Connections is a Kenai Peninsula based program designed specifically to support Kenai Peninsula homeschool families.
The purpose of the Connections Homeschool Program is to serve as the voice of homeschool education in Kenai Peninsula communities. Connections provides individualized educational options, and supports parents as their children’s primary teachers. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Connections believe homeschool is a viable educational option for parents who are committed to taking responsibility for the education of their children.
Connections provides students and parents with instructional resources, curriculum counseling, technology, access to local school academics and activities, and funding to support their educational learning plan. These resources are all provided through a model of collaboration between the Connections staff, the school district, and our community.
Connections staff provide parent-teachers with highly-qualified assistance, counseling, and guidance in the creation of each student’s individual learning plan. Course work is built from parent designed home-based instruction courses, correspondence courses, classes at local schools, online courses, KPC classes, and community classes.
Connections students are KPBSD students and have access to academic assistance, special services resources, sports, and activities programs at the local schools. Full-time Connections students may take up to two classes at the local school. Qualified students may receive special services assistance from special resources teachers at their attendance area schools. All Connections students may also participate in the sports programs and activities provided by the district.
Our community provides students and parents with a variety of rich educational resources. Students may take classes in the arts, music, dance, world languages, and PE from approved vendors as well as community classes, and courses from Kenai Peninsula College.
Connections values technology as an educational tool. Connections’ students receive the use of a state-of-the-art Dell computer and HP printer for the school year. Windows operating software and Microsoft productivity software are pre-installed on Connections computers. Additionally, students (fourth grade and older) are provided with a KPBSD email account powered by Google.
Connections has over 800 students currently enrolled with an additional one hundred fifty students who take correspondence courses through Connections enrichment services. Of these, approximately 10% of the districts graduating seniors took courses to partially fulfill graduation requirements.