While there are no set bell schedules, students have to meet state-mandated attendance requirements, which is monitored by the student’s Learning Coach, who is typically a parent or other trusted adult. Students receive their learning materials prior to the first day of school, and access lessons online, where they complete and turn in their coursework to their teachers.
Lessons can be completed at a time and location that works best for them, giving families flexibility with their school schedules and allowing students to pursue outside passions, including training for elite sports competitions, volunteering, and starting their own businesses.
“My husband and I were concerned that the local brick-and-mortar school left very little time for anything except homework. Both of our children study piano, but there was less and less time to fit piano into their day. We were looking for a school that would allow our children to attend lessons and practice often. Additionally, we really wanted to visit places across the United States together as a family before our children went to college. Connections Academy gave us the opportunity to do that,” said Janelle, a parent at Indiana Connections Academy.
Gemma, a student at Texas Connections Academy Houston (TCAH), noted that “the TCAH program worked best for me because I could work ahead and take Fridays off to concentrate on my nonprofit Fluffy Love, where I deliver stuffed animals to hospitals. I had to travel to a conference, and I did my learning in a hotel and did not have to fall behind in my lessons.”
“The amazing flexibility allows me to keep up with my courses while training for tennis. I have attended regular school all of my life until sophomore year of high school. Connections Academy is less time-consuming, and way more flexible,” said Juan, a student at Washington Connections Academy.
Students complete lessons at their own pace, working ahead on subjects that come more easily and spending more time on lessons that are more challenging. Every week, students can attend live classes with their teachers, where they can engage with other students.
“What I like most about Connections Academy is that I can work at my own pace. If a certain subject is really easy for me, I can move ahead, or if a subject is really interesting to me, I can go to the links on my home page to learn even more about it. Sometimes there are things I don’t understand, but I can either call or WebMail my teacher to get help or watch the teaching tutorial again,” said Joshua, a student at Wisconsin Connections Academy.