Mia Guzlas is the parent and Learning Coach to her son who is a kindergartener at Alabama Connections Academy (ALCA). She loves the flexibility of the school day and especially likes that she can find creative ways to help her son understand the material. Mia shares below how ALCA works for her family:
“I first learned about Connections Academy when I saw Alabama Connections Academy’s principal, Ms. Fox, on the news. It was a great question and answer session, and I immediately did some research and registered that day. There are so many pluses. The main one for our family is the flexibility of the schedule. My husband travels a lot with volunteer work when disasters strike. We are grateful to have the freedom to join him. We also enjoy vacations when they are convenient for our family and not based on school breaks.
“Now that my son is enrolled, we adore his teacher! She is awesome at staying connected with a quick response time. We are in constant communication to make sure we are on track. I am also impressed with the suggestions to help my son grow as a student. She definitely cares!
With our busy schedules, the flexibility of Connections Academy helps us stay balanced with family life, work life, and school life.
— Ms. Guzlas
The curriculum is also fantastic, and it takes the stress of planning daily lessons off of me. Navigating the website is such a user-friendly experience. My son and I both enjoy the extras that are provided, like the electives, the videos, and other materials—and don’t forget the multiple field trips. The testing helps me keep track of my son’s progress, and I can see that he is excelling and growing with every lesson. When there are learning curves, we are able to take our time and find creative ways to help him get a better understanding of the subject.
My son especially loves math. When he’s working on his schoolwork, I enjoy seeing how his brain works and what he truly enjoys. We work well together and both get excited when he achieves a goal. We are on the go constantly and take extra field trips on our own, which makes a huge impact. And it’s fun! We have so many friends that homeschool, and we get to join them for field trips. My son also stays connected to friends via dance classes, KidFit classes, and frequent playdates.”