Agora Cyber Charter School

Agora Cyber Charter School is a statewide, tuition-free online public charter school and is a premier provider of innovative and unique K-12 cyber education in Pennsylvania. With admission available to any Pennsylvania student between the ages of 5 and 20, the cyber option provided by Agora is a lifesaver for thousands of families across the state and has time and again proven to be the best choice for many child’s specific needs. Agora invests 100% of their resources into creating a fully immersive cyber education for each and every student.

Established in 2005 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Agora’s engaging curriculum is offered by dedicated, Pennsylvania-certified teachers, committed to an individualized learning approach. Faculty and staff work together to provide a system of support so every student has what they need to succeed. Agora embraces a collaborative partnership between teachers and parents in order to empower students to reach extraordinary heights, and live interactions make the difference in success. With all of their resources— from family coaches, to counselors, to their new Destinations Career Academy— Agora has proven that they prepare students to achieve their highest potential through an education that works best for the student and their family. 

For more information go to  https://agora.org/enrollment/  or phone 844-462-4672.

Back to School!

Can you hear it? That’s the school bell ringing calling students back to the classroom. We have so many great schools, teachers and programs that those bells should be ringing in celebration of all the opportunities awaiting students in our area. Northern Connection is proud to feature these outstanding educational entities in our Back-to-School issue.

To view this month’s Back to School Guide, CLICK HERE!

Summer Camp Guide

2019 Camp Guide:

Someone once said, “My years are divided into two seasons—camp and not camp.”  With summer camp season right around the corner, now is the time to find the perfect camp for your child so that they can make discoveries, make friends, and make this summer the best of their lives. Northern Connection is happy to provide information on some of the best camps in our area. [Read more…]

CCA fosters STEM-related innovations

At CCA students aren’t bound by walls, classrooms or strict schedules, and that flexibility helps
drive an environment that fosters innovation, especially in STEM fields.
CCA is a top, accredited K-12 public cyber charter school that provides a personalized
education to all Pennsylvania students.
Coursework at CCA allows our learners to work at their own pace and pursue their interests
anytime from anywhere with a free laptop and internet subsidy from CCA.
CCA students learn not only through virtual lessons, workbook projects and conservatory
programs, but through a robust offering of programs and clubs that all touch some aspect of the STEM disciplines and foster innovation.
For instance, for eight consecutive years CCA students have won the state-level competition in
the Real World Design Challenge and competed nationally, finishing second twice. The
competition requires student teams to address real-world engineering challenges faced by the
nation’s leading industries. Last year, the team had to focus on designing and implementing
unmanned aerial vehicles to support precision agriculture in corn production to meet a projected
70 percent increase in demand by 2050.

A Drone Club debuts this school year as a direct result of intense student interest in a two-week
summer course on drone flying, regulations and careers.

Another new club this year is the Aquaponics Club, an outgrowth of CCA’s new
6,100-square-foot interactive, integrated agriculture lab. Called AgWorks and located at our
Capital Campus and Family Service Center in Harrisburg, the lab relies on fish to fertilize and
provide nutrients to plants, fruit and produce. CCA students will operate the living lab, gaining
hands-on experience in careers from agriculture and conservation to business and hospitality.
Other STEM-related clubs at CCA include groups for coding and computers, computer science,
and gaming and computers.

The clubs not only build upon skills learned in our virtual classrooms but spark students’
creativity to develop products and services that fill a need. As a CCA freshman, Alisher Aminov
did just that by creating a nonprofit called Yellow Brick Robotics. He uses Legos to teach
creative science, physics, robotics, coding and beginning game development to elementary
students.

It’s the combination of flexibility, a wide array of STEM-related, hands-on opportunities and a
focus on helping students identify and pursue their passions that makes sure students are
prepared for life after high school, whether that’s continued education, a job or military service.
CCA students are learning about tomorrow’s opportunities today.

Wherever you live in Pennsylvania and wherever your child’s interests lie, CCA can ignite the passion for success.

Learn more or enroll free today by visiting ccaeducate.me or
calling toll-free 844-590-2864.

NHRCES Builds New Leadership Initiative to Unify Regional Catholic Schools 

 Over the last decade, Catholic school enrollment in the North Hills region declined significantly, straining the budgets, leading to tuition increases and the closing of  some schools. Several Pastors requested assistance from the Diocese of Pittsburgh  to develop a sustainable model to preserve and strengthen Catholic education for  future generations.   [Read more…]