Louisiana’s Top Academic Performing Virtual Charter School granted approval to offer only Statewide K-14 program

University View Academy, Formerly Louisiana Connections Academy, will allow enrolled students the
opportunity to earn two-year college associates or technical degree for free

Saves students college enrollment costs; Enhances student success after high school

University View Academy, the state’s leading provider of high-quality, free public online charter schooling for grades K through 12, is now the only Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education-authorized public charter school to offer a K-14 degree program to any enrolled student in any parish through its virtual platform. University View Academy, the state’s leading provider of high-quality, free public online charter schooling for grades K through 12, is now the only Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education-authorized public charter school to offer a K-14 degree program to any enrolled student in any parish through its virtual platform.

“Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, any high school student is now allowed to earn an associate’s degree from one of Louisiana’s community colleges, along with their high school diploma,” said UView Superintendent Lonnie Luce. “Thus, our graduates will have saved two-years of costs towards a college degree or be prepared to enter a technical field with a higher rate of pay.” University View Academy, formerly Louisiana Connections Academy, serves approximately 2300 families with a high-quality public education provided by certified Louisiana teachers. The K-14 program will be limited to pre-qualified students, said Dr. Luce. U View Academy provides each family a laptop, curriculum, and support for the parent or adult who monitors the child’s accountability to the program. Dr. Luce said University View Academy is educating its students to prepare for advanced education and technological prowess.

“From the moment a student enters our virtual classrooms, they are oriented towards pursuing their maximum development in one of two pathways: university transfer credit or career development/Jump Start. By the time they graduate with their University View diploma, they have also completed two years of college-credit courses,” said Dr. Luce. “Technically, we are now a K-14 school to every student who desires this track.”

“The bonus each student gets from our school is we orient them towards their best future and help them expand their ability to get a quality education or job after graduation,” said Dr. Luce. “For parents, we’re also saving their student two years of advanced education costs, so four years of TOPS dollars are still available.” Enrollment is open now for all grades. Interested families can attend one of the school’s enrollment information sessions in person or online. Those interested in the K-14 diploma track should ask for the Early College Program. Dr. Luce encourages parents and prospective students to attend an information session, speak with an enrolled family as well as University View teachers and staff, and ask questions.

The information sessions review the school’s curriculum, programs and enrollment process  Parents can enroll their child online now at: www.UniversityView.Academy or call 225-421-2900. The school also suggests checking the website for the latest information on online and in-person information sessions and other news.  University View Academy has a high return rate of previous students so interested families are encouraged to start the enrollment process now for the limited number of open seats in all grades. The information sessions and locations through May 30 are as follows:
CovingtonTuesday, April 276:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.Staybridge Suites Covington140 Holiday Blvd. Covington, LA 70433
MonroeTuesday, May 26:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.Comfort Suites1401 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr, Monroe, LA 71202
HoumaThursday, May 46:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.Wingate1835 Martin Luther King Blvd, Houma, LA 70360
Bossier CityTuesday, May 96:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.Homewood Suites2015 Old Minden Road, Bossier City, LA 71111
AlexandriaWednesday, May 106:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria6124 West Calhoun Dr, Alexandria, LA 71303
Lake CharlesThursday, May 186:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.Hampton Inn Lake Charles3175 Holly Hill Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Baton RougeTuesday, May 236:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.Embassy Suites Hotel-Baton Rouge4914 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Contact: Media – J. Barnes (504) 897-6110 Marketing/Parent Outreach Coordinator Shelly Centanni 504-875-5102