Helen is a middle school student at Arkansas Connections Academy. She is a competitive swimmer who came to Connections
Academy® for a more flexible and challenging education.
Why I Chose Arkansas Connections Academy
My family and I were ready to make a change, and then the pandemic pushed us to Arkansas Connections Academy’s program.
There was too much uncertainty surrounding my old school’s capabilities, and I felt like I missed so much in the spring
semester of 2020. I didn’t want to get behind.
I’ve also been a competitive, year-round swimmer since I was five. Because I drive 40 minutes one way Monday through
Thursday, Arkansas Connections Academy makes my daily schedule easier, and the flexibility allows me to incorporate my
training with school tasks.
I love Connections Academy because it allows me to learn in a safe environment during the pandemic; be flexible with my
swim schedule; and get a great, challenging education.
My Online Middle School Experience
I love that this curriculum is more challenging than what I’ve been used to. I can work at my own pace, and my teachers
are easy to reach when I need them. I usually email them, and they get back to me quickly!
The coolest thing about Arkansas Connections Academy is that my best friends also attend the school, so I don’t feel
like I’m doing it alone. We get together and work on projects sometimes, and that makes it fun.
We worked on a community service project this semester that helped beautify Camden. We planted bulbs and a tree in an
area called The Trace, which is an exercise trail. We invited the mayor and other community leaders to join us during