Christine really values the flexibility that Iowa Connections Academy provides for her daughters, which allows them to participate in various activities, including 4-H, while taking challenging Honors and AP classes.
We enrolled our two daughters in Iowa Connections Academy (IACA) in the fall of 2012. Our daughters are now in ninth and eleventh grade. They are taking challenging course loads with Honors and AP classes. I am impressed with the variety of AP offerings and the opportunity for PSEO classes.
Our family likes that the pace is self-directed. The girls can take more time with a concept if needed to fully understand it, or they can move more quickly through a lesson that they already grasp. I like that the curriculum encourages students to be self-motivated, because they will need this life skill as they move onto college and careers.
The girls are busy with 4-H at the county, state, and national levels, raising and showing rabbits and keeping bees. IACA offers them the freedom to pursue these interests while keeping up with their courses. For example, if my daughter gets a call about catching a swarm of bees, she goes to catch the swarm and get them settled into a hive and then comes back to finish her schoolwork. We also go to the national rabbit show, and the girls can work ahead, do some schoolwork at the convention, or get caught up at home.
The teachers and principal have been very responsive to any questions, and the self-directed format with support from the school staff has been a great fit for our family.