Pearson Online Academy: Learning For All

Our Purpose

As a virtual private school, Pearson Online Academy is committed to providing an affordable high-quality education that helps every student achieve academic excellence and prepares them for post-secondary success in college or a career. We believe that the drive to achieve resonates among all students in our international school community. In collaboration with parents, our teachers and staff members are dedicated to motivating and inspiring students to seize every opportunity and make the most out of the flexible and personalized education that we offer.

Our Mission

Pearson Online Academy, a virtual private school, empowers students to excel academically and throughout their lives by providing a high-quality educational experience that develops self-directed and reflective learners who actively participate in our global society. It is our mission to help every student build the essential skills necessary for college or career readiness using innovative technology while cultivating a community of students driven to achieve.

Our History

Originally founded in the Spring of 2009 as International Connections Academy, we are the online private school extension of Connections Academy, pioneers of virtual public education in the United States. International Connections Academy was created to make a high-quality private school experience accessible to more students nationally and abroad. We built upon Connections Academy's expertise, award-winning curriculum, and state-of-the-art technology. Pearson Online Academy provides an exceptional virtual private school option for all students seeking a rigorous but flexible and affordable education.

With the support of Pearson, we will continue to empower exceptional students to pursue academic excellence from anywhere in the world through our virtual learning expertise.



Fully Accredited Online Private School

Accreditation ensures that Pearson Online Academy programs, curriculum, and teachers meet and maintain high educational standards, and that students’ work at Pearson Online Academy will be recognized by other schools and universities.

Pearson Online Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools (MSA) . Pearson Online Academy is also accredited by the following accrediting divisions of Cognia, formerly AdvancED:

NCAA Approved Courses

In addition to our institution-wide accreditations, many Pearson Online Academy core high school courses are approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Beyond the Standards

In addition to re-accrediting Pearson Online Academy in 2010, Cognia, formerly AdvancED, awarded commendations for:

  • “certified, qualified teachers”
  • “an educational model that insists on ‘teachers who teach’”
  • “quality, technology-based instruction”
  • “multiple, effective quality controls”