Shay feels that the skills her daughter is gaining from being a student at Colorado Connections Academy will prepare her for success long after she graduates. Shay loves that her daughter has developed great time management skills and that she takes responsibility by communicating with her teachers when she needs their help.
We came to Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA) in search of a different method of schooling from what we were experiencing at the brick-and-mortar high school in town. Our classrooms were overcrowded, our teachers were spread too thin to offer additional assistance when needed, and the amount of time needed to complete daily homework was overwhelming, all but ending our time together as a family. Our daughter was experiencing off-the-charts anxiety, trying her very best but still falling behind. After her freshman year, with a 1.08 grade point average and her self-esteem in shambles, we removed our daughter from that school.
We spent the last few months of the school year researching our options. Both my husband and I work full time, so we had to find something where we could have good oversight and that would engage our daughter and help her keep focused. It was during this period that we came across ColoCA. The more I learned, the more impressed I was. Not only was it a state-sanctioned public school, but also its curriculum was college prep. After much discussion, we decided to give it a try for a semester.
The initial contact we had from the school, up to and including orientation, was wonderful. During the summer we received textbooks (something not supplied in the brick-and-mortar school our daughter attended), which was exciting. We felt very prepared when the first day of school was upon us. Our daughter caught on quickly to the new learning style. And when she had questions, she simply emailed her teachers and received either an email response or a return call the same day. She felt supported in ways she hadn’t at her traditional school. The textbooks were invaluable, especially in math. When Kenzie would have a question, we had reference material to help her work through the problem. As a parent, I can’t tell you the relief I felt when I realized the curriculum offered was much more like the education I had received as a child: robust, in depth, and multidimensional. At the end of her first semester, Kenzie received an honor roll award in the mail, something she’d never received before. When we explained to her what it meant, she was very excited to have been rewarded for her efforts.
In addition to her success, Kenzie has gained other skills that we never anticipated. She is now a master of time management. As a junior she holds a part-time job, in addition to being a student. Some days she tackles more schoolwork so she has less to worry about on workdays. She’s also become quite the self-advocate. When she has a question or a concern, she reaches out to her teachers first. She has found her voice.
We are so thankful to have found ColoCA. It has literally been life-changing for our daughter. We feel ColoCA is preparing Kenzie for success long after she graduates. The skills she is gaining will serve her well in her future endeavors.