school credits according to their high school credit transfer policy as documented in the State-Specific Handbook Supplement.
If the student will be transferring credit from iNaCA to a non-Connections Academy school, the decision about whether to accept iNaCA summer school credits is wholly at the discretion of the school to which you hope to transfer the credits. We strongly recommend that you discuss with your school their transfer credit policy, and inform them about your plans to take a course or courses through iNaCA, prior to registering for an iNaCA summer school course. We suggest that you use the Credit Transfer Pre-Approval form to ensure that your counselor will accept these credits.
Connections Academy is fully accredited by AdvancED and International Connections Academy is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).
How much credit is each high school course worth?
All iNaCA courses are the equivalent of a one semester course and are worth one-half (.5) credit. Credit will be documented in an official iNaCA transcript. See above question for information about transferring credit to another school.
How many courses may my student register for?
There are no formal restrictions on how many courses a student may register for and take at iNaCA during the summer. However, students should carefully consider their personal summer schedule, interests, and time commitments, and review the time required for each iNaCA summer school course (see below), before registering for more than one course per session.
How much time should my student expect to spend working on the summer school course each day?
This will vary from student to student and from course to course, but in general students taking either Credit Recovery or Enrichment courses should expect to complete the equivalent of approximately 4 hours of work a day, 5 days a week, or a total of 20 hours a week over the four-week course, to complete the course on schedule.
What hours will my student attend Summer School at iNaCA?
Because iNaCA is an online school, students have enormous flexibility about when they “attend” classes. Students may engage in course work at whatever time (including evenings and weekends), and from whatever location(s), suits their individual needs. However, students should be aware that while they have great flexibility about when they complete their lessons, assignments, and assessments, they still must keep up with the assigned work by completing the equivalent of at least one day’s worth of lessons (as assigned in Connexus®, our education management system,) each day, 5 days a week, in order to complete the course on time. Also, access to teachers for questions, LiveLesson®, tutoring, etc. is generally limited to weekday daytime hours. Your student’s teacher will provide more information about his/her schedule on or prior to the first day of class.
Connexus will allow students to see their schedule, their lesson and assessment completion, and other data about their course work, which will help keep them on track to complete the work by the end of the session.
Who teaches students at iNaCA summer school?
Only certified teachers who are qualified in the subject area(s) which they are teaching are assigned to teach iNaCA Summer School students. In addition, iNaCA teachers are experienced in teaching in a virtual school environment and are familiar with Connexus and the curriculum.
Who is responsible for reading and grading students’ course work done at iNaCA summer school?
iNaCA students’ assignments and written work are evaluated solely by their assigned certified teacher(s) who review the work and then assign a grade. Other assessments are graded with help from the Connections Academy Learning Management System. iNaCA does not contract out the reading and grading of its students’ work.
Students and Learning Coaches will be able to see up-to-the-minute data on student grades, as well as lesson and assessment completion, through the iNaCA education management system.
How, and how often, will my student interact with his/her teacher and/or other students?
Students will communicate with their teacher primarily via phone and email, and teachers will also provide feedback to the student on assignments and assessments. The number and length of contacts will vary by course and by student, but on average, each student should expect to communicate with his/her teacher at least once a week each week of the course. Depending on the course, students will also have the opportunity to interact with other students in a ‘virtual classroom’ setting via LiveLesson® technology.
What hours will my student’s teacher be available to my student?
Generally teachers are available daytime hours during the week. However, teachers are also flexible with their hours to accommodate student needs. Your student’s teacher will give detailed information about his/her “office hours” on or prior to the first day of school.
What if a student does not complete the work by the end of the session? Will he/she be given an extension?
Due to the limited amount of time in summer sessions, extensions are not recommended. In extreme situations students need to contact their teacher if they are unable to complete course requirements.
What technology will my student need to participate in iNaCA summer school?
Your student will need the following technology in order to participate in iNaCA summer school. Students are required to provide their own computer equipment and must have high-speed Internet access.
What computer skills will my student need to participate in iNaCA Summer School?
Students who are familiar with Connexus®, Connections Academy’s education management system are well-prepared to participate in iNaCA Summer School. Students who have never been enrolled in a Connections Academy school will need to know how to use the Internet, will need basic familiarity with Microsoft Office or similar programs, will need to become familiar with Connexus, and will need to be comfortable with overall computer use.
Upon registration for a course, students will be given login information and basic instructions on the use of Connexus. The Help icon within the education management system will also help answer some of the fundamental questions about Connexus.
Is International Connections Academy accredited?
International Connections Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and has provisional accreditation from the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED.
How do I register and pay for iNaCA Summer School Courses?
You have three easy options for registering:
When do Summer School classes begin and end?
Choose from five convenient start dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24 or July 1 and 8.
Last day of class (and last end date) is August 5.
Is financial aid available?
Check with your regular school to see if they have any financial aid resources for you to attend summer school. At this point, iNaCA is not able to provide financial aid directly to students.
What do current parents think about Connections Academy?
Every year we ask Connections Academy families to rate our program. Our most recent survey results show that 93% of parents give our program a grade of A or B. Check out our latest parent survey results (Connections Academy PSS results).
Why should I choose iNaCA for my summer school needs?
iNaCA is a fully-accredited school, providing dedicated teachers, top-notch curriculum, and unprecedented freedom to choose when and where you complete each day’s assignments, and yet with the accountability students need to succeed in a summer school setting. And using technology daily helps you sharpen your computer skills and become better prepared for college and work in the 21st century.
Will I receive a transcript?
school students will receive an official transcript at the end of the
summer session. Transcripts are produced during the first full week
following the final "end date" for all summer school courses. If you
require a transcript earlier than that, a transcript request fee of $5