Isabella Janssen graduated at the top of the 2018 graduating class of South Carolina Connections Academy. Attending school online allowed her not only to advance in her courses but also to have the time to pursue her passion in ballet. Below, Isabella shares what worked well for her while attending the school:
“I was originally interested in enrolling in South Carolina Connections Academy because of the class flexibility it allowed. I was able to progress faster in my STEM courses and complete more credits than would have been possible in my former traditional private school. Additionally, being able to complete my schoolwork anywhere and on my own schedule allowed me to dedicate more time to ballet. I was able to participate in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), for which I received a full scholarship through the US State Department, to study in Moscow for the summer of 2016. Furthermore, I was invited to attend the Moscow State Academy of Choreography and studied in Russia during the spring semester of my junior year.
While attending South Carolina Connections Academy, I was also able to gain many strong, positive relationships with my teachers that will extend beyond my time at the school. The teachers are wonderful in their areas of expertise and care about how we, as students, progress through their courses. They are understanding of the fact that our schedules are often unconventional, and they always work to accommodate our needs.
The strong academics provided at Connections Academy allowed me to earn an AP Scholar Award during the 2016–2017 school year, be accepted into many of the ‘Top 100 Best Universities’ (per U.S. News & World Report), and graduate with the class rank of #1. I’ve received a scholarship and chose to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for engineering and/or mathematics.”
I was able to progress faster in my STEM courses and complete more credits than would have been possible in my former traditional private school. Additionally, being able to complete my schoolwork anywhere and on my own schedule allowed me to dedicate more time to ballet.