Kaitlynne Funderburgh is a high school student at Colorado Connections Academy. As a dedicated competitive figure skater, Kaitlynne has been juggling her schoolwork, ice time, practice, training, and competitions, plus Girl Scouts and church activities, since third grade. When her family wanted to find a challenging school option that could accommodate her demanding schedule, they discovered Connections Academy, and they’re glad they did! Kaitlynne’s grandmother, who is her Learning Coach, shares the family’s story below.
"Choosing Colorado Connections Academy was a great decision for our family. We looked into other options at first, but Connections Academy offered a challenging curriculum and the flexibility that allows their students to have a life outside of school, which we felt was a healthier choice. Now Kaitlynne can achieve her goals not only in skating but also in her academics.
The challenges in the assignments help keep Kaitlynne focused on her academics, and the flexibility in her schoolwork schedule allows her to focus on her skating and reading. As her grandparents, we think it’s important that Kaitlynne has a school that will not only support her extracurricular activities but also meet or go above its students’ academic needs."
Kaitlynne says, "What I like most about Colorado Connections Academy is the fact that I can work ahead of schedule and get schoolwork completed to fit in all of my other activities. Plus, the teachers are approachable either online or by a quick call.
My favorite subject has to be language arts. I love to be able to read and get lost in a story. I really don’t have a subject that I can say that I don’t like. I feel that some subjects can be a little frustrating and some are more challenging, but I have the teachers at Connections Academy and my grandparents to support me.
I love that we get to go on really cool field trips, and I can take the advantage of meeting other students from other parts of Colorado whom I would most likely never see or meet if I went to my local schools."
I love that we get to go on really cool field trips, and I can take the advantage of meeting other students from other parts of Colorado whom I would most likely never see or meet if I went to my local schools.