Keeping Virtual School Students Connected
Even though your student will be attending school online, South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA) offers various connections to an entire virtual school community. Students meet often in online LiveLesson® sessions and are given the opportunity to share their ideas, compare different experiences, and have fun learning together. And if your student wants even more social interaction, joining our clubs or reaching out to peers is entirely up to them and their own comfort levels.
SCCA provides a variety of ways for our online school students to meet including online school clubs, field trips, and special school events. These social activities offer opportunities for students to take a chance and explore the world around them as well as develop lasting friendships with other students. They also help students learn teamwork, gain more confidence, and develop better communication and leadership skills. And, they are just plain fun!
Allowing Flexibility for Extracurriculars
We know that SCCA students are busy with extracurricular activities in their local communities. Our flexible program gives students more time to participate in these activities. State law in South Carolina encourages online school students to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities through their local public brick-and-mortar school. At SCCA, we also encourage each of our students to explore some interests that are outside of the classroom that may help them build more confidence and character.
Working with Families
Family support is crucial when it comes to your online student’s educational experience. We understand that the same daily routine doesn’t work for every family and student. At SCCA, we give you the freedom to design a schedule that works for you, whether it includes sports, performing arts, volunteer work, or other pursuits.
Parents are asked to play the very important role of Learning Coach, who helps keep students on track and communicating with their teachers.
SCCA families can connect with teachers, community coordinators, school counselors, and other SCCA parents online as well as in person through:
- Open houses, local teaching centers, and online Learning Coach trainings
- Secure Message Boards where SCCA parents post tips, questions, and resources that will help students to succeed
- The Virtual Learning Connections blog, where Learning Coaches can find tips and information about various topics dedicated to busy virtual school families
- Club ORANGE, a South Carolina Connections Academy network of parents who are highly involved in our SCCA community
Participating in the Online Learning Community at Large
At SCCA, we want our students to know that they’re part of a much broader virtual learning community. With help from Learning Coaches at home and our community coordinators, we help to arrange participation in various volunteer activities and other community events throughout the state of South Carolina.