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Shamar Quinn

OCA student Shamar Quinn

Shamar Quinn is a high school student at Ohio Connections Academy (OCA). He lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his family, including his little sister Marshawney, who is also an OCA student. During his elementary school years, Shamar struggled in several subjects and attended five different schools before his family discovered Connections Academy. Today he is thriving as a successful OCA high school student. Shamar’s mother shares his story below.

"I am a stay-at-home mom, which includes being a Learning Coach to our two children. Our son Shamar had attended another online school, but it didn’t offer kindergarten for Marshawney, so we did research online for an online public chartered K–12 school they could both attend.

We chose Ohio Connections Academy because to us it was the best of all the things our family was looking for and needed, including the financial freedom of a public school, the one-on-one attention the children would get at an elite private school, and the comfort of attending school at home.

I am the kind of mother who would go to school with my children every day and be their personal assistant to help them. Of course, I could not do that in a bricks-and-mortar school. With OCA, I can go to school with my children every day. I know exactly what they are doing and whom they are with.

I like the one-on-one personalized attention they receive at OCA. If my children or I need help, their teachers are just a WebMail or phone call away. OCA is also always making improvements. Connections Academy wants parent and student feedback, and they use that feedback to make the school better each year. They are connected, and that’s what I like about them.

Our children are extremely happy with their personal lives and their academics. Even though OCA is working for us, I still occasionally ask them if they would like to go to a traditional bricks-and-mortar school. The answer is always NO. You can’t get any more successful than that.

Shamar is doing very well since switching to Ohio Connections Academy. He is really coming into his own and becoming very independent. He has had an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in reading, writing, and math, but because of his great improvement in his reading goals, the reading IEP was dropped. The writing IEP may be dropped at the end of this year, too.

He has always struggled with remembering math facts, but his OCA teachers are very well aware of that, and now he is getting so much help that he is improving day by day. At the end of the first semester at OCA, Shamar’s math grade was already up to a C+, and he had B+ grades in language arts, social studies, and science, his favorite subject."

I like my subject lessons, because I have my teachers and my mom assisting me along, plus Teachlet ® tutorials, BrainPOP,® and Discovery™ videos that make the lessons easier to understand. I also like having one-on-one help when I need extra assistance in understanding something.
— Shamar