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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    NG
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    NG
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Address
220 Stoneridge Drive Suite 403
Columbia, SC 29210

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From South Carolina Connections Academy

South Carolina Connections Academy is a tuition-free, high-quality online public school serving K-12 students in South Carolina. The school, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), provides students the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-credentialed teachers, a proven curriculum, diverse electives, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful learning opportunity.

South Carolina Connections Academy Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
38%
Average Graduation Rate
60%
Average SAT
1120
75 responses
Average ACT
23
67 responses
AP Enrollment
3%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
NG
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 10 responses
Report
  • N/A
    50%
  • Prom
    20%
  • Spirit Week
    20%
  • Fall Festival and Spring Fling
    10%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,648
Free or Reduced Lunch
39%
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.40 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.40 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.40 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
34:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$35,189
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.3%
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 responses

South Carolina Connections Academy Reviews

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I loved the flexibility of South Carolina Connections Academy. I attended the charter school from most of 6th grade to graduation and I loved it! Attending this school gave me the opportunity to graduate from high school a year early and I was able to get accepted into a great university. This school allows students to learn at their own pace, work ahead, and pursue interests, all while learning from home! It gives homeschooling a whole new meaning!
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I attended South Carolina Connections Academy for my entire high school career, so 4 years. My experience with Connections Academy was amazing considering the misconceptions of online school. I was able to gain responsibility by making my own schedule and attending live-lessons for individual classes. Although I did not have a traditional school environment, the virtual one provided was very effective; it still allowed me a successful relationship with my teachers, and even other classmates. Not only does Connections Academy require live-lessons, but they offer individual live sessions with teachers. There were also physical events outside of classes like clubs, trips, and prom. I would not change anything about South Carolina Connections Academy, they are already a highly established, functioning and effective institution.
Overall, I had a great experience with SCCA. It has been very challenging and has helped me prepare for college more than any other school I have attended. The main advantages of being enrolled in a virtual school are a more flexible schedule and being able to learn from anywhere you have access to a computer and Wi-Fi (which is especially beneficial for people who travel). All of my teachers have been extremely accessible, friendly and willing to help their students in any way they could. Additionally, SCCA sets up multiple activities, dances, local tutoring sessions, field trips, college touring, and other social events during the school year in various locations throughout the state. One thing I believe could be improved would be the numbers and locations of the testing sites. More testing sites would decrease the commute time potentially allowing for more well-rounded testers. Ultimately, I would recommend SCCA to others because of my positive experience with the school.