University View Academy, a free public online charter school for kindergarten through 12th-grade, is opening enrollment for the 2017-18 school year to students from every parish in the state with a new name, a new superintendent and a focus on preparing Louisiana’s young people for the tech-dependent future, according to a news release.

University View Academy, formerly Louisiana Connections Academy, serves approximately 2,300 families with public education provided by certified Louisiana teachers. The school provides each family with a laptop and support for the parent or adult who monitors the child’s accountability to the program.

“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 director Lonnie Luce. “Technically, we are now a K-14 school to every student who desires this track.”

University View recently was approved to network with the state’s community colleges and four-year public universities in order to allow each graduate to have a high school diploma and an associate degree.

“For parents, we’re also saving their student two years of advanced education costs, so four years of TOPS dollars stretch are still available,” said Luce.

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.

For a list of information sessions and locations or to enroll, visit www.universityview.academy or call (225) 421-2900.