Students from Capistrano Connections Academy, a local virtual public school, celebrated the school’s first prom in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 19. While prom is a customary event for students in traditional schools, Capistrano Connections Academy students organized the virtual school’s inaugural prom this year with their fellow classmates.
More than 30 high school seniors and juniors from Southern California attended the event, which they named “Enchanted,” at the Sunkist Center where they elected the school’s first prom king and queen, and enjoyed a night of dancing with their peers. Senior Olivier Abel of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Jasmine Velazquez of Winchester, Calif., were crowned prom king and queen, respectively.
In less than a month, 89 high school seniors will graduate as members of the Capistrano Connections Academy Class of 2012, the largest class in the school’s history. Many of the school’s soon-to-be grads will attend colleges across the nation, including Pepperdine University, University of Colorado at Boulder, New York University and University of California, Los Angeles, next fall.
Capistrano Connections Academy is a tuition-free virtual public school serving students in grades K-12 throughout Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. This year’s prom is one of many school-sponsored events that provide opportunities for students to socialize and interact face-to-face with their classmates. In fact, according to the results of Capistrano Connections Academy’s 2012 Parent Satisfaction Survey, 85 percent of parents are satisfied with the opportunities their children have to participate in extracurricular activities, and 95 percent of parents would recommend the program to other families.
For more information on Capistrano Connections Academy, visit the schools website.