My daughter attended this school for almost a full year and had a horrible experience through them. Every member of the facility we encountered was very rude and unhelpful. They do not truly care for your child's education. If your child is not getting good grades and good attendance they are not willing to help you, work with you, or help your child get on the right path. They will turn their backs on you and drop you without hesitation. Their 1-800 help line is an unorganized mess. And their principal and vice principal only care about their school's stats and ratings. On their website it says above 90% of parents approve this curriculum, that is because they only ask the very few select parents with kids who aren't struggling in school to write reviews. If your kid struggles in school, stay as far away as possible from this school, they are not looking to help you. If you have a perfect A+ student then maybe this school could be a good option for you but don't expect understanding and help from them if your child isn't performing their best.
I had a child of mine attend this school for a while, and I'm so glad to be done with this school. They need a lot of improvement on their system. Their connexus website for online courses has a lot of bugs and problems. My child was experiencing constant crashes, tests unable to submit, and you aren't even able to save your progress on how much work you got done. It needs a lot of work and the teachers are totally clueless on how to help you with all the bugs their system has. They say your child can work at "their own pace" according to their adds but that it a total lie. They create a daily planner on how much work your child has to finish daily and if your child falls behind they are not lenient on allowing them to catch up. When I tried to have a talk with the vice principal, he was very rude and condemning. He wasn't willing to help me or give my child another chance. He was very harsh, accusing, and he wasn't willing to be understanding of my child trying to catch up and wanting to try their best.
The school is okay. They still have a lot of work to do . They have some teachers who are great, others not so much. You can tell some take advantage of the remote and don't really teach. The school also makes it hard to communicate and know who to speak with if there is a problem. And during the yearly testing don't choose the Springs location, very unorganized and the staff is unhelpful. Its also not a good setup for the kids to do well. Again its not entirely bad they do have a curriculum and they ability to work from home with advanced classes is good now if they could improve the teacher quality and make possible to communicate and know that chain of command. Oh and control some of those kids that run rampant in the chat rooms.
I choose this school for my daughter because of the strong curriculum and clubs that were offered, I like that we can schedule our lessons when we want allowing for extra activities after we complete to days work or in between classes. The Lessons are easy to navigate with lots of extra ideas if your student needs a little more help on the subject. I like the fact that if my daughter already has the skills taught in a lesson we can do a quick review and move forward to something that will challenge her. There are weekly live lessons that allow the kids to talk to others in the class as well as the teacher. Over all a strong Curriculum, easy to navigate website, and real teachers who are there to support your child.
Colorado Connections Academy is online school that allows children to break away from the tradition desk and chalkboard classrooms. Allowing them free-range to learn at their own pace.
We chose Connections Academy because my daughter was having severe panic attacks at a public school. We thought that once she worked this out, she would go back to public school. Well, that was 4 1/2 years ago. She has been an honor roll student every year for the past 4 years. This would not have been possible if it were not for the attention of the fantastic teachers at Connections. The second they see a student haveing trouble with something there on it immediately, there calling and web mailing and they get things taken care of before a student falls behind. They work with them to make sure the student truly understand before letting the student move on. You will never see this in a public school, or even other on line schools. When my daughter needs help, there always there for her. The teachers at Connections walk that extra mile for each and every student and this is extremely important for our future. These teachers know that these kids ARE our future and they make sure that future is going to be a bright one! Thank You Misty Scheidt
Many people aren't familiar with an online school schedule, pace, or follow up system and it takes a lot of adjustment, but when you consider that both you and your student have to work together with the school staff, it should make it obvious that THIS is what schooling should be for students. Ask yourself the following; When was the last time you could review the entire work/homework schedule your child was required to complete for EVERY assigned class? When was the last time you were able to review ever answer on every test or homework assignment in your childs class? No more "Oh, I forgot", or "I don't know what I got wrong", or even missing assignments. It's all in print on YOUR screen at home. And there are no more behavorial issues, fights, favoritism. It is learning as it's meant to be. Set by expierenced and knowledgeable staff, with guidance, taught and supported by both teachers AND parents.
We love this school.. far better than the charter school my kids were at. It is a demanding schedule but it is very flexible. My children are getting the individual learning here and moving at their own pace, rather than being held back. The teachers are amazing.
I was excited when the ads described CCA as a "work at your own pace" school, but the truth is if your child does fall behind in the daily work they will fail. This was no different than homeschooling as far as the parental commitment, you must be your child's full time teacher and the CCC teachers are only there as occasional help. Example, if there are 100 assignments within the school year and your child "works at their own pace" and only finishes 80 they will fail. It's very deceiving, they do not give the children who do not fit into a normal school pace tools to succeed. My opinion this school should only be used as a tool for homeschooling your own child not as an alternate public school source.
Suburb school. Clubs and activities are amazing. The best decision we ever made. Staff is super supportive. Our child is thriving here.
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