When anxiety issues made it difficult for Margaret’s grandson to receive a quality education in a traditional setting, her family turned to Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH). Now, he is thriving academically and emotionally while learning with Margaret, who is his Learning Coach, and with the expert teachers at TCAH.
For Luis’ education, my son and I had considered alternatives to the traditional brick-and-mortar school, but we knew that we did not want to traditionally homeschool him. After doing some research and attending a presentation that introduced us to Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH), we felt that we had found what we had been looking for.
From the beginning, I felt very comfortable communicating with the staff, Luis’ teacher, and even tech support. As I began to read the message board and become acquainted with this virtual environment, I knew that this was only the beginning of my involvement with Luis’ learning experience. We are now in our fourth year at TCAH.
I tell Luis that learning does not begin and end with school—that with every day he wakes up, there is the possibility to explore and learn something new. We explore not only through reading but also by visiting places such as museums, activity centers, libraries, and parks. We live in a history-rich area that features a unique landscape, and people here have an appreciation of the arts and sciences, so there is always something different we can do. Because of this, and because TCAH teachers were so supportive and quick to respond in guiding us through our transition from the brick-and-mortar school environment to the virtual school environment, I not only felt the need to be there for Luis during this new experience, but I also wanted to do more—so I volunteered as a Community Coordinator to assist in promoting further learning by planning field trips. In doing this, our experience became even more complete. We have met other families; Luis has made friends with other students, whom he is able to visit with socially; and we have met teachers outside of Luis’ assigned classes.
With the curriculum, the resources to enhance learning (which are provided online), the ability to enroll in electives (such as foreign languages and music), and the option to participate in extracurricular activities (such as joining clubs and attending field trips), Luis now looks forward not only to school and learning, but also to discovering the world around him—all while feeling safe and secure.
We can’t imagine any other way to continue going forward with his education.