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Gabriel Marz

SCCA student Gabriel playing guitar

Gabriel Marz is a graduate of South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA). Prior to SCCA, he attended a traditional bricks-and-mortar school, but because of health concerns. His family began searching for alternatives and once enrolled in Connections Academy, Gabriel thrived academically and personally, while also improving his health. He shares his experience below.

“I had attended my local bricks-and-mortar school through first grade, but I was at home sick more than I was able to attend. After using medical homebound instruction for over six years, my mother and I were in need of alternative schooling. I had been born with esophageal atresia/tracheal esophageal fistula and a laryngeal cleft. I had surgery at just two days old in Charleston at MUSC, where I lived for about 8 weeks. Throughout the years, I was sick very often around other kids in school, and along with other medical complications, I had a very difficult time in a classroom. SCCA gave me the opportunity for a high-level education with the relief of staying at home where I could work on keeping healthy.

The flexible schedule of SCCA worked well for me by allowing me to complete my assignments while working around healthcare appointments. This structure gave me the ability to work ahead so I could take time off as needed. SCCA also offered me, I believe, a higher standard of education than I would have acquired at my bricks-and-mortar school. My favorite subjects were history and American government because I was able to learn about the past of the United States as well as gain knowledge to prepare me for my future.

I had a wonderful relationship with my teachers. They were all highly qualified and always available to help; they were like caring and supportive friends. Ms. Casey Ahmed, Ms. Levan, and Mr. Keller were several of my all-time favorite teachers and are great examples of what the rest of SCCA’s staff is like: considerate and motivational every step of the way. SCCA helped me prepare for my future by offering classes priming me for the medical field. Connections Academy gave me the resources and education I needed to push towards college and possibly a future in radiation therapy or other similar fields.

SCCA gave me the opportunity for a high-level education with the relief of staying at home where I could work on keeping healthy.
— Gabriel