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Only a parent knows the profound difference our school makes in a child's life, so we make it easy for you to communicate directly with experienced Connections Academy parents. To connect with a parent just fill out the short request form by clicking on Contact This Parent, and you'll be contacted directly by the parent within a week*.

Pegi from Holcombe Ask me about:
  • Curriculum and Teachers
  • High School
  • Students Participating in Acting/Music/Arts
  • Switching from Homeschooling
  • Time Management
  • Working Parent
Pegi from Holcombe

Connections Academy parent since 2006
Student in grade 11

Pegi is grateful that her son Wolfgang is able to pursue and spend time focusing on his music career while excelling academically. They both love the teacher support that they get with Wisconsin Connections Academy. Wolfgang’s math teachers helped him overcome his struggles with math.

There are some things that happen in life that you just know were meant to be. That is how I would describe the last nine years with Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA). I stumbled upon this school quite by accident. Frankly, it changed my life.

I had been homeschooling my son Wolfgang from the start. We didn’t really follow a “school” protocol so much as just learn through our life experiences. You see, traveling is a big part of our life in the music business, and the thought of having to stay home now that my husband and I had a child was not very appealing to me. The decision to homeschool was made. The things we experienced and were able to give to our son Wolfie during our travels were life-changing. When Wolfie was nine years old, I began to question whether or not he was on track with his education. I actually got a bit panicky when I thought, given our unconventional ways, he may be undereducated. He had been drumming since he was three and by age nine was involved in two different professional music projects. I knew he would not be able to move into the bricks-and-mortar school environment, yet I also knew that he may need some structured learning in order to keep up with his peers in a world that values a diploma as a marker of being educated. We were in between a rock and a hard place. I had few options and time was running out. It was at this point that I received a brochure in the mail from Connections Academy. I am not sure how I ended up on their list, but they had sent me an invitation to attend an information session they were hosting in one week’s time. I read over the brochure and discussed it with my husband, Wayne. We were both certain that there must certainly be a catch to this program, which seemed too good to be true. We decided to attend the information session.

What we found at the open house for Connections Academy was that this program was exactly what we needed. This “too good to be true” program didn’t have any catches. It was exactly what they said it was going to be. As an unconventional family, we needed an unconventional alternative for our son’s education. The funny thing about it is that Connections Academy offers a bricks-and-mortar education without the bricks and mortar. We were able to keep our lifestyle while giving our son the education he needed.

I cannot say enough about the educational program at Connections Academy. They offer everything you need, with no strings attached. The classes offered do not rival traditional-setting classes but exceed them. Classes are challenging, but the support system behind them is phenomenal. The lessons online are easy to understand and very user-friendly. Whenever Wolfgang is unclear about something in a lesson or has a question, he can contact a number of sources for help. We have been with WCA since 2006, and Wolfgang’s teachers are always available. There has not been a time when Wolfie has had a question on an assignment or about understanding a concept that he was unable to reach someone to discuss it. His teachers have all been at the ready to assist him in whatever way he needs. He struggled some with math, and his instructor went out of her way to ensure that he was able to overcome this obstacle. When he contacts his teachers, whether by phone or WebMail, he receives their help almost immediately.

I talk to many parents about the current traditional educational system. Their stories are fraught with problems that their children are having in one way or another at the schools they attend. I am quick to tell them about WCA and the many advantages that this school has to offer. Some have decided to follow my advice and move their kids to WCA. They have thanked me profusely and have found this school to be everything I said it was and more.

I, for one, cannot express my gratitude for having found this school. It has allowed us the freedom to be who we are, yet still get the education, degree, and diploma that we need. My son is able to pursue and spend time focusing on his career while excelling academically. He can work his school schedule around his love of music and accomplish everything his heart desires on his own time. I cannot imagine where we would be without WCA. It has been an amazing benefit to our lives. I am certain that you will find it to be the same for you, too.

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

Connections Academy parent since 2004
Students in grades 6 and 10, plus one student who graduated from WCA

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

Connections Academy parent since 2008
Student in grade 10

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
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Managing Multiple Students
  • Students with Health Issues
  • Switching from Homeschooling
  • Time Management
Melissa from Beloit

Connections Academy parent since 2008
Students in grades 2, 6, and 10

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!

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