Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School

  • Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School serves 8,877 students in grades Kindergarten-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 21% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 46%) for the 2015-2016 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 43% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 62%) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Pennsylvania for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is higher than the Pennsylvania state level of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 32% of the student body (majority Black), which is equal to the Pennsylvania state average of 32%.
  • Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School operates within the Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School District.
  • Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School District's 66% graduation rate is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 86%.

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School Overview

  • Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School's student population of 8877 students has grown by 33% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 341 teachers has grown by 27% over five school years.
School TypeCharter School
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Total Students8,877 students
Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Total Students (2006-2016)
Gender %Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers341 teachers
Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Total Teachers (2006-2016)
Students by GradeCommonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Student By Grade

School Comparison

  • Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 2835 schools in Pennsylvania (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has increased from 25:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School is 0.50, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.26. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (PA)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
21%
46%
Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
43%
62%
Student : Teacher Ratio26:115:1
Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Student Teacher Ratio (2006-2016)
Asian
1%
4%
Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Asian Students (2006-2016)
Hispanic
10%
10%
Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Black Students (2006-2016)
Black
16%
15%
Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Black Students (2006-2016)
White
68%
68%
Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School White Students (2006-2016)
Two or more races
5%
3%
Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Two Or More Races Students (2011-2016)
All Ethnic GroupsCommonwealth Connections Academy Charter School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity BreakdownPA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.500.26
Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Diversity Score (2006-2016)
Graduation Rate
66%
86%
Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Graduation Rate (2011-2016)
Eligible for Free Lunchn/a
44%
Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Eligible for Free Lunch (2010-2015)
Eligible for Reduced Lunchn/a
3%
Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2010-2015)

    District Comparison

    • The school district of Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School is Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School District, which is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 663 school districts in Pennsylvania (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 school year.
    • Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School District's student population of 8,877 students has grown by 33% over five school years.
    • The district's graduation rate of 66% has decreased from 83% over five school years.
    • The revenue/student of $6,323 in this district is less than the state average of $13,048. The district revenue/student has declined by 46% over four school years.
    • The district's spending/student of $5,851 is less than the state average of $12,915. The district spending/student has declined by 50% over four school years.
    School District NameCommonwealth Connections Academy Charter School District
    Number of Schools
    Managed
    1
    3
    Number of Students Managed8,8771,464
    Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School District Students Managed (2006-2016)
    District Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
    21%
    46%
    District Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
    43%
    62%
    District Graduation Rate
    66%
    86%
    District Total Revenue$42 MM$19 MM
    District Spending$39 MM$19 MM
    District Revenue / Student$6,323$13,048
    District Spending / Student$5,851$12,915
    School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
    Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, PA Dept. of Education

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    School Reviews

      3.60 out of 5  (5 reviews)
    2  
    The actual school is great. They were very helpful and and I always felt like I could approach my teachers with questions. The only downfall I had as a student was the lack of socialization. I kept the friends that I already had but I never made a friend through the school. So you definitely lose an experience that I feel is unique and just part of growing up. The main reason I am writing this, however, is because of my troubles after I graduated. I am currently at a local CC and want to transfer to a 4 yr school. The problem is that a few of the schools I applied to needed a high school transcript and I could not get CCA to send one for the life of me!! I had to call CCA at least 6+ times to FINALLY get my transcripts send. Every time I called, I just got different answers and at one point I had to sign a consent form THAT THEY NEVER SENT ME! Finally I got someone knowledgeable and they told me to call my previous guidance counselor (they gave me her number) and she resolved the situation in about 5 seconds! I just gave her my info + the schools info and it was done. No consent forms, no transfers, etc. One of the colleges just accepted me and told me to not worry about the high school transcript because I was only 1 credit short for their cutoff anyway. And I just recently got told that I have all my documentation for another college, but I applied in February (it is currently May). CCA was overall a great school, but I just really needed to get out there because it is so ridiculous to me. If you are planning on enrolling your child, I definitely wouldn't discourage you because overall, they were a very helpful and hands-on school. However, I personally preferred going to a physical classroom!
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    I've been with CCA for 3 years now. I am very glad we chose this option. I love knowing exactly what my kids are learning and watching them progress throughout each school year. I am blessed to have had these years with my kids. Due to living in a rural area, we have decided to send our kids to the local public school next year. The education they are recieving and the support from CCA is wonderful. It is just impossible for us to get our kids the socialization and well rounded life they need while being home all of the time. But I know CCA will be there for us if we need and am grateful to them.
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    5  
    When my son was in 1st grade at a brick and mortar school, he had a terrifying experience that would shape the way he felt about learning. He came home with bruises after being bullied. The school did nothing. After that day, my son hated school and I worried about my son's safety. To me, that is not how a child's learning experience should go. Two years ago, as we considered various educational opportunities, we came across Commonwealth Connections Academy while researching online public schools on the internet. We were impressed by the various clubs and activities, numerous field trips, and wide array of elective courses. Not once, have I regretted our decision to enroll with Connections Academy. They have truly been a blessing in our lives. My timid son has come out of his shell and looks forward to visiting friends during field trips. He is excelling! The staff, from enrollment to teachers and learning support to computer technicians, is knowledgeable and friendly. When I requested testing for learning disabilities, my request was dealt with quickly and efficiently. Throughout the entire process, I knew they had my son's best interests at heart! I have also found the teachers to be accessible and quick to respond to questions. They allow my son the extra time he needs to complete assignments and have worked together with me to find ways for him to express his thoughts in ways in which he excels. The flexible schedule is another invaluable part of the Connections Academy learning experience. It allows us to take a break when my son gets frustrated with a lesson or to switch to another subject for awhile. As someone who has pain on a daily basis from fibromyalgia, it allows me to be a part of my son's learning experience without having the stress of lesson planning and documentation for the state that would be necessary for homeschooling. It is the professionalism, knowledge, and dedication to their students and ensuring that the students have the tools they need to learn and grow that continues to keep us with CCA. Thank you, CCA for your dedication to quality education that allows children to soar! We look forward to the years ahead as we continue to be a part of the CCA family!
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    I am a parent of a high school student at Commonwealth Connections Academy. This school has helped by daughter gain more confidence and independence with her school work. At her previous school district, social distractions dominated over academic skills and success. The teachers are excellent and very helpful. My daughter is earning better grades and being prepared for college. I would highly recommend Commonwealth Connections Academy!
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    I have used CA for my DD (now 7), since K. We are now half way through 2nd grade, and I am very satisfied with it. I chose CA due to my ex wanting DD to go to a public school and me wanting to home school. CA is the perfect mix of the two, and I will highly recommend it for any parent who is bound by court orders and bull-headed exes. The curriculum is a little easy so I supplement with other activities. But DD at the age of 6 was playing chess and learning Spanish, this year we are learning French and music. The school sends us all the books and equipment needed, and our teacher is wonderful. We are in contact almost every day either by email or call. We are required by state to have 5 hours of 'educational instruction' and the school is very flexible with what this includes. We have counted roller-skating, farmer's market trips, grocery shopping, cooking, and many other things as school. I will say that we do not have as much freedom as traditional homeschooling. I can't switch programs if I don't like it, we can't jump ahead to what she already knows and go from there. However, I also have the freedom that comes with not going to a bricks & mortar school. We can breeze through ten lessons in an hour if she understands it already, no sitting through the whole class. The teachers are very good at finding something that does not click with us. We didn't like their typing program, so we asked for a substitute. We got one and this one clicked! The teachers are good at letting us know what is needed for finishing out the year. They are also good at accommodating different religions and beliefs, as the lessons are taught by the parents or learning coach. CA also offers many opportunities for field trips and clubs for the students. Socialization is not a problem. All in all, I'm glad I found CA and will recommend it to anyone!
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