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220 Stoneridge Drive
Columbia, SC 29210

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(803) 212-4712
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October 28, 2014
For years we were a homeschooling family, and now with SCCA, we're a family that schools at home. What that means is that I'm relieved of the responsibility of determining & purchasing the curriculum & preparing the lessons for my middle & high school students. It's wonderful to oversee now and have them accountable to their teachers - teachers we really love and who go out of their way to be accessible for anything that may come up. The curriculum is challenging but not overwhelming. The portfolio projects are in-depth without being too burdensome to complete. The Live Lesson time is invaluable and pulls it all together. We enjoy the optional activities offered & the college visits have been great. The flexibility allows us to continue volunteer activities and hobbies. I like that they are home where they can really focus on school without a lot of the distractions of the brick and mortar classroom. We can discuss subjects/topics/questions as they come up and take a few minutes to do further research right then, while it's fresh, As a family used to doing things our own way and not caring much for the traditional school model, this is a 'best of both worlds' approach for us.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2014
We chose CA for our daughter so we could be more involved in her learning. As a learning coach, I LOVE the flexibility! We can do our daily lessons, and even get ahead by doing the ones scheduled for the next day. Or if she is having a "bad day" we complete her daily classes the following day..As long as it is complete within the week the options are there for our daughter. We also love knowing that she is safe at home away with us learning and not dealing some of the other things we personally about in the bricks and mortar building in her school district. This is new to us this year and we are loving Connections Academy!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
This is our 5th year with South Carolina Connections Academy. My daughter was in the 6th grade when we started SC Connections Academy. At first, we did not utilize the teachers and quickly became overwhelmed. I finally called our math teacher almost in tears. She explained that my job was Learning Coach and she was the teacher. Now we automatically call when we do not understand something or have a problem. Our teachers are always telling the students if they do not understand any part of the lesson, stop what they are doing and call or email them. Even if that means letting the lesson go overdue one day. If you feel your student is not challenged - you can talk with the school and teacher. If you feel your student is overwhelmed - you can talk with the school and teachers. I have seen students who have be bumped a bit and some that have been bumped down (still in the same grade - just a change level). The main thing is communication. All our teachers at South Carolina Connections Academy have been wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
The "Best" and my child and i are so grateful. My daughter grades are A's and B's from D's and F's. My child overall traditional brick and mortar high school grade for 2013 received an "F".

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
We have been with this school for about 4 years now. And it just hasn't worked for us. The teachers are 50/50. The ones that are great, are amazing. Hands down best in the state. The other 50 percent of the bad teachers...are awful. As in unbearable to work with. Some of them try to teach at HS levels and expectations for new coming Middle Schoolers. In Elm. it was a lot better in regards to that. There is not a lot of instructions. I was hoping there would be more, esp if your student is ahead. Then they suffer on live lessons. They have removed physical books out of some core subjects this year without even telling us in advance. And the principals aren't helpful with problems. They are also hard to reach. We are very disappointed and hopefully getting out of here by the end of this year if not sooner. Sad because this school had a lot of potential.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
Enrolling my daughter to Connections Academy is the best decision I have made as a parent. This school is able to provide more one-on-one time between the student and teacher. My daughter has a much closer relationship with her teachers at Connections compared to that of our local public school. The schedule is very flexible which leaves time for family, social activities, and school field trips. My daughter actually has more time for socialization since she is not overloaded with homework. Students are free to work on their school assignments day, night, or weekends. This is truly the perfect situation for my family.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
So far its great. We are new to the school and I love the fact that my student can be on top of her grades instead of waiting on a interim report or report card. The freedom to have a life not planed around the school year. LOVE IT!!! Saving us Money and Time!!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
While this school is a great alternative, it does not work for all students. Students who have low motivation and need direct support from teachers... will struggle. We did it for two years, and for my child, it was very frustrating. Students with special needs all need consistency. We did not experience that.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
SC Connections Academy offers a safe learning experience for children. The curriculum was more advanced than the public schools and I rest easy knowing my children are safe in our home. They offer field trips and other socialization activities for the kids too.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
We have been with SCCA since the very beginning. Our experience has been more than incredible. The teachers and staff are always there when we need them. The curriculum is fantastic!! It is such a blessing to be a part of my child's education without the worries of whether or not she is meeting the state requirements. Our teachers take the worry away. I wish all households could have SCCA as an option.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
This school has been such a positive example of how school should be for my son. We moved from a traditional brick and mortar school. My son seemed to be getting lost in the mix. Now I know that he is getting a quality education. I am so confident in the school's ability to reach and educate all students. This is regardless of the type of school they need.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
Our family has just began our 2nd year with SCCA. I have a child in kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 5th grade. We have thoroughly enjoyed our experience with the teachers and staff. The quality of the curriculum is fantastic and keeps my children engaged. The teachers go above and beyond what we have experienced in a traditional school setting. The flexibility and the ability to play such a integral role in our children's education is priceless. SCCA has exceeded our expectations and we could not be more pleased with the quality of education our children are receiving. I have found that my children thrive in the virtual school setting.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
SC Connections Academy is so great. This is our first year. My son has some medical issues where it would be hard for him to be at school everyday. But with SC Connections Academy if he has to be in the hospital I can take my laptop and his books with us and he can still do school and not fell behind.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
SC Connections Academy is a great fit for my student! She is able to learn at her own pace with help from very responsive teachers. It fits our sometimes crazy schedule as she can do lessons around other activities.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
This school is awesome! The teachers are dedicated, and my student loves the flexbility. There's no more wasted time, and she can go to the bathroom whenever she wants!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
My school is... S.C.Connections Academy. My daughter loves Virtual School. She struggled going regular public school but connections helps her get the resources she needs to learn where her old school didn't. The teachers have been great and there if we have a question or problem. The choices of extra curricular activities and great also.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Connections Academy is a free online public school. My son is in eighth grade, and this is his second year at Connections Academy. My son was at a "brick and mortar" private Montessori school for first through sixth grade (which we loved), and Connections Academy has some of the same characteristics as the Montessori school. My son can work at his own pace, and make his own choices as to what order he works on specific subjects, without having to sit still in a classroom listening to a teacher ramble. Also, much like homeschooling, we have more freedom; we can travel, and he can still do his schoolwork, as long as we have access to the internet. The only downside that I've noticed is that my son is on the computer much more during the day than I had expected. This year, he only has two text books that are hard copies, that he can hold in his hand and read. This doesn't fare well for his neck, back, eyes and hands. Otherwise, it's an excellent alternative to a "brick and mortar" public school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
This is our third year with being at Connections Academy my 2 sons love this school. Our family has tried brick and mortar schools, I have also tried homeschooling. Connections Academy is by for my favorite for my children. They offer a fun and challenging work which gives your children the best education you can imagine. All the people have spoken with go out of their way to help you and teachers are always just a phone call or email away. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
South Carolina Connections Academy. SCCA offers the best program available. The students who struggle in traditional schools have a great opportunity to learn at their pace with an abundance of one on one help from certified teachers. We would never send our student back to a public shool

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
I would recommend Connections Academy to anyone who will take time to lend an ear. If you want the best for your child, If you are looking for a hands on approach to their learning, If you like the idea of homeschooling but are afraid you will not be successful- Connections Academy is the school for you. This school offers the detail and material that a private school would, but it is completely free. There really is no comparison. My kids are learning so much and I get to be right here with them to help ensure their success.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Connections Academy is a perfect educational option for parents who want to be involved in the learning process of their children, but don't want to worry about choosing curriculum. Everything about the school has been wonderful and surpassed our expectations. Great curriculum, fantastic teachers, wonderful elective classes and many to choose, and the support system that is in place is stellar! You know exactly what your child is studying and can supplement lessons with field trips, books, documentaries, etc. We love it!!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
My school is Connections Academy. We love this school. All the comforts of home and safety of home with out bullies or bad things inappropriately happening to your children. My child can get the best education with out all the hassles of bullies and tormentors. Actual one on one . The teachers are highly trained and very knowledgable to their students . They care. They help their students who need extra help and stay with them until they understand. All I can say is,"I wish I could've had this school for me and my older son when we were in school."Love ya SC Connections Academy! Thanks for everything. Angela Smith

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
My family loves SCCA because the teachers are great and really put the students first. The curriculum is very challenging and I believe it is good preparation for higher learning. This virtual school is the best because of its flexibility as well.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2013
We love SCCA because you have the flexibility you need for everyone in the family. It's as flexible as a traditional homeschool, yet you have the help and support of a certified teacher there to help at all times, without feeling the pressure of someone breathing down your neck to get things done. The student can work at a pace that's right for them whether it be at a faster more advanced rate or a slower pace. The teachers seem to be great with working with you and so far have been very understanding of individual needs. So far we love it and would recommend CA to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
I love this school! With so many problems in the local middle school in my child's area I sought out alternatives to brick and mortar public education. SC Connections Academy was the answer. My child loves it as well. The education was above and beyond what she received in her previous school and she could focus on her school work without distractions which was also a problem in her previous school. I would recommend Connections to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
I am so glad we chose SC Connections Academy for our child's education. It was a bit of a struggle the first year because of the transition to a virtual school, but we believe she is prepared to do whatever she wants because of the excellent education she received. They taught her how to think, not how to pass tests. She is much more confident in her abilities and feels like her teachers were interested in her because they required her to do her best. At the local public school, she didn't really get the attention she needed. Since she was a well behaved student, they just passed her along as a reward. SCCA made her work for her grades and she feels better about herself because of it. If your are currently unhappy with your child's school, school district, or education, give Connections Academy a try. This is your kid's shot at the best possible public education, make sure it's a good one!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2013
This school has been wonderful for my son! He has a chronic illness and is unable to attend "regular" school. Connections allows him to do his work at his own pace. Some days, he is unable to attend but can do his work when he is feeling better. His teachers are wonderful! The site is easy to use. My son is learning more than I could have imagined!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2013
This school has totally changed my daughters life. She is happier, more active, and has less anxiety. This has been our first year with SCCA and we will be enrolling our youngest this coming year. The teachers have been wonderfully understanding. The curriculum is up to my standards and the children can work at their own pace. The flexability has done wonders for our family. I would recommend this program if you want more involvement in your childs education. You WILL be involved. You WILL be a learning coach. NOT a teacher but a helper of your student. The teachers teach and we support. It does take a bit of effort on the parents part. You cannot be uninvolved and expect results.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
This is by FAR the best decision I have ever made for my kids. They were getting left behind in our local schools and I felt helpless until I heard about connections academy. The teachers are AWESOME and even gave my kids one on one time when needed. We got to work at their pace. They love it! They don't feel as pressured as they did at the local schools to rush through their work. I LOVE SCCA!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2012
As with any public school, SCCA definitely has it's flaws, but for our family, the positives greatly outweigh the negatives. There is no way I would personally be able to do traditional "homeschool" as a single mom who has to work outside of the home, but this is definitely the next best thing - in many ways even better. This is our 3rd year. My 9th grader is on target to graduate after summer school of her 10th grade year in order to pursue her dreams. My middle schooler who struggles with anxiety and adhd has flourished in the home learning environment, and the support of the teachers at SCCA has been phenomenal. Highly reccomend for families who want to school at home.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2012
This system was not very good, I like K-12 much better. The teacher's never returned my calls. My parents had to hire a private tutor. There are much better schools than scca. I am so glad we switched schools.

- submitted by a student
August 15, 2011
I would highly recommend this school! We are going on our third year with SC Connections Academy and are thrilled. The curriculum is outstanding, challenging and adaptable. The teachers, principal and staff are all fabulous! I love the fact that my kids are able to move at their own pace, ensuring that they learn the most!! My daughter was in 2nd grade but in 3rd grade math. You can focus more time on what they need help in, and push faster through the things they already know. It's awesome! This school also enables us the time to have lots of extra curriculaar activities. I love SCCA!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
This is an excellent school. As a teacher, I have been amazed by the quality of instruction that my son is receiving. We withdrew him from our local public school after several situations that we found unreasonable. He has done so well in this school and has regained the self confidence he had possessed until 8th grade. The course selection is probably better than our local high school's, and he is on track for the college he wants to attend. This school is accredited by SACS CASI, which is the main accrediting organization in our area for public and private schools. We were told by our school administraction that they were not, and we would have problems readmitting our son if he wanted to return to the local public school. Just be aware that if you choose this route, your local public schools are not the place to go for information!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2010
This is a great concept! My daughter loves this school and so do I! The curriculum is the best I have seen and my daughter used to go to a private school. I think this is the wave of the future. No building upkeeep, no buses, no lunch programs, just great teachers doing what they do best. A terrific savings of taxpayer funds.

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August 24, 2010
This is the best choice we have ever made for our daughter. I am so delighted to be able to have my child in a school that has awesome teahers and well written assignments that me and my daughter can understand. She loves that she can work at her own pace and learn it, instead of being rushed to do it. This is the school for her and my other daughter when she gets older.

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July 24, 2010
This school offers a great alternative that is between home schooling and public schools. They allow the children to excel at their own pace. The courses are extremely well written. Awesome program!

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South Carolina Connections Academy
220 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC  29210
(803) 212-4712
Last modified South Carolina Connections Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South Carolina Connections Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top