Tustin Connect Center (K-8 School)
Tustin Connect Center (formerly Tustin Connect Academy) is an innovative K-8 school that offers a personalized blend of the best elements of traditional schooling, home schooling, and online education. Tustin Connect is a tuition-free public school and is part of the Tustin Unified School District.
Now accepting new Students for 2016-2017
Tustin Connect is now accepting new student applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Interested families must first attend a school tour or information session before submitting an application. Click on the button below to RSVP for an upcoming school tour. Space is limited, so it is highly recommended to attend a tour and enroll early.
8 reasons families choose Tustin Connect
Students learn at their own pace, at anytime, and from anywhere in the world.
2. Modern Technology & Learning Tools
Students may bring their own device to access the curriculum during the school year or they can check out an iPad from Tustin Connect.
3. Personalized Learning
Enjoy a learning experience that is tailored to each student's unique skills and interests. Teachers create and curate learning experiences for each student and give personalized feedback and instruction.
Tustin Connect is an independent study school in the Tustin Unified School District. There is no tuition to enroll.
5. Blended Learning
In addition to rigorous self-paced academic assignments, Tustin Connect offers students unique access to collaborative learning days and workshops that include computer programming, graphic design, web design, photography, robotics, and much more. View schedule
6. Access to Neighborhood Schools
Our K-5 students have access to their neighborhood school of residence to participate in activities such as PE, art, music, after school enrichment classes, and other special events. Our 6th-8th grade students can enroll in 1-2 elective courses at their school of residence.
7. Highly Skilled Teachers
Tustin Connect assigns a highly skilled and caring TUSD credentialed teacher to work directly with each student. Meet our award-winning teaching staff.
8. Pursue Your Passion
Whether it be music, art, sports, technology, nature or anything else, the flexible nature of Tustin Connect allows for students to pursue their passion while receiving a world-class education.
How it works
Our teachers work closely with students and families to create a meaningful learning experience that maximizes student learning and motivation. Parents and students have flexibility to work completely from home or they can have face-to-face instruction and peer socialization twice a week on our campus.
Using a curated blend of the best learning resources available, our teachers create student learning plans that usually span 3-4 weeks at a time. Students must be up to date on their assignments at the end of every week, although students can work ahead if they need increased flexibility.
Students have the option to work independently on their personalized assignments at any location and at any time, or they can come to our campus twice a week to work with teachers and peers during our collaborative learning days, workshops, lab hours, and other events (see schedule). Some of our students prefer to learn independently from home and only check-in with their teacher for feedback and new assignments, although many of our students take advantage of the rich learning experiences and social opportunities that we offer on our campus and through the neighborhood schools.
Students must check-in with their teacher to submit work and receive new assignments weekly or twice a month. Tustin Connect has open “lab hours” every week where students have the option to come in and work with peers and their teacher. Some students choose to work at the Tustin Connect classroom a couple days a week, while other students only attend the (mandatory) check-in with their teacher. Arrangements can also be made to have video chat or phone check-ins if students are unable to physically meet with their teacher. Student attendance is based on completed work, so it is essential that students complete all of their assigned work every week.
Upon administrative approval, students enrolled at Tustin Connect may also be enrolled at their neighborhood school of residence. Middle School students may enroll in 1-2 elective courses at their middle school of residence. Elementary students may also have dual enrollment and may be involved with activities such as PE, art, music, after school enrichment classes, and other special events at their neighborhood elementary school.
Workshops & Collaborative Learning Days
Students have the opportunity to drop in to our campus on a regular basis to work with teachers and peers. Attendance at workshops are completely optional for students. Below are some examples of the regular workshops and activities we host for all students:
- Reading & Writing Workshops
- CGI Math & Math Tutoring
- Science Experiments
- Chess Lessons & Tournaments
- Art, Photography, and Video Productions
- Group Research Projects
- Computer Coding