Commonwealth Connections Academy Review

by Emily
(Nanticoke, PA)

Pennsylvania mom enjoys an educational win-win; read her informative Connections Academy review...


I have used Connections Academy for my daughter (now 7), since Kindergarten. We are now half way through 2nd grade, and I am very satisfied with it. I chose Connections Academy (CA) due to my ex wanting my daughter to go to a public school and me wanting to home school. CA is the perfect mix of the two, and I will highly recommend it for any parent who is bound by court orders and bull-headed exes.

The curriculum is a little easy so I supplement with other activities. But my daughter, at the age of 6, was playing chess and learning Spanish; this year we are learning French and music. The school sends us all the books and equipment needed at no cost to us, and our teacher is wonderful. We are in contact almost every day, either by email or call.

We are required by state to have 5 hours of 'educational instruction' and the school is very flexible with what this includes. We have counted roller-skating, farmer's market trips, grocery shopping, cooking, and many other things as school.

I will say that we do not have as much freedom as traditional homeschooling. I can't switch programs if I don't like it and we can't jump ahead to what she already knows and go from there. However, I also have the freedom that comes with not going to a brick & mortar school. We can breeze through ten lessons in an hour if she understands it already, no sitting through the whole class.

The teachers are very good at finding something that does not click with us. We didn't like their typing program, so we asked for a substitute. We got one and this one clicked! The teachers are good at letting us know what is needed for finishing out the year. They are also good at accommodating different religions and beliefs, as the lessons are taught by the parents or learning coach.

CA also offers many opportunities for field trips and clubs for the students. Socialization is not a problem.

All in all, I'm glad I found CA and will recommend it to anyone!

Wow, Emily! I think your Connections Academy review is one of the most informative reviews I have read about this program. I love how you include both the pros and cons of this school-at-home option. Although it isn't a traditional homeschooling program, I see how many families who are in similar situations as you can benefit from Connections Academy. One parent who may be against homeschooling may allow the other parent who wants to homeschool their child, to do so with this public school program. Thanks so much for sharing; I appreciate it! Blessings, Heather :)

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Mar 26, 2014
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would never recommend
by: Anonymous

I am a parent to a former student.This school has no idea how to teach a child with learning disabilities.My son was failing at connections academy, he is now back in public school and on the honor roll.

Mar 26, 2014
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Connections Academy Problems
by: Heather (site owner)

Hi!
Was your son enrolled in the Commonwealth Connections Academy in Pennsylvania, or another one? They seem to all run differently, from what I gather from the reviews that parents post on my website.
Thanks for your comments and help,
Heather :)

Sep 12, 2014
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Question regarding CCA
by: Kellie

Hello,
I am currently enrolling my (2) sons after moving & having major issues in our new school district. They are in 1st & 6th grades. I did lots of research & believe CCA is the best of our choices at the moment, as my husband does not want us to switch to completely home schooling on our own. (At least at this point.) However, we are in a semi rural area and the only high speed internet we can get is satellite & it unfortunately has data caps. Could you possibly give me an estimate of your monthly data usage? How often are you "live" with a teacher? I'd assume that would use the most data. How many hours would you say your child is online for school typically in a day or week? The school hasn't been able to give me a definite answer. It's very worrisome at the moment to be unsure. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!!

Sep 20, 2014
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Data Caps
by: Anonymous

We have three kids in CCA and we are completely satisfied with the school. I wanted to talk about the data cap for streaming the online content. You could call the school and ask them to get an better answer because that is not an uncommon question. You could also limit or exclude streaming video or animated content and still be able to use the curriculum. You could also take advantage of the free wireless available at many restaurants, libraries, and public places these days. Also, many internet service providers will give you a warning when you are close to your data cap. If you find you are getting close you could switch to a public wireless hotspot (yeah,I know it would mean driving to McDonald's or something but buying a cola and sitting in the booth for a couple hours is cheaper than paying for going over your data cap). We live in a rural area and there are free wireless hotspots all around us.

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