Where does a parent begin to know what is right for his or her child and when it is time to make a change? My son Anthony is a gentle spirit. He started school a year earlier than most children, so he was always just a step out of place. He is very bright, but he never “fit in.” Was it his age? Or was it just that he saw things a bit differently than most children? Whatever the case, it broke my heart to see him struggle. Then, whether by coincidence or by divine intervention, my health became an issue, and our family had to travel out of state during the end of his ninth grade year.
When I got healthy and returned home, Anthony and I discussed his school situation. The alternatives seemed bleak; basically, he was going to have to redo the entire ninth grade. We had been discussing different options for his schooling for a few years, so I started the search for online schools. It wasn’t hard to find the perfect fit: Kansas Connections Academy (KCA), which, from the website, sounded too good to be true. So, nervous as I could be, I dialed the number and explained Anthony’s situation. I’ll never forget Theresa Carter, who made me feel so comfortable and was so accommodating. Wow, what a blessing. I later spoke to Anthony, and before I had finished describing KCA, he was saying, “Mom, yes ... yes … yes.” From that point on, my son changed in front of my eyes.
As parents, we often wonder things like, “Will my child be ready for college? Is he self-motivated? Can he organize important tasks without constant nagging?” We as parents know that a child who can do those things is the kind of person who succeeds in college or whatever he dreams to do. Well, I quickly saw Anthony taking on his classes with self-motivation and confidence. He had what it took. What a blessing to be able to realize this while he is still young enough for me to guide him in the right direction. I have never been so proud of him, and, believe me, the positive feedback he received for his writing, beginning when he was in sixth grade, gave me great reason to be proud. But this was different. It was a testament to the type of man he would become. He has it. Whereas once he didn’t “fit in,” now he has self-esteem. He found his comfort zone, and from that point on he soared.
Okay, now for a reality check: yes, he was overwhelmed by his math classes … not his best subject. But his teachers were always there for him one-on-one, calling him on things when he wasn’t trying, getting him focused. They wanted him to succeed as much as he wanted to succeed. And he did.
Now with Anthony entering the 11th grade, our children are again asked to make decisions way beyond their knowledge base, like, “What do you want to do with your life?” Well, Anthony is favoring two opposite directions of thought on the issue. We had discussions with his counselor, Theresa Carter, and she found classes that would help him become better suited to making that decision. Amazing, how much more can a parent ask for? And by the way, KCA is free, which is another blessing!
So, if you are considering virtual schooling, please contact me. I’ll tell it to you straight, I promise. But be prepared to hear some wonderful things about Kansas Connections Academy!