Betsy and Jeff’s daughter enjoys the flexibility, the positive social experience, and the teachers that Minnesota Connections Academy offers. Abigail was able to teach a robotics class to elementary-aged students, volunteer at a local retirement community, improve her musical abilities, and be greatly involved in her church’s youth group.
Our daughter, Abigail, started Minnesota Connections Academy (MNCA) in 2014. Although she was a successful elementary school student at our local brick-and-mortar school, she has thrived ever since enrolling at MNCA. After we’d researched MNCA, Abigail was excited to give it a try. We’ve loved it ever since she made the decision to make this change.
Sometimes we are asked why she changed to MNCA when she was having success at her previous school. The main reason Abigail wanted to make the change was that the traditional school day simply didn’t lend itself to the flexibility Abigail needed to effectively use her gifts and talents. Because of the flexibility she now has, Abigail is better able to follow her passions. She’s taught a robotics class to elementary-aged students, volunteered at a local retirement community, improved her musical abilities, and been greatly involved in our church’s youth group, and she has been able to go most anywhere at any time (as long as there’s an Internet connection for her to access her classes online). In short, Abigail has been able to pursue her passions in a way that she never could at a brick-and-mortar school.
Another thing many people mention to us when we are talking about MNCA is, “Aren’t you concerned about her lack of socialization at an online school?” One of the most surprising aspects of MNCA is that Abigail has many social opportunities through her school experience. She frequently meets her friends at field trips, and she emails and/or texts her peers on a regular basis thanks to the relationships she’s built through MNCA’s LiveLesson sessions and other interactive experiences. It’s really cool that Abigail has friends throughout the state because of the school she attends. She has been able to connect on a deeper level with her MNCA peers who live in our area. Because she doesn’t attend a brick-and-mortar school all day and doesn’t have all of the extra homework in the evenings, she has more opportunities to connect with her local friends and family. She works hard to get her work done for school, and then she has significant opportunities to connect with friends and family members. She’s had more social opportunities over the last few years than she ever did prior to attending this school.
The other amazing thing about our daughter’s experience with MNCA is that her teachers seem to know her—really know her. Our experience with others we know is that the older children get, the less teachers know about their students. This is not so with MNCA. Not only do Abigail’s teachers know her name, but also the consistent contact she has with her teachers is second to none. She’s as connected now as she was as an elementary school student.
To say the least, MNCA has been an amazing experience for Abigail and for our family. Because of the flexibility, the positive social experience, and the teachers, we can’t say enough positive things about this school. We are grateful for MNCA. This school is helping Abigail become the student and person she’s capable of becoming.