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Nexus Academy of Indianapolis

Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Family member with Health Issues
Cindy from Indianapolis

Connections Academy parent since 2013
Student in grade 10

Cindy’s son Casey is thriving at Nexus Academy of Indianapolis. In his first year at the school, he was enrolled in all honors courses and was voted student council president. He likes the fact that Nexus Academy is self-paced and offers a variety of courses.

My name is Cindy, and my son Casey is a successful student at Nexus Academy. We are from a small community in North Carolina. In our small community, we didn’t have any school options. We had one junior high school and one high school; so, whether we liked them or hated them, we had no other choice for public education.

When we moved to Indianapolis, the ball was in our court. Casey could have attended almost any school in the city. We had options and had to engage in extensive research to learn about all of the plusses and minuses of each school. We also had to determine which schools were able to meet Casey’s needs and if Casey would fit in well with the schools. To tell the truth, the task was more than overwhelming.

So, while researching, we came across the Nexus Academy of Indianapolis website and were quite intrigued by this blended learning concept. We attended an information session. Not knowing what to expect when we entered the building, I was blown away by the hip and modern style and feel of the school. The staff was very down-to-earth yet professional and energetic, and the presentations were not only informative but also engaging. I asked what seemed like a hundred questions, trying to find something wrong or a flaw somewhere, but I only became more excited that this kind of academic environment existed. Casey liked the fact that the school is self-paced, offers a variety of courses, has a four-day-a-week, four-hour-a-day class schedule, and gives students individualized attention.

Casey is in all honors courses; is making all A’s; has good, strong relationships with the staff and his peers; and was voted student council president. I would recommend Nexus Academy of Indianapolis to any parent or student who desires academic excellence, individual achievement, and personal accountability, as each student is responsible for his or her own success.

I look forward to your questions and thank you for your interest in this fine school.

Arizona Connections Academy

Staci and Tony from Gilbert Ask me about:
  • Students Participating in Sports
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Working Parents
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
Staci and Tony from Gilbert

Connections Academy parent since 2005
Students in grades 10

Staci and Tony are grateful that Connections Academy’s options let their gymnast daughters thrive both academically and in their sports.

I am so grateful that there is a school that gives our family options while still offering such a great education for my daughters.

When the demands of my daughters’ chosen sport became greater and greater, we found that the mainstream public schools could no longer meet our family’s needs. Even when the girls’ grades were excellent, the attendance policies couldn’t accommodate the flexibility they needed to pursue their sport. We began researching our options. I wanted structure and standardized testing to keep track of their progress. I wasn’t willing to give up an excellent education for a sport, but I believed my daughters could have both.

Connections Academy has been the answer for over three years. My daughters are thriving academically and in their sport. We feel they are keeping up with and even exceeding expectations in some areas.

I was very nervous about virtual schooling at the high-school level, but I am fully confident now that we made the right choice. I don’t have to be a teacher, just a Learning Coach. I have so much support when I need it.

My daughters have made it to the highest levels that they can go in gymnastics, and I don’t think they could have done it without Connections Academy.

Children are unique. Each child has talents and areas of struggle. Connections Academy caters to a child’s uniqueness. We are thankful every day that Connections Academy was there when we searched for options.

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  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Socialization and Community
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Time Management
  • Special Education for High School
Christine from Buckeye

Connections Academy parent since 2010
Students in grades 1, 6, and 11

Christine especially values the opportunity that Arizona Connections Academy allows her: to be an integral part of her children’s learning and to witness firsthand their growth and development.

We chose to enroll our children at Arizona Connections Academy (ACA) in the spring of 2010 when our daughter finished second grade and our son finished seventh grade. Our daughter is very smart, but she was falling behind simply because there were forty-two kids in her class but only one teacher. Our son had ADHD. The kids in his class were so out of control that he simply couldn’t learn, and the teacher’s hands were tied as far as disciplining the class.

There are some great aspects to public schooling, just as there are some great aspects to traditional homeschooling. Arizona Connections Academy (ACA) takes the best of both worlds and combines them. We are supplied with a computer, curriculum, resources, and great teachers—all products of the public school system. Our school also provides us with the means to educate our children in a safe environment—an environment free from bullying and school shootings. It also allows for growth beyond the classroom. My kids are learning so much more at home than they ever would have in a traditional public school. Having the ability to help my children learn and grow while also benefiting from the support and knowledge of an online staff has been a wonderful experience.

Connections Academy is so much more than “school at home.” As a Learning Coach, I am afforded the opportunity to see firsthand the growth my children experience. More important, I get to be a part of that growth.

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  • Classroom Setup
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Socialization and Community
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
Elena from Kingman

Connections Academy parent since 2009
Students in grades 2, 4, 5, and 6

Elena started as a Learning Coach for her granddaughter, who is an Honor Roll student, in 2009. Since then, she has had the opportunity to be a Learning Coach for a few of her friends’ and neighbors’ children, as well.

In 2009, the charter school that my granddaughter attended closed down. I was apprehensive about sending her to the one and only elementary school in our little town of Golden Valley, Arizona. The school was already crowded. Adding more students made me think that the classes would be quite large.

After extensive research during the summer, I decided on Arizona Connections Academy (ACA). I needed the curriculum for my granddaughter, who was a second grader in 2009. Now, she is completing sixth grade and has been an “A” student from the onset, making the Honor Roll each school year. The teachers are always there to help and guide her, explain what she needs, and provide direction on how to complete her work. The curriculum is easy to follow and understand. Above all, my granddaughter’s teachers care about her education.

Since I am retired, my friends started to ask if I would help their children, given the closing and overcrowded classrooms. I said yes, and so “Ms. Elena’s One-Room Schoolhouse” was born. I am the Learning Coach. We have a regular school day with start and end times, breaks, and lunches. All the parents pitch in for meal expenses, and ACA sends us all the materials we need. Each child has a desk, a computer, and books. We enjoy attending field trips. ACA plans at least one a month, so we can plan ahead and take the chance to meet with the teachers and the students’ classmates. This way, we all get to know each other.

I know in my heart that I have made the right choice for my granddaughter’s education. Because of its merits, I suggest ACA to everyone who has a question about their child’s education.

California Connections Academy @ Ripon

Irene from Stockton Ask me about:
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Manging Multiple Students
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Socialization and Community
  • Special Education
  • Students/Parents with Health Issues
Irene from Stockton

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Students in grades 5, 9, and 12

Irene’s three boys, one with special needs and two in the Gifted and Talented program, are doing very well in California Connections Academy @ Ripon.

HI! I’m Irene Burgess. I have three boys in this school. I found California Connections Academy @ Ripon (CalCAR) when searching for a different kind of educational experience. Bricks-and-mortar schooling didn’t challenge my children academically. My sons were bored at their previous school, but now, at Connections Academy, they are able to learn in a way that excites them.

Having a child with special needs has been very difficult, yet Connections Academy has embraced my family and given us better tools to further our sons’ educations. The staff is really an extension of our family because they care so much. They are here to make sure the entire family is having a successful educational experience. With Connections Academy, I am given all the tools I need to be a great Learning Coach. With all of this wonderful help, I know my boys are getting a fantastic education.

My children receive more one-on-one help at CalCAR than they did in a traditional bricks-and-mortar school. The teachers at CalCAR really reach out to their students through WebMail messages, phone calls, and LiveLesson® sessions. The curriculum is wonderful and offers different ways to learn the information. I love the hands-on approach that virtual school offers. Also, my children receive actual textbooks and other educational equipment for their classes.

We have made wonderful new friends through Connections Academy, too. On the field trips, we and other CalCAR families get together and have such a great time. My boys send WebMail messages to their friends and talk on the phone. In their previous school, my boys were constantly being bullied. Being teased and harassed on a daily basis was wearing on them. They were becoming reclusive, were arguing with each other all the time, and were losing their self-esteem. They didn’t want to go to school. But now my boys like school! They love learning, and attending Connections Academy is allowing my children to learn the way they want to learn in a relaxing, nonstressful environment.

Capistrano Connections Academy

Kimberly from Big Bear City Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Classroom Setup
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Working Parent
Kimberly from Big Bear City

Connections Academy parent since 2009
Student in grade 5

Changing from overcrowded, underfunded classrooms to the safe, flexible, personalized online education offered by Connections Academy was a great choice that Kimberly made for her granddaughter.

As a grandmother, I chose Connections Academy to give my granddaughter the best education she deserves. My husband and I have raised her since she was one month old, and as the days turned to years, it was time to enroll her into public school for kindergarten. I volunteered five days a week and saw firsthand how crowded the schools are, with so many kids per class and only one teacher. I witnessed many kids who were unable to understand the teacher during lessons. Since it was impossible for the teacher to work one-on-one with the students, she would often move on to the next subject before they had grasped the material, leaving them confused and falling behind. There seemed to always be a shortage of supplies, too. My granddaughter would often catch sicknesses from the other children, so I would have to buy sanitizer and Kleenex for the rooms. Also, the kids were constantly bullying each other, which started to lower my granddaughter’s self-esteem. I knew that something had to be done.

At the end of our granddaughter’s first day of first grade, the new teacher said to my husband, “She has an attitude with a capital A.” He brought her home and she never went back. I would have said to that teacher that whenever you give a parent negative feedback, you should always follow up with a positive, such as, “And we are going to work on that.”

Since traditional public school was no longer an option, I started researching our alternatives. We decided on Connections Academy and are so grateful that we did. They make the experience of schooling at home easy and convenient for my family. This is our fourth year, and we have no regrets. The teachers are so helpful. Any time you need them, they are there to answer any questions. I feel like my granddaughter’s education is personalized to meet her specific learning needs. I’m able to recognize when she doesn’t comprehend the lesson, and we are able to try different angles until she does. This program is very flexible and allows you to adjust the schooling to your specific lifestyle. We purchased a laptop for when we travel, which allows us to do her schoolwork on the road.

Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Socializing and Community
Elaine from Lake Forest

Connections Academy parent since 2006
Student in grade 9

Elaine’s daughter has been with Connections Academy since 2006. She has made great academic progress and great friends.

My student has been with Capistrano Connections Academy since 2006 and loves it! I am able to see firsthand how she is progressing academically. The feedback that she receives from her teachers is both insightful and constructive. This allows her to get a clear understanding of what she did well and what she can work on for the future. The LiveLesson® sessions provide an opportunity to engage in a classroom-like environment so she can communicate with her teachers and her classmates without brick-and-mortar classroom distractions.

The curriculum is challenging enough to keep her on her toes, but the independent learning allows her to fully grasp a concept before moving forward. This opportunity prevents her from losing confidence and allowing grades to slip. She communicates either by phone, through WebMail, or at school functions with her teachers, which she truly enjoys.

We have met the most amazing families who have become great friends! Although they may not live right next door, we can communicate through technology or plan get-togethers either with the school or on our own.

We are thrilled to have found such an incredible school that provides an excellent curriculum, supportive teachers, helpful administration, and wonderful friends!

Irene from Moreno Valley Ask me about:
  • Classroom Setup
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Elementary School
  • Socialization and Community
Irene from Moreno Valley

Connections Academy parent since 2008
Student in grade 6

Irene’s son loves the support and resources he receives from his teachers, as well as the flexibility in his schedule that allows him to enjoy extracurricular activities.

My son and I joined Capistrano Connections Academy (CapoCA) in 2008. Knowing the importance of education, my husband and I decided to school our son at home, but we wanted him to receive a high-quality education from an accredited public virtual school. As I researched potential schools, I was impressed by the curriculum, resources, clubs, and field trips that CapoCA had to offer. Not once have we regretted our decision to enroll our son in virtual school.

My son has always done well in all his studies, but this year was a little different. He needed help with the criteria of writing. The insightful choices of the language arts staff led to the delivery of invaluable courses and online resources that provided my son with the assistance and knowledge he needed to do well in writing.

In addition to providing a stellar curriculum, CapoCA also offers a vast array of field trips in our county and many surrounding ones as well, which is of great importance so that my son has time for socialization with other children. We have met some of the most wonderful families and are looking forward to building new relationships.

Thanks to CapoCA, and to the wonderful teachers, my son is a joyous young man who is excelling.

Lisa from San Diego Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Students with Health Issues
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Working Parent
  • Classroom Setup
  • Socialization and Community
Lisa from San Diego

Connections Academy parent since 2009
Student in grade 8

Lisa's son, who started with Wyoming Connections Academy in 2011, is now a student at Capistrano Connections Academy, as he and his family had relocated to Southern California. Since starting Connections Academy, Lisa’s son has experienced a complete turnabout, turning anxiety into well-rounded success.

As our son came into the school-age years, he received assistance through the Special Education Program for the sensory-integration problems he had from being a premature baby. With this help he developed skills, but his anxiety was still there.

When we moved to Wyoming, his anxiety increased and the assistance decreased. I had been studying up on homeschooling, but I was afraid to be responsible for his future on my own. I ventured into extracurricular educational activities on the computer, and found these to be fun for him. The more I talked to different parents about homeschooling and my concerns about my son’s anxiety, the more I knew I needed to find a solution.

When I discovered Wyoming Connections Academy, I jumped on the chance. Enrolling him has been the best decision. His anxiety is manageable; he enjoys his outside social clubs like 4-H and scouting; and he even has friends now. He has done a complete turnabout from his previous resistance to talk to people, and he even initiates conversations now. Many parents who knew him before he started Connections Academy ask what we have done to help him be such a happy, well-rounded young man. We tell them that we put him in a virtual school that works with us and with Alexander’s needs.

He participates in the virtual LiveLesson® sessions every other week and participates in the chat room with the other students. Connections Academy teachers teach with many different styles. An example is when his teacher assured him that she understood his anxiety about speaking: She would talk, give him an assignment of “tell me what this word means and email it to me,” then respond back with high praise for his abilities. Baby steps, challenges, try another way, work together as a team for my child’s success. That’s what Connections Academy has done for our family.

Central California Connections Academy

Ask me about:
  • Classroom Setup
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Middle School
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
Carl from Hanford

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 5

Because his son’s class size increased at his previous school, Carl became aware that his son’s performance was dropping in math. Now, as a student at Central California Connections Academy, Dylan is doing very well in all of his subjects.

My son Dylan enrolled as a student in Central California Connections Academy (CenCA) in 2012. He is currently a fifth grader. Dylan initially performed well at his former school. However, as he progressed through each grade, his performance dropped, especially in math. One thing we believed to be causing this was the increasing number of students in his class each year. We felt that when he need a little more attention from the teacher in his brick-and-mortar classroom, the teacher was unable to spend extra time with him during regular school hours. Although there was never an issue with bullying at his traditional school, it was something that my wife and I felt Dylan wouldn’t handle well if it did become an issue. So, we began looking into alternatives for his education.

Since joining CenCA, Dylan has done well in all his subjects, including math. It is hard work for him and for me, his Learning Coach. Still, if he isn’t quite grasping a certain aspect of a subject or is struggling during a lesson, the flexibility of the curriculum allows us to focus on the areas where he is having difficulty. We’re able to go over the lessons as often as we like. If we both feel that things are not coming together, it is quite easy for us to bring up the issue during a LiveLesson® session or in a WebMail or phone call to his teacher, who provides further assistance.

I’ve found CenCA to be an excellent way for my son to progress with his education—at a level we are both happy with. I feel that the Connections Academy experience provides a great foundation for Dylan’s future higher-education opportunities. After researching the alternative education options available, my wife and I are very pleased with our final choice.

Ask me about:
  • Classroom Setup
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Special Education
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Working Parent
Jodi from Lemoore

Connections Academy parent since 2013
Student in grade 3

Jodi’s son, who is in elementary school, loves to tell people that he attends a virtual school. Jodi loves that they can personalize their schedule. She appreciates the flexibility that online learning offers them.

My son was in second grade at the traditional school he had attended since kindergarten. It was becoming apparent that it was not the right fit for him. His issues ranged from attention deficits to bullying. He needed individualized attention and an enjoyable environment in which to learn. He was barely earning passing scores and often complained about completing work and attending school. I looked into online schools in the area. A co-worker’s children were enrolled in Central California Connections Academy (CenCA). My family began enrollment at the end of my son’s second grade year so we would be set for third grade online.

The change in my son has been outstanding! We have personalized our schedule, and we love the flexibility that online learning gives us. My son now enjoys school and loves telling people that he attends a virtual school from home. I am so happy that we made the decision to join CenCA.

Colorado Connections Academy

Laura from Denver Ask me about:
  • Middle School
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Students Participating in Sports
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Working Parent
Laura from Denver

Connections Academy parent since 2008
Student in grade 8

Laura is very happy that her granddaughter is in a safe environment where she can focus on her education, while still having the time and opportunity for sports and to reach out and be a part of her church and community.

My granddaughter and I joined the Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA) family in 2008. My granddaughter went to a local charter school up until third grade. During that time in her life, she was actively participating in church, dancing, and acting, and she became a competitive figure skater. Our local schools did not offer much by way of a challenging curriculum, nor did they offer much in physical education. Both have always been important to our family.

My husband and I sought out a school that would offer us flexibility, which would allow us the chance to be a part of our community, as well as an education that would lead our child toward her goals—a school that would provide her with a chance to exceed her required education limits and challenge her on all levels within a safe environment. Colorado Connections Academy has exceeded our hopes. The whole school is an active part of her education, and on numerous occasions some school members have even come out to watch her in competitions and ice shows. They have become our family on so many levels!

ColoCA offers an outstanding curriculum. It provides online tools through Grolier Online™, Discovery Education™, and other fun, informative, and educational sites that students can access for support or enrichment activities. Students are also provided opportunities through lessons to complete hands-on activities that also enhance the learning experience. During LiveLesson® sessions, students have time to interact with other students, and they also get one-on-one help as needed from their teachers.

During the school year we are offered numerous fun field trips that are optional. However, they provide a wonderful learning experience and a time to interact with classmates. Our family still cherishes the times we have when we visit other ColoCA families for a fun day out just getting to know each other.

ColoCA is the right choice for our family. We know that our child is in a safe environment where she can focus on her education and still have the time and opportunity to reach out and be a part of our church and community.

Ask me about:
  • Classroom Setup
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Students Participating in acting/music/arts
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Switching from another virtual school
Cheryl from Cripple Creek

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 10

Cheryl is very happy that she switched her daughter from a different virtual school to Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA), because her daughter is enjoying this program, and loves the diverse high school curriculum where she can explore her career options.

My daughter enrolled at Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA) in the fall of 2012. We both wish we had signed up with Connections Academy a lot sooner! My daughter attended a brick-and-mortar public school in our community from preschool through fourth grade. We switched her to a different virtual school for fifth through eighth grade. Then we switched her to Colorado Connections Academy for ninth grade—and it is what we were looking for all along: a challenging curriculum, teachers who want their students to succeed, flexibility in learning, and clubs.

We are both happy with ColoCA. My daughter is enjoying learning again! The teachers are all wonderful at encouraging my daughter to learn. As a Learning Coach, I am well-informed, I have great access to how my daughter is doing, and I can work with her in areas where she is struggling and let her soar in her areas of strength.

ColoCA offers high school classes that are diverse and which allow my daughter to explore her career options. ColoCA’s flexible scheduling allows her to perform onstage and do community service. We think that this school works because the teachers work with the students and really want to help them succeed, which is unlike those from our last virtual schooling experience.

Florida Virtual School Full Time

Maria from Thonotosassa Ask me about:
  • Classroom Setup
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Socialization and Community
  • Time Management
Maria from Thonotosassa

Florida Virtual School Full Time parent since 2006
Student in grade 7

Florida Virtual School Full Time has been a godsend for Maria’s family. Her daughter benefits from the challenging curriculum and flexible schedule while pursuing a career in acting and modeling.

My husband and I researched many options for our youngest daughter’s education. We eventually chose Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT) for our child because it suited her needs. Feel free to ask me any questions about the program, as I have become savvy throughout our experiences.

Prior to kindergarten, our daughter was already reading, so we needed a structure that would nurture her ability and not force her to stay behind. She has always loved books as long as I can remember. Children are like sponges: they absorb all you give them; you just have to be willing to provide the challenges for them. We wanted to make sure that our child was prepared to be a responsible student in her future years. FLVS FT has provided the structure we sought, along with the challenge our daughter needs, which has helped her become a responsible student. Not all students are the same at FLVS FT, but that is what is so wonderful about the curriculum—it can be tailored to your student’s particular needs.

FLVS FT, although delivered online, is a public school option. If you decide to become a Learning Coach, you should know that it takes some time and dedication. You are backed by licensed faculty all the way through, but you are the main contact your child sees on a regular basis.

For us, this school has been a godsend, since it allows us the flexibility for our daughter to pursue acting and modeling while fitting everything into our schedule. It has been the best option for us as a family, and our child is already building upon her experiences. Feel free to contact me to see how this school option can help your child.

Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Students with Health Issues
  • Classroom Setup
  • Socialization and Community
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar school
Polly Ann from Tampa

Florida Virtual School Full Time parent since 2006
Student in grade 7

Polly Ann, a public school teacher, is impressed by the curriculum and support Florida Virtual School Full Time offers.

I was a public school teacher for fourteen years before our daughter Holly was born. When it came time for my daughter to start school I had some difficult choices to make.

My child has a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and tree nuts, along with several other food and environmental allergies. Our school district was unable to make the necessary accommodations to keep Holly safe, so I quit teaching and prepared to teach my child at home. I heard about "cyber" schooling and, after researching, I found this program! It was the best of both worlds, offering "a traditional education at home."

As a teacher I was impressed by the curriculum FLVS FT offers its students. As a parent I was awed by the support the staff and administration offered to my family. We got the necessary help to provide a great education for Holly and the peace of mind knowing that her learning environment was safe for her. Our child has blossomed beyond belief!

FLVS FT provides the freedom to teach at the child's pace and the flexibility to help her experience the real world. I have no doubt that the education my daughter is getting far exceeds that of a traditional school, because I've been there!

The program is real: books, teachers, grades, school, education, and fun for my really special child! In my opinion, if you want the best education possible in today's technical world, get your child connected with Florida Virtual School Full Time!

Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Field Trips and Clubs
  • High School
  • Students Participating in acting/music/arts
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Working Parent
Melina and Leroy from Lake Butler

Florida Virtual School Full Time parent since 2013
Student in grade 9

Melina and Leroy are happy that FLVS FT allows their daughter to have more flexibility with her dance lessons and more time for her dance competitions. Also, they are very pleased with the instruction she receives from her FLVS FT teachers.

We went through the application and enrollment process in the summer of 2013 to start school with Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT) in the fall of 2013. We asked many questions leading up to our decision and did reading online so we could be as informed as possible. Even with all that prep work, we started the year apprehensively and with a wait-and-see attitude. But we are happy to say that all has gone well and that we are very happy with our experience thus far with FLVS FT.

FLVS FT allows our daughter to have more flexibility with her dance lessons and also more time to practice and dedicate herself to her dance competitions. She definitely likes that part. This, of course, is one positive aspect we had expected for her. Another positive has turned out to be the school itself. We have listened in on some of her classes and are very happy with the instruction she receives during her LiveLesson® sessions. WebMail and phone calls are available forms of communication with her teachers when she has questions. She likes that she has a more casual class setting and that her grades are in the A–B range—which also makes us happy.

We are very optimistic about our daughter’s future with FLVS FT.

Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Elementary School
  • Field trips and Clubs
  • Time management
Julie from Windermere

Florida Virtual School Full Time parent since 2011
Student in grade 2

Julie's son is advanced. Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT) offers him the unique opportunity to excel in his academic achievements and intellectual development—and also enjoy many social opportunities.

While looking for the right setting for my son to attend kindergarten, we discovered Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT), a partnership between Connections Academy and Florida Virtual School, and felt that it provided a unique opportunity for my son to excel in his academic achievements and intellectual development. My son started reading before kindergarten. Also, he loves math. At FLVS FT, he joined book clubs for third to fifth graders and has benefited from additional math opportunities through computer learning sites. His teachers are always willing to assist. They have gone above and beyond to provide the support and enrichment my son craves.

The field trips and social aspects of the school are great, too! FLVS FT holds different field trips every month all over the state—to some fun places you may not otherwise find. It also offers frequent LiveLesson® sessions built into classes and clubs, which gives the students a chance to interact with other classmates as well as their teachers.

Ask me about:
  • Field trips and Clubs
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Students Participating in acting/music/arts
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Time management
  • Working Parent
Michelle from Kissimmee

Florida Virtual School Full Time parent since 2012
Student in grade 4

Michelle's daughter now has more time for her passion for dance while also getting a rigorous education at FLVS FT. In addition, the program allows Michelle to be more involved with her daughter's education.

Michelle's daughter now has more time for her passion for dance while also getting a rigorous education at FLVS FT. In addition, the program allows Michelle to be more involved with her daughter's education.

My daughter loves working with other students in the virtual classroom environment and getting to share her projects in class. She also enjoys meeting new students when attending field trips. Because of the flexibility and the absence of long bus rides to school, Jessica has been able to take more classes in and continue to develop her passion for dance. She is able to get a rigorous education, and we can spend more time together as a family. FLVS FT allows us to be more involved in our daughter’s education and also allows her to strive for excellence.

Georgia Connections Academy

Renee from Hampton Ask me about:
  • Classroom Setup
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Time Management
Renee from Hampton

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Students in grades 3, 9, and 10

Renee loves that Georgia Connections Academy offers an excellent curriculum and academic support for all of her children who are in different grades.

My children and I joined Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) in the fall of 2012. Our family had been involved with a small private school at which I taught in the kindergarten department. As a teacher, I understand that each child deserves the opportunity to learn in his or her own unique way. My youngest daughter was struggling in a large classroom with a high student-to-teacher ratio. After a lot of discussion, my husband and I decided to try virtual school.

With one child in high school (ninth grade), one child in middle school (eighth grade), and two elementary-age children (first and second grade), I thought it was going to be a difficult challenge to find a curriculum that met everyone’s needs. But I found that GACA offered not only an excellent curriculum but also academic support for all of my children. As a teacher, I was comfortable working with my elementary-age children, but I was afraid that my high school and middle school children would fall behind. With the support of GACA, however, we have all adjusted wonderfully.

Kimberly from Macon Ask me about:
  • Classroom Setup
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Students Participating in acting/music/arts
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Switching from Homeschooling
Kimberly from Macon

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 7

Overcoming obstacles such as the permanent closure of an elementary school due to poor air quality, an expensive online school, and bullying in the local bricks-and-mortar middle school, Rachael is delighted that her mother found Georgia Connections Academy (GACA), where she is now in a safe environment; encouraged to explore her many interests; and once again the happy, full-of-life child her mother remembers.

Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) is the best thing that has happened to my daughter and me in a very long time. It was an extensive search to find the perfect school for our family, and our search is over now that we found GACA.

A number of years ago, the time had come for my little girl to start school. I was so happy for her and so excited about starting this new journey in her life. The first year in her bricks-and-mortal school was nice, but in the following year, we unfortunately encountered several problems. After the first week of classes, her school closed because of significant damage to the school’s ceiling resulting from bats. The air quality had been checked by DFAC, and the school had to close because the repairs were too costly. The following week, all of the parents received letters saying that we would have to bus our children to the school about 40 miles away from our homes. When I read the bus schedule, I found out that my child would have to be on a bus at 5:25 a.m. and return home about the same time in the evening. That meant that my small child would have to endure a 12-hour day. We decided that this was not a good idea for our daughter. So, I searched and found an online school, and I was so glad I did. This school was very pricey, and it was a big financial burden for us. But I was able to keep Rachael in that school from age 6 to age 11. During this time period, she would go to a school that was about 20 miles from my home, and I thought it would be okay since she was growing up.

Then Rachael enrolled in our local middle school; she was looking forward to meeting new people and going to school with her cousins. Unfortunately, she had a negative experience as soon as she got to school. She was bullied! But since Rachael has always been a good artist, I told her to draw the kids a few pictures and give them her artwork, and maybe this would help. Unfortunately, it only made the situation worse. All of the students accused her of tracing, and they made fun of things she drew. I watched my little girl, once full of life, turn into a different person.

I had to go to a teacher meeting one day, and that teacher handed me a brochure for GACA, telling me check it out. When I did, I knew I had found our new school. Not only was the school tuition-free, but it also offered art classes. That just amazed me!

I love GACA and all of the teachers who are very helpful and only a WebMail message or phone call away. I can now have my child at home, where I know she is safe. I also know which classes she needs help in and which she doesn’t. I have more one-on-one contact with her teachers than I had ever had the whole time she had been in other schools. I feel that GACA is “the wave of the future.” I feel that it helps children who have been bullied. It also lets a child feel strong and independent, a strength much stronger than the one developed in a bricks-and-mortar school, because GACA students have to keep up with message boards, WebMail messages, and their lessons, in addition to maintaining one-on-one contact with teachers about their grades. The classes offered are amazing as well. Rachael is even taking yoga, which she truly loves. Everything that GACA offers my daughter helps her build great character and motivates her to seek what she loves most in life at this time. She is happy and full of life once again, and that means the world to me! GACA has saved my daughter and me. I hope more people find their way to this wonderful, amazing school!

Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Socialization and Community
  • Students Participating in Acting/Music/Arts
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Time Management
  • Working Parent
Gayla from Fayetteville

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 7

Georgia Connections Academy has everything Gayla’s daughter needs to succeed—academics, flexibility, clubs, activities, and varied electives. Gayla loves that the program is well structured and extremely challenging.

Middle-school nightmares! Worried about our daughter’s transition from elementary school to middle school, we began discussing private school options. However, my husband and I both graduated from public school and viewed private school as “the final option.” The Connections Academy commercial changed everything for us in an instant. Though skeptical at first, I immediately registered our daughter for Georgia Connections Academy after attending a local informational meeting.

Georgia Connections Academy has everything our daughter needs to succeed—academics, clubs, activities, and varied electives. The program is well structured and extremely challenging. However, unlike brick-and-mortar schools, the virtual academy provides an opportunity for our daughter to learn in her own way, at her own pace. Our daughter is very shy and used not to ask questions in class. Instead, she would wait until she came home, and then would ask me or send her teacher an email. The virtual academy opens up various methods for conceptual learning—from the virtual LiveLesson® sessions led by her teachers to Khan Academy and YouTube. The difference is that she can do these things while she is learning the concept—in real time, not post-time. The result is that her grades have soared. She was always a good student, but now she is a confident student.

Since our daughter is not in a traditional school, we worried that virtual school would enable her shyness. Our worries were unwarranted, however. Socially, our daughter has blossomed over the last year. She joined a dance academy that regularly performs for the public; she took drama classes in Atlanta last spring; and this summer she joined a local choir and aced her first piano recital. We attribute her ability to succeed in these activities to Georgia Connections Academy. While she is still quiet, she has a new resolve to move out of her comfort zone and into areas that once seemed scary. The difference is that the flexibility of Georgia Connections Academy allows her to pick when, where, and with whom she does these things. I could go on, but you get the picture: we are extremely pleased with Georgia Connections Academy.

Shanna from Savannah Ask me about:
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Socialization and Community
  • Students/Parents with Health Issues
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Time management
Shanna from Savannah

Connections Academy parent since 2013
Students in grades 2 and 6

Shanna loves being able to give her children an exceptional education with the curriculum and teachers provided by GACA. Also, the flexible scheduling allows for more family time.

After moving to a new town where the school system did not meet our standards, we began researching other options. We found Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) and fell in love, so to speak. However, I was nervous about schooling my kids from home. Would I be able to handle it? Could I "teach" my own children? After asking many more "Should I? Could I?" questions and after attending several informational meetings and speaking with our kids, we knew that GACA was right for us. Two weeks into the first semester, we felt that the GACA staff and teachers were part of our family. Any doubts we had were gone. The kids loved school (and still do); we got to see the "light bulb" come on when they understood something; we had more time as a family; and their grades skyrocketed.

There are great aspects to public schooling, just as there are great aspects to virtual schooling from home. GACA has given us the best of both worlds by combining the two. We love being able to give our children an exceptional education with the curriculum and teachers provided. Also, the flexible scheduling allows for more family time. Virtual learning makes travel so easy. Our children can log on anywhere to do schoolwork. We love how we can rearrange the schedule so that both of our children still receive hands-on learning. We do a block schedule so that we finish lessons in a more timely fashion. We have found that our children retain more this way.

It took a while until we had a schedule down. Now, we run this house just like a regular school day. I have tons of schedulers, easy recipe cooking, and chore lists that make my day oh-so-easy.

Michelle from Villa Rica Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Field trips and Clubs
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Time management
Michelle from Villa Rica

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 6

Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) put a huge rainbow over Michelle’s house. Her family loves GACA's wonderful teachers, outstanding curriculum, and fun field trips. Now, they have more family time together.

My child was homeschooled using our own curriculum for kindergarten. He did well with this, but I was spending either the entire weekend preparing for the week or else endless evenings preparing for each day. It was costing a lot of money to do, and I had a child on the way. My husband and I decided to enroll our son in a brick-and-mortar school for first and second grade. He was very bored there, feeling unchallenged and also that he knew everything they were teaching him. We decided to look over the curriculum for the virtual schools offered here in Georgia. Georgia Connections Academy (GACA) seemed to have the best setup plan, as far as the curriculum and its layout goes. Now, my son feels that he is challenged enough—and he doesn't get bored. The curriculum for each course is broken down in the simplest way so he can understand it. It is animated and at a child's level, so your child will have fun learning. This also gives our son the support he needs and reassures him that he is learning everything he needs for quizzes and tests. We couldn’t ask for better teachers.

Not only is the curriculum amazingly laid out, but also the teachers are wonderful. They are prompt in answering any questions you or your child may have. They also include special curriculum for CRCT testing and have amazing resources for your children, like Grolier Online and IXL math. These have helped my son excel even more throughout his courses.

I have seen my child go from A's, B's, and C's to straight A+'s. He is now in the Gifted and Talented program at GACA. We have the flexibility to spend time with our family, which is spread out across the United States. We have time for yoga every morning, which keeps our souls and minds at ease. We can enjoy the many field trips that GACA offers throughout the year. These trips may cover something important the children are working on in the classroom, or they may simply be for amusement and enrichment purposes, which children need.

All I can truly say is that GACA has put a huge rainbow over our home. My children get along better; we have a lot of family time now that I am not constantly planning; we have time to enjoy the outdoors more with this setup—teaching our children about growing a garden and about the different animals we see. In addition, we sometimes go to an actual park for recess.

Iowa Connections Academy

Jean from Newton Ask me about:
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • High School
  • Socialization and Community
  • Switching from Homeschooling
  • Using Connexus®
  • Working Parent
Jean from Newton

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 10

Jean feels completely supported by the staff of Iowa Connections Academy (IACA), who have the common goal of supporting her son in being a successful student and quenching his thirst for knowledge.

Our son Elijah (Eli), a bright kid, was homeschooled since kindergarten. We wanted him to be appropriately supervised, stimulated, and challenged. Enrolling Eli in public high school was not an option for us, so we looked into virtual schools. We had tried virtual schools in the past, but they didn’t meet our needs.

When we learned about the new possibility of virtual school in Iowa, we investigated it. Still open to new ideas, we took the risk and applied to IACA. Eli was accepted and would be a ninth grade student in the fall.

Shortly after school began in August, IACA held an open house event in Anita, and we made the hundred-mile trip to be there. It was important for us to meet the new teachers and begin building relationships face-to-face. An added bonus was that we met other students and their families, too, and we toured the new IACA learning center.

The next few weeks were a time of patience and learning. Not only were we new to IACA, but so were Eli’s teachers and the support staff. Eli was immediately put at ease, however, during a telephone conversation with his homeroom teacher/algebra teacher. She was interested in him not only as a student but also as a person approaching young adulthood. She encouraged him to think about his future plans, offering her support for his interests in addition to teaching him algebra. She also put me at ease by answering all of my questions and making sure that I understood my role as Learning Coach.

As a parent/Learning Coach, I have felt 100% supported by the staff of IACA. We all have the common goal of supporting Eli in being a successful student and quenching his natural thirst for knowledge, especially in history. Our family is grateful that this virtual school option is available to us in Iowa. We have experienced positive results. Our son’s educational experience is enhanced by this method of schooling. Now, at the end of our first semester at IACA, we can say that we are so glad we took that risk and enrolled. Virtual school has a bright future in Iowa, and Eli is proud to be a member of the pioneering class.

Sarah from Muscatine Ask me about:
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Special Education
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Students/Parents with Health Issues
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Switching from Homeschooling
Sarah from Muscatine

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Students in grade 6 and 9

Sarah’s two sons—one in honors classes and one in Special Education—are thriving at IACA. The program works well for both of them. They really appreciate IACA’s teachers and principal.

I enrolled both of my sons with Iowa Connections Academy (IACA) for the 2012–13 school year—and we returned this year. It is the best option for my kids.

My oldest son is in honors classes. He does not have to wait for his classmates to finish their work. Instead, he can move smoothly through his assignments at his own pace, attend his LiveLesson® sessions, and ask questions when he needs to. He also chooses his schedule. He does most of his schoolwork in the daytime, but there are times when he will do class work in the evening.

My youngest son is disabled; he has autism and other disorders. Because I had issues with our local school system, I had homeschooled him since he was six. This smoothed our transition to virtual school. The one-on-one attention at IACA is so worth it—and the instruction my son receives through this program is great! We worked for two years on addition, and Ms. Fortune, his math teacher, had him doing math in no time. He looks forward to his one-on-one classes. Iowa Connections Academy helps keep him from respite care, and I can work his schedule around his therapies. If he is having problems or if his schedule prevents him from logging in, he is able to make up his schoolwork throughout the week.

Whenever I have needed help with either of my boys’ schooling, there has been a teacher at the other end of the phone or WebMail. Some teachers have even sent me reply emails on the weekends and evenings. That is the best feeling—to know that I am helping my children while also knowing there is help when I need it.

The principal at IACA is the best. If I contact him, he will reply and take care of any problems that exist. He is knowledgeable. For those of you in Special Ed., this principal knows Special Education laws, and he is knowledgeable about what our kids’ needs are.

Everyone we have worked with at IACA has been great. This is the future of schooling: kids working at their own pace and showing results!

Rhavon from Davenport Ask me about:
  • Graduation and life after Connections Academy
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Students/Parents with Health Issues
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Working Parent
Rhavon from Davenport

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Students in grade 5 and 9 and two students graduated from IACA

At one time, Rhavon had four students enrolled in IACA—two of whom already graduated, one with honors. Her family sought a school that provided quality and regularly updated educational information as well as an environment that would ultimately challenge each of her children’s ability to learn.

I chose Iowa Connections Academy (IACA) for many reasons. We love how the curriculum offers a challenge for my students. We sought out a school that would provide quality and up-to-date educational information as well as an environment that would ultimately challenge each of my children’s ability to learn. Since 2011, when we left a traditional brick-and-mortar school and enrolled at Connections Academy, two of my oldest children have graduated, one with honors. I have two more students who will also graduate from IACA.

We have found that IACA provides an easy transition from the traditional school setting. Because of this, we are able to accomplish our family goals, receive school support, and allow for the kids’ extracurricular needs. I enjoy how the school monitors our students and gives us feedback about issues that may be of concern. One of my children has health issues, and I was concerned about his absences from school. This is no longer a problem since we joined IACA. Here, my children are able to take care of themselves and complete their assignments in a timely fashion.

Great job, Connections Academy, for coming up with such a profound way to help any parents seeking an alternative educational path and for meeting the needs of children and parents alike!

Megan from Sioux City Ask me about:
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Elementary School
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Time management
Megan from Sioux City

Connections Academy parent since 2013
Students in grades K and 5

Megan and her family really enjoy being part of Iowa Connections Academy. They love that they can spend more quality time together as a family and also have more time to focus on social opportunities in their community.

Our daughter started Iowa Connections Academy (IACA) in fifth grade, and our son has been with the school since kindergarten. We chose to start looking for other schooling options almost a year before we switched to IACA. We had been continually disappointed by the way things were going, and we were sure that we were going to homeschool our children. Also, we wanted to be more involved in our children’s learning day and felt that we never had enough time with them. Our daughter would be gone all day, only to come home and do homework until bedtime on some nights. It was not working for our family.

Since we were expecting a little one and had no experience with traditional homeschool, a friend told us about this program. Immediately, we were impressed. We checked out the information on the website. Luckily, when I looked into the next information session, I learned that it was that following week. I attended, got all my questions answered, and was sure that this was the answer we had been looking for.

We started IACA in August 2013. Our children are overexcited! We love the program! We have really worked out our kinks trying to get into a routine that works the best. With this program, we have the flexibility to create our own schedule. It has been amazing. We now get to spend the time as a family and even incorporate a Bible study after our children’s schoolwork is complete.

A lot of people had voiced their concerns about our kids’ social outlets, especially because they are both social butterflies, but we feel that this program has done nothing but help them excel in their studies, learn so much, interact with kids all around Iowa, and enjoy their lives in the process. Our family attends church twice a week, and our kids are in sports and activities year-round. It is entirely up to the individual family how much social time their child will receive. Our kids say that they don’t miss being at a brick-and-mortar school—that they prefer to learn online and have extra time with family.

Our daughter, who had been in a brick-and-mortar school since kindergarten, says that she feels she gets the time she needs for her studies, and that now she can take the time to really learn the subject, rather than feeling rushed or just doing busywork. Our daughter says that she appreciates her social time with friends so much more now and can focus on her studies rather than sometimes being distracted by kids in the classroom setting.

Our son loves the program because he can get up in the morning and just get his work done. He is a child who likes to first do whatever he needs to do in a day, and then spend the rest of the day with family or at leisure. He is reading all on his own and is doing amazingly in math. He has had a great experience so far—and a great start to his many years of learning that are still ahead.

Indiana Connections Academy

Ask me about:
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Elementary School
  • Students Participating in Sports
Amy from Greenwood

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 1

Amy’s daughter is ahead of her grade level, and with Indiana Connections Academy, she can move at a faster pace. Her family really enjoys this program, especially the nice teachers and fun field trips.

We joined Indiana Connections Academy (INCA) in 2012. We were looking for a low-cost program that my daughter could attend from home. My daughter had attended a private Christian school for pre-K that put her ahead of her grade level. By going to INCA, we were able to work at a faster pace and finish her semesters early—and then we supplemented her first-grade material. We really like that with INCA she can move along at a faster pace. It also gives her the time she needs to try out for dance studio’s events. If she makes it, we won’t have to worry about her missing school; we can just modify her schedule to accommodate rehearsals.

Connections Academy has very nice teachers who answer your WebMail messages and calls in a timely manner. It also has a great customer service department. There is also the opportunity for students to participate in field trips to different places. My daughter is in kindergarten and was able to choose an extra class, so she selected Sign Language. INCA also offers online LiveLesson® sessions, where the kids do assignments with the teacher and other kids in their grade.

Suzan from Lafayette Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Field Trips and Clubs
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Socialization and Community
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
Suzan from Lafayette

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 8

Previously bored and unchallenged in his prior school, Suzan’s son is now a thriving, outgoing student at Indiana Connections Academy (INCA). Suzan and her son appreciate INCA’s attentive, responsive teachers as well as the many educational field trips and other outings that allow them to connect and socialize with other INCA families.

Our family joined Indiana Connections Academy (INCA) in August 2012. Our son had experienced some bullying in his brick-and-mortar school and was becoming more and more unhappy and withdrawn. He also found the work to be unchallenging, and therefore he was unmotivated and bored. He came to us in the spring of his sixth-grade year and asked to be homeschooled. I felt uncomfortable homeschooling him, so I suggested that we check into virtual schooling instead. He and I both did research, attended information sessions in person and online, and gathered as much information as we could about the virtual schools available to us in Indiana. Together we chose Indiana Connections Academy. We are all so glad we did. The changes in our son have been incredible! He is happy and outgoing again. He is actively learning and engaged in his schoolwork. An added bonus is that we spend more time together as a family.

Our son takes Gifted and Talented classes as well as regular classes. The curriculum is challenging and demanding, but it is also full of fun and different ways to approach each lesson. Even better than the curriculum are his teachers. His teachers are wonderful! They hold LiveLesson® sessions every week to allow my son and his classmates to learn together in virtual classrooms. The teachers also record these lessons so that if we miss one or need a refresher, we can watch it later. Message boards share lesson modifications and other important information. My son is very comfortable WebMailing or phoning his teachers when he has questions or needs a little extra help. Teachers are great about responding to him promptly. Sometimes, they even call to say hello and see how he is doing.

Another thing we love about INCA is that our son can work at his own level and at his own pace. The scheduling is flexible enough to allow us to work lessons into our busy lives rather than the other way around. We have found the program to be very portable as well! We have often taken school with us when traveling. This has allowed us to visit some fun places at times we would never have been able to with “regular” school hours.

As an INCA Community Coordinator, I am very involved in planning and leading field trips all over the state. There is an active group in the Lafayette area that gets together regularly for socializing as well as for academic events. We have met some wonderful people, and both of us have both formed lasting friendships with other INCA families.

I am so happy to have the opportunity to share our experience with others interested in learning more about Indiana Connections Academy.

Ask me about:
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Switching from Homeschooling
  • Time Management
Cinda from Valparaiso

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 10

Cinda used to homeschool her son. Now, with Indiana Connections Academy, she is still very much involved in his learning, but she no longer has to deal with the stress of lesson planning, grading, and keeping transcripts.

In August of 2012, my husband and I made the decision to enroll my oldest son in Indiana Connections Academy (INCA). My son has been homeschooled since kindergarten, and we truly enjoyed and valued the homeschooling years. However, with my son now entering high school and my needing to spend more time with my younger children whom I homeschool, we decided that we all could benefit from INCA.

My son loves the flexibility and being able to attend school from home. He is able to continue his snow-blowing/lawn-mowing business as well as other activities he enjoys while still receiving a great education. One of the things that brings him the most enjoyment is being able to connect with his teachers and counselor. If he has trouble with something or simply has a question about which classes would best fit his future career goals, he can email or call and receive his answer fairly quickly. As end-of-the-course assessments (ECAs) drew near, the teachers even traveled to our area to conduct in-person reviews with the students. These sessions were extremely helpful, and my son passed his ECAs with flying colors. He has done wonderfully and was inducted into the National Honor Society. As a family, we were able to travel to Indianapolis to attend the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony.

So, not only has our son done well, but also virtual school has alleviated much of the stress I had been feeling. I enjoy having my son home, where lunchtime often means catching up on what he’s learning. I still can be very much involved in what he’s learning without having the stress of lesson planning, grading, and keeping transcripts. I also feel freer to spend time with my younger children without worrying whether my son’s high school education will prepare him for what lies ahead. We are very pleased with Indiana Connections Academy!

INSPIRE, the Idaho Connections Academy

Amy from Mountain Home Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Working Parent
  • Field Trips and Clubs
Amy from Mountain Home

Connections Academy parent since 2007
Students in grades 4 and 8

With Connections Academy, Amy’s daughter—who was once bored and anxious about going to school—is now a self-starter, prefers being the leader, and takes the initiative to complete her assignments.

When my daughter went to public school for kindergarten and first grade, we struggled because she was very advanced and became incredibly bored and anxious. It didn’t help that the number of students in the classroom was increasing, the school budget was decreasing, and cuts were being made to music, art, and computer learning. As my husband and I tried to find an alternative option, I researched numerous curriculums and programs, and then I saw a commercial for Connections Academy. I went to the website to see if this would be a viable option for our family. I found Connections Academy’s curriculum to exceed the others I researched. Being able to have this kind of quality without cost is amazing.

This is our third year with Connections Academy, and we love it! I really enjoy the time I spend with my children—seeing them learn and their ideas flourish. It is gratifying to see that my older child, who was once anxious, is now a self-starter, prefers being the leader, and takes the initiative to complete her assignments. Connections Academy is a great education system that provides a learning environment tailored to each student, no matter the level. Your children learn at their own pace and with the learning style that best fits them.

As a newbie at schooling from home, I wasn’t sure if I would be a suitable Learning Coach for my children; I wondered if I could handle the responsibility. But the teachers were so very helpful every step of the way. The state testing also helped me to ensure that my older child was on track and not falling behind. The curriculum can be challenging at times, but it really keeps us motivated and interested in what is being taught. With the flexibility it gives them, both of my children are able to take piano lessons during the day. We enjoy the field trips, meeting new friends and seeing old ones, and the electives that are offered as well. My older child has the opportunity to choose foreign languages, sign language, or home economics—or learn about Greek mythology—to name just a few. This year she is taking sign language and is really enjoying it. I feel the teachers have a genuine connection and care for each student and parent. I am excited to enroll my son in kindergarten this coming year. Our family is delighted to be a part of Connections Academy, and we feel it was the best choice.

Kansas Connections Academy

Pattie from Dodge City Ask me about:
  • Gifted and Talented program
  • High School
  • Students/Parents with Health Issues
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Time Management
  • Curriculum and Teachers
Pattie from Dodge City

Connections Academy parent since 2011
Student in grade 12

Pattie’s son is thriving with Kansas Connections Academy, and he has gained the skills and confidence he needs to begin college.

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!

Louisiana Connections Academy

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Donna from Baton Rouge

Connections Academy parent since 2011
Students in grades 8 and 11

The flexibility afforded by the Louisiana Connections Academy program allowed Donna and her family to seriously reduce their stress level so that they could go on to become successful not only in educational pursuits but also in extracurricular activities.

For our family to be able to afford the high cost of private school in Baton Rouge, it took two incomes. I had to go back to work to pay for private school. My husband’s job required him to travel a lot. So, as a working mother, I was bringing the kids to school, working all day, picking them up from school, and driving them home. I was on the road at least two hours each day, and that was without errands—stopping for groceries or something. I had to get them home, cook dinner, get them to do their homework in the evenings, and then rush them to bed so we can do it all over again the next day. None of us were particularly happy with the way things were, but we all just thought that was the way it had to be.

Extracurricular activities were simply out of the question. There wasn’t the time or the energy to do it. I felt bad for my children, but I just couldn’t juggle it all. We dropped out of Cub Scouts while the boys were still in private school because I couldn’t get them to the meetings. I still feel guilty about this. I was exhausted, and then there was homework to deal with every evening in addition to getting dinner on the table. There wasn’t enough time in the day.

Four years ago I quit my job (as a paralegal), and we homeschooled for two years. For a while, that was better. It instantly added two hours back into my day which I didn’t have to spend driving. Still, it was a lot of work for me since I was doing all the teaching, grading, and lesson planning.

Then we found Louisiana Connections Academy (LACA) in 2011 and we are so thankful. We enrolled both boys, and life became even better. Jacob started going to guitar lessons at the beginning of the 2011 school year. Our lifestyle became much less stressful. We even had the time and energy to devote to Jacob’s being in a band. Red Panda has become such a great band in such a short time, and I attribute it to all the hard work and time the kids have put into it. With LACA, we now have the time and money to dedicate to Jacob’s guitar lessons and band practices. There was no way we would have been able to manage the twice-a-week evening practices that Jacob now attends. I’m ashamed to say it, but if my children were still in private school, I’d still be working—and I would have told Jacob there just wasn’t time for him to be in a band.

Once LACA was doing all the heavy lifting, I found myself with more free time. My house can only be so clean, so I started looking for something for me! (Imagine that, time for me!) I found an opportunity to do movie extra work in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and since September 2012 I have been in ten movies, three TV shows, and two commercials! I’m enjoying the flexibility of being able to step away from the house for a half or whole day here and there, every couple of weeks, knowing that the boys are still held accountable for completing their work and maintaining their good grades. It’s easy to check online from on the set or at the end of the day to see if they completed all of their work and what grades they earned that day

For us, LACA is the best of both worlds. It has changed all of our lives for the better!

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Stacey from Baton Rouge

Connections Academy parent since 2011
Student in grade 12

With Louisiana Connections Academy, Stacey’s daughter feels that she has so much support from her teachers. She is more confident than ever and can’t wait to learn more.

Louisiana Connections Academy has been a miracle for my daughter. In the middle of her seventh grade year, she experienced some issues that caused her to develop stress-related symptoms. At that time, I decided to homeschool her—and I had done so up until now. I had been waiting for Connections Academy to get approval in our state and was so happy when it happened.

My daughter is currently in tenth grade and happier than ever. The curriculum is really good, and my daughter always comments on how much she enjoys her lessons and how much she is learning.

The curriculum alone would be reason enough to attend Louisiana Connections Academy, but it is secondary to the teachers. Our teachers are the best! My daughter says that she has never felt so much support before. She says that her teachers believe in her and cheer her on. When correction is needed, not only do they mark what is wrong, but they also tell her, in a constructive way, how to find the way to do it right. She is more confident than ever and can't wait to learn more. There are not enough words to express what Louisiana Connections Academy has done for us and how grateful we are that my daughter is able to have this opportunity.

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Margo from Hammond

Connections Academy parent since 2011
Students in grades 10 and 12

Margo and her family are enjoying the flexibility as well as the challenging yet fun curriculum offered by Louisiana Connections Academy.

The 2011–12 school year is our first year at Louisiana Connections Academy. The flexibility of the program really works well for our family. The curriculum is challenging yet offers a fun and exciting way for our children, who are currently in eighth and tenth grade, to learn. The teachers are encouraging and always just a WebMail message or phone call away when you need them. The LiveLesson® sessions provide a way for the teachers to give specific instructions on challenging material, and they also allow social interaction with other students. The teachers have even provided one-on-one instruction when needed. Our students’ homeroom teachers call the Learning Coach and the students every other week to check on how things are going and to answer any questions. There are online clubs available for those who are interested, and periodic field trips are scheduled for different areas of our state.

We definitely feel that Louisiana Connections Academy was the right choice for our family.

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Toren from Lafayette

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 5

Toren's daughter, Loren—a young author and community speaker—is thriving in Louisiana Connections Academy. She has become an even stronger writer because of the English curriculum. Also, Toren is happy that LACA prepared Loren well for the LEAP state test.

A few years ago, my family and I went through a financial hardship and were not able to continue our ten-year private education. We were instantly worried about Loren’s education. We knew that the school for which she was zoned did not meet our standards. We also questioned the material she was learning at the private school and didn’t know where she was in comparison to other students in her grade. We began researching our options. Finally, a fellow church member introduced us to Louisiana Connections Academy (LACA).

Loren is a young author in the state of Louisiana. She also speaks at many local schools and community events. We knew that in order to foster her gifts, she had to be at a school that was flexible and would push her to become a better writer.

Loren was at LACA almost a year when we were faced with the LEAP test. This would really show how much she had learned. I felt that LACA really prepared her for the state test. Loren felt comfortable taking the test. Well, as we waited for the test results, Loren assured me that she had done well. I loved the confidence she had during and after the test. I had never seen her display such confidence. She did do very well on the test. Most of her friends from her previous school had to retake the test in summer school.

LACA has fulfilled all of our needs and erased any fears we had. It has also provided Loren with the learning tools and mobility needed to foster her gifts. I am able to monitor her learning and see where her weaknesses and strengths are. She has become a stronger writer because of the English curriculum. LACA has so many programs set up for each student to succeed.

I would strongly recommend LACA to everyone. Words can’t express how happy my family is with this school.

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Donnica from New Orleans

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 10

Donnica's son, who has autism, is thriving at Louisiana Connections Academy. He does his work independently and has grown personally and academically since enrolling. Donnica loves the fact that she is not on her own; she always has support from the teachers.

My name is Donnica Conway. I have been doing virtual schooling since 2012. Louisiana Connections Academy (LACA) has been a godsend for my high schooler. He has autism, and the traditional brick-and-mortar school provided neither the individualized instruction he needed nor the communication I needed. Shawn has thrived and improved since enrolling in LACA. He does his work independently and has grown personally and academically. I love the flexibility of the program. We can do classwork anywhere, as long as there’s an Internet connection, good weather, and a wonderful imagination.

LiveLesson® sessions and services such as speech therapy are always engaging. In addition to the rigorous academics, there’s an array of extracurricular activities, both online and in person. The clubs that are offered are rich in variety and substance and are suitable for all ages.

With LACA, you're never on your own. Teachers guide you and your student along the educational journey. Communication is paramount in any relationship, and the teacher–parent–student relationship is no different. I hear from my son’s teacher at least once a week by phone or WebMail. We often try to coordinate the field trips sponsored by the school. I also love that we get to meet other parents who are going through this virtual journey alongside us. We’ve made lasting friendships, both near and far, that offer the unique support that other families may not understand.

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Elise from New Orleans

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 8

Louisiana Connections Academy (LACA) is a perfect fit for Elise's actor son Tyler because it offers great teachers and a flexible program. Tyler is in a Special Education program. At LACA, Elise sees him as more focused and eager to learn than he was in his previous school.

Having to commute between two states that are 2,000 miles apart is a lot to deal with. Louisiana Connections Academy (LACA) gives us the freedom to travel between two states and still be able to give Tyler a great education. We tried traditional and private schools for a while, but they didn’t give us the flexibility to accommodate Tyler’s schedule. Every time he had an audition or a shoot, I had to pull him out of school. He always seemed to fall behind. It didn’t matter if the teachers gave him makeup work when he returned; he still felt that he was missing something.

If he misses class time at LACA, he can always access a recording of the entire LiveLesson® session. He can watch it and see all of his classmates’ responses to certain questions, some of which he might have asked himself if he had been there for the LiveLesson. It’s almost as if he was there. Plus, he gets to send his input through WebMail after every lesson.

LACA, with its top-notch teachers and intense curriculum, fits right in with the busy lifestyle to which my son and I have become accustomed.

Tyler is the second son I’ve chosen to enroll in Connections Academy because of his acting career. One of my sons just graduated from National Connections Academy, which is now International Connections Academy. Tony was schooled at home through Connections Academy for three years. Upon entering his senior year, his teachers and counselors at Connections Academy were on him about his plans for after graduation, just like any brick-and-mortar high school staff would be. Connections Academy’s teachers and counselors were with him every step of the way. As a result, they helped Tony earn a scholarship to the Academy of Dramatic Arts at Los Angeles Conservatory.

Both of my sons were special-needs students because they have the learning disability dyslexia. LACA made sure that Tyler was given all of the benefits of his 504 Plan. He was assigned a Special Education teacher to check up on him if he felt that he had gotten too far behind in his lessons. During testing, he was given extra time to finish. His 504 Plan was followed to the letter. I love LACA because my son loves LACA. I see the difference it makes in his life. I see him more focused and eager to learn. When he’s not on a set, he looks forward to attending LiveLesson sessions. And, just like he would at any school, he has his favorite teachers—you know, the ones that make students go the extra mile, the ones who are a little bit harder on a student because they have discovered that child’s true ability. Well, LACA has tons of those kinds of teachers.

Michigan Connections Academy

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Karen from Lansing

Connections Academy parent since 2010
Student in grade 6

Karen is starting to see her daughter begin feeling confident about learning, and she loves that the teachers are working closely with them when they need assistance.

We have had a very good experience with Michigan Connections Academy. The teachers and staff have worked closely with us when we needed their help.

When we started this program, my then eight-year-old daughter was having a very difficult time with bullying at school. She would come home from school in despair. After several failed attempts to improve the situation, we finally found Michigan Connections Academy online. We were lucky to get a spot in the first class started in Michigan. We have had to make some adjustments, mostly for the better. It took us a while to find the most effective timeframe, and it has been worth it. So many of our problems related to stressful learning are being resolved. It is nice to see my daughter start to have confidence in learning.

Clare from Redford Ask me about:
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Clare from Redford

Connections Academy parent since 2011
Students in grades 5 and 10

After homeschooling her children for eight years, Clare needed a better alternative. She is very happy that she found Michigan Connections Academy and what she was looking for in a school: challenging curriculum, Gifted and Talented options, and a variety of clubs and activities.

I started homeschooling in 2002, when my oldest was four years old. It was a great experience for us, and as my family grew, we all had a lot of fun learning together. Around 2010, however, homeschooling started to get stressful. My two oldest were in seventh and fourth grades, and by then I also had a second grader, a kindergartener, a preschooler, and a baby. My second grader was having a hard time with reading, and it took a lot of my time each day to work with him one-on-one. I felt like I was really neglecting my older kids, and we weren’t able to do many of the fun and enriching activities which made school fun for them. I needed to find a better alternative.

I started looking into charter schools and private schools, but in each case, the problems of the cost, inconvenience (driving, etc.), and bad social atmosphere seemed to outweigh the benefits of the program. Plus, I wanted a challenging curriculum and Gifted and Talented options, and a school that continued through 12th grade. Otherwise, I’d be right back in the same situation after just a year or two. Michigan Connections Academy (MICA) had just started that year, and I heard about it through a postcard I received in the mail. I went to an information session in 2011 with my oldest son, and we immediately knew it was perfect for us. I put my two oldest on the waiting list, and they started in the fall. They got the challenge and attention they needed, and I was free to focus more time on my younger students.

Now I have seven kids, and one on the way. Three of my kids are in MICA, and they are doing wonderfully. My son in high school loves the wide variety of classes that are offered. He has a better opportunity to tailor his high school education to his future goals than he would in a bricks-and-mortar school. My daughter in seventh grade loves being a part of multiple clubs and activities, like Poetry Club and Chess Club, and she enjoys interacting with her friends in LiveLesson® sessions. My son in fourth grade started MICA this year. Because I was able to focus more energy on helping him catch up in reading last year, he is really thriving in the program and is a very enthusiastic learner. Now my smaller kids are looking forward to enrolling in the program, and I know that when they do, they will do well and love it, too!

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  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Switching from a Brick and Mortar School
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Heather from Blissfield

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Students in grades 6

Michigan Connections Academy changed Heather’s family’s life for the better. Her sons, previously bullied and doing poorly in traditional schools, are now enjoying vastly improved grades and having a wonderful time pursuing extracurricular activities.

Our adventure in the brick-and-mortar school system was filled with mostly disappointment, but then we became part of the Connections Academy family. Today we refer to periods of our life as “before Connections Academy” and “after Connections Academy.” This schooling method and the wonderful staff members have changed our lives for the better.

We have two children currently enrolled in Michigan Connections Academy (MICA). While they were attending brick-and-mortar schools, both were bullied. Our oldest son was physically assaulted by other students and emotionally abused by teachers. The other, a 10-year-old fourth grader, was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome (TS). Neither his teachers nor the school system wanted to accommodate him in any way without a painstaking and time-consuming effort on our part.

In contrast, MICA welcomed us with open arms. The initial benefit was no bullying. The second surprising benefit was that both students thrived scholastically in the new environment. Our 10-year-old with TS showed improvement in all his grades and had almost no symptoms of TS, and our oldest son who had been bullied most of his school life brought his GPA from 1.6 to 3.3 in three years. MICA has truly changed our life.

Our children have opportunities that would not be available to them otherwise. MICA assists in scheduling extracurricular activities by providing an accommodating course schedule. For example, our younger student is able to attend piano lessons at 1:00 p.m., and our oldest son has been volunteering at a hospice center during the day. Some other great benefits are that we have no more problems with the bus system, hectic mornings, or overwhelming or needless homework. However, as a family, we believe that the best and most rewarding thing of all is the quality time we now share together.

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  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Switching from a Brick and Mortar School
  • Time Management
Amber from Brownstown

Connections Academy parent since 2013
Student in grade 6

Amber is pleased that her daughter persevered through the transition from a brick-and-mortar school to Michigan Connections Academy. Now she gets to spend quality time with her daughter as they learn and travel together, and Amber is always assured that her child is receiving a high-quality education in a safe environment.

Every parent has a dream of providing the best possible education and a safe working environment for his or her child. At Michigan Connections Academy (MICA), this is possible. I looked at many virtual schools for my daughter before coming across MICA. In the beginning, when my daughter started MICA as a fourth grader, she had to work many hours and put in a lot of effort, but then within a few months she started showing remarkable progress. I realized that what she learned in a few months at MICA was much more than what she learned in a whole year at the traditional school she attended earlier. Whenever she wanted help, there were teachers who were devoted to their work and always willing to help her.

I love the Web-based learning exercises and educational videos provided by MICA. They are superb! Students can learn very quickly through these videos and Web-based training sessions. There are everyday assessments, which are very helpful to evaluate my child’s progress, as they show how much my child is learning every day. Also, I love the time my daughter and I spend together, and I especially appreciate that I don’t have to wait eight hours to see her on school days. We are always having a good time learning and working together.

At MICA there are many clubs and activities for your child. It is a great way to get your child involved in the things that interest him or her. My daughter loves to do arts and crafts, and MICA gives her an opportunity to do what she enjoys. One more reason I chose MICA was its flexible schedule. I can work at my own pace and on my own time. I can take vacations at any time and work on the other days. This way, we don’t have to rush anything.

In short, MICA has provided my child with a quality education that I always wanted for her.

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Gina from Milan

Connections Academy parent since 2010
Students in grades 8 and 10

Unable to continue homeschooling her daughters because of health problems, Gina enrolled them into traditional public school, only to see one child fade and another be rewarded based on personality, not academic achievement. Now that her girls are students at Michigan Connections Academy, however, Gina is thrilled with their self-discipline skills and impressive academic advances, due in part to their accessible, attentive teachers.

Our daughters were homeschooled for about two years. After I was diagnosed with bladder cancer, I became fearful that my illness might prevent me from continually meeting their needs; it seemed that there was no other choice but to put them back into traditional public schools. During the process, I was told that most homeschoolers return to the system a grade level behind. I insisted that this was not the case, and therefore the schools reluctantly placed our girls in their appropriate grade levels. After a short time, the teachers were surprised to find that our daughters were actually academically ahead of many of their peers. This came as no surprise to us, nor did the results of our daughters’ having been reenrolled in the traditional school system.

During the two and a half years with our local schools, our girls began to again struggle both academically and socially. The environment caused our youngest to fade into the background, and, while the older of the two seemed to be “flourishing,” her work quality was not. The seemingly good grades were based on her being a “good girl” and well-liked by the teachers, rather than on her academic abilities. Both of our daughters were capable of far more than what was being required of them. My cancer was in remission, and clearly it was time to reevaluate our girls’ educational placement.

At the end of the 2009–10 school year, I found out that Connections Academy would be offered to Michigan residents, so we immediately began the enrollment process. While the girls were initially disappointed and somewhat hesitant to school from home again, their attitudes changed quickly as their school year began! Our daughters, then only 9 and 12-years-old, became excited about learning!

MICA provides an environment that makes learning enjoyable for its students. There are wonderful teachers who are easy to contact and available for one-on-one attention as needed, LiveLesson® classes, daily lessons, portfolio assignments that are challenging yet fun to do, science labs, field trips, and so much more. Each year our daughters have been with MICA, they have improved academically. Our youngest is enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Language Arts and Literature Study, and now, instead of struggling in math, she counts it as one of her favorite classes. Our oldest was invited to think about joining the National Honor Society next year.

If asked, our daughters acknowledge the progress they’ve made in MICA as compared to in the local school district. Also, they show a lot of pride about their school. While we are very proud of our girls’ academic progress, we also feel strongly about what is perhaps the most beneficial thing of all: they’ve learned self-discipline that no brick-and-mortar school could have taught them!

MTS Minnesota Connections Academy

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Holly from Fountain

Connections Academy parent since 2006
Students in grades 11

Holly is pleased with the educational growth her four children have experienced with MTS Minnesota Connections Academy. Through dual-enrollment, her 17-year-old daughter has been able to complete 19 college credits!

Greetings from Fountain in rural Minnesota! If you are reading this message, you are a parent/caretaker of a child and you are concerned about his or her education. You want to meet certain goals to prepare your child for life. Now we have more choices, and it takes careful consideration. I understand, as I have five children between the ages of 3 and 17. Each child has different learning styles, strengths, and goals. My children have also been educated in various ways. They have been in public and private school, homeschool, and Connections Academy; each has its own strengths and challenges.

I learned about Minnesota Connections Academy in 2006 when my then-16-year-old daughter said she wanted me to homeschool her for tenth grade. I did not know if I could meet her educational needs. A friend told me about an Internet-based school she had heard about while listening to Minnesota Public Radio; a relative told me that her daughter was going to try an Internet-based school; a friend gave me a newspaper article about Minnesota Connections Academy; and another family decided to enroll their three children in this school so the children could travel with their father on his job assignments.

After hearing all of this, I enrolled my child. My now-17-year-old child has completed two years with Minnesota Connections Academy and also has completed 19 college credits because of dual enrollment. My other three school-age children completed their first year with Minnesota Connections Academy, and it was a great year of educational growth. I'd be glad to share our experiences and answer questions.

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Katie from Grand Rapids

Connections Academy parent since 2006
Students in grades 5 and 9

I gave it some thought, and what I like best about Connections Academy is not only the flexibility of Connections Academy, but also that I know what my kids are learning.

Mike and I are very involved in everything our kids do. He sells insurance and is able to work from home, and—because of his very flexible schedule—he can help out when needed.

We started out with our first two kids in school, but we never really knew what they were doing in the classroom. The teachers didn't communicate a lot to us. I had some friends who told me about Connections Academy, and so I decided to check into it.

I loved the fact that I was able to receive all of the curriculum for free and that there were teachers to help me make sure we did everything that was required. We now have all four of our children in MTS Minnesota Connections Academy.

Sometimes it can be very challenging to work with all four. I have to keep things very organized and scheduled in order to make it work for me. I love the fact that the kids can work at their own pace, though. If they are stuck on something, I can take more time on it. Mike and I do volunteer work and our girls have been in dance, and having a flexible schedule allows us the time to fit all these things in.

It's also nice to be able to have the time to teach our kids other life skills that we may not have had a lot of time for if they were in a traditional school—and much of this is considered part of their education, instead of just having only classroom time.

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Alison from Winona

Connections Academy parent since 2005
Students in grades 8, 10, and 12

A former home schooling 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!

Nevada Connections Academy

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  • Socialization and Community
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  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
Gabrielle from Reno

Connections Academy parent since 2008
Students in grades 6 and 7

Gabrielle is able to care for her aging in-laws while remaining closely involved in her children’s education. Best of all, Nevada Connections Academy teachers go above and beyond to meet her children’s individual needs.

Our family started Nevada Connections Academy the first year it became available to us, and I have never regretted that decision. When it comes to my children, I am a worrier. I think about their safety, the quality of their education, and their exposure to negative influences. Nevada Connections Academy (NCA) has calmed these worries. My husband and I were blessed to be able to adopt our two children in March of 2006. My son was nearly twelve weeks premature, and he was very sick. In spite of this, he is now healthy and learns very quickly. My daughter, who was nearly full-term, seemed well enough. Yet over the years she developed some difficulties and learning delays. I cannot express enough what a comfort and relief it is to have the resources, and to experience the genuine care, that NCA has provided for both of my children’s individual needs. The program and the staff go above and beyond what I could have ever dreamed. My daughter receives the best attention in specialized programs that have been designed specifically for her needs. Just when I think NCA could not possibly come up with anything more, they surprise me with the latest and most timely programs available.

When my son started at a bricks-and-mortar school, I volunteered in his classroom. However, the next year, when my daughter began kindergarten, I wanted to be even more involved in their educations. NCA was the answer we had been searching for. I know where my children are at all times, and I am available to provide the individual attention they both need and thrive on. We have a great routine, and we can schedule courses and assignments according to our specific needs. Since we also care for my husband’s aging parents, we are able to pick up and go when something comes up. We just take school with us. It’s as easy as packing our schoolbag with the essentials. Access to our NCA program is easy from any computer, and the entire staff of NCA is just a phone call away.

I would recommend NCA, without hesitation, to anyone and everyone. I do not believe there is even one child who could not benefit from what NCA has to offer. Learning should be fun, progressively informative, personal, convenient, safe, and comfortable. It should be a wonderful journey to be a child. After all, we are only young once—and for a very short time. We owe it to our children to make the absolute best of it.

Ask me about:
  • Middle School
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
Dorothy from North Las Vegas

Connections Academy parent since 2007
Students in grades 9 and 12

Dorothy feels pride in her daughter’s accomplishments with Nevada Connections Academy.

As an avid news watcher, I came across a story on a new virtual school option, sanctioned and approved by the state, that would put the education of my children in a whole new light. That school option was Connections Academy. I jumped at the opportunity and have been more than pleased by the outcome.

This year has been a phenomenal learning experience for both my child and me. Not only does Connections Academy provide a level of education that would be difficult to achieve in a large classroom setting, it also provides an opportunity for parents/Learning Coaches to see their children in action and feel immediate pride in their accomplishments. The staff and teachers are extremely supportive and willing to help in any way they can. They make this experience easier than most would assume it would be. The bottom line is that through Connections Academy, I have seen my child learning and being appropriately challenged, without having to deal with many of the frustrations she had encountered previously. All this adds up to a great educational and family experience that will benefit both of us for years to come.

Ask me about:
  • Special Education
  • Middle School
  • Combining School with Sports Training
  • Students/Parents with Health Issues
  • Student Previously Bullied
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
Tebetha from Las Vegas

Connections Academy parent since 2010
Student in grade 7

With Nevada Connections Academy, Tebetha’s son is now excited about learning and has much more confidence. It has brought them closer together.

Connections Academy has done so much for our family. When I first started to think about homeschooling my son, I read book after book trying to see how I was going to help him. My son, who at the time was doing poorly in school, seemed to have lost any interest in learning. I knew it was my job to help my son, but homeschooling was not going to work. I knew I needed help from real teachers and that I couldn’t do it alone.

Then I found Connections Academy. I was so happy to see they had teachers to help and curriculum that I was looking for. I can tell you that the first year is hard work, but my child is now excited about learning, and he has so much more confidence. We are now so much closer, and I know what my son is learning. He does not feel rushed, and he still feels challenged to learn something new every day. In short, we feel that Connections Academy has helped us in so many ways. My son and I both love this school.

Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Students Participating in Performing Arts
  • Time Management
  • Using Connexus®
  • Socialization and Community
  • Field Trips and Clubs
Kimberly from Pahrump

Connections Academy parent since 2009
Students in grades 1 and 4

Kimberly loves that she can spend more time with her daughter, who is getting a quality education that she enjoys.

I was looking for an alternative to our local school. However, as a one-income family, we could not afford a private school or to buy a homeschooling program, nor did I want ALL of the responsibility for my child’s education on my shoulders. Then one day I saw an ad for Nevada Connections Academy; I went to a meeting and knew instantly that it was what I had been looking for. A state-funded public school that is free to us, and with a teacher and full staff for support!

I went into our first year of kindergarten not knowing what to expect, and now feel like I am part of something no less than revolutionary! Everything you need is sent to you: books, supplies, and even a computer if you want. Your teacher is always available to you and gives you a call every other week to check in and see how your child is doing. There are plenty of tests and assessments so you can see how your child is progressing. There are LiveLesson® sessions every week for your child to interact with her entire class and teacher at the same time. There are plenty of opportunities for social interaction on field trips and meetings for lunches at parks.

With the use of technology and the Internet, including the capability to scan and send in assignments, a whole world of flexibility will be opened up to you. We set our own daily schedule—my child can attend other classes outside of the home, such as ballet, piano, and gymnastics, at any time of the day.

I get to spend so much time with my child. I get to work with her one-on-one as her Learning Coach, and I am 100% involved in her education. I know exactly what subjects she flourishes in and which ones she needs more time with. We can spend as long as we need on any subject until she masters it. If something is really easy for her, we move on. No waiting for all the other kids in class to finish.

I feel that Nevada Connections Academy is the future of education. I have bonded with my child in a way that would not have been possible if she attended school away from home. Not seeing my child for up to eight hours a day just wasn’t good enough for me. I don’t want to miss out on her childhood. With this school, I will never look back when she is grown and wish I had spent more time with her. Nevada Connections Academy has been a perfect fit for our family—and, I hope, for many others.

Ask me about:
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Socialization and Community
  • Field Trips and Clubs
Debby from Spring Creek

Connections Academy parent since 2009
Student in grade 8

Debby’s daughter can get involved with her local 4-H without missing school days. She is enrolled in Gifted and Talented classes and loves researching history subjects and performing the science experiments at Nevada Connections Academy.

Our experience with NCA has been wonderful. It has given my child the ability to excel in advanced learning. My child is in Gifted and Talented classes and loves the challenge that comes with being in these courses. NCA gives us the flexibility to be involved in 4-H without missing school days—we take school with us. We have the best of both worlds.

NCA provides a challenging curriculum with plenty of variety for my daughter. She loves both the science experiments and the research she needs to do for history subjects. Her teachers have been wonderful, and they provide my daughter with a lot of encouragement to excel. She also has the opportunity to participate in LiveLesson® sessions, which have allowed her to meet other children in her class. Through LiveLesson® sessions, she interacts with her teachers and classmates.

The field trips allow the students in our area to become acquainted, and this gives them a support system. We enjoy going on these trips for educational enrichment and for socializing with local NCA teachers and students. Last year we went to the fire academy in our area and learned about fire safety. We also learned that this academy provides fire training worldwide. The students got to see and inspect all the gear used during a fire. They also observed a fire being put out and were instructed on why the firefighters use certain fire-extinguishing procedures.

We are happy with our educational decision.

New Mexico Connections Academy

Ask me about:
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Time Management
  • Working Parent
Karen from Los Lunas

Connections Academy parent since 2011
Student in grade 12

Karen’s son will be among those in the first graduating class of New Mexico Connections Academy. Virtual schooling at home works well for Karen’s family—they appreciate the parent involvement in student learning, the one-on-one attention from teachers, and the flexible schedule.

Finding Connections Academy was the pivotal point in my son’s school career. He struggled through bricks-and-mortar schools in two different school districts for 10 years in Pennsylvania. Finally, when he was about to start 10th grade, we were able to get Internet access where we lived, and at the same time we heard a radio commercial for Connections Academy. I researched all the cyber schools that were available in Pennsylvania and chose to go with Connections Academy. We are all very happy with our decision. Connections Academy solved so many of our school-related problems. Now our son can do his lessons at his pace and at the times when he works at his best. He can take 15 minutes to do a lesson or three days to do a lesson, as long as we stay on track. It works well for us. He has direct one-on-one access to his teachers for help, and no one to bully him or make him feel inferior. The teachers care and will do everything they can to help the students succeed.

As a parent, I am very satisfied with the school and the curriculum. I am able to tutor my son when he needs extra help. I also am able to keep track of his progress and urge him to work a little faster when he starts falling behind. This school allows the parent, or Learning Coach, to be involved with the student’s learning even at the high school level. I have been so happy with Connections Academy. When I was laid off from my job last year, I sent resumes for positions in other states that also had Connections Academy schools. I got a new position in New Mexico and was very happy to see that Connections Academy had been approved for its first run for the fall semester beginning in 2013. This will be my son’s senior year, and I am proud to say that he will be a Connections Academy high school graduate next spring—and part of the first graduating class of New Mexico Connections Academy.

Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Special Education
  • Students Participating in Sports
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Switching from another virtual school
  • Time management
Kyla from Santa Fe

Connections Academy parent since 2014
Student in grade 12

In his prior school, Kyla’s son struggled with bullying, which ruined his academic experience. Now with NMCA, he has more confidence and also receives support from teachers who want to see and help him succeed.

Having taught in public and private school settings, I have seen and experienced firsthand many problems of modern brick-and-mortar schools. My son struggled with bullying in both public and private schools. His academic experiences were ruined not only by the bullying, but also by a teacher who would berate him in front of the class. Eventually, we tried homeschooling, but finding the right curriculum and working up lessons and activities became so exhausting that my husband and I were at our wits’ end.

Finding New Mexico Connections Academy (NMCA) has been such a blessing. Our son is on an IEP learning plan and needs extra one-on-one attention. The virtual setting at NMCA gives him that teacher attention he needs and which he wouldn’t get in a traditional physical classroom setting. He is able to work at his own pace rather than being told to move on without learning the concept. The teachers and staff work with him and meet all of his IEP needs. They want to see him succeed and help him succeed. They have even discussed truly innovative strategies that simply would not work in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting.

As a parent and teacher, I love NMCA. It is a wonderful opportunity for our family, and it has made a huge impact on my son’s learning. He has more confidence and support in this virtual school than he ever had in schools located on a physical campus. I love the fact that, as a parent, I can be a Learning Coach and help him accomplish what he needs to do.

Ohio Connections Academy

Mary Ann from Monroe Ask me about:
  • Graduation
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Students with Health Issues
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Students Participating in Performing Arts
  • Working Parent
Mary Ann from Monroe

Connections Academy parent since 2003
Two students graduated from OCA

Since 2003, Mary Ann has considered the Ohio Connections Academy teachers an important part of her family. The rigorous high school program provided excellent preparation for the Ohio Graduation Achievement Tests and helped her daughter win second place in a state-wide science fair.

During the end of summer 2003, my family and I attended one of Ohio Connection Academy’s information sessions. We were so impressed by the program that with only a couple of weeks before school started, we withdrew from the private school our children had been attending for five years and enrolled in Ohio Connections Academy. My children were entering fifth and sixth grades at the time. This fall will be our sixth year and we have loved every year. Next year my son will be in eleventh grade and my daughter in tenth.

The Ohio Connections Academy high school program is very challenging and has more than prepared my children for the Ohio Graduation Achievement Tests. In high school they have taken advantage of the Honors classes and will be taking Advanced Placement classes next fall. They have participated in the Ohio Connections Academy Academic Fair, where my daughter received a first-place and my son received a second-place award in the Science Fair. My daughter went on to compete in a state-wide science fair at Cleveland University and placed second.

They have enjoyed the many field trips they have attended and have really enjoyed getting to know their teachers and other students. The teachers at Ohio Connections Academy have been some of the most helpful my children have known. We consider the teachers and staff a very important part of our family and are looking forward to the years to come.

Mindy from Coshocton Ask me about:
  • Graduation
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Students with Health Issues
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Students Participating in Performing Arts
Mindy from Coshocton

Connections Academy parent since 2007
Students in grades 10 and 11

With Ohio Connections Academy, all three of Mindy’s children are excelling with a rigorous, personalized education.

Imagine, if you will, three children, all well-behaved but frustrated with school. They are doing well, but they are not challenged academically. They wait for other students to behave or to follow directions. They wait to move ahead in their courses so that others may catch up, and they spend a great deal of time preparing for standardized tests.

Now imagine these three children two years later, happy with school and excelling with a rigorous, up-to-date curriculum. They participate in hands-on activities in math and science and are learning how to effectively express themselves in writing. They use technology every day in a way that is meaningful and innovative, and they have become proficient users of software programs like MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. They enjoy frequent field trips to interesting sites all over Ohio and have made many new friends.

The difference is Ohio Connections Academy!

As the mother of these three children, I am thrilled with the turnaround and am excited about the way OCA personalizes my children’s education according to their individual needs. All have access to Gifted and Talented classes, which are very different from the enrichment they were getting in our local schools. All are able to work in the style that best suits them. My oldest likes routine and does her classes in the same order each day. My middle child enjoys the freedom to make changes based on her interests each day, and my youngest likes to have direction from me, the "Learning Coach," throughout the day. All enjoy the personal connection they have with their OCA teachers, who may be contacted by telephone, WebMail, or online LiveLesson® sessions. I am very impressed with the high level of knowledge and professionalism displayed by the OCA staff.

I am very happy to have found OCA and to be participating fully in my children's education! It is a truly outstanding school filled with opportunity!

Cyndi from Dayton Ask me about:
  • Middle School
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Classroom Setup
  • Using Connexus®
Cyndi from Dayton

Connections Academy parent since 2004
Students in grades 7 and 9

Cyndi has been with Ohio Connections Academy for the last eight years and is planning for her daughter to graduate from Ohio Connections Academy.

When I began researching virtual schools and found Ohio Connections Academy, I felt it was a perfect meld of the things I wanted in a school for my daughter. I wanted a personalized experience and high academic standards as well as flexibility. My oldest daughter began kindergarten in 2004, and I now also have my younger daughter enrolled. My daughters are in fifth and third grade and are doing very well academically.

Ohio Connections Academy has a progressive curriculum that includes up-to-date textbooks, workbooks, and lab supplies. They have Gifted and Talented courses available for advanced students, as well as courses for those who need remediation. Computers are used in learning, but the mainstay of my students’ learning comes from the interaction between me, as their Learning Coach, and them. Not to be minimized is the link between the teachers and the students. The teachers are caring, easy to work with, and eager to help. If you are experiencing any difficulty, they are happy to assist in whatever way they can.

There are many opportunities for enrichment, both from within the lessons themselves, and from the experiences you include yourself. For instance, our family takes educational field trips during the school year, which we all love very much. Last year we went to Colonial Williamsburg for a week, and this year we went to Washington, D.C. Yellowstone is on the books for September. If our daughters were enrolled in traditional school, it would be difficult to do this, but our family benefits from the flexibility of the program.

I highly recommend Connections Academy. I have been with them for eight years and hope to continue through graduation. I truly appreciate that Ohio Connections Academy continually strives to improve the program for all involved parties. They listen to the parents and hear your concerns and feedback. They truly want your student to be fulfilled and have a good experience. With this winning combination, I feel confident that my daughters will have a successful education.

Malinda from Salem Ask me about:
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Students Participating in Sports
  • Working Parent
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Time Management
Malinda from Salem

Connections Academy parent since 2006
Students in grades 6 and 7

As a Learning Coach since 2006, Malinda has enjoyed her direct involvement in her children’s education. She appreciates the exceptional support from teachers, and she is pleased with her children’s social and academic growth during their years at Connections Academy.

We have been with Connections Academy since 2006 and are planning to continue until my children graduate.

What has my experience been like as a Learning Coach? I am so thankful that I have this pleasure. Not only do I understand my children’s needs, but I have also bonded better with them. As a mother, part of my job is to be their advocate. Since I am directly involved, I have a better understanding of what needs to be voiced or addressed, especially given their young ages. Ohio Connections Academy really does an excellent job of listening to and solving an issue before it becomes a problem. As a Learning Coach, I don’t worry about teaching the material. I sit in and enjoy learning with my children and being part of their lives. The responsibility isn’t a burden like it would be if I homeschooled. Therefore, I enjoy it more.

What has my experience with the teachers been like? In the last four years, I have had exceptional encounters with Ohio Connections Academy teachers. When dealing with the children's or Learning Coach’s concerns, they have responded almost immediately. The grades are given within a day or two. The teachers have always made the LiveLesson® sessions interesting and easy to comprehend.

What is our experience with socialization at Ohio Connections Academy? At first, I was criticized for doing virtual school because others felt it would ruin my children socially. I even feared this in the beginning. However, time has proven that virtual school has actually bettered them socially. I have had the children in gymnastics for five years, karate for four years, soccer for two years, and wrestling for one year. They go to church on Sunday and Wednesday. I am always told how well my children behave and get along with others.

If I could rewind time and change my mind about Connections Academy and enrolling my children, I definitely would still make the same decision, but this time with less hesitation.

Rachel from Xenia Ask me about:
  • Middle School
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Using Connexus®
  • Socialization and Community
  • Field Trips and Clubs
Rachel from Xenia

Connections Academy parent since 2007
Student in grade 10

Rachel loves the fact that her daughter started learning two foreign languages early with Ohio Connections Academy. Her family also enjoys the technology classes and many great field trips that the school provides.

I am very pleased with my experience with Ohio Connections Academy. My daughter has truly benefited from being enrolled at this school.

The option of learning a foreign language especially appeals to me, as my daughter is very good with languages, and our family has been endeavoring to learn at least two new languages in addition to English. The fact that she doesn’t have to wait until high school to be able to learn a second (or third) language is wonderful, because children tend to pick up languages more quickly when they are young. The Educational Technology course is outstanding in that it teaches students how to use Microsoft products, which will be beneficial in the real world when it comes to finding a job. My daughter really enjoys creating PowerPoint presentations and learning new features of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

There is also great room in the curriculum for students to be creative. For some lessons, they can choose to either pick their own science project, to do an interview as a character from a story on video for a language arts project, to create a board game for math, and the list goes on!

I’m very happy to be able to have greater parental involvement—knowing what is going on in my child's curriculum and playing an active part in her learning process. I’ve also found that my daughter gets sick much less often than she did when she was in a brick-and-mortar school.

I’ve also enjoyed attending school field trips, like the one to Harry London Chocolate Factory. I’ve enjoyed the field trips so much that I’ve volunteered as a Community Coordinator to help arrange field trips for the students. This has been very fun and helpful in facilitating my daughter's necessary interaction with her peers. Ohio Connections Academy has been the wisest educational decision that I’ve made for my daughter. Thanks, Ohio Connections Academy!

Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Students Participating in Sports
  • Students Participating in Performing Arts
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Time Management
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
Charri from Boardman

Connections Academy parent since 2007
Students in grades 11 and 12

Charri is thrilled with her daughter’s turnaround since enrolling at Ohio Connections Academy. She especially loves the strong curriculum and dedicated teachers.

We have been with Ohio Connections Academy (OCA) since March of 2008. I transferred my daughter from her public school because I was at a loss for what else to do for her. She had accomplished nothing the entire school year prior. All she managed to do during class was talk and pass notes, and she was concerned with nothing but fashion and gossip. She was going to fail the sixth grade if I didn’t do something.

I did some research about online schools and loved what I read about OCA. The hook for me was the curriculum. As an education major, I know the importance of a strong curriculum, as well as first-rate resources, textbooks, and materials and activities to reinforce lessons. OCA supplied it all: up-to-date textbooks, online resources such as BrainPOP® and Discovery Education, LiveLesson® sessions, workbooks, Teachlet® tutorials, and projects to complement every unit in every subject. They even offer foreign language in elementary and middle school, as well as in high school.

Starting OCA was painless. The enrollment process was straightforward and quick. My daughter’s supplies reached us quickly. The school gives a tutorial that takes the Learning Coaches through every aspect of the e-school experience, so I didn’t feel overwhelmed or intimidated by this new experience. The staff as well as the tutorial helped me feel comfortable and confident in my role.

My daughter was upset about having to attend a virtual school, but within two weeks her enthusiasm peaked, and she began working voluntarily rather than by force. She was also more concentrated and careful with her work. The one quarter with OCA made all the difference. She was no longer defiant, careless, scattered, and sloppy. She was cooperative, careful, focused—the daughter I always knew I had but who was previously lost to me. My son, seeing the change in his older sister, decided that he, too, HAD to be a part of OCA, even though he was having no problems in his brick-and-mortar school.

I have been very pleased with both of my children’s progress while being with OCA. The teachers are extremely helpful, patient, understanding, and giving. It is fortunate to find such dedication in teachers. It is nearly like my children have their own private tutors on call for their every need. I couldn’t ask for more for my children. That is saying a lot. I am extremely high-strung and demanding when it comes to the welfare of my children. Any school that can meet my standards and expectations has got to be something special.

Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Middle School
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Time Management
  • Working Parent
Robin from Cincinnati

Connections Academy parent since 2008
Student in grade 8

Robin loves that with Ohio Connections Academy (OCA), her son is able to take ownership of his academics, manage his time, and immediately see where his strengths and weakness lie. She also appreciates the support he receives from OCA teachers.

My son began Ohio Connections Academy (OCA) in 2008 as a third grade learner. We chose this program because of the flexibility and individualized learning that it provides. My son needed to work at his own pace and in his own way. With OCA, he is able to take ownership of his academics, learn to manage his time, and immediately see where his strengths and weakness lie. If he needs to move forward or spend a little more time on a subject or lesson, he is able to do so. OCA teachers are highly qualified and work closely with families to ensure success. OCA has allowed my son to grow into a confident, competent student who will continue to grow with the support of OCA teachers and staff who work very hard to ensure student success. The OCA curriculum is rigorous and engaging, presenting students with a challenge while promoting thoughtful discussion among peers. We are very happy with OCA and will continue on this journey of discovery in education.

Oklahoma Connections Academy

Toni from Owasso Ask me about:
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Students with Health Issues
  • Classroom Setup
  • Using Connexus®
Toni from Owasso

Connections Academy parent since 2011
Student in grade 9

For Toni, Oklahoma Connections Academy’s curriculum and the flexibility of a virtual school environment are key to maintaining her daughter's type 1 diabetes and her education.

When my daughter, Belle, was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes, I was determined to help her achieve the best self-care possible and still see that she took advantage of her academic opportunities. I didn't realize what a task that would be.

When we experienced difficulties within the traditional school system, we decided to home-school Belle. The thought of it scared me to death, but I knew that she needed something to change because she wasn't able to concentrate and achieve at the level she was capable of reaching. Then we found Connections Academy on the Internet. It really sounded great, but we were skeptical. Could we do all this at home on the computer...and it's free? No way!

Now that she has been doing the work for a few months, and has achieved a 95% average, we are believers. I have seen her go from a discouraged girl who thought she was stuck in a system that was not working for her, to a girl who feels better, and is loving school again. The best part is what she said to me not too long ago: "Mom, I can learn again!" Those were the best words she could have said to me! As a Learning Coach, I can say that I am pleased to be an active participant in my daughter's education. It is a privilege to be guiding her through this part of her education."

Sheri from Weatherford Ask me about:
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Classroom Setup
  • Field Trips and Clubs
  • Students Participating in acting/music/arts
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
Sheri from Weatherford

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Students in grades 2 and 6

Sheri’s daughters have caught on so quickly. They love learning, look forward to school every day, and enjoy the lessons and field trips.

My husband and I are blessed with a very large family of all girls. We are a blended family, so there is a big range in our children’s ages. The two youngest girls began to have issues with bullying in traditional brick-and-mortar schools the last couple of years.

We knew we needed a change for our children—and soon. We began doing research during the 2011 school year, and finally we were delighted to find Oklahoma Connections Academy (OKCA). Our daughters started in the fall of 2012, with me as their Learning Coach. It has been a blessing—a newfound freedom and revelation in our children’s education.

OKCA is outstanding with regard to its academics and creative offerings. Our girls have caught on so quickly and have learned so much. They love learning, look forward to school every day, and enjoy the lessons, activities, and experiments they get to do while learning. We attend field trips every month with other students and teachers from OKCA. Our daughters join in on online LiveLesson® sessions several times a week. Their teachers call us weekly to check up on personal development and see if we have any questions. Our oldest daughter is excelling so well that she is in some of the Gifted and Talented programs. And our youngest is getting straight A’s. The teachers, principal, and staff at OKCA have been so helpful any time we have ever needed anything, and they are always quick to respond.

OKCA offers an outstanding curriculum and great activities, as well as resources and online tools. Students have the opportunity to sign up for a wide variety of electives and clubs. We are looking forward to having a long, fun-filled educational friendship with OKCA in the years to come.

Dana from Altus Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Switching from Homesschooling
  • Military Family
Dana from Altus

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Two students in grade 9

Dana’s twin boys, who have two different learning styles, are excelling with the virtual attention they receive from their teachers. They also really enjoy the flexibility that OKCA provides.

My family learned about Oklahoma Connections Academy (OKCA) after researching alternatives to traditional school for our twin boys who were twelve. We were a military family and struggled with the varying requirements for homeschooling from state to state. We choose OKCA after attending their webinars and an in-person information session. OKCA provided a nearly seamless transition when we moved from Florida to Oklahoma in 2012. Additionally, we were thrilled to know that the boys would earn a high school diploma instead of having to test for a GED (homeschool option).

Currently, the boys are in the ninth grade here in Oklahoma. They are excelling with the virtual attention they receive from their teachers. The flexibility of Connections Academy allows for the one who struggles in algebra to receive more attention from his teacher. The other twin (who understands almost everything the first time) gets to complete his class work and pursue his own passions in the afternoon. The bottom line is that my boys are happier with their education. No angry teachers, no bullying, no swearing, no wasting time, no showing up to class to watch Rio and be told to hush fifty times—just a no-nonsense mentality that provides students with direction, like informing them of the requirements and due date for an assignment. My sons are active in the community, volunteering with the Red Cross as disaster action responders and regularly attending church and church activities. Numerous adults compliment their father and me for the boys’ honesty, hard work, and maturity. OKCA has provided a tangible way for my family to provide a quality education and effectively rear two teenage boys, with the goal of their becoming effective members of our society.

Oregon Connections Academy

Heidi from Salem Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Time Management
  • Classroom Setup
Heidi from Salem

Connections Academy parent since 2007
Students in grades 2, 4, and 6

Heidi believes that enrolling her children in Oregon Connections Academy was the best choice her family made. With the strong teacher and staff support, she is never left out on her own.

Connections Academy is top-notch schooling and a perfect fit for our family. This is our third year with Connections Academy, and we really love the program. I started teaching my children at a very young age and thought I was doing okay on my own, but I realized I needed more. We enrolled our first daughter in Connections Academy in kindergarten, and I was very impressed with the curriculum. We were provided with all of the books, lesson plans, and even some necessary school supplies. The next year we even qualified to have a complete computer setup provided. The support of the teachers and staff is wonderful. You are never on your own, and it is the most rewarding experience to be a major part of your children’s education and see them grow in their abilities.

When we first enrolled our daughter she was not reading at all, but within two or three months she was reading well. Now as a second-grader she is a very strong reader and is devouring books! This year we enrolled our second daughter in kindergarten and, despite its being challenging at times with two sets of curriculum, we have had awesome support from the teachers—and our girls are thriving in every subject. They get excited about learning, and we have a great time. We really love the variety of the curriculum, which includes not only the core subjects but also music, art, and activities. Everything in the curriculum is really top-quality and can be tailored to your child’s needs. The flexibility of the schedule is wonderful too, because every family has different circumstances and, perhaps, challenges—and you can make it work for your family. I have some health challenges, and the flexibility of the schedule is a perfect fit for us. Enrolling our children in Connections Academy is the best choice we have made for them, and we highly recommend it for other families.

Ask me about:
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Students with Health Issues
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Students Participating in Sports
  • Switching from Homeschooling
Paula from Hillsboro

Connections Academy parent since 2005
Students in grades 2 and 11

Paula’s family has been with Oregon Connections Academy since the school opened in 2005, and she now has five students enrolled. The entire family loves how the school provides a new way of discovering talents in every student.

I have been with Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA) since its founding in 2005. We now have five students enrolled and look forward to another productive year in schooling. Oregon Connections Academy is more than just a school with a fantastic curriculum, extremely bright teachers, and a wealth of resources for all learning styles. ORCA is our schooling community that provides encouragement, a positive attitude, and a new way of discovering talents in our kids. We have Community Coordinators that present field trip opportunities; we have Learning Coach LiveLesson® sessions for support and outreach; and we have clubs for those students who have a passion to make a difference or pursue a hobby. My family finds ORCA to be the best choice for us because, as one child put it, “There are no misfits.”

Oregon Connections Academy rocks!

Mary from Forest Grove Ask me about:
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Time Management
  • Classroom Setup at Home
  • Switching from Homeschooling
  • Curriculum and Teachers
Mary from Forest Grove

Connections Academy parent since 2010
Students in grades 4

Mary, who has a B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education, loves the top-rated curriculum, excellent and caring teachers, creative portfolio projects, math placement at the student’s ability level, excellent middle school writing curriculum, and flexibility that Connections Academy offers.

I have been so pleased with Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA). We initially chose Connections Academy because my oldest son needed an academic challenge, as he spent kindergarten through fifth grade incredibly bored at a local private school. I was so relieved to find out he could do math a year ahead of his grade level, since ORCA’s curriculum and placement can be tailored to fit your child’s academic needs. He has completed sixth and seventh grades at Connections Academy and is now an eighth grader. We recently enrolled our third grade son, who is enjoying being a Connections Academy student.

We have had excellent experiences with all the teachers. We have enjoyed many of the regional and schoolwide sponsored events. We know many families in our town who are also enrolled in ORCA, so we do some school days together, have regular playtimes, and take learning field trips. I love the flexibility the program offers, as you can tailor your weekly schedule to fit your family’s needs. This allows us to take advantage of midweek learning offerings at so many of our local museums. We also do our art lessons on Saturday mornings, as a family, which allows Dad to be in on some of the great activities. The flexibility also allows our boys to have more time for extracurricular activities like music, snowboarding, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and youth group.

As a person with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education, I am a tough critic when it comes to curriculum and program. After considering many different options for my children, I feel that Connections Academy has served them the best of all of the choices available to us. Top-rated curriculum, excellent and caring teachers, creative portfolio projects, math placement at your student’s ability level, and an excellent middle school writing curriculum are all ways in which Connections Academy has served our kids very beautifully. Since joining Connections Academy three years ago, my 13-year-old son’s Stanford Achievement scores have done nothing but go up dramatically each year. That is all the proof that I need to know this program is a fit for our kids and family.

Lisa from Grants Pass Ask me about:
  • High School
  • Classroom Setup
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Field Trips and Clubs
  • Switching from Homeschool
  • Time Management
  • Working Parent
Lisa from Grants Pass

Connections Academy parent since 2006
Student in grade 9

Lisa’s daughter started with Oregon Connections Academy in second grade. Now she is in high school and is a straight-A student and a member of the National Junior Honor Society.

Before I ever had a child, I always knew I would homeschool. I had my daughter when I was 30 years old. I was a single mom, and right away I knew that I had to get on track to make sure I could stay home with my daughter and still make a living. Luckily, I had a career in bookkeeping, so I set about starting a home-based business. I know: not a lot of people, especially single parents, are lucky enough to be able to stay home and work and teach their children, but somehow I made it happen.

For my daughter’s kindergarten and first grade years, I didn’t have a curriculum, so I was always searching. I checked out everything I could, both online and in my community. At the time, I was taking my child to a local church that rented out space to a homeschooling community, and there I met some wonderful people. One of those people was a mother of four, but she moved to California. If it weren’t for the wonderful technology of the Internet, I would have lost touch with her. Through emails, we remained in communication, and I asked her what she was doing for schooling. She said that there was a wonderful online, accredited public school called Connections Academy. I immediately looked online and found that Connections Academy had just opened its Oregon school the previous year! I was so excited that I got busy with the enrollment process right away. It was so easy that I was stunned. In no time, I had my daughter enrolled in second grade with Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA)—and that is where she has been ever since. She is now a freshman in high school and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a straight-A student.

ORCA has been wonderful in so many ways. I am very excited to have been able to join the team of Learning Coaches and parents that Connections Academy has made available to answer any questions that future ORCA parents may have. My family is in our ninth year with ORCA, and we couldn’t be happier. Over the years, I have been asked so many questions regarding the pros and cons of schooling my student from home and about “socialization” opportunities that I feel like a walking, talking brochure for Connections Academy! Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have regarding ORCA and its classes, teachers, curriculum, field trips, clubs, and activities, including electives such as second languages. I am more than happy to help you on your journey in any way I can!

Commonwealth Connections Academy

Laura from Philadelphia Ask me about:
  • Field Trips and Clubs
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Socialization and Community
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
Laura from Philadelphia

Connections Academy parent since 2011
Students in grades 3 and 5

Laura is so happy that she enrolled two of her children in Commonwealth Connections Academy. Not only are her children excelling with the engaging, challenging curriculum, but also her whole family is able to be involved with education. At last they are enjoying learning and spending quality time together.

I grew tired. Tired of having to wake my two youngest children at 6:30 a.m. just so they could come with me to drop off my oldest son at his school by 7:30 a.m. Tired of having these arbitrary time constraints—drop-off and pickup times—around which I had to schedule my family’s day. Tired of fighting traffic to get a good parking spot, where I would sit in the car awaiting my student’s dismissal while trying to entertain my two youngest children in the car. Tired of not seeing my child all day and then, when we finally did get together, having to put him through the paces of homework, dinner, bath, and bed, with no real free time as a family. I became aware that our family time was being weaved in very thinly between school commitments.

This may have been worth it had I been satisfied with the education my eldest son had been receiving at a local and well-respected charter school here in Philadelphia. Though his grades were excellent and he made the honor roll each term, by the end of his second-grade year, it was clear to me that the school wasn’t truly meeting his needs. Each child is unique, and unfortunately a traditional school setting allows only so much flexibility in meeting each student where he or she is. My eldest needed more of an academic challenge. And we needed more time together as a young, growing family. In the 2011–12 school year, I took the plunge and transferred my son to Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA). I had done my research but knew no one who had gone the cyber schooling route before. I felt I had cut a cord and was off on a totally new journey.

What a magnificent journey it has been so far! We are in our second year at CCA, and I can’t believe how much happier, more enriched, and connected we are to our son’s schooling and to each other. My son is now in CCA’s Gifted and Talented program, and he’s enjoying moving at his own pace through lessons and working with his peers and his teacher in the Junior Great Books® literature program, which focuses on critical thinking and the creative sharing of ideas through various projects. He is a member of the Chess Club, takes Mandarin Chinese lessons through CCA’s amazing language class that features a native speaker, and is finally getting a well-rounded education with real-world applications. Yes, he is still on the honor roll. But here at CCA, he is truly working and growing while earning those grades. We are so pleased with the quality of education at CCA that we enrolled our middle child as well. He, too, is excelling. He has worked through two grade levels in this, his first year in school, alone! He will be entering the Gifted and Talented program for third grade this coming fall and has thus far enjoyed taking electives such as American Sign Language and Art through CCA.

What most surprised me about our experience is how involved the teachers are in our children’s learning process and how connected we are to the rest of our CCA family. Both my children have had wonderful teachers who communicate with us regularly via LiveLesson®sessions, phone calls, and class trips. My children’s teachers at CCA seem to know them better, thanks especially to our biweekly phone calls, than the teachers who saw them sitting in a chair every day at brick-and-mortar school. The teachers get their senses of humor and understand their learning style, and I, of course, as the Learning Coach, am able to allow my students to learn in ways that suit them best. And CCA’s school trips and message boards allow me to connect with other parents in more meaningful ways than I ever did during drop-off and pickup times at the brick-and-mortar school! My children and I have made real friendships through CCA, ones that are focused on shared interests and passion for learning, not simply assigned seating.

I will most definitely be registering my daughter for CCA when she reaches school age! CCA has allowed us to put the focus back on our family and to put education at the forefront of all of our experiences. It is a crucial part of the fabric of our daily lives as we learn and grow together.

Wendy from York Springs Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Time Management
  • Field Trips and Clubs
Wendy from York Springs

Connections Academy parent since 2004
Student in grade 9

Wendy says the Connections Academy teachers and staff have been helpful and friendly.

My experience with Commonwealth Connections Academy has been excellent! The curriculum is wonderful. CCA supplies everything needed for me to be a productive Learning Coach. My son is excited about all the subjects, even those that he struggles with. We are never bored with the schoolwork. My son likes to send and receive his portfolio items. He wonders if his teacher will like his work and give him an "A". His teacher always has something to say on each item that is sent in, often with a sticker or a comment about how he did. Routinely, his teacher calls every other week on a day that suits both of us. At that point I can ask questions if needed. The teacher may also give a verbal test over the phone to my son.

I find that there are a lot of opportunities for socialization on field trips—once we participated in a Roboball competition. Taking all of the families that signed up, we were put into equal groups. We got to know other students and parents by working together and competing as a team to make our own robot. In other trips to a wildlife preserve and to Hershey Chocolate World, we were placed in groups to take the tours and interacted with each other along the way. There was a scavenger hunt at the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, and again we were placed into teams and worked together to find all the clues to complete the hunt. I feel that all of the field trips offer great opportunities for socialization. Online chess games also offer socialization. The students can interact online through LiveLesson®; sessions a few times a week, and the school also offers message boards.

CCA is the right school for us! We feel blessed; thank you.

Kelly from Hanover Ask me about:
  • Special Education
  • Elementary School
  • Students/Parents with Health Issues
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Socialization and Community
Kelly from Hanover

Connections Academy parent since 2010
Student in grade 6

Thanks to CCA’s wonderful teachers, outstanding curriculum, and fun field trips, Kelly’s son enjoys learning again.

My son and I joined the Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA) family in 2010. My son had been physically bullied in first grade at a brick-and-mortar school and did not enjoy classes because of the experience. Knowing the importance of a good education, I decided to homeschool my son. However, I suffer from a myriad of health issues, including chronic migraines and fibromyalgia, and the lesson planning, implementation, and documentation were too overwhelming even with my mother’s help. We began looking into other alternatives. My mom and I were both impressed by the mixture of courses, clubs, and field trips that CCA had to offer. We haven’t once regretted our decision to enroll my son in CCA.

When my son showed signs of learning disabilities, I sought the insight of the Special Education staff. I am thoroughly impressed with the stellar teamwork to ensure that my son is learning in the way that is best for him and with the tools he needs to succeed, and I appreciate the genuine support and encouragement of teachers and staff who sincerely care about him and want to see him excel as much as I do.

In addition to the outstanding curriculum, CCA provides online tools through Grolier, Discovery Education, and other fun, informative, and educational sites that students can access for support or enrichment activities. Students are also provided opportunities through lessons to complete hands-on activities that also enhance the learning experience. Community-based classes in art, sports, or music can also provide students the opportunity to learn new skills. Community service is encouraged through clubs and counted as lesson hours. Furthermore, students have a wide array of electives and clubs from which to choose.

Thanks to CCA and the wonderful teachers they employ, my son enjoys learning again. He is excelling in his academics and has transformed from a shy, anxious child to a joyful, outgoing young man. We are looking forward to a long relationship with CCA in the years to follow. I want to share our experience with CCA in the hopes of helping other families find hope for an alternative education through CCA that will allow their children to soar to new heights as well.

Ask me about:
  • Students Participating in Performing Arts
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Time Management
  • Classroom Setup
  • Using Connexus®
  • Socialization and Community
Ranae from Dover

Connections Academy parent since 2005
Student in grade 8

Ranae's daughter was performing below average in a traditional classroom, but after just six months in Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA) she turned things around.

If someone had told me a few years ago that I would be teaching my daughter from home I would have laughed. In fact, at one time I was one of those parents who thought children who learned from home were deprived from a "real" education.

We have two daughters: Our oldest, Jessica, 18, attended a traditional school all the way through graduation. Though Jessica was above average and participated in sports, she still had some issues with teachers and peer pressure from her classmates. So when our youngest daughter, Alix, 8, was beginning school we were a little concerned.

Alix started kindergarten at the age of 5. I volunteered three times a week in her class and could see that she was not progressing, so after much thought and discussion we decided to have Alix repeat kindergarten. She did well after that, but then she started first grade. On the second day of school I received a call from her teacher, who said that Alix might have attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). After a few months, several meetings with her teacher, and doctor visits, we discovered that Alix was borderline ADHD. One evening while waiting for Alix to finish her ballet class, I was talking about school with the other mothers who were also waiting for their daughters. I found out that eight out of ten parents in that waiting room either home schooled their children or enrolled them in a cyber charter school. At that point I decided to look into cyber schooling as an option for Alix, and I found CCA. It took me a few months before finally enrolling Alix in CCA because I was still nervous about taking so much responsibility for my child's education into my hands.

This is why CCA is the perfect solution for our family. CCA's curriculum is state-of-the-art and provides you with detailed lesson plans to follow as well as suggestions. A certified teacher calls every two weeks to check on your progress, and if there are any questions you may also call the teacher at any time. In addition, you submit a portfolio every two months and have access to many learning tools from CCA's online “Virtual Library.”

Alix was performing below average for her age group before enrolling at CCA. Six months later with CCA, she was above average. I feel that the one-on-one attention and the support from CCA are what make the difference. Her teacher cares about her and takes time when talking with her over the phone or when we see each other. There is a bond with her teacher. I know that my daughter is receiving the best education possible, building a foundation for the future. This is my second year with CCA, and I will stay with this program because I feel in my heart this is the right choice, and for me and Alix this is the educated choice.

Ask me about:
  • Special Education
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Time Management
  • Classroom Setup
  • Socializing and Community
  • Students with ADHD and Bipolar Disorder
Donna from Hamburg

Connections Academy parent since 2005
Student in grade 10

The education at Commonwealth Connections Academy has brought Donna’s family much closer together, and the curriculum is the best that she’s found for her two children.

My family has been able to achieve and excel since being with Commonwealth Connections Academy. I have had two children enrolled in Commonwealth Connections Academy for the past five years. The curriculum is the best my children can get. The teachers with Connections Academy are always there for you and your child. I have a child who has special needs, and CCA meets those needs better than anyone else ever could have. My other child was bored at the regular brick-and-mortar school because she was more advanced.

Since being with Commonwealth Connections Academy, both of my children are able to work at their own pace and on a schedule that fits the whole family. I get great joy out of seeing how happy both of my children become when they hear they did a great job! When my daughter hears her teachers tell her how good of a job she is doing, it really makes her want to do better. My son was on the honor roll last year for the first time since fourth grade, and he is now in eleventh. My children were in a regular brick-and-mortar school, and we will never go back! Because we are able to work from home together, it has brought my family much closer together—and I get to be a big part of not only their lives but also their education.

With Commonwealth Connections Academy, my children get to experience some great field trips, and we have met some wonderful people that also are a part of the school. The quality education my children get is the best I have been able to find. From the enrollment team down to the teachers, my experience with Connections Academy has been a very positive one for my family.

South Carolina Connections Academy

Tamra from Fort Mill Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Time Management
  • Classroom Setup
  • Socialization and Community
Tamra from Fort Mill

Connections Academy parent since 2009
Students in grades K, 2, 5, and 7

For Tamra, there have been many advantages to having her children in Connections Academy, but the best part is that their evenings are once again family time!

I am a mother of four. My two oldest children are enrolled in South Carolina Connections Academy.

By the time my oldest child had reached second grade, he had developed nervous habits and felt overwhelmed with school and homework. The next year we made the choice to enroll him and his younger sister in Connections Academy.

 

Since enrolling, my son has dropped his nervous habits and is much happier! My children are able to work at their own pace. I am aware of what they are learning, which allows us to incorporate newly learned material into our everyday lives.

 

My children are still able to feel they are part of a school community. They have made new friends through field trips and state testing, and their teachers are always willing to help. There have been many advantages to putting our children in Connections Academy, but for us the best part is that our evenings are once again family time! What we do is no longer dictated by how much homework the children have, since they complete all their work during the school day.

Pam from Union Ask me about:
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Using Connexus®
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
Pam from Union

Connections Academy parent since 2010
Student in grade 9

Pam chose South Carolina Connections Academy because of its accreditation, the curriculum, and the activities. Her daughter, who is in the Gifted and Talented program at SCCA, has discovered a newfound love of learning.

When I first started looking into alternatives for my daughter’s education, several things were very important to our family: accreditation, curriculum, and activities. Connections Academy has all three plus much more. My daughter, Morgan, is part of the Gifted and Talented program at Connections Academy. The curriculum is challenging but never overwhelming. The teachers are well-educated and caring professionals. They are able to give her the time she needs to fully understand any problem or answer any questions she may have. All she has to do is send an email or call them. You are never alone! Students have access to many educational tools such as Discovery Educationand Brain POP®.

Connections Academy also offers various clubs and activities for their students. Morgan is in the Gifted and Talented art program and a member of the Art Club and Poetry Club. She is able to meet kids from all over the state who share her interests. The schedule is very flexible, which allows time for her to attend private music and art lessons. Students are able to work at their own pace. The education is personalized for each student. Morgan is in the seventh grade but is in a ninth-grade-level math class. When she attended our local bricks-and-mortal school, math was her weakest subject. Thanks to Connections Academy, that is no longer the case.

 

My daughter has a newfound love of learning thanks to this wonderful school. Gone are the days of hating school and being overloaded with homework. Connections Academy has gone above and beyond all my expectations. Enrolling my daughter here is by far the best decision I have ever made as a parent.

 
Ask me about:
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Classroom Setup
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Elementary School
Teresa from Warrenville

Connections Academy parent since 2012
Student in grade 1

Teresa is grateful that her daughter is learning in a safe environment. She enjoys being a Learning Coach and is highly satisfied with the teachers, staff, and curriculum of South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA).

We enrolled our child in South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA) in 2012, and I am so glad we did. It’s a wonderful way to be involved in our child’s education and to spend quality time with her. There is no doubt that it is a great experience sharing in your own child’s growth and development. I would recommend SCCA to everyone. I enjoy being a Learning Coach, and I’m especially grateful that my daughter is learning in a safe environment. The teachers and staff at SCCA are wonderful and the curriculum is excellent.

My daughter, who is in the same grade as my nephew, has learned more in this online educational program than he has at a bricks-and-mortar school. We will continue to use Connections Academy for the entirety of our daughter’s schooling. I am very pleased with the program, and I am highly satisfied with the teachers, the staff, and the curriculum. I am so glad we joined SCCA!

 

Texas Connections Academy @ Houston

Ask me about:
  • Classroom Setup
  • Field Trips and Clubs
  • Special Education
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Switching from Homeschooling
Wendy from Navasota

Connections Academy parent since 2011
Students in grades 7 and 10

Wendy’s two daughters are benefiting from the great curriculum and certified-teacher support at Texas Connections Academy @ Houston. They are able to learn better at TCAH—especially Wendy’s daughter who has dyslexia, as she finds the virtual learning environment much more conducive to learning.

The reason I chose to enroll my two daughters in a virtual school is because I was already very involved with their education.

When my one daughter, who went to a neighborhood school, would come home at the end of the school day, I had to teach her the material her teacher had sent home with her, as the teacher wasn’t able to do it herself. The teachers at my daughter’s school were only permitted to teach one subject a day—and only for that specific day of the week. It was difficult for my daughter to learn this way. She was not properly grasping the subjects because her teacher had provided just a few examples in class.

My other daughter was having trouble with learning and writing her letters. Later, I found that she has dyslexia. Unfortunately, the teachers at her school were not able to help her because the class size was too large and didn’t allow for any one-on-one or individualized instruction.

So, because I was already essentially teaching my daughters, I asked myself why I was sending them to a school that wasn’t working for them. I decided to try a virtual school, Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH), and I became my daughters’ Learning Coach. Now I am delighted to have the support of certified teachers whom we can contact anytime. I am also pleased with the great curriculum. It is refreshing to have not only an overview of what my daughters are learning, but also teachers who provide one-on-one attention when necessary.

My daughters have been able to learn at TCAH! They also feel safer at home, as they are no longer subjected to bullying. Texas Connections Academy @ Houston is a good fit for my daughters and for me.

Crystal from Houston Ask me about:
  • Classroom Setup
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
Crystal from Houston

Connections Academy parent since 2010
Students in grades 8 and 9

Crystal feels blessed and privileged that two of her four children are students at Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH), where they are able to work to their full academic potential as well as grow socially. She very much looks forward to enrolling her youngest child in TCAH.

I am a mother of four wonderful children, ages 6, 12, 13, and 14. I homeschool my special-needs 12-year-old son and my 6-year-old first grader, and two of our children are currently attending Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH). My husband and I have always stressed the importance of a good education and wanted to be as involved as possible with our children’s education and learning. I homeschooled our four children during their early learning and preschool years. After our third son showed signs of delayed learning and processing skills, we realized that I’d have to focus all of my efforts on teaching him to speak, read, and write, and we didn’t want our two older children’s education to suffer as a result. We enrolled them in a brick-and-mortar school in our district and tried to assist them with schoolwork when needed.

It was very early on when we realized that our children were more advanced than their peers at school, and, although they received awards and recognition for being advanced, they weren’t given work that was equal to their level of ability. Our oldest child (an eighth grader at TCAH) attended her elementary brick-and-mortar school all the way to fifth grade and graduated, but she didn’t feel challenged and was often bullied for being the smarter child in the classroom. Our oldest son (a seventh grader at TCAH) was often bullied and felt as though none of his teachers liked him. Eventually he became withdrawn, and every day he brought home disciplinary notes stating that he did not participate in class, all while making excellent grades and achieving advanced placement on all standardized tests.

When our daughter was finished with elementary school, we faced a huge decision with regard to which direction she should go in the educational system. We didn’t feel comfortable with the quality of work assigned to or expected from her. We didn’t feel comfortable with the bullying she experienced in her last school and with any bullying she might face in junior high. We also thought that if our son was already this withdrawn academically, what would happen with him during his junior high school years? After careful consideration of all of our options, we found that TCAH offered the best of both worlds. We are now able to have a hands-on approach to our children’s education and ensure that the quality of assigned work enables them to exercise their full potential. The first thing that TCAH did was test our children in order to assess their abilities, and the results indicated that both our daughter and son be placed in Gifted and Talented courses and advance one grade level in math.

We are heading into our fourth year at TCAH, and we hope to bring our 6-year-old son into the program as soon as he’s able to enroll. We’ve seen our older children shine and go farther than we even thought possible, both academically and socially. Both students have achieved advanced placement on standardized tests and maintain an A+ average in all subjects, and they have also blossomed socially among their peers and teachers. We feel blessed and privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful program like TCAH, and we hope more children and parents take this opportunity to give to their own kids one of the best educations Houston has to offer.

Dora from Houston Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • High School
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Switching from Homeschooling
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dora from Houston

Connections Academy parent since 2010
Student in grade 12

After relocating to Houston, neither homeschooling nor traditional school worked for their son, who has Asperger syndrome. He was overwhelmed by very large class sizes, schedule changes, and unpleasant social situations. Now as a student at Connections Academy, Dora’s son is enjoying better grades, real learning, and emotional and social healing.

When we moved to the Houston area, we chose to homeschool our son, who was at that time in seventh grade. The schools in the Houston area are huge, and our son was having a difficult time transitioning to that new environment. After homeschooling my son for two years, we were desperately looking for a high school that he could attend. Our son was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in his fifth grade year. While he enjoyed school, his condition brought with it certain everyday challenges that were beginning to weigh on him and our family. Changes in his daily schedule, crowds, substitute teachers in the classroom, and social concerns were just some of the difficulties he was encountering.

A friend told us about an online charter school in Houston and an informational meeting it was hosting at a local restaurant. I made plans to attend and asked my husband to join me. He was hesitant about an online school but agreed to go. We joined a few families and were given information about the school, the support system it had in place to make sure students were successful, and the curriculum that met Texas standards (TEKS). It sounded too good to be true. After hearing some of the stories our host shared about her own experiences and looking over the informational booklet, my husband turned to me and said, “I’m sold! Enroll him.” We have never looked back.

Attending school online allows my son to schedule his day with breaks in between lessons to keep him from becoming overwhelmed. Since he is fresh and focused in the mornings, we usually do courses that require much more concentration then. We take an hour break each day and have lunch, walk the dogs, or sometimes just sit outside and enjoy the weather. In the afternoon, we return to our school area and work some more. There are no loud bells, huge crowds, or even social situations to struggle through. In the traditional school, our son had dealt with bullies who did not understand his disability, and he was often an outsider. Working from home has allowed us to address some of those painful memories and work on building new relationships.

The difference I saw in my son after a few months was phenomenal. His self-esteem began to rise, and he was enjoying learning—real learning. He wasn’t just memorizing to pass a test but was actually discussing material and asking questions. He is becoming more independent as time goes by and is beginning to talk about attending college. Connections Academy for us was the answer to a prayer, and we are excited to be part of the family!

Charlene from Houston Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Using Connexus®
  • Time Management
  • Classroom Setup at Home
  • Socialization and Community
Charlene from Houston

Connections Academy parent since 2009
Student in grade 7

With Connections Academy, Charlene’s kids became more outgoing and well-rounded. Charlene feels very fortunate that she can spend more time with her kids and that they can travel more often as a family.

My family and I enjoy Texas Connections Academy @ Houston. Although we use the “public school” curriculum, it’s like having “private” schooling at home. My fifth grader is really thriving, and I can see a big difference in what he is learning versus other kids in the same grade. Attending virtual school at home doesn’t hinder his social skills, either. I think it has made him more independent and responsible, because he knows how to review his schedule and pace his assignments.

The teachers call regularly and are available to answer our questions. They really take the time to teach the students and make sure everyone understands the lessons. We feel that the LiveLesson® sessions are thorough, and we like how the teachers commend the students for a job well done.

With my job, my family and I have the privilege of traveling, and this program allows us to pack up and go. We are able to spend quality time with our sons, and at the same time they are able to get a high-quality education, without undue distractions.

My husband and I wanted to be involved in both of our children’s schooling. Public schooling at home has been the best option for our family.

Ask me about:
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Time Management
  • Classroom Setup
  • Using Connexus®
Shanyn from Fort Worth

Connections Academy parent since 2009
Student in grade 7

Shanyn’s twin girls have attended Connections Academy schools in both Florida and Texas, and they’ve enjoyed the many opportunities to socialize with other students.

My first experience with Connections Academy was in Florida when my twin girls were entering kindergarten. I had searched for a program that offered accountability, which would ensure my children’s getting the best possible home-based education. When I enrolled them, my children finished kindergarten by December and then were promptly sent the first-grade curriculum, which we started in January. I was so impressed with Connections Academy because they looked at each child as an individual.

When we moved to Texas, I was very sad that we could not continue with Connections Academy but was encouraged that “it was in the works.” The girls completed second grade at home, and in December of 2008 I found out that it was here! I decided to finish out second grade instead of rushing them into third. We then enrolled for the 2009-10 school year.

I must say I love Texas Connections Academy at Houston! The girls’ teacher is so nice and very flexible. I was given options and choices that I may not have had in the public school system. The principal—with whom I’ve also spoken—is so kind.

Many concerns about schooling at home include the socialization aspect. I feel that my children have many opportunities to interact with kids their own age, but also with older ones. Connections Academy has field trips that can be put together so that your kids can meet other students through their Community Coordinator. I try to take advantage of these social opportunities, which help keep my kids involved in the school. It is a wonderful provision provided by Connections Academy. It is my intention to continue using Connections Academy throughout my children’s education. I’ve met so many parents who want to homeschool and have struggled due to various reasons, such as lack of accountability, scheduling, or curriculum. Connections Academy covers ALL the bases for you so you can spend more quality time with your children.

Margaret from Missouri City Ask me about:
  • Middle School
  • Classroom Setup
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Field Trips and Clubs
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Students/Parents with Health Issues
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
Margaret from Missouri City

Connections Academy parent since 2010
Student in grade 6

When anxiety issues made it difficult for Margaret’s grandson to receive a quality education in a traditional setting, her family turned to Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH). Now, he is thriving academically and emotionally while learning with Margaret, who is his Learning Coach, and with the expert teachers at TCAH.

For Luis’ education, my son and I had considered alternatives to the traditional brick-and-mortar school, but we knew that we did not want to traditionally homeschool him. After doing some research and attending a presentation that introduced us to Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH), we felt that we had found what we had been looking for.

From the beginning, I felt very comfortable communicating with the staff, Luis’ teacher, and even tech support. As I began to read the message board and become acquainted with this virtual environment, I knew that this was only the beginning of my involvement with Luis’ learning experience. We are now in our fourth year at TCAH.

I tell Luis that learning does not begin and end with school—that with every day he wakes up, there is the possibility to explore and learn something new. We explore not only through reading but also by visiting places such as museums, activity centers, libraries, and parks. We live in a history-rich area that features a unique landscape, and people here have an appreciation of the arts and sciences, so there is always something different we can do. Because of this, and because TCAH teachers were so supportive and quick to respond in guiding us through our transition from the brick-and-mortar school environment to the virtual school environment, I not only felt the need to be there for Luis during this new experience, but I also wanted to do more—so I volunteered as a Community Coordinator to assist in promoting further learning by planning field trips. In doing this, our experience became even more complete. We have met other families; Luis has made friends with other students, whom he is able to visit with socially; and we have met teachers outside of Luis’ assigned classes.

With the curriculum, the resources to enhance learning (which are provided online), the ability to enroll in electives (such as foreign languages and music), and the option to participate in extracurricular activities (such as joining clubs and attending field trips), Luis now looks forward not only to school and learning, but also to discovering the world around him—all while feeling safe and secure.

We can’t imagine any other way to continue going forward with his education.

Utah Connections Academy

Suzanne from Salt Lake City Ask me about:
  • Middle School
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Students with Health Issues
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Time Management
  • Classroom Setup
Suzanne from Salt Lake City

Connections Academy parent since 2011
Student in grade 10

After starting Utah Connections Academy, Suzanne’s son began caring about and taking responsibility for his own education. He now wants to do well in school. With UCA, he started to love science, math, English, and social studies—subjects he was nearly failing before.

When I found out about Utah Connections Academy, it was like an answer to a long line of prayers had been answered. I sat my son down, and we had a talk about this new school—Utah Connections Academy. Although I had already made up my mind, I wanted him onboard. He thought about it and after searching the website and asking many questions, he agreed to enroll. For him, school had always been a social occasion, because he had given up on academics long ago. He had many friends at his traditional school and didn’t want to leave them behind. But he hasn’t left his social life behind. In fact, he spends more time with his friends now than he used to, playing sports and attending scouts and church. Plus, he makes new friends each day in class.

From the start of school, he was receptive. Once we worked out a schedule, he loved his classes. He loves the teachers and the LiveLesson® sessions. A lot of his teachers like to teach in fun ways. Seriously, the teachers at UCA have made it so that my son loves science, math, English, and social studies. This is a kid who really disliked these classes before. I always thought he was smart, but I was the only one telling him so, and he didn’t believe me. But now he loves to do the lab experiments. He started caring about and taking responsibility for his own education, wanting to do well in school. I finally saw my son growing up and finding new interests in education. He really got into it when he was nominated by some of his teachers to be Student of the Month. That was a turning point for us both. He said, “I have never been nominated for anything. Wow,” and I burst out crying right then and there. His grades went from nearly failing every core class to almost all A’s. Now he talks to me about what colleges he is considering going to!

Here’s where I say wow! Thank you, Utah Connections Academy. Not only has this experience been educational for both of us, but it has also brought us all closer together. There are many other benefits to UCA, as well. The parents/Learning Coaches can see what is going on, and if an assignment is not turned in, the late system lets you know. The teachers are always around to talk with, either by phone or WebMail, or during individual lessons. The class sizes are small, the curriculum is great, there are so many different language courses, etc. There are unlimited clubs to join, plus field trips to places such as Zion National Park and the Museum of Natural History. The list of educational programs is endless as well as top-notch. Tech Support staff is available at all times to answer questions or lead you to someone else who can help you. Connections Academy also offers a Gifted and Talented program as well as other kinds of programs for all kinds of students. Students can earn high school credits as well as college credits, working at the pace that is right for them. Because UCA employs top-notch teachers, it produces top-notch students.

I cannot say enough about what UCA has done for my son and my family. A huge benefit is the peace of mind I have now, knowing that we made the right decision to take this risk— which turned out to be the best risk ever! So, I want to tell anyone who will listen: If you have questions, good or bad, get in touch with me or anyone who has a student at Connections Academy, and I, another parent, or a staff member will answer any questions you have. Believe me, I have asked them all!

What an honor it has been to work with a school with such high standards.

Wisconsin Connections Academy

Jane from Gleason Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Graduation
  • Special Education
  • Students with Health Issues
  • Working Parent
Jane from Gleason

Connections Academy parent since 2004
Students in grades 5 and 9

During the past five years, Jane has watched her sons thrive and excel academically. With Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA), Jane feels confident her children are gaining the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in the future.

My husband and I currently have three children enrolled in Wisconsin Connections Academy and are extremely pleased with this program. We have seen other virtual programs, and none can compare to this.

With backgrounds in elementary/special education, my husband and I tried traditional public school and home schooling for a number of years until we discovered Wisconsin Connections Academy. This public school is the perfect fit for our family. With this program, we can be confident that our children are receiving a high-quality education along with the ability to work at their own pace. Wisconsin Connections Academy has qualified, licensed teachers who work with our children throughout their educational journey. Through this school, our boys receive the additional help they need in areas where they experience difficulties and are able to move ahead where they excel.

The teachers communicate with me and my children via WebMail, telephone, field trips, mailings, WKCE testing, and LiveLesson® sessions (a virtual live classroom). The level of communication between our children and their teachers is the very element that allows them to receive the individualized education they need to achieve success in school. I cannot imagine schooling my children any other way. We have been with this program for the past five years, and, during that time, we have watched our children thrive and excel academically.

The best part is that my children have found that learning is fun. With the use of LiveLesson® sessions, virtual whiteboards, video clips, and wonderful science equipment, the children get a "hands-on" approach to learning that is both interactive and exciting. With this program, I finally feel confident that my children are gaining the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in the future. Thank you, Wisconsin Connections Academy, for offering the best in educational opportunities!

Cherie from Dodgeville Ask me about:
  • Students with Health Issues
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Being a Parent and Learning Coach
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Time Management
  • Switching from Homeschooling
Cherie from Dodgeville

Connections Academy parent since 2008
Student in grade 9

Since enrolling in Connections Academy, Cherie feels as though a weight has been lifted off her shoulders. As a former homeschooling parent, she appreciates that all of the planning is done for her and she loves the engaging and well-written curriculum.

My husband and I have five children and enjoy a lifestyle that demands some flexibility. Homeschooling was an obvious choice for us from the beginning. The amount of time and energy that I needed to keep records, plan, and teach grew with each passing year. While I loved the flexibility we had as a homeschooling family, I knew something had to change. Connections Academy seemed to offer exactly what we were looking for.

Since enrolling in Connections Academy, I feel as though a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. All of the planning is done for me. The curriculum is well-written and engaging. The online programs and LiveLesson® sessions are features that my kids really enjoy. My youngest daughter is thrilled when her papers are returned, covered with colorful stickers and positive, helpful comments. The children are very motivated to do well, and they love the encouraging feedback. Teachers are literally just a phone call away and are very happy to help whenever needed. The schedule is flexible, and we are able to mold it to our lifestyle. I have been so impressed. It is an amazing program. We look forward to many more years with Connections Academy.

Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Students with Health Issues
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Time Management
  • Switching from Homeschooling
Melissa from Beloit

Connections Academy parent since 2008
Students in grades 1, 5, and 9

Melissa’s daughter has been able to move ahead at her own pace and has enjoyed every minute with Wisconsin Connections Academy. Because of her success, Melissa also enrolled her middle child, and soon the youngest will join the ranks.

My children have been enrolled in Wisconsin Connections Academy for two years now, and we have loved every minute! My oldest daughter attended traditional school for three years and did very well, but we could see that she needed additional challenge.

We were so excited to learn about Connections Academy. My daughter has enjoyed every minute of her schooling at WCA. She has been able to move ahead at her own pace, and she has never been a happier child. Since her schooling had gone so well, we enrolled our middle child, and soon our youngest will join the ranks. We can’t even tell you all the benefits we have reaped from having our girls enrolled with this program. From the helpful teachers and support staff, to the easy-to-understand lesson plans, up-to-date curriculum, and LiveLesson® sessions this school has really been a perfect fit for our family and our ever-changing schedule. I would tell any parent who is considering this program to give it a try, because we did, and it was one of the best decisions we have ever made. Thanks, Connections Academy!

Katey from Merrimac Ask me about:
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Time Management
  • Socialization and Community
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
Katey from Merrimac

Connections Academy parent since 2009
Students in grades K, 2, and 4

As an advocate for involving parents as partners in education, Katey loves that Wisconsin Connections Academy provides the perfect environment and opportunity for students to receive personalized education and learn at their own pace.

My husband and I have four children, two of whom are currently enrolled in Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA). My daughter is in fifth grade, and my son is in kindergarten. This is our first year with WCA, and the transition from a brick-and-mortar to virtual schooling has been challenging at times, but well worth the effort. Virtual school has made education a family affair at our house. Together, we have been able to identify and fill gaps in our children’s education, target problem areas, and build on each child’s individual strengths. In addition, we are all enjoying the opportunity to learn together! For example, both WCA students are taking Spanish, but our 3-year-old watches and listens, and he has picked up a number of Spanish words from his older brother and sister. Because the whole family is involved in schooling, everyone, even our two youngest children, has the opportunity to participate in lessons and learning activities throughout the day. My son and daughter are able to work at their own pace, and both are excelling—my son recently advanced to first-grade math… VERY rewarding!

For me, being a Learning Coach for WCA is extremely rewarding and brings home all the effort I put into volunteering for our local school district. Prior to enrolling my children in WCA, I spent the last four years as a fierce advocate for involving parents as partners in education in our district. From launching a 4-year-old kindergartener program to creating, developing, and shaping the focus of a public K–5 charter school, my common themes for improving educational delivery have been employing hands-on learning methods and finding effective ways to involve parents in education. These ideals became the cornerstone of the vision for our district’s charter school.

While I was working on implementing the vision, I came to realize that virtual schools provide the perfect environment and opportunity for students to receive personalized education and learn at their own pace. There is simply no comparison. The curriculum is fantastic and, given my hectic schedule, our having the assistance of pre-planned lessons is such an advantage. It gives me the time and opportunity to supplement the curriculum with additional learning material and mechanisms, adding a personal touch to my children’s education. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity we have with Wisconsin Connections Academy!

Wyoming Connections Academy

Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Socialization and Community
  • Students Previously Bullied
  • Switching from a Brick-and-Mortar School
  • Time management
Amber from Evanston

Connections Academy parent since 2011
Student in grade 6

Amber’s daughter, who is academically advanced, enjoys her lessons, teachers, and LiveLesson® sessions—and the ability to interact with other students at Wyoming Connections Academy (WYCA).

I first sent my oldest child to a brick-and-mortar school and quickly realized that the level of education I sought was not available there. Although the staff members at the brick-and-mortar school were helpful, I felt that they were tied to a certain routine and curriculum, which did not encourage my child to learn and get the most out of her education. So, I began my search for other available education options. In Wyoming, other options are difficult to find, to say the least. I began to realize that the best option for my family was homeschooling. I discovered Wyoming Connections Academy (WYCA) and took an interest in their large array of clubs, language learning options, and overall curriculum.

We decided to try it out and found the teachers to be extremely helpful and encouraging. They love their students and work really hard to help them meet their potential. My daughter is advanced and brings to the table a myriad of learning complications. WYCA staff have worked together with my daughter and me to make the most of it.

Today, I am pleased to say that my daughter is happy, healthy, and thriving in WYCA. She enjoys her lessons, teachers, and LiveLesson® sessions—and the ability to interact with other students. I know that as the years continue to pass, Wyoming Connections Academy will continue to encourage her and help her reach her potential.

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