How Online School Can Benefit Young Athletes
Many young students aspire to become professional athletes. But what about school? While parents are most likely encouraging and supportive of their child’s dream, it can be much more difficult when kids begin training seriously for regional or national competitions. At this stage, parents often struggle to help their students achieve both personal and academic goals in a traditional classroom setting.
Students who are actively involved in competitive sports can benefit from a more personalized and flexible learning environment like online school that allows them to better balance athletics with school. That means that they have the opportunity to pursue athletic dreams while getting a well-rounded and rewarding education. If you are considering a more suitable academic option for your young athlete, below are a few of the many ways that he or she can benefit from online learning!
1. No missed school days.
No need to miss days or weeks of school! With more scheduling flexibility, online school athletes can complete lessons at a time that works best for their busy lifestyle, even if that means early in the morning, late at night, or on the weekends. Many students at Connections Academy®–supported online schools and the online private school International Connections Academy tell us that they enjoy having the ability to customize their school schedule around personal interests and goals.
2. More time for training.
Learning in a more flexible environment allows student athletes to keep up with the demands of their training schedule. As long as online students meet their state’s attendance requirements, maintain course assignments, and communicate frequently with their teachers, they can succeed both academically and personally.
3. An opportunity to achieve one’s full academic potential.
Sometimes busy athletes who learn through homeschooling or at a bricks-and-mortar school aren’t able to achieve their full academic potential. At a high-quality online school like Connections Academy, young athletes learn with supportive and caring online teachers who are dedicated to helping them succeed and frequently gauge academic progress. They also typically have a wide range of courses to choose from, including gifted and talented, AP, and honors.
4. Less stress and worry.
Balancing athletics with school may become draining and frustrating, especially for students who strive to excel in both areas. With online learning, students can get the appropriate rest needed between practices and trainings without compromising their education or well-being. Connections Academy students even have the option of watching recorded lessons when they have some downtime.
5. Learn on the go.
Some athletes travel frequently for competitions, performances, or trainings. One of the many great perks of online school is that students can take schoolwork with them and learn from wherever they are—backstage, on the road, or at the airport—by using an efficient internet connection.
Online School Athletes
Learn how these Connections Academy students are reaching athletic and academic success.
Katielyn Miller, Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCa), grade 12
With ColoCA’s scheduling flexibility, high school student Katielyn Miller is getting the chance to pursue her professional ice-skating dream. She likes being able to complete schoolwork at a time that suits her and to learn with supportive teachers. Katielyn hopes to join the Disney on Ice tour in the future.
Ivana and Carmen Corley, New Mexico Connections Academy (NMCA), grade 12 and grade 10
At NMCA, sisters Ivana and Carmen Coley are getting a high-quality education while perfecting their tennis skills. They both like having the option to customize their school schedule around tennis matches and trainings. Ivana received a tennis scholarship for the University of Oklahoma.
Maura Moody, Iowa Connections Academy (IACA), grade 10
Ballerina and former homeschooler Maura Moody enrolled at IACA to better balance her personal dreams with school. She likes staying in frequent contact with her teachers through phone calls and emails—and sometimes even in person at her ballet performances! Maura’s mom, Alyssa, is pleased with IACA’s well-structured learning program.
Adam Kadlec, International Connections Academy (iNaCA), graduate
Through iNaCA’s online private school, Adam Kadlec was able to achieve both his hockey and academic goals. He enjoyed having the ability to learn on the go wherever there was an internet connection. Adam graduated one year early by staying focused and working ahead.
Franz-Peter Jerosch, Maine Connections Academy (MCA), grade 11
Busy figure skater Franz-Peter Jerosch opted for online school at MCA. He is happy that the school gives him the flexibility to train for figure skating competitions so he doesn’t fall behind in school. Franz-Peter hopes to compete in the Olympics one day.
Nora Brewer, Ly Bui, and Adeline Kenlin, Iowa Connections Academy, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 10
Even though talented gymnasts Nora Brewer, Ly Bui, and Adeline Kenlin keep busy training for the Olympics, they still make time for their education through IACA. Learning online makes it easy for the girls to work toward their dreams and maintain a demanding training schedule while keeping up with school.
By learning online within a supportive, flexible, and personalized environment, students can achieve their athletic dreams while reaping the rewards of a high-quality education.
How does online school help your student pursue his or her athletic passion? Share your story in the comments!