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.
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!
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.
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".
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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