A former homeschooling parent, Alison loves the support and flexibility that Connections Academy provides her five children.
My husband and I started schooling our children at home when our oldest was beginning the third grade. We originally had sent him to a nontraditional school because we were hoping for more flexibility in the learning environment and a little less "starch." We were pleased with some of the results, but we realized that no matter where we sent our children we were faced with a lot of the same frustrations any parent faces, such as worrying about what they were (or weren’t) being taught. Also, we really wanted to develop a deep relationship with our children, and that is hard to do when everyone is separated from each other all day, five days a week. So we made the decision to home school. We loved it! As the years progressed, our family grew to five children and we continued to home school.
However, a few years ago my husband was pursuing a career change, and I had to take on some part-time work. It became difficult to find enough time in the week for school preparation and even "class" time. I was frantically trying to figure out what I could do when I learned about Connections Academy. I wanted the same flexibility, hands-on learning, variety, and personal oversight, along with the good curriculum that I had with home schooling. But, I needed someone to take care of a lot of the paperwork I was struggling to keep up with. I also needed help with questions on days that just seemed too full and busy. I wanted someone to help me and understand what I wanted for my children, not just tell me what they were going to do for them. Connections Academy seemed to fit the bill.
This year is our fourth year! We have seen Connections Academy grow and expand in many ways since then. They have increased the classes they offer. The first year we were with Connections Academy, the school went only to the eighth grade. Now they offer a full high school as well! The individual teachers for each subject and grade have expanded so the student-to-teacher ratio is small. The biweekly calls, parent and student surveys, and daily assignment ratings are just a few of the ways they keep up with the families and students and get information about what is needed for their curriculum and learning environment. A plethora of field trips, parent and student chat rooms, LiveLesson® sessions, and the teacher message boards are some of the ways that parents, teachers, and students stay connected daily. These tools provide a way for CA families to meet each other and they also improve on the daily learning experience for the students.
My kids have made lasting relationships with many of their teachers as well as fellow students in and out of our area. They have thoroughly enjoyed what Connections Academy has to offer, and all of us look forward to more years with Connections Academy. It's wonderful!