Mrs. LaSarge is a wonderful, supportive teacher to my daughter. She understands my daughter's learning style and gives us leeway on nurturing that. She isn't a stickler on nonessential rubbish and encourages my daughter with positive and constructive feedback. Amongst all the teachers my three children have encountered at Connections, Mrs. Lisa LaSarge has left the greatest impact.
My experience at this school was truly amazing ! I was able to put 100% of my effort on learning instead of constant distractions and interruptions at traditional schools . You still have access to contact with your teachers and staff by Web Mails , Live Lessons , or by calling . I finish school quicker than i normally did at a traditional school and I'm taking 4 honors . Now i have more time to do the hobbies i wasn't able to do before. Enrolling was stress free for me and my parents and quicker than what i expected . Time is very flexible and you have the option to start what time of the day each day . I usually wake up at 7:40 and start at 8 and i work on a couple of classes then i go for a morning jog to complete my PE log and finish the rest . I also have the freedom of using my own comfortable restroom and eating a snack when i want :) I highly recommend this over any other online school out there including k12 they're systems are very complicated and teacher-student communication is poor . If your in a traditional school with a low API score and your highly focused on your future and getting your work done , switch to connections , you won't regret it !
We enjoyed our time with this school. The lessons are structured, yes of course you have to supervise especially elementary students. Some days we feel that there is a lot of work, and others we have time to explore subjects deeper. We are able to regularly visit our library taking our laptop (school) with us. My only issue is the attendance chart is very inflexible, we are honest about our attendance and if we decide to take Friday and explore an issue and take the online lessons on Saturday we are unable to check in for attendance. I was told that they can't do it any other way, but to me is seems homeschooling is all about flexibility. The teacher was always available and able to answer our questions/concerns. We have not figured out how to "socialize" with other students, the school picnic for example is more than an hours drive for us and wish there were announcements for folks who live in other cities/towns. That is small stuff though, all in all we had a great time and looking forward to another great year. This is all what you make it, teach your child a sense of responsibility and be a part of the educational process.
I have 3 students enrolled in Capistrano Connections. My oldest is absolutely thriving in their middle school program. A lot of his work is independent and the lessons are designed so that students are able to have clear instruction and directions they can understand. My middle child started here unable to read, despite her previous schools efforts as well as ours. Only a year later, she is not only able to read, but the books she selects are advanced for her age and she loves reading now. But the real test for us was my youngest child. My youngest child has several issues that have made school extremely challenging for him. In his first week of school, the process was started to get him on an IEP. The testing done was very thorough and the team was able to determine that my son needed extensive services to meet his educational needs. Not only has this school provided the therapy he needs, they also provided the equipment he needs to be able to succeed and are supplementing based on therapist recommendation. I have never seen a school so willing to truly provide an individualized educational plan like Capistrano Connections has.