Alex Hankin is an elementary school student at Nevada Connections Academy (NCA). He was born in Denver, Colorado, and now lives in Las Vegas with his family. NCA’s personalized learning approach has helped Alex become a more self-assured student. Alex’s dad shares more below.
“Alex is a very good-natured, happy, and friendly kid. He is a constant ball of energy who has always marched to his own beat. Alex attended a traditional elementary school for kindergarten and first grade. As a result of his ADHD, it was very difficult for him to succeed in the traditional school setting. He kept falling further and further behind the other students. We enrolled Alex in a new charter school for second grade. Unfortunately, he just simply was not learning at the charter school either. After just a couple of months, his teacher gave up on him and told us that he was not a fit for the school. He was bullied by his peers and his confidence began to suffer. He went to school with dread in the morning, and came home each afternoon near tears. At age seven, the world was already beating him down.
We knew we had to change the trajectory of where this was headed. We began to research online schools as an alternative. The idea of being responsible for my child’s education was intimidating. However, after doing our due diligence, we were confident that we could do it. NCA allows Alex to work at his own pace. We can slow down a lesson if he needs extra help, or we can breeze by things that come easy. He is excelling now that he is in an environment that is more conducive to him. Scholastically, he has caught back up to where he should be. He actually made the honor roll this past semester. He is so proud of himself. He now has the confidence needed to succeed. It is hard to believe that just over a year ago this kid called himself ‘stupid.’ As parents, we haven’t always made all of the right decisions, but we know that we hit it out of the park by enrolling him in NCA.
We were concerned about Alex’s social development when we were considering online school. However, Alex still has plenty of opportunities to interact with other kids. As soon as the kids in the neighborhood come home from school, he is outside playing with them. He also enjoys doing CrossFit, Parkour, and basketball. Another definite positive is that he is free from the bullying that often times come with the bricks-and-mortar school setting.
Overall, we couldn’t be happier with the online school option and NCA. Years ago, a kid like Alex probably would’ve struggled academically and emotionally throughout his school years."
NCA allows Alex to work at his own pace. We can slow down a lesson if he needs extra help, or we can breeze by things that come easy. He is excelling now that he is in an environment that is more conducive to him.