Sometimes, what is needed to solve a problem is the ability to take yourself out of it. MTS Minnesota Connections Academy removed the distractions and white noise from my education, allowing me to experience “school” from a different perspective. Once that happened, my whole life changed.
Even after years of feeling frustrated with grades that didn’t reflect my efforts, I was hesitant to leave my comfort zone or network of friends and teachers. But when I learned more about online high school programs, I was immediately drawn to this alternative form of public schooling that almost seemed too good to be true.
Of course, my parents were initially concerned about trying something they weren’t familiar with, and they wondered how much it would cost. We discovered that the online high school we were considering was accredited by the Minnesota Department of Education, and the school’s transcripts are accepted at public and private colleges across the country. Knowing this minimized the academic risk of switching, and since the school operates as a public charter school, it is tuition-free. So, I began the simple enrollment process to begin my freshman year the next fall.
The transition was a bit rocky at first since I needed to learn how to use the new technology—and I discovered the curriculum was even more challenging than I had expected or ever experienced before. But with support and unlimited access to my caring teachers, guidance counselor, and Learning Coach (my mom), who were all committed ...