4 Sample Daily Schedules for Virtual School Families

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  1. Tina says:

    I have never used this kind of schedule. I usually fly by the seat of my pants. This will be our first year 2012-2013 for online school. My son will be in the 8th grade. I guess we will both have to get more organized.

  2. Kathy McKenzie says:

    Pretty close to our current schedule!  Our day is flexible enough to enjoy a trip to the library, the museum or even an afternoon at the mall.  Everything is a learning experience!

  3. Tabitha says:

    My 8th grade daughter has core classes Monday/Thursday, Tuesday/Friday, and extras like literature, art, skills for success, and PE as well as any electives fall on Wednesday.  This is also the day we use for supplemental education such as test prep (ACT/SAT style grade appropriate tests) or filling out applications.

    She really likes focusing on one subject in the morning and another after lunch. 

    When she needed extra sleep or more meals in a day, it is nice knowing that neither physical need will result in missing important academic material.    

  4. Fay Jones says:

    We didn’t really keep a schedule, though we did do this program in elementary school. If my daughter finished her lessons by noon, we’d go for a hike or bike ride or go to the library or the mall. If it took her a little longer, she’d just spend some time in the afternoon with friends or reading or hanging out with her Nana. She danced about 8 hours a week so she got her physical education credit and time with friends all rolled into one. She also participated in theater so she’d often do an extra lesson or two each day for 2–3 weeks before tech week so that she’d have a very light school load on the days she was doing the show. With late rehearsals or shows, she’d often sleep in and start her school day later. We loved the flexibility and life felt very balanced!

  5. Danielle says:

    Does anyone know if the schooling has to be Monday-Friday?  I’m looking for an online school that would allow my kids to go to school Wednesday–Sunday, making the “weekend” Monday and Tuesday.  Is it possible with Connections?

  6. Beth says:

    Hi Danielle,

    Flexible scheduling all depends on your student’s grade level. For students in grades K–8, lessons are more flexible. As for students in grades 9–12, generally fixed-schedule courses cannot be altered because they are designed to be more collaborative with peers. However, it’s important to note that LiveLesson® sessions and teacher availability are Monday through Friday.

    As always, you are welcome to call our Enrollment Team at 800-382-6010 with questions.

    — Beth

  7. Caitlynn says:

    My daughter will be a senior this year and is very interested in this school. We were just wondering if any one knew if there was a way for her to do more work than is on the schedule that day? So that way she can get ahead if she would like?

  8. Beth Werrell says:

    Hi Caitlynn,

    Although your daughter would need to work with her counselor first, the answer is yes.

    — Beth

  9. Christine says:

    As I look through the schedules I am a bit amazed at seeing a lot of classes taking only thirty minutes.  I have been a LC for four years now, and I am thinking I am doing something wrong.   (Not really, I have a 3.5 student) I don’t think ANY of the classes we have done have been done in thirty minutes.  I guess though, that is one of the reasons we decided on homeschooling-there just wasn’t enough time in the classroom to finish before switching gears to another subject and that was very hard on our students.  Just about the time they were getting the concept down, it was time to forget what they had just understood and go on to the next subject.  We have a Junior this year, and from the looks of his schedule, I really don’t believe we will have any thirty minute classes this year either.  But, that is the joy of ORCA-we don’t HAVE too!!!  So, my advice to all of you new comers:  do what works for you.  If you can get it done in thirty minutes, wonderful-if not, don’t feel bad.  Sometimes we take all day on a single subject, especially if there is a portfolio to do-but the way I see it, as long as he gets the work done, without stressing us both out, and he is learning what he needs to, then we have accomplished what we set out to do.  And we have tomorrow to catch up…

  10. Amy says:

    I really thought that the kids were online a lot. I thought yes I would be involved in the learning but from what I read it is a lot of involvement on the LC.  I work full time so now I am thinking this is a mistake and stick it out in public school.

  11. morgan says:

    It is my first year as a virtual student and it’s my sophomore year. I feel so unorganized. These sample schedules are perfect for me!

  12. Anne says:

    My 15 yr old son has been begging to be homeschooled.  My hold back is that my husband and I both work full time. No one would be home with him durring the day to make sure he’s doing school or there to help him.  Are there other families out there like us with parents that work full time and still homeschool their kid(s)?

  13. Caroll says:

    my son and I are new to this he is 16 and has a job m-f is there anyway for him to do evening classes since he works through the day or will he have to quit his job.

  14. Mary says:

    I am confused by Christine’s comments. When I look at the sample schedules, all the classes look like they are 60 minutes, not 30 minutes.

    Our daughter will be a new Junior this year and I suspect there will be learning for both of us along the way.

    I saw the field trip options and I think it is great that they are offered all over the state.

    Looking forward to an exciting year!

  15. Laurie Landry says:

    Anne,
    There are options for you working and your son attending Connections Academy.
    You could have another adult as his “Learning Coach,” or depending on his maturity level and your ability to talk to him during the day or evenings, it may be entirely possible to handle it between you, your husband, and son. Call one of the Enrollment Counselors for further information. Good luck.

  16. Amber says:

    Carroll, I have an elementary school student. We set our own times and schedule. We work whenever we feel like it. We just make sure we are on time for our LiveLesson, but those are not mandatory so we can always re-watch if we miss them.

    I’m sure it is the same for high school level. You can work whenever is convenient for you, so morning or night.  All LiveLesson sessions are recorded so he could go back and watch them later, as long as he is not struggling and needs mandatory lessons. The schedule and times are up to you to determine. 

  17. Beth Werrell says:

    Caroll, although your son would have some flexibility to complete lessons when he is not working at his job, he would likely miss any live, synchronous LiveLesson sessions where students benefit from interaction and collaboration with their teachers and other students. He would also need to carve out time to speak with his teachers over the phone, which usually occurs M-F during school hours. I would suggest you talk to our Enrollment Team at 800-382-6010 and/or contact a school leader at the school in your area for guidance.

    — Beth

  18. Beth Gonzalez says:

    Yes, students can do their classes at anytime during the day, night, and weekends. Just remember to record attendance and remember, of course, that teachers will probably not be available at night. So, you will probably need to communicate with teachers through WebMail.

  19. Angela Smith says:

    Hi Caroll,

    I do believe your son will fit in just fine. Sometimes we do school late in the evenings. Sometimes we do it on the weekends.

    As far as LiveLessons all the teachers are suppose to be recording them. He can go on the message boards and view the ones he missed. However, it is better if he can be in the lesson in case he has questions.

    Sometimes when I get stuck and can’t help my daughter, I will just email or call the teacher. They always respond pretty quickly. That is the benefit of a flexible schedule and part of the reason why I chose Connections Academy.

    I will recommend this school to any one who wants to give their child a better education without all the hassles of the brick-and-mortar schools. They can learn, which is why they are in school. They learn without distractions from bullies or other bad stuff that is in the brick-and-mortar schools.

    Hope this was helpful!

    Thanks,
    Angela Smith

  20. Beth Gonzalez says:

    Anne, I think that your student would do very well with virtual school even if both parents are working full time. I don’t have a HS student, but at that level, the student will be working very independently and not need much help from the Learning Coach/Parent. Any help that is needed can be given in the evenings and on weekends. Also, I am sure the teachers will be very helpful as well.

  21. Irene Burgess says:

    It really depends on your child and what kind of structure they need. If they are working during the day, then yes, they can always do their schoolwork at night. That is what is so unique about this way of schooling, There is no set patterns or schedules. What works for your family is how you set your day. 

  22. Irene Burgess says:

    How I can tell if my high schoolers are doing their schoolwork is that I can check into Connexus anytime from anywhere on my smartphone and see if they have completed work for me submit. With not having committed scheduling on my students they can begin work when they are lucid and alert. I find this works well for my students.

  23. lorie says:

    Hi Caroll,
    Your student can do their school work at any time as long as it’s done in a timely manner and by the time it’s due. My daughter has insomnia and naps a lot during the day and does her schooling at night. There are LiveLessons they can attend during the day but they are also recorded for situations like this. It’s a wonderful school and the staff is awesome, give it a try, you’ll love it!

  24. Robin says:

    Hi, my name is Robin and I have two children, one in 10th grade and one in 5th grade. We do online virtual school…SCVCS with K12 education material. This is our third year. But I find that I would like more flexibility in our school schedule.

    Also, do the children have to go to all the live class sessions. If you could help answer these questions, I would really appreciate it because my husband and I are strongly considering changing to Connections Academy. Also, both my husband and I work 3 days a week with the kids being home by themselves only one day a week. Do you think this schedule would work in Connections Academy?

  25. Elizabeth Seward says:

    My daughter does the majority or her work in the late afternoon and evening hours. She watches recorded LiveLessons that she missed. So I would say yes, it should not be a problem to let your child work during the day.

  26. Elizabeth Seward says:

    Yes, I do not work, but my daughter does most of her work on her own. She gets up around 9a.m. and is awake and ready to get started.

  27. Beth Werrell says:

    Robin, course schedules for high school students are designed to be more collaborative with peers and are therefore generally pretty fixed. However, lessons for your 5th grader would be more flexible.

    Students are encouraged to attend LiveLesson sessions as they benefit from interaction and collaboration with teachers and other students. Recordings are available for later review should your student ever miss a LiveLesson. 

    Please contact our Enrollment Team at 800-382-6010 with any other questions you may have. 

    — Beth

  28. Eve says:

    Robin,

    We just started with CA this year (Iowa). My daughter is in eighth grade, and we thought attending LiveLessons would be optional, and they are for the most part since they are recorded, but you have to let the teachers know if the student will be missing them beforehand. Not a big deal. They just like to keep in touch somehow, either via LiveLessons or by phone or WebMail (and it’s good to ask the teacher what their preference of communication is, some prefer the phone, etc. but WebMail is standard).  🙂

    I’m actually bedridden right now, which is almost like having my daughter go to school by herself as she is upstairs and I am downstairs. I think being gone one day a week would be okay, but I suppose it depends on your children. Having a typed schedule on those days does help, and I highly recommend doing that. You can even lighten the course load on the days you are gone if you need to. The scheduler allows you to move things around pretty well.  😉

    I hope this helps! 

  29. Lauri Bevers says:

    We’ve found Connections to be a perfect fit for our family and how we prefer to schedule our days.
    Our daughter has 6 hours of regular dance lessons per week, plus extra practices on weekends, as well as festival performances scattered throughout. We can start school as early or as late as we need to (she’s in fourth grade, but this will change somewhat with scheduled lessons in the higher grades) so it works in our favor. During the year, we can work on school work as needed by taking our laptop and a few supplies with us. We attend LiveLessons as scheduled most of the time, but they are recorded so we can go back and watch them later. Your 10th grader, however, would probably not have the same flexibility due to the stricter scheduling. Be sure to contact Connections Academy directly, they can answer any questions you may have more thoroughly!

  30. Laurie Landry says:

    Robin, you should have no problems working their schedule out with your work schedule. There may be LiveLessons that they NEED to see live but the students can view the recordings and address whatever the teacher requires to get their participation points. (They may have to email an answer to a question, do an assignment of some sort, etc.) You can work with your teachers to accomplish your goals for your kids. Talk to someone at the school if you have not already, they can answer specific questions. 

    Laurie

  31. Jessica Cuthbert says:

    What if one of my children work better at night. How would there schedule work then?   

  32. Jill says:

    We are a family that vacations 3-4 times per year. Is this something that could be done from another state, or our son could get the assignments completed before our trips? We generally do some educational things on our trips, but we want to enjoy our vacations, not be bogged down with work or school work. 

  33. Laura says:

    Hi Everyone,

    This blog has been very informative for us. My daughter is only three-years-old, but we are preparing ourselves. We are leaning towards CA here in Oklahoma. My biggest concern is whether she’ll really get to meet kids to make friends that go through this program. We are new to Oklahoma so meeting new people is difficult enough as it is…would like to hear about some of your experiences who have younger kids.

  34. Hi Jill,

    My son attends Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA) in Pennsylvania. In our state, students are granted a certain number of vacation days that can be used whenever the family chooses to redeem them. They do not have to be taken during the scheduled breaks. Therefore, your family could save these days off to use for your vacations. As for the work load, your son could work ahead to complete the lessons he would miss while away. If necessary, the lessons can be accessed from anywhere as long as you have a WIFI connection.

    I hope this helps answer your question. To find out more information specific to your state, you could access the Connections Contact a Parent Program for your state and speak with a parent from your state who currently has a child enrolled in Connections Academy.

  35. Pam Faucett says:

    My daughter is a freshman with South Carolina Connections Academy. In high school students
    have a fixed schedule. You can still add personal events but they will
    not affect lesson distribution.The fixed schedule in high school keeps
    students on track and all students in the course work at the same pace (this helps with group discussions and etc). But even with the fixed schedule,
    we have worked ahead a few days without any problems. We work ahead by
    using the calendar. For example, she completes one lesson in math then clicks to the next day on the calendar and completes another lesson in math. Plus students are free to work
    on their school assignments day, night, or weekends.

  36. Deborah Ackley says:

    Hello,

    What I have enjoyed is the freedom to let my little one sleep in if she needs to.  As long as we get a days work done by 9PM I am okay.  The LiveLesson days that have early attendance are the days we try to get all LiveLessons completed.  Our schedule is flexible and allows for other activities throughout the day. 

    When regular public school is out for ice or weather conditions Connections Academy students can still go.  We enjoy the freedom to decide what days we complete what lessons, and how long of a day we will have. I will say we have never had a 30 minute lesson, but that is okay, we have more time to learn that way!

  37. leisa says:

    [Re: Home Alone Teen/Anne* 9/26]

    Anne,

    Since I have not read all of these comments, I am not sure anyone has yet suggested, but a couple suggestions might be to consider a home monitor to check in on him from time to time during school hours. Additionally you might check into some computer software which tracks the key strokes.

    On the days you’re too busy to look in on him you could always use the “net nanny” type software to see that your big kid is being responsible with his home-schooling! Having both would allow flexibility in your day, in the event you have a meeting or a doctors appointment yourself.

    Good Luck 🙂

  38. Kim says:

    I am seriously considering Connections Academy in SC, or another home school option for middle school. I have a 4th grader in an excellent public school, but the middle school we are zoned for is not rated very highly. There are problems with the adminstration, education, discipline, etc. My husband and I both work full time, at home. I am a remote employee for a global software company and my husband is self-employed as a graphic designer and illustrator, so we are always home.

    I have seen a lot of comments about the younger grades and high school, but I am interested in knowing how scheduling is for middle school? My daughter is also a competitive tennis player, she practices 5 days a week, currently in the afternoons and plays tournaments on the weekends.

    I am slightly intimidated about homeschooling because I am NOT a teacher. She is an honor roll student so far, but I know that the subject matter will become increasingly difficult in middle school. My biggest fear is math, I did not excel in it, I don’t like it, and I certainly could not help her with Algebra, etc. I don’t see many parents talking about the subject material. Is that because the students are getting the instruction they need from the coursework and online sessions? I just want to make sure she succeeds academically. I know many successful home-schooled children, but I guess I just have a fear she won’t be getting everything she needs “virtually.”

    So, it’s between homeschooling and a very expensive private Christian school for us. I love the idea of homeschooling and the flexibility.

    I also have a rising 2nd grader that we would probably leave in our very good public elementary school. I feel that trying to have both of them working virtually would be hard, a second grader will require more “coaching” and with both parents working full time, I am not sure I can handle both at home. Anyone else have this scenario?

  39. Stephanie says:

    From what I’m reading, I’m understanding that the younger the student is, the more “flexible” it is regarding the specific time they have to be online.  (For instance, having to be online at 1pm for a specific class vs. being online whenever to do coursework.)

    How much of the day is “required” for high schoolers?  The site talks about being flexible to extra curriculars and community activities, but I keep reading that the older the student gets, the less that is the case.

    Can someone explain that to me and/or point me to the right information?  

    Thanks!

  40. Che' Martin says:

    Hey Kim

    I also had a very good elementary school but the middle school was lacking. My son has an IEP because of medical reasons, not academic. With an IEP, middle school students tend to fall through the cracks with poor instruction.

    I researched private school and home-school options. We felt that Connections was the best for his needs. He is thriving in this school. The class instructions online, LiveLesson sessions with instructors, and tutoring aids are amazing. If he has any question in any subject he can Webmail/email his teacher and the response is almost immediate. He has been called if his teachers feel he hasn’t quite grasped a concept. The teacher will explain the issues and work with him until it clicks. There are also many further education tutorials such as Kahn academy that is grade specific. I am confident that if your daughter is a good student she can excel with Connections.

    My son is also a competitive soccer player. He practices multiple nights a week and travels on weekends. This form of school has worked out so well with his soccer. My son is receiving a much higher quality of education, but amazingly the pressure is low. More is expected of him from us and his teachers but he loves it with what he thinks of as an easy school.

  41. Sharon says:

    I like scheduling, and in the beginning of the year I stressed over the schedule and getting it to an exact science. Now, my son prefers to start on math until complete then move on to Lang Arts and so on and so forth until lunch. After lunch he finishes all other classes and if time allows, he studies or works on upcoming portfolios. He works to get as much done Monday-Thursday so that Friday’s can be a “fun day”.

  42. Georgette says:

    I love the flexibility of it. We can see what is in
    store for us at the beginning of each week.  I have one child (9th grade) that
    gets her least favorite subject out of the way for the week to reward herself
    with what she likes to do.  My 10th grader is more willing do what is scheduled for
    the day by the order it is in.  She will then do what is easy for her first
    sometimes when she is stumped and needs a break. They have enjoyed the moments
    when Math or English stress them out and they can do an extra Science or Spanish
    lesson for a breather.

  43. Connections Academy is a good school for ANY level… my daughter started in 3rd and is almost done with 10th, I’m SO happy we found CA when we did, it’s been great!

  44. Pam Faucett says:

    Hello
    Kim,

    My
    daughter attends South Carolina Connections Academy. This is our fourth year with
    the school and it has been a very positive experience for my family.

    In
    middle school, you have to log-in 5 hours a day or 25 per week. You are
    able to pick when your family starts the day and the order in which your
    student completes their work. Students are free to work on
    their school assignments day, night, or weekends. The daily planner shows which
    assignments are due each day.
    In middle school, students start to
    become more independent, have a teacher for each subject, teachers like to work more directly with the student instead
    of the Learning Coach, and online
    and offline work. The Learning Coach has to be an adult but does not have to be the
    parent. In middle and high school years, the Learning Coach typically provides
    support, but far less daily supervision. They are responsible for logging in
    daily attendance, marking off completed lessons, and making sure the student is
    staying on track. 

    My
    daughter was in the 6th grade when we started Connections Academy. At first, we
    did not utilize the teachers and quickly became overwhelmed. I finally
    called our math teacher almost in tears. She explained that my job was Learning
    Coach—and she was the teacher. Now we automatically call when we do not
    understand something or have a problem. Our teachers are always telling
    the students if they do not understand any part of the lesson, stop what they
    are doing and call or email them. Even if that means letting the lesson go
    overdue one day. There is a learning curve for the student and Learning Coach
    the first few months (mainly learning your way around Connexus). Then you will
    find a routine that works best for your family. I am listed on the SCCA website
    under contact a parent. Please feel free to send me a message. I will be glad
    to help.

  45. Gina McKeen says:

    Hi Kim!
    First I’d like to say that Connections is not even close to “homeschooling”. I’ve done both with our children! The teachers assist their students with ALL difficulties that they may have and there is even a one-on-one tutoring session that the kids can take advantage of as well. The curriculum is wonderful, it challenges students to put forth more effort while they enjoy real learning! Our girls are older, an eighth grader and tenth grader this year, and we’ve been with MICA for the past four years. The choice to enroll in the new public school option was not an easy one. However, it is by far the best decision we’ve made for our girls education ever. They’ve learned self discipline that brick-and-mortar schools fail to teach, not to mention actual learning in the many subjects that lose so many children every year. I could go on and on about the many wonderful aspects of this new method of teaching but will refrain for now. I can promise you that choosing to enroll in Connections Academy will bring many rewards for your family. It would undoubtedly be a decision that you will not regret!!

  46. Lekechia G. says:

    I have a student in middle school and he prefers it to B&M. I think it is a better option because it allows them to adapt to various teachers without the pressure of having to go from class to class. Going from elementary for some students this is a huge struggle. This also gives the student more opportunities to take responsibility for their education. They can ask for help when needed from teachers, and actually get the help they need. Teachers in B&M are swamped with lesson plans, overcrowded classrooms, administrators, parents, and students that need help. It is challenging to juggle all of that and be able to be an effective instructor.

  47. Daniel Mendoza says:

    I actually do a block time schedule. I haven’t broken it down like posted here. I have a 6th grader and a 10th grader.

  48. Nikeya Blythe says:

    Hello, My name is Nikeya and I’ll be 16 in August. I’ll also be a junior next year. I’ve been talking to my mom about CA and I love the idea of flexible hours and being at home when my seven month old baby brother needs a sitter. I was wondering what the requirements are to do this. I attend a regular public school now. I have As and Bs. I also need to take another foreign language and I need to complete a “pathway,” in order to graduate from the school I attend. What would I need to do to graduate from CA? Could I take a foreign language? Could I complete my health care studies? 

  49. Beth Werrell says:

    Hi Nikeya,

    Find a school near you to determine if Career Technical Education courses are offered in your state to complete your health care studies.

    Regarding your questions about graduation requirements and foreign language, it would really depend on your high school transcript, which can be reviewed with the Academic Placement Service Team or the school’s Guidance Counselor.

    Best wishes,

    Beth

  50. Rachel says:

    How does Connections Academy compare to South Carolina Calvert Academy? Anyone willing to give some insights? We used Calvert this past year in K5. And looking to possibly switch. 

  51. Renita says:

    Wow this will be my sons first homeschooling experience. I may need a little group support. Also he is special needs. Anyone out there whom has walked this path before…I would love your input.

  52. Aimee Lippert says:

    I have 3 high school students enrolled in Indiana Connections Academy. I am a single mom and I work full time. We started 3 years ago. As a Learning Coach I submit their assignments and attendance. I also make sure they keep to their schedules. The first year I hovered and that definitely was not good. I stepped back and let them seek help from teachers and other tools on the INCA homepage. I have allowed them to create their own schedules and since all of their assignments are online I can hover virtually now from where ever I am. My son graduates this June and is going off to college. He is so prepared for independent learning, much more than brick-and-mortar since he has been responsible for his education. All 3 of my kids have done very well on their own with minimal interference from me. I would assume middle school and younger needs more interaction with the Learning Coach. High school prepares them for an independent life and INCA is an amazing way to get them started on their journey into life on their own. I have more awareness now of what each of my children are doing than I ever did in the brick-and-mortar school. The teachers are available to answer questions about your students progress. I highly recommend Connections Academy!

  53. Dale Phillips says:

    Do you folks offer college level teaching ?

  54. Beth Werrell says:

    Hi Dale,

    Most of our Connections Academy states offer AP courses, which are considered college level offerings.

    Please

    find a school
    near you and then contact the Guidance Counselor if you have any further questions about dual enrollment with colleges.

    Best,
    Beth

  55. Jean says:

    I am thinking about enrolling my middle school age child and high school age child in your program. However, I have concerns because I work 5-6 days a week during the day and I noticed that on the sample schedules the classes are all during the day when I wouldn’t be there to help them and make sure they do their lessons. Are there lessons in the evenings also? Also, unfortunately, most of the stuff they are doing in school now I know little about or don’t remember so I am worried that I will not be able to much help to them with their lessons.

  56. Jessica says:

    Both my husband and I work full time and have made the decision to enroll our 10-yr-old in the virtual school. While my husband works from home, he will be assisting with some of daytime activities, and I will take over when I get home after work. We will be utilizing some of the recorded lessons as well. Our son is very excited to have a say in what he is learning through the electives, and we are excited about seeing him once again, engaged in learning!

  57. Theresa says:

    To help answer Jean’s question from Jun 19th:  

    Each lesson has an introduction, activity, practice and quick check. If they fail to answer the quick check appropriately, they need to review the material or get help. You, as the Learning Coach, have instant access to your student’s grades and will know immediately if they understand a concept.  

    Your children are old enough to help each other as well as the teachers are just a WebMail or phone call away.  Connections also has an online tutor set up to help the students whenever they need. In addition, the system has fail-safe measures to alert the teachers if a student is consistently not understanding material or falling behind.

    My child is a “squeaky wheel” who gets the grease per say.  He always is in contact with his teachers when he doesn’t understand. Some students aren’t as vocal. So, I like the teacher initiated contact for those who aren’t as vocal.

    As far as helping the students, it has been my experience that I can usually jump right into a lesson and gather the facts needed to help with my son’s understanding. Sometimes, like math, I have to go back a lesson or two because it is a building knowledge. But, remember…you don’t have to KNOW the info. You just need to know WHERE to find the answer! (tutor, teacher, etc…) I have “Googled” many topics to understand and have enjoyed learning and helping my son! He has learned also to be more resourceful!

  58. Irene says:

    First off, your students have their teachers for help.  You can work with your child when you get home if they have any questions. There is also the weekends. The teachers are very good about being available for your student if they are needing help. The older students should be able to follow this type of schooling and taking responsibility. You can access your Connexus dashboard 24/7 to view what lesson your students have completed.  There are always incentives that you can offer your child as well to stay on task. Also any LiveLesson session is recorded so you can view them when you get home from work.

  59. Lindsay says:

    Last year was our first year with Connections Academy. We didn’t really know what to expect, but knew that we were no longer comfortable with our neighborhood public school. Our son completed 1st grade, learned a lot, and gained a bunch of confidence. The LiveLessons were great and he really enjoyed the math lessons and Science BrainPop videos! My son has weekly ongoing appointments which were set up well before we knew about the LiveLesson schedule. Going into next year, we will have appointments scheduled for early afternoon, so hopefully we’ll be home to participate in more of them. I like the convenience and flexibility of the courses, to be able to work ahead, and that I can do a lesson or practice with my son wherever there’s WI-FI. He’s learning computer technology at a much earlier age than his parents and it’s really important for his future. We liked the program so much that we pulled our older son from his school and he completed spring semester of 3rd grade with Connections. It wasn’t something we planned on doing initially, but it worked out really well. My boys are just 20 months apart, so they have each other. They are busier than I ever was at ages 6 and 8 with a few planned activities. The social part is a bit of a challenge and that’s something we’re working on.  Do what’s best for your child and for your family. Their needs will change as they grow bigger, but for now, learning at home via an online program works for us 🙂

  60. Ragan says:

    I have a question – I work M-F 10-12 hour days.  Is is possible for my 2nd and 4th graders to keep up with doing the lessons in the evenings and weekends?  I don’t want to short their learning experience but want the safety of school at home with my supervision.

    Any comments are welcome – Please.  I want to make the best decision for my girls.

  61. Heather Hoff says:

    Our family plans out our weekly schedule and we try to stick by it. However, there are plenty of days that we need to rearrange the original game-plan. We always try to complete the LA & Math lessons right after the LiveLessons. That way I don’t have to reteach the concepts (for the most part). We also load afternoons with Science and Social Studies. We do not do one lesson a day. I find that my children understand the Science & Social Studies concepts if we do the application (projects & labs) along with the lessons.  Also, I save art for rainy, cold or cloudy days when we can’t be outside doing outdoor activities.

  62. Muffin Nelson says:

    Hi,

    I was hoping someone does something like I was thinking of doing?

    My daughter has difficulty with transitions.

    We are starting CA this week and my daughter really enjoyed the block scheduling at the brick and mortar school. I was hoping to accomplish something similar to that with her most difficult subject everyday to keep it fresh. When I run the scheduler am I able to rearrange the classes for the week by changing the numbers in the day….
    Like 2 Social Studies 2 Science lessons 1 Math on Monday call this Blue day then 2 English & 2 lessons of another & 1 Math on Tuesday called Green Day then do Wednesday a Blue Day
    Thursday a Blue Day
    Friday a Green Day
    Monday a Blue Day etc. if I am able to account for all the classes required between the 2 days separated into Blue and Green Days?

    Any suggestions would help or maybe someone has tried this type of block scheduling?

    Muffin

  63. Allyson Stevenson says:

    For the student athlete:

    I love the idea of this online school and the set up. While both my high school boys are home schooled and have been their entire schooling years, they do participate heavily in the local high school’s sports programs. To my knowledge, at least in Arizona, if students are enrolled full time in an online school they are unable to participate in the local school’s athletic programs. (There may be permission required, with principal/deans involved etc. to approve) With both my boys already in line for scholarships for their specific sports,  I highly recommend International Connections Academy for those in similar situations.This avoids the friction of permission for the student athlete schooling from one school, but playing sports for another.  We have had great success with the online International Connections courses, while I school my children in the other courses at home.  Awesome flexibility both for school year and summer school courses! My eighth grade daughter will begin her courses this January! 

    I do have to mention, the only downfall is that under the “student athlete” program, you do have to purchase the classes. Some courses can run from $350 up. Very hard for the family on a budget. But, we made exceptions by getting the core courses and foreign languages online, and taught rest at home. Online courses are also NCAA certified.
    Anyhow hope this helps! I sure love the classes Connections Academy offers! 

  64. Desirae says:

    I’m considering connections academy for my son and though this gives me ideas of how to do it. I’m just at a lost of how to manage to put my son through an online school when I work a nine to five job Monday through Friday. My son hasn’t even started school but I prefer this concept over sending him to a public school. Any other moms in my situation that can give me some advice?

  65. Elizabeth says:

    I loved hearing how many working full time parents are homeschooling. I am a single mom and a full time college student in seminary. My son is in 6th grade and has requested I homeschool him. He does not like the atmosphere of his school, quite frankly I don’t either. We are both praying about the decision. I can’t afford the private Christian school down the street. I am shopping around at e-schools to see if they are a viable option.

  66. Kathy says:

    I love the idea of this. My question is about IEP’s and does anyone have a child on an IEP for academics that attends CA? My son struggles with school no matter where we have placed him. He has an IEP and is in 3rd grade. I’m looking for help and ideas.

  67. Ann-Marie says:

    Hi there,

    A couple of years ago I remember researching Connections Academy and trying to decide whether it was the right choice for our son. I Just want to share for other parents, especially whose child may have an IEP.

    In 2012, Our son was diagnosed with Mild/Moderate Autism,  “attention/hyperactivity issues”, speech delay and fine motor delay. We had an IEP at the local brick and mortar school-and were getting ready for him to start K5 there. At our last IEP meeting, I knew that the Brick and mortar school was not for our son. It was just that gut feeling.  I wanted him to REALLY be in the “LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT”..and that’s at home. I interviewed another virtual school, and my intuition told me it was not right for him-at all.

     I was up late one night and saw a commercial for CA and did my research and it didn’t take long to make a decision.  A few weeks before the B&M school was to start, we enrolled him in CA. The process was easy, and the transfer of the IEP was stress free.  In a couple weeks all his books and supplies came to our door. It was so exciting. Connections is the BEST thing we ever could have done for him. He has just blossomed and loves learning. He is in is first grade and has been making all A’s. He reads on his own, has access with all the manipulatives at his side (provided by CA), to help with math. Most importantly, he’s having fun while learning and can be himself. He can bounce around on his bouncy seat, take frequent breaks, and have his cat sit next to him during Live Lessons-on the couch or at his desk. He does his best work in the late afternoon and evenings-after he has played outside all day, or been on a field trip, etc.  He is focused and engaged.

    I forgot to mention, he also gets Virtual Speech and OT through CA. Also, my husband works full time and I am finishing my nursing degree . The flexibility works very well for all of us. We could not have asked for anything better. We are thankful we have this option for him!! We have already re-enrolled him for 2nd grade  AND our 4 year old already wants to do CA for K5. Hope this helps! Best of luck to you all!

  68. Kimberly says:

    I am new to the Virtual school atmosphere.  I have 14 yr old twins that will begin this new experience in high school for the 2015-2016 school year. Both of my children are athletes and due to their sport need the convenience of flexibility.  Can anyone give me an idea of how to set up their day so that they are not feeling as if they cannot have this flexibility and if there is a check in policy or anything like it is for traditional school?

    Anything that can be offered will be greatly appreciated.

  69. Bebe says:

    I have a question does this work with a child with a learning disability? She has trouble reading? But has no problem understanding anything!

  70. Barrie says:

    Do you have statistics and information on success rates for graduating students getting into various colleges?  September for SAT/ACT tests?
    Are there other metrics parents should consider? 
    Thank you.

  71. Donna says:

    I’m thinking about letting my 11th grader home school.  Who of you are using this program for High school and like it?  any problems I should be aware of?  I’m not that hands on, would that be a problem?
    Help trying to help my daughter be happy!!!

  72. Dawn says:

    I have 3 kids, 2 of which are in high school and the other starting middle school.  We’re thinking about doing the online school route this year.  I was wondering just how flexible the scheduling is because I work from home and we only have the one computer currently.  Also, is it easier to register through the site myself or having Connections Academy contact the school to get the transcripts and such?  I spoke with a lady at the school, and she said they prefer for Connections Academy to contact them personally so that they could go through the proper channels in making sure the kids aren’t considered truant, etc.  ANY and ALL information anyone can give me to help me through this process of online school would be so greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much,
    Dawn

  73. sharon stapleton says:

    Sharon S.

    I am considering CA for my daughter. She will be attending high school with a traditional schedule. she is HFA (High Functioning Autism) and has an IEP. She is pulled from class 3 times a week for extra help with math and reading. She seems to perform better with one on one teaching which is impossible in traditional classroom. Is it possible for her to attend public school and use CA as a home tool for Me to help her on a level that would be better suited for her. Even with the extra time at school I dont feel as though the school is focusing on her specifically. Like every parent we want whats best  for our children and I think this would be wonderful for her.

  74. Very nice would love for my son to join .because the school is not helping him 

  75. Denise says:

    Can you send me a chart on what courses needed for 11th grade?

  76. Lori says:

    Hi all,
    We have our house on the market and it did not sell over the summer as we’d hoped. So to avoid switching my 9th grade daughter mid-year when the house DOES sell or driving her from who knows where to keep her where she began, we are considering online school. I am on board, but she had some follow up questions…

    She asked if she began at the B & M school could she transfer INTO an online school for the remainder of the school year as she would to a different B & M school. She also plays violin and was in the school orchestra and wondered how things like that and PE work in online school. Does anybody know the answers?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Lori

  77. Lissa F says:

    My grand baby is only 3, and won’t make 4 until December 3rd. She’s pretty advanced for her age though, and catches on really fast. My question is…at what age do start accepting kids? Trying to avoid public schools, as too much is happening there,so School Isn’t a safe place anymore. I was so excited which I saw your commercial 3 days ago, it was my first time and I immediately mentioned it to my daughter. Thx for being an alternative

  78. What is my class and how many class do i have and how much is the books because i start next friday at 1 

    Ps please email me back if you can

    Sinecly
    Sommer lucero 

  79. Yeni says:

    I’m thinking of enrolling my 7th grader to CA, can anyone tell me the type of assessment and state testing that students take? also, is there any books and extra material to buy for 7th graders. Thanks!

  80. Felicia says:

    My daughter will be in the 8th grade for 2015-16. We are very interested in enrolling with Connections but do not have internet at home. I have been diligently searching for the best provider for our needs. Many of the options have a limited amount of data usage per month which brings me to the question, “can anyone tell me how many gigabytes of data we will need for school?”

  81. April says:

    We are considering switching to CA next year but I have a concern. My one son is gifted and has attended self contained fully gifted programs in the public school system.  We find that they are not necessarily teaching to gifted children as much as pushing them to be 2 grades ahead in most subjects.  This is not a problem except for the fact that the homework is over 2 – 3 hours a night.  We want him to be challenged and still have access to gifted courses but would like him to have a life outside of school.  I do not want him to go backwards but would like learning to be less stressful. Can any one tell me if they take advantage of the gifted courses I saw listed on the CA website and what your thoughts are on it?  Any  input would be appreciated.

  82. Kassidy says:

    So we DON’T have to attend the live lesson classes? We just have to watch and understand them. This is my only concern on switching to CA. -current high school student

  83. Tiffany says:

    My son struggles in school.  He is having a difficult time focusing, and I feel like the class size for middle school is too high, especially for a child with ADHD.  I have been going back and forth with removing him from public school and homeschooling him so that he is in a more comfortable environment for him to learn.  I came across the website, and l am just not sure if the virtual school thing is for him.. Any suggestions…..

  84. Melissa says:

    What is the impact for college applications with cyber schooling?   My daughter is a junior but due to demands of an extracurricular sport she excels at, we are considering transitioning to online school next semester.  My main concern is college.  Any thoughts?

  85. Shari says:

    My 10th grade daughter suffers from migraines, & misses anywhere from 15-20 days of school each year.  I have been looking into CA for her due to the flexibility of the schedule.  Does anyone else have a high-schooler with a chronic medical condition currently attending CA?   I was just wondering what their attendance guidelines are.

  86. Dorian says:

    Shari, I think attendance requirements are different within each state.  In Iowa, my student needs to have 6 hours of education each day.  That doesn’t mean it all has to be online.  He can also read, exercise, do community service, etc.  My 17 yo son has Aspergers.  His ability to focus for 6-8 hours a day, without much of a break doesn’t work very well for him.  B&M schools were too ‘scheduled’.  He likes to work with regular breaks.

  87. Ruvie says:

    We are thinking of doing CA for my middle schooler and have a couple of questions for parents that are currently in the school.

    – My son is having issues with our B&M school and he is currently in 6th grade. He has no motivation in class and says he is distracted by kids, so is not able to concentrate in his classes. He also deals with bullies in the school. We are in our 3rd quarter and was wondering if any parent has pulled their child from B&M mid year and transferred over to CA. Would it be too disruptive to do it mid year? Did you find the transition difficult?

    – Do you find the curriculum they offer at CA comparable or better than what your neighborhood B&M provide?

  88. Lisa says:

    Tiffany I so relate although my son was just in the fourth grade when we made the switch to this school.  Best parenting decision we have ever made and we have an adult child as well.  My son has ADHD and has a lot of trouble with staying focused so in a traditional school the teacher having to teach other students at the same time was very distracting to him and he had a very hard time getting back the focus to get back to his own work.  Now he is an A student.  No more 6 hours in class and 2 hours of homework a night.  We do it all in 5-6 hours a day.  I prefer to schedule our day with a start time of 9 am and lunch at noon and then depending on what he is working on we finish for the day when he finishes.  Usually 3 by always by 4 pm.  I like to keep it to Monday thru Friday but that is for my own mental health.  I want my weekends for my work and family time alone.  This school is a wonderful place for a child with ADHD because most regular schools are just not providing what our kids need by nature.

  89. Jennifer says:

    I am looking into enrolling my daughter who is in 10th grade. My husband is concerned because he doesn’t think she can get into a good college if she does virtual school.

  90. Dominique says:

    Thinking of enrolling my soon to be 6th grader for 2016-17 school year in Nevada he struggles with attention and is also on an IEP I am hearing very good things about this school I gused we are gonna give it a try he doesn’t make friends easily as he is high functioning autism and I am afraid he will be bullied and lost in the shuffle at a regular middle school. Are there many opportunities to meet and converse with other students like field trips and stuff I don’t want him to lose out on the social aspects of school as we do not live in the best neighborhood he doesn’t have any friends around the apartments I may also pull my other autistic child and a typical child from traditional school if I feel this scenario works better for my oldest child 

  91. Gwen says:

    We have been considering using this for foster children. Has anyone done this? They may only be with us a short time and their levels may not be the same as others of their age. But this kind of education could be very helpful for kids who move around a lot. Maybe they could keep some educational continuity? Thanks for input. 

  92. Daniela says:

    I’m so happy to see so many parents really concerned about what is best for their children on the comments above. I’m a learning coach of two a kindergartener and a second grader we are almost finishing with this school year and are already enrolled  for the next year(  2016-2017) .
    It is our third year at CA .
    I’m an immigrant and an ESL ( English as a second language) person who learned after my twenties to speak and write English .
    I have never sent my children to B&M school ,I thought about it ,I visited the schools around my District but I got the feeling that my children were going to be reprogrammed to be other kind of people. Starting by the fact that they would have breakfast and lunch at school  would need to be at school around 7 and be ready to pick up at around 2 ,if I decided to drop and pick them up,otherwise would take longer because they would be pick up and drop off  by the school bus what would take a good 9 hours of their day not mentioning homework they would would bring home .Well question about our veganism  and allergies ,If we cannot prove allergies by a doctors letter they would eat everything they please. Of course nobody would take the time to read labels and find allergens . Ok was out of here. This was just couple of the reasons  for our choice . But let me tell you about Our lovely experience with  CA . I have tried to connect with a charter school around my area and other homeschool program without success ,but when I got on the CA homepage I got all my questions answered very fast.In acouple days I registered my child and was set for the best experience in school that we could have . There are two different programs a virtual public school tuition free and a virtual private school .I like the virtual public school because As I said before being an ESL parent I had lots of questions and I didn’t do want to make a curriculum were it would lacking important subjects. Now that I’m getting more savvy I can do better choices .CA is definitely Helpfull I like that the teachers connect with us in a week by week bases and  are there for you if necessary .I love the field trips aand  parties .every year we go at least at the end of year party ..

  93. Valery Murdock says:

    I have a 3 year old who will be 4 in June, so I know she will not start kindergarten until fall 2017, but my husband and I have been interested in homeschooling for some time now and I’ve heard great things about CA, so I’m already eagerly doing research. I’d very much like a sample or suggested schedule for a kindergartner. We already do lots of preschool activities at home but it is only very loosely scheduled because at this point, her cooperation is entirely dependent on her mood. Even though I’m trying to establish a comfortable sense of routine, her education is still largely reliant on “teachable moments.” I’m anxious about getting a good solid start on a realistic, sustainable schedule for her when she starts kindergarten, hopefully through CA, one that is challenging and progress-oriented, but still leaves plenty of room for fun and play-based learning.

  94. Miranda says:

    I attended the Connections information seminar last night in Redlands, CA.  I am interested in enrolling my daughter in 4th grade for the 2016-2017 school year.  The presenters last night were high school teachers and didn’t have a lot of information for the elementary level.  I’m hoping I can get some details here? 

    We are musicians and will be traveling for 7 months across the U.S.  I understand there will be live class sessions required at least twice a week for our 4th grader and my concern is that if the times are fixed-we may or may not have good internet signal on our drives.  Is it possible to have her watch the recorded version later in the day when needed rather than attend the live class every time?  Our schedule on the road keeps us up late and we sleep in the next morning, so early class times would be problematic as well.  Also they said there would be lots of phone contact with a teacher and I’m hoping that emails could be an option for teacher contact much of the time for the same reason listed above. 

    Thanks!

  95. Kimberly says:
    Looking forward to joining your school.
  96. Kellsie says:
    I am a self-enrolling student, and I have a full time job that’s usually Mon-Fri so is there a way for me to do school around that?
  97. Randall Parker, MBA says:

    We live in the Philippines and are considering your platform to supplement our children’s education.  As our time zone is GMT +8, we are one day ahead of the US, and our time of day is 12-13 hours’ ahead of the US’ Eastern Time Zone.

    Are we able to use a daytime schedule or will my sons have to work overnight to attend to their classes?

    My youngest son is five years’ of age and has completed the first year of Kindergarten here (Philippines has K-1 and K-2 for ages four and five).  My older son is twelve years’ of age and just completed fifth grade.

    Internet connections and power are sometimes adverse issues for us on our island, so some flexibility will be necessary when factors beyond our control impact their availability to study.

    My youngest is quite advanced for his age, and I would also like the opportunity for him to take lessons that will challenge him and help him grow more quickly.

  98. Beth Stokinger-Jones says:

    Good Afternoon, Miranda.

    Thank you for your interest in Connections
    Academy.

    While our schedules are flexible and can be
    modified to accommodate most family’s needs, each state that we have a school
    in has specific requirements that students must
    meet. These requirements dictate, among other things, how many
    hours per week a student must spend on their schoolwork and how often they
    must communicate with their teachers. In addition, different states have different
    laws regarding how much time a student can be out of the state and still must remain
    enrolled in a publicly funded school. As such, is it is difficult for me to
    accurately answer your questions without knowing where your legal residence is.

    I strongly encourage you to contact our Enrollment
    Office so that we can gain additional information from you and can best guide
    you through the enrollment process. We can be reached at 1-800-382-6010, M-F
    9am-6pm EST.

    Best Regards,

    Beth, Enrollment Office

  99. Beth Stokinger-Jones says:

    Good Afternoon, Kellsie.

    Thank you for your interest in Connections
    Academy.

    I am happy to advise that our program is flexible
    and we can accommodate most schedules. I would like to mention, though, that
    this is a full-time program and there are certain requirements that must be met
    regarding how many hours per week a student must attend live lessons and
    coursework and how often they must communicate with their teachers.

    I strongly encourage you to contact our Enrollment
    Office so that we can best advise you these requirements and ensure that your
    transition into our school is as seamless as possible. We can be reached at
    1-800-382-6010, M-F 9am-6pm EST.

     

    Best Regards,

    Beth, Enrollment Office

  100. Beth Stokinger-Jones says:

    Good Afternoon, Randall Parker.

    Thank you for your interest in Connections Academy!

    I am happy to advise that students’ schedules are flexible
    and as such they can be modified to accommodate your family’s schedule and time
    zone.

    I would like to mention, though, that in order to enroll in
    a Connections Academy school a student must reside in the state that the school
    serves. Since we do not have a Connections Academy school in the Philippines
    your sons would not be able to enroll in one of our public Connections Academy schools.

    That being said, your sons are eligible to enroll in our
    private school, the International Connections Academy, which utilizes the same
    platform as the public program.  I
    strongly encourage you to research the international program at http://www.internationalconnectionsacademy.com/private-school/home.aspx
     and to call our International
    Connections Academy Enrollment Office so that we can best answer your questions
    regarding curriculum and scheduling.

    The International Connections Academy can be reached at
    1-877-804-6222, M-F 9am-6pm EST.

    Best Regards,

    Beth Stokinger-Jones, Connections Academy Enrollment
    Department

  101. amber says:

    I will have a 1st and 3rd grader. What is the Aprox time a day/or week they will have to be in front of a screen. I know it varies a lot but I’d love to hear people chime in on what their number are

  102. Crystal says:

    I have a 9th grader this year. I have seen people speak of how the schedule for high school is much more rigid than middle school. Can anyone expound a little on this? Does it have to be set hours? Or are there just more mandatory Live Lessons? Thank you.

  103. Ruby says:

    Hello I have a question, I am a high school student and I will be going into tenth grade. Now my family we are mexican and my parents have some english learned but cant speak and that is a problem in my life because that means when my siblings or parents have a doctors appointment i have to go and translate and I have to miss school usually for this and sometimes somebody has to go to the er and i end up going with them staying up late and missing the next school day( if its a school week.) So i had started to look for a free online school that has a flexible schedule and I wanted to know if you guys have a flexible program for my case. Plus, I’m sort of really independent and on my life so right now i really want to focus on my school and getting better grades since I’m now in highschool. Please I hope to hear from you soon and another question sorry but can you take mandatory classes online and then attend school for electives or no?

  104. Lori says:

    My son will be in 10th grade this year.  He has done on line schooling the past 2 years.  I had no say in what classes he took and I feel he was cheated out of some credits that he needs to graduate.  Who decides what classes a student will take?  My son has a very hard time with math.  He failed general math in 8th grade and instead of making him take it again, the school (physical building) moved him up to pre-algebra.  He did that in Franklin Virtual Academy on line.  He struggled with that, but passed and then struggled with algebra (again on line) this past year.  I’m wondering since he has his algebra credit in now, can he take a different path such as a math class that he will actually use?  Will I, as the parent, get a say in what classes he takes?
    The online school he has done the past 2 years did not have live classes and that suited us fine because he has social anxiety.  All of his lessons were presented by a teacher in powerpoint presentations and he could do them any time of the day he wanted as long as he completed his work in the time set.  He has a job, so he was able to do his school work in the evenings.
    Are live classes mandatory?

  105. Jennifer Halsey says:

    I love the flexibility of CA. My daughter has migraines, anxiety, and some other issues. With CA, if she’s not feeling well, she can work at her own pace. She can nap in between assignments or just relax for a while. It works great with being able to take her to doctors appointments and therapy sessions as well. She has done so much better in school since starting CA because she’s not as stressed out as she was in a traditional classroom and then she has me as her learning coach always there to encourage her. I am so glad we chose Connections Academy!

  106. Beth says:

    Good Morning, Ruby.

    Thank you for your interest in Connections Academy!

    One of the main reasons that parents choose to enroll their students with us is the desire for a more flexible schedule. While students are required to log in and “attend” school for a certain number of hours each day/week, there is not a specific time of day that students must attend. We encourage students to set up a routine/schedule, but if you are not available to log in and complete your schoolwork at the time you normally would than you have the ability to make up those hours earlier or later in the week. Creating the daily schedule to suit your needs and your family’s needs can be one of the most exciting benefits of virtual school!

    Regarding taking electives elsewhere: some of the states we operate in allow for dual enrollment, where students can remain enrolled in their local school and also enroll with us, while others do not. Also, even in the states where dual enrollment is possible, typically a student can only take a course at their local school if 1) it is not a core course, and 2) it is an elective that we do not offer. 

    I would also like to mention that only individuals with legal rights to a student can enroll that student in our school. As such, if you are under the age of 18 and you are not an emancipated minor than you parents will need to initiate the enrollment process for you. In addition, as your legal guardians your parents will need to complete the enrollment process for you (and also communicate with your teachers once you are enrolled) or they will need to designate someone age 18 or older who can make decisions about your account and that both the Enrollment Office and your teachers can speak with.

    If you parents are able to speak any English I encourage you to have them call the Enrollment Office so that we can answer their questions and we can determine the best course of action to facilitate your enrollment with us. You can also call us to have basic questions answered, but as mentioned before your parent would need to initiate the enrollment process. The Enrollment Office can be reached at 1-800-382-6010, M-F 9am-9pm EST.

    Best regards,

    Beth

    Connections Academy Enrollment Team

  107. Delores Thigpen says:

    I have a question. I am trying to homeschool my daughter, that has health issues, and has had to miss school due to appointments, medical tests, and hospitalizations. She struggles with school & has memory issues due to the health issues. The public high schools here have not been helpful with her education. What is your recommendation? Thank you.

  108. I’m a full time parent. My 10 th grade son is being bullied and feels left out in the b&m. He takes all pre a p classes. Will this be the right thing for him? What about his feeling left out? He will be at home daily alone. And is this recognized well with colleges? How are the SAT scores also?

  109. Juanima says:

    We’re concerned right now about P.E. I have an eighth grader who is not involved in any sports. She loves tennis and the trampoline, but I’m thinking of rainy days where that wouldn’t work.  We don’t have a Wii or a Kinect (though we’ll consider getting one if that would help).  What are other kids doing for exercise on rainy days?  And do they need to log in exercise five days a week? Thanks!

  110. Hi. I have home schooled my oldest son from kinder. He is going into high school next year and I’m thinking about putting him in this program. Is there anything special we will have to do to enroll him into the grade he belongs in? 

    Also, scheduling question: If I’m reading responses correctly, you are saying that we could hypothetically get school done in 5 days instead of 4? We have home school choir on Mondays and it takes our whole day. 

    Thirdly, if he were to go on a choir trip during the week, is there a way to get all that school work fine in advance so he could take off those days? 

    Thanks! 

  111. For Delena Frederick:

    I am a full time parent too.  My daughters don’t really have the problem of feeling left out because fortunately they have each other.  I am sorry that your son is having this issue.  If it really a big problem now.  Even though my daughters aren’t really interested, there are a lot of field trips and a teen online website that he might enjoy and find others to connect with in your area.  The link is: https://www.cluborangecorner.com/docs/DOC-1176?sr=inbox&ru=7268

    We really like the online school and because it is still a public school, it is my understanding that it is accepted at colleges just like a b&m diploma.  If I understand correctly, Connections also offers chances to take the SAT.  We have just started High School, so I am not clear on everything yet. Here is another link about College Prep in Online School:  https://www.cluborangecorner.com/docs/DOC-1649?sr=inbox

    Hope that helps some.

  112. Terry says:

    I live in Las Vegas NV, my son has Autism and is in 2nd grade. He is 7 years of age, attending public school has been somewhat of a struggle. He has meltdowns, won’t go to music due to the noise, and at times won’t get on the school bus. This is becoming so stressful for our family. We feel he isn’t getting what he needs in public school. He is much calmer at home, are you able to incorporate his IEP into the academy? Do you have a lot of special needs students enrolled in your program? My son does good academically, will he qualify for your academy in Las Vegas, NV?

  113. Heather McCoy says:

    I too struggled with the decision of enrolling my son in online school. He was the victim of bullying his entire brick and mortar school education. I only wish I would have made the decision earlier. My son had begun to associate education with his social suffering and no longer enjoyed school. Now he is so enthusiastic and has even says he loves school again. Connections Academy has a wonderful college prep program with Honors/AP program. As well as school counselors to who will help guide him in college process. The link below list all of the colleges that Connections Academy students have been accepted to http://www.connectionsacademy.com/washington-online-school/results/college-acceptance Average Sat scores are above average if I recall correctly too. I would definitely encourage this route if you are considering it.

  114. Maria says:

    How about kindergarten?

  115. Hello, Delores Thigpen..

    Thank you for your interest in Connections Academy.

    Connections Academy prides ourselves in providing personalized lesson plans for all of our students and making accommodations when/where needed. In addition, you might be interested in knowing that we have many students enrolled with us who have IEPs, 504 plans, and/or medical needs that dictate they spend much time in the hospital. I encourage you to call us so that we can discuss more specifics about how we can help your student excel.

    Our Academic Placement Services and Enrollment Offices can be reached at 1-800-382-6010, M-F 9am-6pm EST. If need be, once we speak with you we can also provide you with our School Counselor and/or Special Education Directors’ phone numbers so that you can speak with them as well.

    Thank you once again,

    Beth

  116. Hello, Carmon Minson.

    Thank you for your interest in Connections Academy.

    As part of the enrollment process you will complete an online form regarding your student’s academic history. Based on your answers therein a variety of documents will be required from you. For students who are coming from a homeschool background, we have a form that will need to be completed detailing what courses were completed, what materials were used, if the student passed/failed, etc. If additional documentation is needed you will be advised at that time and then course placement will be completed based on that information.

    Some of our schools have a minimum number of hours that must be completed per day whereas others are simply per week. In addition, Live Lessons are scheduled by the teacher and they occur on the same day each week throughout the year. So, while hypothetically a student could complete all of their work over 4 days per week rather than 5, I do not want to provide misleading information herein. As such, I encourage you to call the number below so that we can speak with you about attendance specifics for the academy in your state.

    Lastly, to a certain degree students can work ahead of the scheduled lesson plan. That being said, this is something that should be discussed with the teacher so that expectations are understood in advance. In addition, if a student needs to take time off then the school must be advised in advance since our students must abide by attendance regulations just like at a regular brick-and-mortar school.

    Our Academic Placement Services and Enrollment Offices can be reached at 1-800-382-6010, M-F 9am-6pm EST.

    Thank you once again,

    Beth

  117. Hello, Terry.

    Thank you for your interest in Connections Academy.

    Connections Academy takes pride in providing personalized lesson plans for all of our students and providing accommodations as needed. We also have many students enrolled with us who have IEPs and 504 plans so our School Counselors and Special Education Directors are very accustomed to providing services in our virtual environment.

    I would like to add that while all of our schools have an enrollment process that must be completed before a student can enroll, we are a public school and therefore there is not an application process. Please note, though, that some of our schools are subject to enrollment deadlines, some of which have already passed, and/or caps, some of which have already been met. As such, if you have not already I strongly encourage you to begin the enrollment process as soon as possible.

    To begin the process please go to http://www.connectinosacademy.com or call our Enrollment Office at 1-800-382-6010, M-F 9am-6pm EST to create an account for the academy in your state.

    Best Regards,

    Beth

  118. Hello, Terry.

    Thank you for your interest in Nevada Connections Academy.

    Connections Academy takes pride in providing personalized lesson plans for all of our students and providing accommodations as needed. We also have many students enrolled with us who have IEPs and 504 plans so our School Counselors and Special Education Directors are very accustomed to providing services in our virtual environment.

    I would like to add that while all of our schools have an enrollment process that must be completed before a student can enroll, we are a public school and therefore there is not an application process. The 2016-2017 school year began for Nevada Connections Academy on August 29th, though, so if you have not done so already I strongly encourage you to begin the enrollment process as soon as possible.

    To begin the process please go to http://www.connectionsacademy.com/nevada-virtual-school/enrollment or call our Enrollment Office at 1-800-382-6010, M-F 9am-6pm EST to create an account for the academy in your state.

    Best Regards,

    Beth

  119. Jessi says:

    Hi, This question is for parents. We live in a rural area and do not have regular wifi. Right now we have 5 GB of data a month through Straight Talk home center. Would that come close to what we might need for a second grader? Thank you 🙂

  120. Grace Richardson says:

    I am an Uber driver and a single parent. My children’s school just told parents that the State has designated the school a Level 4 and will be closing the school. I have pulled my 2nd and 4th grade children out and enrolled them in Connections Academy. I have an education background but I need to manage work and LC responsibilities as well. Any suggestions is welcome. I have been reading all the suggestions already posted. Many of them are about older students.

  121. Tina Collier says:

    All set and ready to begin

  122. Julie says:

    Hi all.Thinking about switching from private school to Connections academy. Who can give me information about the Georgia Milestone tests that have to be taken at the end of the school year? My child is in a private school environment right now and does Ok with testing during the school year, but retaining information for periods of time is difficult for her. She does not takes these tests b/c she is in a private school.

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