"I learned about Connections Academy through the Internet. My children were attending another virtual school, but our family was unhappy with the program. Schooling at home had been a joy for nine years; however, we were noticing that we needed something different. As my daughter entered her teen years, especially with the challenges of Autism, we felt that she would benefit from having teachers outside of the family unit who could invest in her education. We were able to slip easily into the supporting role, and she did not feel like we were telling her what to do from the time she woke up until she went to sleep at night.
What we like best about Connections Academy is that the teachers’ LiveLesson® sessions coincide with what the students are learning in their curriculum. We also love the relational interaction between the students and teachers. My children are not apprehensive about asking their teachers for help, and they do not feel like a number or grade because they know that their teachers are invested in their education.
Academically, we feel that our children are prepared for the colleges and careers of their choice. They are getting good report cards, and enjoying learning at the same time. They can discuss what they are learning with others, and make friends while doing so. I do not hesitate to call the teachers or send them a WebMail if I have a question or concern.
My children spend time with their friends at church, but have also reached out to classmates in our area for social opportunities through WebMail. My boys were involved with a homeschool PE class last year and made even more friends. My daughter, Cresa, also attends a program that specializes in the autism spectrum where they are able to add another dimension to her learning; some of her classmates attend SCCA as well. The flexibility of Connections Academy allows her to focus on one subject for the day if she is having a hard time transitioning between subjects, or if she is getting overwhelmed with the day’s work. Also, she can take breaks and play some basketball, or juggle hula hoops if she needs to. When she is older, she wants to be a designer or a creative pastor. SCCA allows her to work in and around her creativity, be able to go to the school of her choice, and feel confident in her ability to do what it takes to reach those goals.
Academically, we feel that our children are prepared for the colleges and careers of their choice. All of my children are getting good report cards, but they are also able to enjoy learning.