Ria is a graduate of Arizona Connections Academy (ACA). As a highly gifted student who advanced to twelfth grade at 11 years old, Ria greatly benefited from ACA’s challenging gifted courses. Learn more about her story below.
Ria’s mom, Sunitha, says, “ACA met Ria’s tremendous growth potential, and it also satisfied her intellectual quest. She enjoyed the challenging and accelerated curriculum offered by ACA. Ria’s favorite subjects at ACA were math, social studies, and science. She absorbs mathematical ideas at an enormous pace and was an expert in complex arithmetic at age six. The one-on-one attention from me as her Learning Coach allowed her to immerse herself in a subject and grasp as many details as possible. ACA also enabled Ria to experience the pure joy of learning at her own pace with unlimited potential for growth. Her teacher, Ms. Noto, collaborated with me to create an academic plan that would enrich Ria’s knowledge and set a strong foundation for her future. The ACA staff including the principal, vice principal, and support staff, helped us to build Ria’s future. We are truly blessed to have been a part of Connections Academy!
Ria says, “I loved ACA because it helped me to learn at my own pace and get answers to my millions of questions, all in a day, by exploring many resources. I loved every school day; each one was filled with a combination of exciting activities. My teacher, Mrs. Noto, would call and discusses various interesting topics from my courses. If I was confused with a certain topic, she explained it to me and offered tips to help me learn it from different perspectives. I also loved all of my field trips.”
Outside of school, Ria stayed busy with many extracurricular activities including acting. Ria has acted in a south Indian movie and has two potential upcoming Hollywood movies. Ria also plays piano exceptionally well and enjoys dancing, singing, swimming, horseback riding, golfing, acting, and playing chess.
Since Ria is so intellectually advanced, she is headed to college! Because of her young age, Sunitha will accompany her daughter to college. Ria has been accepted to Harvard University, where she plans to study neural cryptography and artificial intelligence.
I loved ACA because it helped me to learn at my own pace and get answers to my millions of questions, all in a day, by exploring many resources.