Krista Smith is the parent of Jacob, an elementary school student at Alabama Connections Academy (ALCA). She began
looking for alternatives when the anxiety of his previous environment caused Jacob to struggle. Krista was certain
homeschooling would be the only option for Jacob’s education until a friend mentioned Alabama Connections Academy. After
attending online sessions, speaking to parents at the school, and meeting the school leader, Krista knew it would be a
great fit for her son.
Krista says, “Alabama Connections Academy has truly been a blessing for our family. The flexibility in scheduling, along
with the strong academic curriculum, has given Jacob just what he needs to feel confident and be successful. This is a
great program, and I highly recommend it to any family who is looking for a different education option.
I work full time outside the home, so we had to find someone willing to partner with me to be Jacob’s Learning Coach
during the day. We were very fortunate to have a friend who owns/runs a preschool program. She has helped us with Jacob
before, so she was the perfect match. Jacob does part of his lessons as well as attends his LiveLesson® sessions and
Live Speech with her. In the evening and on weekends, I work with him as well. This has been such a blessing for our
family. Jacob is excelling academically, but seeing how happy he is and how much he loves ALCA is the true measure of
success. Furthermore, we have been able to add back extracurricular activities like tae kwon do and piano. The only
regret I have is that I did not find ALCA a year earlier.
Alabama Connections Academy has truly been a blessing for our family. The flexibility in scheduling, along with the
strong academic curriculum has given our son, Jacob, just what he needs to feel confident and be successful.
My favorite part of the program is the interaction he and I have together, especially working on portfolios. I truly
enjoy being hands-on with his education. Jacob loves science, math, and education technology. He has absolutely loved
learning about PowerPoint and Microsoft Word and uses both of these tools every week for his assignments. It has
definitely given him an edge over other students his age.
We love to go camping in our RV, and Jacob stays connected to other children through playdates, movie dates, tae kwon
do, and being involved in church activities. He absolutely loves his LiveLesson sessions where he not only gets to see
other children but also gets to meet them and talk to them. We truly make this a priority because we know it is
important for him. Alabama Connections Academy has allowed Jacob to gain confidence as well as be exposed to things he
would not have in other types of schools.”