Online Learners Graduate and Succeed
If your family is considering making the switch to online learning, you might be interested to learn that for an increasing number of high school graduates, online education has been more than just a supplemental alternative; it’s been all they’ve ever known.
As many Connections Academy®–supported online public schools entered their second decade of serving students, the Class of 2017 included nearly 30 graduates who completed elementary through high school entirely online.
“This year’s 2016–2017 graduating class is a reflection that online education has entered a new age of acceptance—families see this learning option as a credible pathway for a quality education,” explained Steven Guttentag, president and cofounder of Connections Academy.
Creating an Online School Legacy
Students and their families have many reasons for choosing online education, such as a need for schedule flexibility or being significantly ahead of peers academically. The reasons are as varied as the students themselves! Take a look at the examples below to learn how several families turned to online school to help their students get the most out of their education.
By age three, Grant Rubietta was reading and doing math, testing off the charts for a child of his age. His parents felt that a bricks-and-mortar public or private school wouldn’t allow Grant to work at his accelerated pace, so they enrolled him in online school in kindergarten. While at Connections Academy, Grant took college courses through the University of Northwestern–St. Paul, and also participated in competitive swimming, piano, and Boy Scouts. He graduated from Minnesota Connections Academy this year at age 15 and is headed to the University of Minnesota.
Emily Munoz and her family chose California Connections Academy @ Capistrano when deciding where Emily should start kindergarten. The online school offered Emily flexibility to pursue her passions: art and fashion. Among her many extracurricular activities, Emily creates duffel bags for foster children through the Together We Rise nonprofit organization. This fall, Emily heads to Brigham Young University–Idaho to pursue a degree in psychology.
In first grade, Delaney Fugate‘s parents chose to enroll her in online school because they didn’t feel that the local school options would be a good fit for Delaney or her sister. The family was pleased with the quality and accessibility of the teachers, and chose to stay with Ohio Connections Academy through high school. Now a graduate, Delaney is continuing her classes at Sinclair Community College with the goal of becoming a graphic designer.
Choosing Online School for a Custom High School Experience
While the number of Connections Academy students choosing online school as a long-term solution continues to rise, other 2017 graduates enrolled later in their academic careers.
Texas Connections Academy @ Houston student Rachael Flam, a nationally ranked gymnast, came to Connections Academy seven years ago to accommodate her busy training schedule of 37 hours per week. Thanks to her gymnastics accolades and straight A’s, Rachael is headed to Stanford University with a full-ride scholarship and a spot on the women’s gymnastics team.
In New Jersey, Jenna Oursler-Cherins suffered a concussion as a high school freshman and fell behind in school. A public Connections Academy–supported school wasn’t available in her state, so Jenna enrolled in International Connections Academy—an online global private school. Jenna was able to catch up in school and maintain her competitive equestrian activities five days a week. With a full resume of volunteer work as well, Jenna was accepted to several top colleges and universities across the country. She is headed to the University of California, Berkeley.
Fast Facts on Graduates
Regardless of the reason for enrolling or length of tenure in online school, graduating seniors from various backgrounds, geographies, and academic achievement levels have found success with Connections Academy. They also celebrated their accomplishments at in-person graduation ceremonies!
While figures are still being tabulated for the Class of 2017, in last year’s Connections Academy graduating class, 69% of graduates planned to attend college or enter a vocational program, 25% were moving into the workforce, 2% were joining the military, and 4% had other plans for their future. College-bound students were accepted to more than 600 colleges and universities across the United States and earned over $25 million in scholarships and awards.
To learn more about Connections Academy–supported online public schools, visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com, or visit www.InternationalConnectionsAcademy.com to learn more about the private online school option.