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Catherine Hinkle

California Connections Academy parent Catherine and her daughter

When searching for an alternative to her daughter’s bricks-and-mortar school, Catherine was looking for a program that would be both flexible and individual. For her family, Connections Academy was the answer.

“My daughter, Amy, is now a graduate of California Connections Academy and plans to attend college. She has a new love of learning. But when Amy was in fifth grade and struggling in math, she was at the point where she hated going to her bricks-and-mortar school. She had become insecure about herself and her abilities.

After being told by her principal and teachers that the school would not allow her to repeat math due to her high scores in other subjects, I knew it was time to do something. I knew that if she did not obtain a solid foundation in math, she would struggle throughout her academic career and possibly not go on to college.

Before choosing Connections Academy, I researched private schools, traditional homeschooling, and other virtual academies. I chose Connections Academy because I felt that it would be a good fit for my daughter, and I was right! The curriculum is stellar and the teachers are extremely supportive. With Connections Academy, my daughter is still attending a public school, so she had to meet state-mandated requirements, which I like.

Connections Academy structured a program to fit my daughter’s needs. They allowed her to take a lower level of math while at the same time challenging her other abilities by placing her in the Gifted and Talented program. Also, since they encouraged her to take her time and actually learn the material at her own pace, she was able to finish two years of math in her first year with Connections Academy.

When I started on this journey with my daughter, I thought it would end when she graduated from middle school and was caught up in math. However, she loved the program so much that she decided to continue on with Connections Academy.

When I look at my daughter today and compare her with what she was like before we switched schools, the difference is like night and day. She just needed to be uprooted, nurtured, and given the right environment so she could thrive. Connections Academy gave her that; it was just a natural choice."

I chose Connections Academy because I felt that it would be a good fit for my daughter, and I was right! The curriculum is stellar and the teachers are extremely supportive.
— Catherine