Talent Networks for Exceptional Abilities

Connections Education offers three Talent Networks designed for enrolled, full-time middle and high school students who are actively involved in competitive sports, visual and performing arts, or advanced STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) coursework.

The programs offer students opportunities for networking and collaborating, specialty-focused activities, and enriching experiences to improve their talents and enhance their academic lives. Talent Networks membership is an ideal way to connect with like-minded students, investigate and explore college and career options, and have the potential to earn a letter in a specific Talent Network.

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    Sports Talent Network

    Connections Academy schools are an incomparable choice for student athletes who require flexible class schedules while at home or on the road. The Sports Talent Network connects student athletes—including promising future Olympians—from across the nation so they can network and collaborate with other exceptional, high-performing athletes. Here, they can share sports training tips, discover strategies to improve sport performance, and learn about the journey to becoming an elite athlete. Sports Talent Network members participate in activities including fitness challenges, sports training workshops and learning labs, mentoring opportunities, virtual interviews, and interacting with professionals in the arena. Previous guest speakers for the Sports Talent Network have included Greg Louganis, four-time Olympic diving champion, and James Carter, two-time track and field Olympian.

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    Chadwick Short
    "I am able to communicate with other student athletes who have the same scenarios of balancing school and sports. I truly appreciate all of the amazing experiences this elite network has given me.”

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    Victoria Von Uhl
    “I like to learn about other sports and to talk to the guest speakers. I hope to receive a scholarship for college so I can continue my passion for equestrian sport.”

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    Visual and Performing Arts Talent Network

    Students who shine in the performing arts can apply to the Visual and Performing Arts Talent Network. In addition to their regular coursework, students will network and collaborate with other academy members, sharing tips and learning strategies for perfecting their craft. These budding artists, musicians, and thespians engage in activities such as virtual talent shows and art galleries, audition assistance, broadcasting opportunities, and interactions with professionals in the field. Previous guest speakers have included Irene Dreayer, the Executive Producer for The Disney Channel, The WB, and ABC Family, along with Geoff McBride, recording artist and contestant on The Voice.

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    River McBride
    "I love the Visual and Performing Arts Talent Network because of how it teaches growing artists what it’s like to be a designer, dancer, singer, actor, and so much more.”

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    Justin Myrick
    “I like the Visual and Performing Arts Talent Network because I've gotten to network with other creative kids and I like the collective mindset.”

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    Science and Technology Talent Network

    The Science and Technology Talent Network offers students with advanced abilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics the opportunity to gain exposure to today’s cutting-edge innovations through guest experts in fields such as robotics, cyber security, environmental science, and astronomy. Talent Network members also enjoy opportunities to interact with like-minded students and participate in a variety of competitions and learning activities. Guest speakers have included Special Agent Lampo of the FBI, and Amber Armstrong, Hubble telescope scientist.

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    Evan Tonkin
    "I applied to the Science and Technology Talent Network because I wanted to find like-minded peers and learn about science and technology while doing so.”

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    Apply to Talent Networks

    To apply to a Talent Networks program, a student must already be enrolled full-time in a Connections Academy School, Nexus Academy School, or select Connections Learning schools. The Talent Networks application consists of a submission of artifacts documenting the student’s interests, talents, and desire to participate in one of the programs. Applications are only accepted once in the fall (August 18–September 19) and once in the winter (December 15–
    January 16).

    For more information about the Talent Networks Program, please contact