After homeschooling her children for eight years, Clare needed a better alternative. She is very happy that she found Michigan Connections Academy and what she was looking for in a school: challenging curriculum, Gifted and Talented options, and a variety of clubs and activities.
I started homeschooling in 2002, when my oldest was four years old. It was a great experience for us, and as my family grew, we all had a lot of fun learning together. Around 2010, however, homeschooling started to get stressful. My two oldest were in seventh and fourth grades, and by then I also had a second grader, a kindergartener, a preschooler, and a baby. My second grader was having a hard time with reading, and it took a lot of my time each day to work with him one-on-one. I felt like I was really neglecting my older kids, and we weren’t able to do many of the fun and enriching activities which made school fun for them. I needed to find a better alternative.
I started looking into charter schools and private schools, but in each case, the problems of the cost, inconvenience (driving, etc.), and bad social atmosphere seemed to outweigh the benefits of the program. Plus, I wanted a challenging curriculum and Gifted and Talented options, and a school that continued through 12th grade. Otherwise, I’d be right back in the same situation after just a year or two. Michigan Connections Academy (MICA) had just started that year, and I heard about it through a postcard I received in the mail. I went to an information session in 2011 with my oldest son, and we immediately knew it was perfect for us. I put my two oldest on the waiting list, and they started in the fall. They got the challenge and attention they needed, and I was free to focus more time on my younger students.
Now I have seven kids, and one on the way. Three of my kids are in MICA, and they are doing wonderfully. My son in high school loves the wide variety of classes that are offered. He has a better opportunity to tailor his high school education to his future goals than he would in a bricks-and-mortar school. My daughter in seventh grade loves being a part of multiple clubs and activities, like Poetry Club and Chess Club, and she enjoys interacting with her friends in LiveLesson® sessions. My son in fourth grade started MICA this year. Because I was able to focus more energy on helping him catch up in reading last year, he is really thriving in the program and is a very enthusiastic learner. Now my smaller kids are looking forward to enrolling in the program, and I know that when they do, they will do well and love it, too!