We're very happy with Connections Academy. My daughter needed a personal learning plan. She tried magnet and private schools that, in the end, were a poor fit academically. Connections is giving her a chance to truly excel. This is a great program that tailors learning to the specific needs of the child.
The 2012-2013 school year was my first year with connections. I have really enjoyed it. Most of my teachers were really cool and always responded if I had a question. Getting ahold of the school itself is sort of a different story. My mom has had a lot of issues getting in contact with administrative staff. Other than that the school is perfect for me. If you are thinking of online school keep in mind you are going to really miss your friends and the fun times you had in class. I still hang out with my friends and all that but only the ones I was super close to. You can make friends at connections but it is a little awkward if you are shy and having to email them and asking to be friends. So I have just stuck to the ones I have now. That is just me though. The courses aren't really that hard. Math is my worst subject and doing it online doesn't help at all. So if you are a student with the same issue I suggest going to live lessons and maybe getting a friend or tutor to help you out. I really love that I have so much free time. Over all the school is a good choice for people with issues focusing in class or people with social issues. I hope this helps. :)
The teachers at Indiana Connections Academy are amazing! The teachers are always there, ready to help. The school has an assortment of classes and extra curricular activities to enroll your child in. Very many kids have excelled in learning, social skills, time management, and so many more things they will need to take to college with them. Right from middle school, this school teaches their kids about college, and even sometimes prepares them for certain things in college. It's not only a great school, but it also prepares high school students for college, as well of middle school students for high school.
Great school! I would like to add some things after reading the comments below. My daughter (3rd grader) went here last year and we did recieve regular books that any public schooler would get and lots of extras like things to do the science experiments with, novels, yoga dvd, and jump rope for pe. The live lessons (video chat teaching sessions) with the teacher were extremely helpful in backing up the lessons I was working on with her. The teacher was constantly reachable by phone or email and even took extra time with students at the end of live lessons as nescessary. Although it is a lot of work (for the parent), I highly recommend CA for any student.
I love Connections Academy. It is the perfect fit for me. They have so many Honors and AP (Advanced Placement) courses, it's just great. I can t believe some of the other reviewers said it wasn't for gifted students, because I am living proof that it is. My teachers were great and they made sure I had what I needed. Also, they have a variety of clubs that are just great. Not to mention, this is one of the only free online schools in Indiana.
This school is not a good fit if you have a child that is intelligent. School does not work with parents for course placement. Does not offer a variety of courses. Public school mentality hidden behind an online setting.
This is just public school online. No more. No less. Underwhelming. Not a good fit for gifted children.
We started CA this year. My high school-aged student loves it. I wish they would send paper books instead of forcing her to do everything online and so does she, but other than that, she seems to be getting an excellent education. Teachers are helpful and concerned. Curriculum is challenging. Grading system is fair, but challenging. So far, we love it. If they sent textbooks, I would up their score to a 5.
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