Between tutoring, providing care for her family’s foster kids, and focusing on her music, Maddie has a lot on her plate. When it came to her education she was looking for a learning experience that would give her flexibility while preparing her for her next big step —college. Explore what a typical Wednesday looks like for Maddie at Minnesota Connections Academy.

Meet Maddie

Maddie’s two main passions in life are music and helping people. With her family being a foster care family, Maddie was looking for a flexible schedule that would allow her help provide care and focus on her music while taking a course load that would propel her towards her future career path.

Type of a Learner College Prep

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Maddie with her family - Connections Academy
8:00 AM

Rise and Shine!

This time is also flexible which is always a relief on those off days. During this hour Maddie typically works on designated lessons for the day.

9:00 AM

Science LiveLesson®

Starting the day off with her favorite subject, Maddie is always up for a virtual science experiment.


LiveLesson sessions are real-time online learning sessions where teachers, students and peers meet in the online classroom. Teachers engage students with activities and demonstrations to reinforce challenging concepts.

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9:30 AM

Lesson Work

Maddie finds that chipping away at lessons throughout the day helps pass the time and ensures she’s on top of her studies.

10:15 AM

American Government LiveLesson®

As a member of the student council, Maddie takes a deep interest in the innerworkings of how our government operates.

11:00 AM

Lunch Time

A time of day anyone can appreciate.

Personal time
Maddie working on an online lesson at her desk - Connections Academy
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Lesson Work

1:00 PM

Tutor Session

When Maddie’s not head down in her studies she spends her free time tutoring a Middle School math student.

2:00 PM

Virtual Reading Session with 3rd Grade Students

2:25 - 4:00 PM

Lesson Work

4:00 PM

Band Rehearsal

Once study work is done Maddie heads to play in her Student Worship Band at her church.

Maddie playing the guitar on stage

This is just a quick glimpse into Maddie’s day. Some days she has more independent time while others she has more LiveLessons. Her goal is to complete a minimum of 6 hours of learning a day, but some days it may be more and others less. When it comes to Maddie’s online learning one thing is for sure, she’s happy and grateful for the flexibility her schedule offers her so that she can participate in extra curriculars, tutoring, and her music.

Maddie’s Story

Learn more about Maddie’s journey and how she’s preparing for her future in education and music.

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