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This was our first year "homeschooling" and we chose to go with INCA because we wanted them to still be part of an accredited public school. I never pictured us schooling from home before, but we were just no longer happy with the environment and "cookie cutter" style our in-person public school provided. Not every child is made the same, or learns the same way or at the same speed as everyone else. Issues with bullying and safety also became a concern. We were hesitant at first, but the staff and teachers put as at ease at every turn. We learned the platform quickly and my kids excelled with the program. Being able to work ahead when they knew something well and spend more time on a subject when needed gave them confidence. My kids were able to take honors classes as well, which was important for us to see them challenged in areas we knew they could be.
The flexible schedule allowed us to do more trips and activities as a family. We created our own field trips throughout the year. I love that they do not have to be on zooms all day. I love how attendance is handled. My son wants to graduate a year early and as this year ended and he was picking his Freshman classes, his counselor was amazing in guiding us to what he would have to do to make that goal happen. We are so happy with INCA and we recommend the school to anyone considering leaving the brick and mortar behind.
Hi Faith. It's great you've been able to take full advantage of the flexibility our program offers. Your school days sound really fun! ~Bri
Before Connections Academy my child was being sent home regularly for uncontrollable violent behavior. We did adhd/autism testing, counseling, therapy and everything else our public school suggested to fix our 'bad kid' but still he would act out at school, clearing out whole classrooms. The school threatened to hold him back for a year for behavior problems or we could transfer him out. We chose to transfer him into Connections Academy. Connections tested him, and he was 2 years behind his grade level.
1. That first year was very hard for him and me, his learning coach. After year one with connections he was up to grade level. I am so glad we didn't give up. 2. Two years in he was getting good grades, and able to function in public situations again without trouble. 3. Three years he was top in his class and the violent outbursts were a distant memory. 4. Fourth year and he is a wonderful student, organized, self starter, loving school, and jumping out of bed every morning to tackle his school work first thing. His WPM in typing is college level. He is still in therapy working on the trauma that happens to any child when they get labeled the 'bad kid' at school. I would recommend Connections Academy to anyone struggling with their public school system because there are no 'Bad Kids' just bad fits for certain kids.
Hi Karyn. Thank you for sharing your son's story. I'm sure it's been an amazing journey seeing his progress over the years. We appreciate your recommendation and hope he continues to flourish! ~Bri
My daughter was always a shy girl. When she got to high school, it was simply put...too much. Other students were unkind. She was different and didn't fit the mold at her small town school. She had medical issues that made attendance a nightmare for me as a parent navigating between doctors, teachers and principals. She started with Connections Academy her sophomore year, after passing only one class of her second semester of freshman year at her previous school. She graduates June 1, on time, with a GPA of 3.78. Teachers have been nothing but supportive in EVERY way to her and myself.
The system is easy to navigate technically. It is NOTHING like online learning that I've heard other parents talk about from brick and mortar schools. The stress and commotion is gone, but she still has peers and she has her old group of friends. If your child is struggling and you don't feel like you're qualified to do traditional "homeschool" but don't feel like they will be successful at a traditional school, this is your shot! I can say nothing negative about our experience. Not one thing!
Hi Brandy. It's so important to us to create a space where each and every student feels safe, welcome, and included. We're so, so happy to hear that your daughter felt comfortable and thrived with us and that your family found the flexibility you needed to address medical issues. Congratulations to you and your graduate. ~Bri
Arkansas Connections Academy has been an absolute lifesaver for me and my 9th grade child. She is doing so much better academically. The teachers are amazing and so helpful. We will definitely be attending next year as well!
Hi Amanda. Thank you for the kind words! We're so glad to hear your daughter is doing well and we're delighted that you'll be returning for 2022-23! Have a great summer!
Making the decision to move my son to Connections Academy was extremely difficult. However, I do not regret it one bit. He went from an average or below average student to all A's & B's. He is thriving with the more individualized attention from teachers, easy communication, and fun of a more stress free environment. He has more time to do things like sports, and lessons. He has gained independence, and confidence in just the one year already.
Hi Stacey. Thank you for your review! Change can be scary sometimes, but we're glad you're happy with your decision, and we're thrilled that your son is making so much progress! ~Bri
I have nothing bad to say Connections Academy has been a great experience for my son. He has received a lot of help. He is autistic none verbal. He gets services that the County that I live in has not provided for my son. He gets speech and OT therapy. The school has been very helpful and understanding.
Hi Teuila. Thank you for your review! We're glad to have been able to provide your son with the services he needs. Have a great rest of the year! ~Bri
I have been more than happy with Connections Academy. My granddaughter struggled with bullies and anxiety in the brick-and-mortar school. She is a different kid being able to home school. It not that it is easy. It is a lot of work for both Caretaker and Student but the communication from the school and Teachers themselves is amazing. They are really invested in helping your child succeed. We will continue to online school next year and plan on staying with Connections Academy.
Hi Naomi. We're happy to hear your granddaughter is doing better now that she's with us. Thank you for acknowledging our investment in our students, and we can't wait to see you again next year! ~Bri
My seventh and ninth graders are completing their first year at CA Connections Academy and we have had a fabulous year. The curriculum challenges them enough to keep them in learning mode and their classes were selected based on their levels. Customized! The teachers are so kind and supportive, and offer excellent feedback. Learning is provided in various formats so your child can choose what works best for them. As teenagers, they can sleep in as needed, and take all the time they need to finish assignments and do a good job on them.
Once you realize you can control your day instead of an institution controlling it, there is no going back. My kids are learning to harness their own power to pursue hobbies and skills they are interested in, while earning top grades and feeling good about their education. We recommend this school for anyone who would like to take control of their life but also do it in the confines of an accredited school.
Hi Kelda. That's great your students have been able to take full advantage of our program's flexibility. Thank you for the recommendation and 5-star review! ~Bri
This is our second year with Connections Academy and we have been thrilled with our experience. 1. The curriculum is fantastic. Each lesson clearly guides learners through the readings, videos, audios, workbooks, activities, quizzes, and assessments each day. For myself (the Learning Coach), I have even more detailed information I can reference to learn more about what and how my student is learning. 2. The teachers are knowledgeable, helpful, prompt in responding, and really know how to get groups of kids active and engaged when they have LiveLessons.
I also love the time my student gets to spend working with the teachers one-on-one. Even though this is a virtual school, my student still feels a connection to the teachers and classmates. 3. The flexibility to spend more time on topics my student needs and tailor learning experiences is wonderful. This is definitely set-up for each individual learner to move at their pace and dive deeper into topics as needed. 4. The events students have the option to attend are very nice and it's amazing how the teachers can manage and engage hundreds of kids at a time online in one large session. Overall, we are enjoying our time with Connections Academy!
Hi Tiffany. That's great! We're happy to hear you're enjoying your time with us. ~Bri
Our journey started in 2020 with the Covid Pandemic bearing down upon us as a family. Our son had a really hard time with bullying in our local public school and we were desperate to find a solution for our family. We are so happy we found Connections Academy. This is our second year and our son has decided to stay enrolled for his Junior year. He is excelling in his classes and enjoys learning this way. The teachers and staff are beyond helpful and kind. They are great teachers who try really hard to bring the lessons to life in live lessons. We have excellent communication with them and I always know where my son is at in his learning through their website. I can sit in on a Live Lesson if I want to and the lessons are accurate and are not political like the public school was. My son can set his own learning schedule and take breaks as needed. Connections Academy has been a breath of fresh air. We highly recommend them as a family.
Thank you for your feedback, Paula. It means a lot. We're thrilled your son has decided to stay with us for another year! ~Bri
SC Connections Academy has been a blessing for my daughter and I. She has always struggled in the traditional school atmosphere. When COVID hit and students had to be home I saw that she was doing better and becoming more independent. The decision to switch this year was a no brainer. The teacher and support staff have been amazing and always respond or reach out when needed. Wish we had made the switch sooner.
Hi Crystal. Thank you for your review. We're glad to hear we're making a difference. ~Bri
Connections Academy has changed the way we see education. It allows our family to be safe while also giving us access to high quality education for our daughter. Being a Learning Coach has been a fun and exciting experience. Watching my child learn things and truly comprehend them has been a priceless experience.
Hi Autumn. Thank you for your kind words. We're glad to have been able to make a difference. ~Bri
We love Connections. They help my daughter excel in school and work with her independently to help her grow to her full potential in learning. With learning disabilities, it can get tough but they help her through it all.
Hi Tracy. We're happy to hear that your daughter is excelling in our school. We hope to see you again next year! Have a great rest of the school year! ~Bri
My child joined Connections Academy at the start 2020 school year due to Covid. This is a comprehensive and exceptional curriculum. The support from the teachers and administration is unmatched if you reach out with the mindset to work with them to get help. This is not a leave it to your child curriculum. Your child will need your guidance and support throughout. My child has excelled with Connections Academy to be above my local school system. Connections allows a child to work at their pace with a minimum of the state standards for the student's abilities (IEP/504/standard/gifted). If you have a gifted child they allow your child to work and advance at their pace within the limits of completing the required work and demonstrating successful implementation of the subject matter.
Hi Ann. Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback share what it looks like to be in our school. We hope to see you again next year! ~Bri
I and my child have been with Ohio Connections Academy for 3 years now, next year we are re-enrolling. Plus I am enrolling my other child next year into grade K. We are very pleased with the teachers and staff. They are always prompt about helping my child or me whenever we have questions. The work is not too stressful for my child or me and the time is flexible. We just really are overall very happy with this school.
My child was in our local B&M school and was failing and being bullied now he is at the 98 percentile for his age group and is getting mostly A's and maybe the occasional B. We hope to continue his and his sisters' learning at this school. I can't say it is the best fit for every family but it is a wonderful fit for my family. If your kid('s) are struggling in B&M schools or your family needs more flexibility, and have someone that can be there as their Learning Coach of course more hours are needed to be dedicated for younger grades as younger students need more help. Then I would definitely recommend giving this school a chance.
Hi Stephanie. Thank you for your review and for continuing to choose us! We agree that education is not a one-size-fits-all, and online school may not be the best fit for every family, but we're glad we are for your family. 98 percentile? Wow - that's amazing! We hope you have a great rest of the year and fun summer! ~Bri
After a rough 2 1/2 years with my daughter acting out and getting into trouble at school I finally made the decision to pull her out the beginning of the 2nd semester of her freshman year. At first I wasn't sure if it was the best decision or if my girl would do any better. But I was so wrong!! Fast forward to today, she is finishing up the last class of her Junior year, 1 month ahead of time! Not only that but she will start her Senior year with nearly a 4.0 GPA!! She is enrolled in concurrent college courses next year. I'll be honest at one point I didn't think that my daughter would even make it to her Junior year, but now we're planning Senior pictures and she has one amazing future ahead of her!! The teachers, counselors and staff are so supportive and they will go out of their way to make sure that your child as well as yourself has everything you both need to succeed. I will be forever grateful for Connections Academy.
Pamela, this is an incredible success story. I'm so glad we've been able to play a role, and we're so grateful you shared your experience here. ~Bri
They treat the students amazing, supportive staff, kind and responsive children to interact with. The education can't be beat, and would definitely recommend for children with safety issues, or to free them from unsafe per pressures and bullying.
Hi Toni. Thank you for the kind words! It's much appreciated! ~Bri
This is our first year with Connections Academy (son is in sixth grade), and we will be back next year. It has taken a while for us to get used to it and I have had to work with him a lot to keep him focused. If he was in brick and mortar school I would be spending the same amount of time with him doing schoolwork, this way is better because he can work at his own pace. The only problem I have with this school is all the Social Justice, some is included in the work, most of it is in the activities/groups. Everyone should feel like they belong and not made to feel bad about who they are. The teachers are great!!
Hi Stephanie. Thank you for your honest feedback! We can't wait to see you again next year! ~Bri
My Grandson is Autistic and was being bullied at his brick and mortar school. Starting him in Connections has been awesome. This was our first year. I have no complaints. All of the school personnel have been awesome. And are always willing to help. We love it.
Hi Lisa. We're so sorry to hear that your grandson has suffered from bullying, but we're happy to hear that you've found our school and are having a good year with us. ~Bri
We used Connections Academy when the pandemic hit in 2020. Describing our brick-and-mortar's response to school closure was sad is a gross understatement. Instruction in academics was practically non-existent. I knew I had to act fast so I enrolled my child into Connections Academy. I am so happy I did. We already had problems with our public school - my kiddo is Gifted and Talented, and hardly ever did our teachers give her the challenge she needed. They seem to focus 100% of their attention and energy on the problem kids who constantly disrupt, display bad behavior, bully - to the point of building up tolerance for disruption, defiance and noise.
Connections Academy's independent and virtual structure allowed for me kid to get away from all of that nonsense and focus on what school is meant to be - learning and academics. We have one Live Lesson a day to get some social interaction and teachers can be scheduled during their open office hours so my kiddo can get some one-on-one help. The lesson plan is also flexible, and she can make up lessons on the weekend or at night, if we were to do a side trip anywhere. This program is not for everyone, but if you have a child who is self-directed, independent and accountable, I would seriously give CA a strong consideration. (Being able to put my GT kid in a Math 2 grades advanced is a big plus as well!)
Hi Alice. It was a rough time for everyone at the beginning of the pandemic. Luckily, Connections Academy has been around for a long time. We didn't need to skip a beat since our staff and students already had the tools in place to thrive online. ~Bri
We started Connections Academy last year and I can't be more satisfied. Everyone is very helpful and very friendly. They will work with you regardless of your situation and will do anything in their power to make schedule that is best for you and your child. I was scared in the beginning but quickly I've managed to learn the best ways to help my child get the best education possible. I absolutely love spending time with my child while learning and going through lessons together. Thank you Connections Academy!
Hi Iva. We're glad to hear we're working for your family and that you're enjoying the role of Learning Coach. Thanks for the review! ~Bri
My son was so unhappy with our local school system. My son and I love the flexibility and safety of learning online! The teachers are wonderful. My son has been attending Washington Connections Academy for two years. It was the best decision that I have made for my son. He has attended one year of elementary and one year of middle school. I honestly, wasn't sure what to expect with the transition between elementary and middle school. It has been nearly flawless. The teachers and staff have been amazing in working with his IEP. He has Type 1 Diabetes and ADHD. We love the flexibility of working online. There are days when my son doesn't feel well and will sleep during the day and do his schoolwork at night. You aren't able to do that with a regular brick and mortar school. He is getting the best grades he ever has. If I have questions or concerns the staff actually address them in a timely manner. We love Connections Academy!
Hi Lorraine. It's great to hear that our program meets your needs and that your son is able to take full advantage of the flexible schedule. As always, if you need anything, feel free to reach out to his teachers. I hope you have a great rest of the year! ~Bri
It was 6th grade year, the first year of middle school when our son had crippling anxiety and went through intensive therapy. When it was time to go back to school for 7th grade my husband and I found Connections Academy. They were open to his needs and understand who he is. You see our son was bullied by his 2nd grade teacher which cause PTSD/Trauma. During the year of therapy he was tested in many things. The results he is an Uber genius and an Empath so he feels emotions and that can be too much. He did not trust the teachers and had a hard time during monthly check ins, But he was soaring and could do his work in a safe place.
With all that goes on in the schools we felt he would do better where he felt safe. He is now in 10th grade with connections and has made great improvement on the trust issues. He actually talks to the teachers. To be honest if it were not for Connections Academy I do not if we would still have our son or not. They saved him and he can learn and thrive.
The parent group of Facebook is amazing, you can reach to help or get support from other parents that are with the school. Our son is doing amazing and has found his career path in digital photography. He fell in love with being behind the camera. His teacher loves his works and is very supportive in his passion. He was able to take American sign language as his second language and thrived in that. He plans to stay with connections through graduation. Connections Academy truly saved our son and we have the control to be his learning coach and be more involved in his education.
Hi Heather. I'm so sorry to hear about what your son endured while at his previous school. Although I wish we had been introduced under better circumstances, I'm glad your family found us too. Thanks for mentioning the Learning Coach group on Facebook. We spend so much time thinking of ways to support our students we sometimes forget about ways to help ourselves. The Facebook group is a great way for parents to speak to each other about their experiences and share ideas. Wishing you well. ~Bri
I can't say enough good about Connections Academy. I home schooled my grown children and it was such a hard process but now starting my kindergartner granddaughter, has been a breeze. The teachers have been spot on with help, encouragement, extra help and the live classes have helped her learn in an environment with other children. The classes are put in a format that helps the learning couches walk them through each lesson with their child. I love this school and will be continuing through to her graduation.
Hi Tamela. Thank you so much for your 5-star review. Schooling from home can sometimes come with its own challenges, so we're glad to have brought you some relief. Thank you for your review. We can't wait to see your granddaughter's graduation pictures! ~Bri
My granddaughter attended CA for almost two years and the curriculum they use through Pearson is the WORST!!! Nothing but tests every other day! Brick and mortar never gave this much work!!! NEVER AGAIN!!!
Hi Valley. We appreciate the two years your granddaughter spent with us, and we're sorry to hear our program didn't meet your expectations. Frequent testing in the form of quick checks, quizzes, and tests is beneficial as it allows teachers (and families) to identify students' specific strengths and weaknesses and personalize their student's learning. Thank you for your feedback, and we wish your family the best with her new school! ~Bri
I find Connections Academy to be a wonderful Cyber Charter Educational Experience. If a parent gave Connections a bad review it's because they didn't want to do the work. Connections Academy goes out of its way to give its students all the tools they need to be successful. However, it is up to the learning coach to be disciplined and responsible making sure their student attends live their classes, studies and utilizes all the tools given to them. It's just not for lazy parents or students. You really have to be disciplined.
Thank you so much for the positive feedback! As you said, the Learning Coach role is vital to the student's success. While it can feel like a lot of responsibility at times, we do our very best to make it as easy as possible and provide lots of resources to help our Learning Coaches help their students thrive. ~Bri
After being put behind by his teachers and being bullied, I pulled my child from his school district assigned school and into Colorado Connections Academy. He is bright, and flourishing and happy. It's a great alternative as well to avoid Covid and flu since many parents send their sick kids to public school all the time. We will continue with the Colorado Connections Academy courses. We are very pleased with it.
We are glad that you and your student are part of the Colorado Connections Academy family. We understand how scary that must have been, not only for your student but also for yourself. It's so good to hear that he's doing well and is happy. We hope he has a great second semester! ~Kim
Teachers only teach subjects for one hour per week live per subject. The kids get different assignments with each subject on different topics everyday. I have transferred my son to K12 which has teachers teach live everyday with homework help daily. Daily assignments parallel weekly topics. Pearson is not worth the money as parents will end up being the student’s teacher (full-time). They will bill you for remaining months even if your student doesn’t attend anymore.
Hi Tafari. I’m sorry our program wasn’t a good fit for your family. Our program is designed to be more independent so that students work at their own pace. You can find details of our Return Policy here: www.pearsononlineacademy.com/enroll/academy-return-policy. I hope that helps clarify your concerns. Again, I’m sorry we weren’t a good fit, but wish you well in your future endeavors. ~Kim
As of this year my 2 kids must do a live lesson everyday, which is a bunch of bologna because I'm my kids teacher and all these live lesson do is get in my child way of doing his lessons. Now it take twice as long to get lessons and and anything they do in the live lesson isn't even noticed. These teachers are in the way of my kids learning and now we are doing homework till about 8pm.
Hi Vicktoria. I'm so sorry to hear that you're frustrated. I'd like to put you in touch with someone from the school who can talk with you about your students' schedule and how we might be able to help make things more manageable. Please check the private response I sent on 10/27 for contact information so we can get your student some help. ~Kim
My 10th grader who has always been an A student started this online school in GA this year and after 1 full month in I have to say some subject areas are adequate structured though I would not say they are well structured. There are others such as History that was poorly created and executed.
Issue # 1. Apparently a some teachers that are teaching the courses have never read the materials in the course that they expect the students to read nor have they taken the tests created for the material they are expecting the students pass. I found this out after speaking with one of the instructors. I have a teaching degree myself and have taught for a total of 8 yrs though not recently and would never expect my students to take and ace a test that I had not taken myself to make sure the questions asked are in line with the material presented.
It is obvious to me that the teachers are not fully at fault as they are having to work with over 500 students per teacher at time and teach a variety of courses. The teachers so far are very helpful however the content that is presented and the manner in which it is presented needs to be reworked in order to create an environment where students can do the work needed to learn the material in a successful manner.
Issue# 2. The teacher student instructional time only takes place during a "live Lesson" for 30-50 minutes a week, there are then four days a week of 1 hr per subject where students can go online and ask questions. Though all "Live Lessons" are recorded and can be viewed at a later date these lessons are not enough face to face time with students for a child to learn a subject like History or Language. There needs to be daily interaction between students and teachers even if it is in a Zoom Room envir. in order for learners to acquire knowledge in my opinion.
It is my fervent belief that unless your child is gifted and can just read a text and memorize that info to take a test or you as a parent can spend 8 hours with your child acting as the instructor for all the lessons then this program will not work for your child. I will say though there are some teachers that do a very good job of teaching online but others are solely relying on the material in the online text to impart 98% of the knowledge to the students.
I will hopefully have a better opinion in the future of this companies educational product but currently they are getting an 'F' from me. More later...Hopefully things improve.
Hello Leslie. Thank you for taking time to share your experience here, and also for talking with us through direct messages here and via email so we can share your concerns with our curriculum team. We value your input and I encourage you to keep in touch with us via email and the curriculum feedback tool online as your student progresses through courses this semester. ~Kim
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