Building International Friendships in Virtual Private School
If you read this blog regularly, you may be pretty familiar with Connections Academy’s accredited online public schools for students in grades K–12—but did you know that there’s an online private school option as well? If a Connections Academy school is not available in your state, or if your family is living abroad, consider International Connections Academy (iNaCA).
iNaCA provides students with all the Connections Academy perks including certified teachers, an interactive curriculum, and a personalized learning experience—with the added bonus of being educated from anywhere in the world! This affordable private school is a great choice for any student, especially those who travel frequently for sports or family jobs, want to take an online course during the summer, or are looking for a more flexible academic schedule to pursue special interests.
To get a better sense of the iNaCA school community, read about a few iNaCA graduates and currently enrolled students from around the world below!
As the number three ranked chess player in the country, Sarah needed a school schedule that would allow her to participate in international chess tournaments. She was even invited to compete in the esteemed U.S. Girls Junior Chess Tournament, where she came in fourth place. She graduated at the top of her class and is currently attending Washington University to become a doctor. Sarah is also working toward expanding her chess career by achieving the rare title of Grandmaster of Chess. For insight on high-level chess tournaments, check out Sarah’s feature article in Texas’ Community Impact Newspaper.
Iliana previously attended an international German school in Sofia, Bulgaria but she switched to iNaCA because she was looking for a more challenging learning experience. During her time at the school, she served as the president of the iNaCA National Honor Society. Iliana is a naturally self-sufficient student, so she enjoyed being able to work at a pace that suited her learning style. “My favorite thing about iNaCA was the worldwide community of students. In my courses, I ‘met’ people from Japan, South Africa, Latvia, Germany, and Hawaii! I think that this is an amazing opportunity,” she shared about her experience. iNaCA also gave her the chance to engage in enjoyable hobbies such as tennis, skiing, drawing, photography, acting, and playing the piano. Iliana has begun the next chapter in her life—college!
Kate, who started figure skating at a young age, spends a lot of her time training and traveling for competitions. As a busy athlete, she is grateful for iNaCA’s online learning structure. “iNaCA has been an amazing opportunity for me because it is allowing me to follow my dreams while getting a great education,” Kate explained. She recently became the youngest novice champion at the 2015 United States Figure Skating National Championships. Her older brother, Chase, is also a talented skater and an iNaCA student. Kate’s mom is pleased that her children are able to balance their passion with schoolwork at iNaCA.
A champion surfer, Mason mostly spends her days catching waves in the ocean. With the help of iNaCA’s flexible scheduling, she is able to compete, practice, and even give free surf sessions without missing any school. Mason earned first place in several surfing competition divisions including Explorer Womens Longboard and Girls Stand Up Paddle (SUP). During her free time, she enjoys surfing with her dad and two sisters. Mason hopes to win a world surfing title in the future. Learn what inspires this young athlete by reading her interview with Freesurf Magazine.
Not only does iNaCA provide students with a flexible, well-rounded education, but it also gives them the opportunity to build friendships with international peers! How has virtual school benefited your student? Share with us in the comments below.