My son has been in Connection Academy Capistrano for 3 years now. It has been very successful for him -- measured by his results on the standardized state tests, where his scores have improved by almost 50%. However, this is not a program for everyone. You need to have strong parental supervision and involvement in ensuring that assignments are completed on time, and that the student is learning. There is lots of feedback from daily quizes and tests to do this. But you have to stay on top of it - every day. You have to be moderately computer skilled. This includes scanning in handwritten or other work, using word processors, using web conferences for live courses delivered on line with the teacher, etc. If you don't know the difference between a word processor and a spreadsheet, you will have problems. The school provides some help, and you (parents and kids) learn fast -- but it can take a bit of time to figure it out. And yes, its obvious some of the new teachers are learning this too. Compared to the school our son was in before, this is a much higher quality learning experience for him. But its not "turn on the computer and walk away" as some think.
Overall did not like this program. It was our first experience with virtual schooling and it was a nightmare for us. The language arts is all combined into one class and most of my kids were not able to finish the work daily. As others have mentioned, grading was done daily and very stressful for the kids. Sometimes there would be errors in submitting the online assessments and so the kids would get bad grades, in part, due to that. I feel like the kids were just going through the motions and not really learning. I did like the Glencoe books that were used, but I just don't feel there was enough time allotted to each lesson/topic to make sure they mastered the content. The kids felt overwhelmed. Most of the classes had what was called "discussions," which I thought were lame and of little or no value as far as I could see. Students had to respond to a prompt given by the teacher and respond to the response of what two other students had said, but it really wasn't a meaningful exercise in my opinion. What they called labs for my 8th grade for science were ridiculous in my opinion. There is not a lot of flexibility in the scheduling either as there is with our current program.
Great school! Great program! Great teachers! I love the program! I have been an educator for over 25 years. It is my professional opinion that this program has the rigor necessary for success. If the parent is committed to success for their child, this is the program!
This is my sons first year homeschooling with Connections Academy and unfortunately the process has been ridiculous. They DO expect you to understand what you are doing from the 1st day with minimal assistance. Teachers are difficult to get in contact with. I have called and emailed the teacher concerning questions that affect my sons grades and never received a reply when the turn around process is 24 hours. Grades are reported daily. You have to download all sorts of software and weblinks and its all very confusing especially if you are not computer saavy. The curriculum is intense in my opinion for elementary children...but very overwhelming. Long story short my son was withdrawn. I have had a very negative experience with this school.
My daughter and I love this school! My daughter has been going to CapoCA since kindergarten. She is now in second grade. The teachers are all very helpful and nice. The online school system is easy to use and navigate too. We're both very pleased with Capistrano Connections Academy. :)
At first it is a bit difficult to figure out the school system, requirements and your own teaching/learning style. If you stick with it you may find it to be a very rewarding and liberating experience as we have. I have a kindergartener enrolled in Connections and a 2nd grader who has been enrolled in Connections for 3 years. We are very satisfied with this school. The work is challenging and can be customized for the student. They offer wonderful "extra" resources to assist in teaching. Our teachers are always available and encouraging. I find the school to be interested in creating goals for my children, offering me assistance in my teaching and timely in any other questions or issues I may have. I like that I can be an integral part in the education of my children, keep them safe, strengthen my family and help them learn to be contributing members of society. With Connections I have some of the benefits of homeschooling while meeting state educational standards as well.
Our first year here in Capistrano connections academy has been a success for our kids. I highly recommend this school. Excellent curriculum and fun field trips. It is not perfect but compares to others is phenomenal!!
Unsatisfactory rating from me. They expected new students to know how their system works with very little assistance. They didn't encourage growth, instead they give daily grades, and if its and F because say a student was ill or couldn't complete a difficult assignment, it can inhibit their self esteem. Their online system didn't work many times which is vital to success of the student. Some of the teachers didn't meet my expectations, and when I tried to request new teachers, nothing was done. A complete dud for us.
I really enjoy this school! After going to a regular public middle school last year and hating it, I tried out connections and i'm excelling both in school and outside of it. I have more time to work on extracurricular activities and can still do school work and get high grades. I don''t have anything that i can think of that is negative about this school!
My son went from d's and f's at a regular school to A's and B's here at Capistrano Connections Academy. Everything about this school is the BEST!!!
This school has really gone out of its way to help my kids learn and grow. As a parent I can choose what subjects to work on. The field trips are some much fun. WE can spend time together as a family.
Capo Connections Academy is a great school. They really work with you to help make your child's education better. They are striving to make more meetups and fieldtrips as well as create more opportunities to connect with fellow parents and students. I am so glad to have found this option for my children and would recommend it to anyone who wants to take an active role in their child's education.
Connections is great. The math is better than what they were doing before they entered connections although not as I would have wanted it to be. Regrettably, we had to move our two kids back to a regular school because of our schedules.
There is a disconnect from the online content, prepared elsewhere, and Capistrano's implementation. Staff turnover is high and teachers unfamiliar with program are easily frustrated. Communication, primarily by e-mail, can be misinterpreted and lead to misunderstandings. Livelessons in virtual rooms that require students to type messages and hear teacher response are uncontrolled sessions where students type over each other and little learning is accomplished. Plenty of 'field trips , with teachers out of office so often it negatively impacts teaching. Have waited for grading 2+ months and homeroom teacher contact has been twice in 7 months. Virtual school is a rockn' alternative to brick and mortar schools, but it's a home schooling program. CAPO provides minimum support for students and parents need to be involved daily for success. I'm 100% behind virtual schooling, but would never recommend CAPO as the source.
New staff in 2007-2008 is very disappointing. Especially the new Principle. He ignores parents concerns. I think they forget the parents are the ones actually working with the students each day. There is a general lack of respect for the parents We will be changing schools Beware if for some reason your child does not score at grade level on the state testing they will be placed in their PACE program. PACE means an entire year of restricted learning. No electives, no social studies, no PE and no art. They label your child as an underachiever. My guess is that they hope you will leave the school
We love Connections Academy! My daughter is in Kinder, and I am so glad we enrolled her in this school. Not only is the curriculum great, but our teacher is as well! I feel my child has so many opportunities that traditional B&M schools do not offer. I give this school 5 stars all the way!
Great Online School, its a lot better than i thought. There is always a teacher or a councelor there to help you and you can ask them any questions. The lessons help explain everything you need to know. 5 stars!
This is a great online charter school. They really have a good system and people to work with.
My two daughters attended CapoCA last year when we pulled them out of the private school they were attending. The curricula used, which is Calvert, is one of the best available. It is consistent and builds up unlike the Saxon math program which was what they were taught at their previous school. The teachers were always available either by email or phone to answer any questions and to go over your child's progress. Regularly administered tests gave parents an idea of where their child stands academically. Students can make friends and chat online. We always received monthly newsletters from the principal which kept us in the loop. Regular fieldtrips allowed the kids to interact. It was great and I wish we could have stayed there but because of my return to school, the had to return to traditonal schooling which they are very unhappy about.
My son just finished his 3rd year (k-2) at Capistrano Connections Academy, which is a virtual public school. I really like the curriculum and the Learning Management System. The school chose the Calvert School as the basis for it's curriculum and that curriculum is highly regarded universally throughout American education. Calvert is probably the most complete, quality education available for a home curriculum and a lot of public schools have embraced it. My son's teacher has been excellent; we speak on the phone every other week and she evaluates his work. There is a nice complement of field trips offered, which we have the option to participate in. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the quality of of curriculum, teacher involvement and the principal is highly active and available as well.
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