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Dry Creek Connections Academy

An optimal home-based educational alternative 
parent and child doing school work at home

Dry Creek Connections Academy, Dry Creek's long-term Independent Study option*, offers a blend of the best elements of independent learning and live virtual instruction from home. An optimal educational alternative, Connections is tuition-free and part of the Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District. Enrollment is open to all students grades TK-8.

*Dry Creek Connections Academy satisfies AB 130, (July 9, 2021).

Long-Term Independent study at its best

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Conference request

Parents and guardians have the right to request a pupil-parent-educator conference to cover any questions they may have about this program prior to making the decision to enroll. Please contact Kati O'Sullivan Messerli, Coordinator of Educational Services to set up a meeting at or 916-770-8858. Conferences may be conducted by telephone, video-conference, or in-person.  

procedures for enrolling, disenrolling, and reenrolling in dry creek connections academy (long-term independent study)

To enroll in Connections Academy for the 2022-23 school year, an agreement must be in place for each student. This agreement must be signed by the student's parent/legal guardian. You may start your online registration at For students with exceptional needs, the student's individualized education program (IEP) team, at their current school site, must specifically provide for Independent Study before the student can begin participating. 

If your student is enrolled in Dry Creek Connections Academy, and you wish to have your student return to in-person instruction during the school year, you may provide notice to the Coordinator of Educational Services, Kati O'Sullivan Messerli ( / 916-770-8858), and your student will be returned to in-person instruction no later than five instructional days after receiving the notice. 

Students may re-enroll in Dry Creek Connections Academy at any time during the 2022-23 school year also by providing notice as outlined above. 

instructional time that student's have access to as part of independent study via dry creek's connection academy

Transitional kindergarten through eighth grade students will experience daily live interaction and synchronous instruction. Live interaction means interaction between the student and the teacher, aide or other personnel, and may include peers; this interaction may be in person, by internet, or phone. Synchronous instruction means classroom-style instruction, or small group, or one-on-one instruction delivered in person, or by internet or phone, involving two-way communication between the student and teacher. Please click on the 'Sample Schedules' button on the right-hand menu for more information. 

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Connections FAQs

Program at a Glance

Program Brochure

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Notifications and Agreements

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8849 Cook Riolo Rd., Roseville, CA 95747