Connections Academy Homeschool Questions

by Tania Fuentes
(Safford, AZ United States)

Homeschool Questions

Homeschool Questions

Inquisitive fifteen year-old teen wants to learn more about Connections Academy's free online homeschooling program? Got answers? Please help...

Hello my name is Tania Fuentes.

I was wondering if you guys truly do send a free computer and supplies?

Also are all the internet connections free too?

I am curious because I wanted to join a homeschool program and I am 15 years old.

Please if you guys can send me an e-mail to answer all my questions please do.

Thank you so much!

Sincerely,
Tania

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Sep 29, 2009
alot depends on if it is through the public school system
by: mrs dani

There is an old saying, "Beware of Trojan horses"

It applies here. Here in SC the Connections Academy (along with k-12) is actually public school at home. A buddy of mine learned the hard way what this was.

Now if you are just leaving the public school system and have no idea what you are doing, this may be a good place to START. If you have been homeschooling a while, you will soon regret using this (as told to me by those who tried this)

As for the free materials and computer; you HAVE TO USE THEM. If your child has a different learning sytle...too bad. You must use it. The computer and internet access will be restricted. A friend of mine tried to get onto a Veggie Tales site and found that since it was religious (Christian) it was blocked. You can not use THEIR (the school's) computer for religious reasons.

A buddy of mine (and several others) tried to tell the school district that they discovered something the Academy said do was not working. They were told, "we have hired educational experts and they know better than you. You are just not doing it right." Several weeks later at a meeting, they mothers were told that the educational experts had decided to change that same thing because THEY decided it would not work.

They also found out that they could no longer just drop their lessons for the day to go to a special exhibit at the zoo or anything else. If the kids were not signed on the computer by a certain time to do school work, a call from the district came within an hour and with a very demeaning attitude gave a speech about being active in their child's education.

From those who have tried it around here, they do not suggest it. Again this would depend I suppose it would depend on the school district. Of course, if they were really any good, we wouldn't have to homeschool

Again, this would only be a good option for the first year of homeschooling if you are pulling your kids out of the higher grades.

You are better off contacting your state homeschool group and get some really helpful info. Google search or go to www.hslda.org and click on your state. They will have a list of many (not all) homeschool groups in your area. I know the lure of free materials and computers are tempting, but again, you get what you pay for. Please look into other options. Get in touch with other homeschoolers in your are and they can help you find discounted supplies (I know some who even have done it for no money!..thanks to the library and the internet)

Good Luck and do not give up!

Sep 29, 2009
What Do I Do???
by: Anonymous

So as I can see you are trying to say for me NOT
to get into this school because, it's too strict??

They don't include any of the things they say they do, and you say if you can't do school for some certain reson the will call you and talk to you in a very mean tone??

This is my first time being a homeschooler.
I'm usually at a public school but, this year i wanted to try out homeschooling and see how it went.

Well hope you write me back and tell me what homeschooling site would be good for me.

Sep 29, 2009
Connections Academy Concerns
by: Heather

Hi Tania,
I don't think she is saying not to try the Connections Academy homeschooling program, she is just giving you some warnings. I'm sure each state and district is run a little differently.

When it comes to homeschooling, each state has different homeschooling laws. Perhaps states with more requirements dictate how the Connections program operates. More requirements = stricter guidelines.

I don't think the above poster realized that you were a teen looking for help.

Connections Academy is an online public school program that can be done through homeschooling.

I personally think that it may be a great option for you. Once you begin homeschooling, you may find other programs that you like better, or may want to become more independent in your homeschooling.

Many homeschool families do not use government homeschooling programs. Instead they homeschool privately. When you choose this option, you will not find free computers, and other perks that government run programs offer.

You can read other reviews of Connections Academy here:

K-12 Virtual Homeschooling

Free Online Homeschooling

Hope this helps!
Blessings,
Heather

Sep 29, 2009
Connections Academy Virtual Public School Answers
by: Carrie Jean

Hi Tania,

My son graduated from (Idaho)Inspire Connections Academy last year and it was a great experience.

At the Arizona Connections Academy public virtual charter school, students get one desktop computer and monitor per household + $50.85 every three months (Payments are made three times a year: the first week of December, the first week of March and the first week of June).

Check out some of the student videos that were posted in a recent video contest - http://memelabs.com/connectionsacademy

Connections Academy schools are public schools (like the ones you see in your neighborhood). They have teachers, and classes, books, clubs, etc., but you do all of these things from your home - that's why it's called a virtual public school(or anywhere you can get on the internet...like a library).
It can be confusing when you talk about a public school that students attend from home and homeschooling. Although Connections Academy and homeschooling have some similar attributes, Connections Academy is not homeschooling. All Connections Academy schools are public school programs. All Connections Academy students are required to take state standardized tests and the schools are accountable for the students' performance to regulatory authorities. Your parents will need to sign all the required forms allowing you to enroll in the Arizona Connections Academy virtual school.

When you use the computer, you agree to only use it for school. The computer is like the school bus for the school. You wouldn't take the school bus out 4 wheeling in the mountains, if you wreck the bus you couldn't go to school. To make sure that you don't go to a website that may have a virus, you agree to only use the computer for school work. If you go to a website that causes a problem for the computer, and ruins the computer you might not be able to do your school work. Since they can't screen every website being created everyday, it's best to only use the computer for school assignments.

In Grades 9-12 in Arizona, you must be logged into the computer, and doing your school work for at least 20 hours a week. One day you might do 4 hours and another day 6 hours, but at the end of the week, you need to show that you were in school for 20 hours.

If something wasn't working out, or my son didn't understand a lesson, he was able to contact the teacher and they helped make adjustments. He graduated with a diploma and has moved on to his college classes! So if you enroll and you have questions, make sure you ask someone for help. They do a great job. Did you see the student/parent satisfaction report on their homepage? http://www.connectionsacademy.com/arizona-school/proven-results.aspx

Carrie Jean

Sep 29, 2009
Thanks Carrie Jean!
by: Heather

Thanks, Carrie Jean, for all your help, and for clarifying the difference between homeschooling and doing school at home, through a virtual public school.

It's much appreciated!
Heather :)

Oct 02, 2009
ok
by: Anonymous

So then you think i should get into this homeschooling program because, i have been called from other schools but, i was waiting to see what you though i should do.

Alot of people are telling me to get into this school and the same goes for the other schools.

So yeah write me back and tell me what you think.

Thank you!

Sincerly,
Tania

Oct 05, 2009
Homeschooling Questions
by: Heather

Hi again, Tania,

I know some decisions are difficult to make. I don't think anyone here can really tell you what you should or shouldn't do.

You are acting wisely by researching these different options first, instead of jumping right in not knowing what you are getting yourself into.

Don't forget to seek your parent's/guardian's counsel before deciding what to do. I do admire that you are taking a vested interest in your own education. Take some time to communicate the different options you are considering, and the pros and cons, with those who care about you.

When making big decisions, sometimes it helps to write everything down, so you can see everything clearly.

You can homeschool without government-funded programs. I know the lure of free computers, books and other materials is enticing, but free isn't always the best (and from my experience, "free" is never really free.) You have to decide.

Arizona homeschool laws are non-restrictive. To homeschoool in Arizona, your parent or guardian must file an affidavit of intent to homeschool with the county school superintendent within 30 days after homeschooling begins.

You will find lots of resources at your library and through homeschool groups in your area. (If you need help locating a group, let me know.)

Hippocampus.org offers many free courses you can take to complete your high school diploma.

Some local homeschool groups will provide scholarships and free curriculum to those who are experiencing financial difficulties.

You can download a free homeschool transcript template from our website to record your grades, etc. for college admissions.

Although homeschooling looks ominous at first, it really isn't. If your parents need help, other home educators would love to help them.

I hope this helps, Tania.
If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know. I am interested in knowing what you decide to do.

Blessings,
Heather

Oct 14, 2009
school
by: Anonymous

So can any of you guys give me some school sights to go look at to see which one i like best?

I need to find a good school thats why.

Sincerly,
Tania

Jan 18, 2010
TO CARRIE JEAN!
by: Sophie

Hi Carrie, I am 14 and also looking into Connections Academy for "homeschooling". When you talked about that payment, I thought it was free? So it's actually $180/yr?! Please let me know details and if this is true. Thanks! :)

Feb 01, 2010
Reply to Sophie
by: Heather

Hi Sophie,
I noticed that Carrie Jean did not reply to your question yet. I contacted Connections Academy - hopefully someone will answer your question.
Blessings,
Heather

Feb 03, 2010
Connection Academy
by: Ina

My son is at Texas Connection academy for the first time home school. The curriculum is excellent, the materials are good, we search different pages religious, facebook, etc. I don't have anything blocked by the school I do the blocking in the websites I want.
SAm is in advance classes in 7 and 8 grade and preparing to take pre-college classes in the summer.
Teacher are really great, answer e-mail as soon as they received them, and are always willing to help by phone at any time.
Of course I'm talking about Texas Connection Academy don't know about any other state.
It is a lot of work, and dedication, is like attending school at home. We don't have much time to field trips, or free time like others home school do, but we are fine with the routine and is working for us.
Thank you..God Bless

Feb 17, 2010
No Time Restrictions at Connections Academy
by: Gina

Dear Tania, My daughter is enrolled in the fourth grade at Connections Academy in SC. We have had positive results,There isn't a specific time that you have to do your lessons are log-in.My daughter logs in sometimes at 8am for live lessons,and these lessons are not mandatory---her teacher records the lessons and she can view them anytime she chooses(day or night),that's the great thing about Connections Academy(flexible schedule)as long as my daughter does 5 hours a day(no time restrictions) she's done.The electives are also great,from robotics to learning Japanese if that's something your interested in. I would recommend it to anyone. My daughter is in a safe environment and she's not exposed to all the illness's that she was before in a brick and mortar school.The hours of instruction may differ in your state.I think for high school it may be 6 hours mandatory instructional time. Good luck to you.

Feb 24, 2010
can you tell me sometings pleas.
by: Anonymous

Hi I'm 13 and I have been home-schooling for all of my life, But I don't feel like I am were I am so pose to be in school. you see I am very bad at spelling. And I am not that good at math to, my mom and dad are always helping me a lot........But I don't seem to be going anywhere.....I was looking into Pa Connections Academy, but I don't know how they do things. I would like to find out what a kid that is 13 would do in like 4 weeks something like that so can one of you tell me pleas.



Thank you.




Apr 27, 2010
I love Connections Academy!
by: A mom

My son goes to Wisconsin Connections Academy and it is WONDERFUL. YOu can check in when you want, as long as you get the work done! My son is working ahead, but sometimes he (and others) are behind. As long as the assignements are in by the end of the semester, it's ok. The teachers don't want you to get far behind, because it's hard to catch up, so whenever possible, we work ahead. My son will probably be "done" with school in mid May...and then he can design his own study programs (observing birds for science, designing a study of what fish like what temp water, etc. ) It works great for my son and my family. The teacher is divine and the curriculum is outstanding. His math scores on the state testing have gone up more than 50 points because he ahs learned so much. I think it's wonderful am going to enroll my other 2 kids.

Apr 29, 2010
Responses from online teachers.
by: Anonymous

Every time I talk to someone at Connections Academy, I feel like I am talking to a robot who has the correct answers drilled into their heads. Has anyone else experienced this? I want to talk to a person who teaches school, or the principal. I am not interested in talking to sales staff, even though it is free to my child. I want to know that my children will be talking to actual people who care.

Concerned.

May 25, 2010
Connections
by: Anonymous

Just to clarify...Connections is NOT homeschool. Also, some states do not fund for computers. There is no charge for the schools that are in public charter school districts, but Connections also has a private school for the states that do not fund for virtual charter schools (there is a cost for the private school). The teachers we have met have been super nice and helpful. Again, PUBLIC SCHOOLS like Connections do have to meet state requirements. So, taking a day out of school to go to the zoo is fine, you just have to make up the missed time.

Jun 26, 2010
Connections Academy
by: new to homeschool

I am enrolling two of my children in michigan connections academy for the first time this year. They have previously attended local regular public school. During my decision making process whether or not to go through connections academy, we were able to meet face-to-face with a teacher from connections. She was friendly and personable, intelligent, easy going, answered our questions clearly on consisely, and I was certain we were making a good decision. I am anticipating a wonderful school year. Also, something to think about when choosing a homeschooling option, I'm no expert, like I said, I'm new to homeschooling, but it is my understanding that if you do not participate in an accredited program, free or otherwise, you may not be able to graduate with a diploma that will be recongnized by colleges, employers, etc. This was a big consideration for me, and was an integral part of our decision to choose connections academy because it is a public school. Thanks.

Jul 21, 2010
Virtual Schools
by: Texas

My 2 students have attended Texas Virtual Academy for 2 years. We decided to enroll them in Texas Connections Academy this year because their curriculum and elective classes are better. My students are in the gifted programs and enjoy the flexibility of when they do their schoolwork. I chose these programs because they provide the textbooks, lessons, and schedule. I still teach my students and consider us "home schooled" but do not have to schedule and purchase curriculum. It is great for us and I know my students are at the same level or higher than their peers.

It does take dedication and attention on a daily basis. Of course, to achieve any quality education you will need to dedicate yourself and strive to meet goals. This is a prepackaged way to school at home and is a fantastic answer for those who want to home school but also need assistance.

K from TX

Aug 12, 2010
Can you get a free laptop?
by: Anonymous

What about for the laptops? Instead of a desktop! And can it only be used for the website or can it be used for other websites just ones that arent bad or have viruses! Please let me know! :)

Aug 13, 2010
Computer provided
by: Texas

Beggars can't be choosers...

TXVA provides a desktop, monitor and printer. You do not get to choose the equipment. You can use the computer to access the internet but know that you are responsible for the computer.

Aug 13, 2010
REGISTRATION PROCESS
by: CJ

HOW LONG IS THE REGISTRATION PROCESS?

Aug 13, 2010
REGISTRATION PROCESS
by: CJ

HOW LONG IS THE REGISTRATION PROCESS?

Aug 14, 2010
Registration process & thoughts
by: Karen

Hi- I have enrolled my son a 6th grader in SC Connections Academy for this school year and the whole registration process has been a breeze, except for the fact that I was hurt and hospitalized and unable to continue getting everything together for 3wks, however when I was able to get back to it the finish took two days and we received our books and materials in 3 days(they said it could take up to 3wks).
We are very excited about the new schooling option we have chosen. People need to realize that this is "Public School" with the same rules as brick & mortar public schools, but with the perks of homeschooling.
We are Christians and I have prayed for several years about being able to either homeschool my son or put him into private school and I believe that this is the answer to my prayers.
We did not get a computer from the school, we had to purchase our own, which I don't mind because it is "ours" to keep. I am going to find a great online Bible study for my son and have him do a daily lesson.
Also, because of the flexible schedule we will do some hours of volunteer work each week(not sure if he will get any credit for it but it will help him be a more generous and thankful person).
I am excited about the upcoming year.

God bless,
Karen

Aug 19, 2010
Re:
by: Anonymous

Thanks Karen,

I was very excited about getting started. Unfortunately, because my son is in 2nd grade he won't be starting here in Texas this year...Texas Connections starts at 3rd grade. Now, I don't know what i'm going to do. I need to find a homeschool group in my area that can help me with my situation. Unfortunately, I have waited till the last minute to get started due to other matters. I am at a lost as what to do...But something has to be done. Is there any advice or resources that you know of that can help me in such a short notice??? If, so, I would greatly appreciate it!!! Thanks Again!

CJ

Aug 22, 2010
Start with your state's laws
by: Anonymous

Before you decide to do homeschooling, or school from home, make sure you have checked into the laws in your state. For example, NC has a law that you have to register your homeschool with the state and receive a "license" to operate.

I just checked into NC Connections Academy and it is definitely not free. How Connections works depends on your state. The Connections Academy website said it would cost over $2,000 a semester and is a private school in NC. Please be very careful of anything that says it is "free" because there is almost always a cost involved. I know someone who has had success with Connections Academy in SC, but as I said, be careful that you are getting all the information about the laws in your state first.

Aug 31, 2010
CJ
by: Anonymous

CJ,

Calvert School looks to be similar to that of Connections Academy. It is the homeschooling option rather than the free public education.

Check it out on the internet.

Dana

Sep 22, 2010
Questions
by: K

Hello, I am 19 & I am in the process of talking to an advisor from AZ Connections Acad.

I am just wondering.. as my advisor isn't on the phone with me right now and it's almost 10pm, how long are the classes? (Non-private school)

Primavera High School is similar to C.A & their classes are almost 2 mos long each.

Thanks,

K

Jan 09, 2011
How flexible is Connections academy schedules
by: Anonymous

Im 18 years old and live on my own. Im new to online schooling and I heard connections academy allows you to work anytime as long as you finish within the semester. I have to work two jobs so I was wondering if connections allows lots of time to finish assignments and what not.

Feb 24, 2011
Connection Academy
by: Anonymous

Yes they do send you a computer. They also send you your books and its all free. It is a really good school except you have to attend live lessons.

Mar 21, 2011
do not go to connections acadamy
by: Anonymous

Connections acadamy is Horrable do not go to it It is one of the worst schools in history the teachers are mean and they give you lots of work that can never be completed in time. I can not wait to get out of connections acadamy! You should stay where you are. I hope this helped!

Apr 03, 2011
Re: Start with your state's laws
by: Anonymous

Connections Academy is only free in some states. They clearly list those states. North Carolina is not one of them. If your state does not offer Connections Academy then you have the option of choosing their private school program, which of course you have to pay for.

Apr 07, 2011
Great Info
by: Becky

This post and all of these comments are very helpful. I'm researching all of my options now.
Thanks.
www.rebeccabany.com

Apr 20, 2011
Michigan Connections Academy
by: Nanette

I just finished enrolling my daughter in the Michigan Connections Academy for the 2010/2011 school year. I was wondering if anyone here has previously sent their children (preferably high school children) to Michigan Connections Academy. My daughter is 15, in the 9th grade, and will be doing this for the first time this year. My questions are mainly, what do you think about the curriculum? Will colleges look at her diploma from MCA the same as any other public schools diploma? Do you know that Michigan has an enrollment CAP of 400 students? They will hold a lottery for the remaining seats after the previous students decide whether they will continue to attend or not. My daughter is normally a 4.0 student. Is the work challenging? I'm really excited about her doing online classes, but am concerned mainly about the curriculum and if colleges will accept her. She plans on going to MSU after graduation.

Just looking for advice from anyone who might have any answers especially within Michigan.

Thanks in advance.

Apr 23, 2011
communication MI
by: Anna

My friend [along with her 2 other sisters]is in the MI program and likes it .I have seen the program [on her computer] and I like it a lot more then
Penn Foster [what I have] no contact with any instructors ,no help,can't ask questions

where as with connections you get all that
and my friends say the teachers are really nice
oh and PS. the computers are restricted because they are for SCHOOL not Facebook or whatever

May 03, 2011
High School Curriculum
by: GA MOM

I'd like to hear from someone whose high school teen has worked with the C.A. program.

Good experience or not so good.

Was the teen happy with the program?
Were the classes challenging?
Did your teen stick with it for years?

How about getting into college?

Jun 23, 2011
thinking of connections academy
by: trmorgan79

I am looking into connections academy, k12, and calvert for my daughter, she is going into 2nd grade. I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on which they like the best for South Carolina?
Thanks for your help in advance

Jun 23, 2011
National High School
by: Nanette

Just a follow up: I did end up trying to enroll my daughter in the Michigan Connections Academy. However, the 6-12 grade students were at capacity and we were put on a waiting list. So, I ended up enrolling my daughter into a Private online high school. The name is "National High School". I have yet to be able to find any "reviews" for this school anywhere online. I paid $150 tution fee. My daughter had a difficult time getting anyone to answer any questions in a timely manner. This was her first year doing any type of schooling online-she is in the 9th grade. It was a bad experience for us because she felt isolated and she had too much time on her hands. The assignments were also way too easy.

I just wanted to warn anyone out there that may consider National High School- not to. The staff is outsourced to India and it is very difficult to understand anyone you speak to due to the language barrier. Also, when I decided to withdrawal my daughter, I got the run around. They take as much time as they can to give you a "Confirmation" of withdrawal as to try and take another tuition fee from my bank account. I am currently filing an avidavit with my bank to stop them from taking future payments. I have yet to hear from anyone regarding her withdrawal, and have sent several emails. It has been over a week.

Just info here!

Jun 24, 2011
Re: National High School
by: Heather

Thanks for the information, Nanette! So helpful.
Keep us updated on how things go with the refund.
Blessings,
Heather

Jun 26, 2011
Hi there
by: Anonymous

hello, I'm 13 and I'm going to 8th grade next year. I was planning to go to Louisiana Connections Academy for my ninth year. I saw the comment about paying for a free computer and printer. I have a printer and my own computer, is it still necessary to order a computer?
I have been going to a public school since I was able. Please help! :)

Jul 02, 2011
Questions
by: Grammy

Hi Everyone,

I am interested in enrolling my 5-year-old granddaughter in the Arizona Connections Academy this year. I do have a few questions that I hope you all can answer for me.

We are Christians and are concerned about the crazy rules and things they teach in the public schools, especially nowadays. Since it is a public home school, do they still force your child to learn about evolution and other issues that are not conducive to Christianity? We would need help with a computer as well. I have been reading about there being a charge or fees, does anyone know if Arizona charges any fees to enroll? I also want to make sure that she will get all of the credits she needs to later enroll in college should we decide to pursue this school all the way through high school, does anyone know if this is an accredited school?

My granddaughter is also very shy which makes me concerned about the online virtual classes. She is not very talkative; would she need to be in constant visual communication with the teacher for the full 4 or 5 hours a day? Does not sound like you would have much privacy in your home with this option. I am also taking online classes and need to be on the computer a lot. I am not sure that I can sit with her at the same time while attempting to get my work done as well in another room. I have begun teaching her lessons as she sits next to me; I would not want anyone to be privy to watching us or seeing us though. It just feels like an invasion of privacy to us. Any suggestions for this dilemma?

I was told that once a month 30 or so families will get together for activities, field trips, outings, etc., does anyone know anything about the validity of this information? All comments, suggestions, or any other information is greatly appreciated.

Thank you & God bless!

Arizona Grammy

Jul 03, 2011
Answers to Arizona Grammy
by: Anonymous

We are enrolling in K12 which is basically the same as Connections Academy. We are Christians too and we have researched the cirriculum and feel comfy with what they teach. Yes, you will learn about evolution. But even in my daughter's Christian school, they learn about it. The great part is that you can teach it, and point out why you believe this way, or why you don't. My daughter (3rd grade) learned about Ancient mythology last year. We took the opportunity to discuss the differences in Christianity with other religiions. She actually enjoyed the lessons.

Computer work is not done all day, especially for a 5 year old. It is mainly a teacher guide and games and conferences with the teacher. About 20% of the time is on the computer.

Try it out, and if it's not a good fit, disenroll. We chose K12 over Connections Academy because I love William Bennett (Christian who wrote the books of virtues) and he helped to found the school.

Hope this helps!

Jul 08, 2011
Principal at Texas Connections Academy lies
by: Anonymous

BEWARE! Principal Lockard at TCAH will lie to your face in a second. She is currently bragging about how well teh school is doing to get people to sign up, then the state will be releasing school ratings in august and everyone will find out that it has teh lowest possible rating, Academically Unacceptable. The plan is for families to stay put because they have no options left. A horrible person. I heard both of her assistant principals both quit because of the principal's lack of integrity.

Jul 09, 2011
K12
by: Arizona Grammy

Thank you for your comments and suggestions Anonymous.

I am looking into K12 in addition to Connections Academy. I heard back from Calvert and sadly, they charge for their school and do not provide a computer like Connections. Does K12 charge a fee to attend their school? Do they provide a computer as well? Can I choose a christian curriculum?

Thank you again

Jul 10, 2011
Sorry
by: Anonymous

that didn't really answer my question
I live in Louisiana I don't need a computer or printer. I just need books and things.
My school is really bad, no one does their job, I am considering this for my ninth year.
Help please
I went to the link, smoke but no cigar :/

Jul 11, 2011
RE:Arizona Granny's post/questions
by: AZmomof3

Hi, I am enrolling my daughter into Arizona Connections Academy, I had my son in AZVA before and it was also ok, but I think Connections offers more in general for my kids.

At the Arizona Connections Academy :

ALL STUDENTS can receive a free Desktop computer for their child to use by indicating you would like one

AlL Families with enrolled students will receive an INTERNET reimbursement check in the amount of $50.85 paid to them three times per schoolyear

Students are supplied ALL supplies needed, books, paper, workbooks, Art Supplies, etc.

However, at AZVA/K12 only students who qualify for FREE or Reduced lunch programs will get a computer and internet reinbursement....Also, special education students qualify for a computer and the internet check regardless of parent income

AZVA would still give us free supplies though

Since my husband has a nice job and we don't qualify for anything (computer, reimbursement, etc) at AZVA/K12 (on-line public charter school) we went with Arizona Connections Academy since they provide a computer/reimbursement to ALL students, I just felt it showed who had a better program for our needs.

Connections Academy means you get a computer, a great curriculum, all supplies, a teacher there when needed, Internet reimbursement, control over when you school, you need 20 hours a week for Kindergarten and most all is done with you off the Internet at that age regardless of income, where as the other on line one mentioned will only provide computers and reimbursements if you meet their income or special education requirement. Both schools are good, both won't be to hard and are kid friendly so whichever you choose know you are in control for the main part, you set times, schedules, and control lessons and how they are taught for the most part so don't worry if evolution is taught you'll be there to interject your feelings and beliefs.

Sincerely,
Paula C.

Jul 11, 2011
Response to Paula C.
by: Arizona Grammy

Thank you so much for your time in answering my questions Paula. The information you provided along with what I have been finding out convinced us Connections Academy is going to be the best choice for our family.

Thank you again and God bless!

Kelly

Jul 16, 2011
RE:Arizona Granny's post/questions
by: AZmomof3

No problem, I believe there is a Facebook page and all for AZ Connections Academy and I thought you might want to know. Also, I think the minimum hours required for K are only 2 per day or 10 per week....not 20 sorry

Jul 16, 2011
Response to AZ Mom
by: Grammy

That's ok. Thank you for the information, I will look them up on Facebook now. I have alot of people asking me about them. 10 hours a week sounds much better than 20. :)

Jul 19, 2011
Teen went to Tx Conn Academy in 2010
by: txsha

Just thought I'd post a few comments about my experience with my high schooler at Connections Academy of Tx. I have been a long time homeschooler -- started 18 years ago -- so I feel that I have lots of experience in analyzing and choosing learning experiences and curriculum. When my third child reached HS, she wanted to explore options. Last year we tried TXCA for 10th grade. I was very impressed with their curriculum and even more impressed with the teachers. Their system was so easy to use and had tons of multimedia added to their programs. My daughter did not initially succeed at the program. She allowed herself to slip behind and then had to struggle to catch up. Every teacher was helpful and so encouraging. They would even call her when they noticed she seemed to be stuck on one assignment to see if they could help her through it. Each class has live lessons that you can attend -- usually one or two days per week. Several previous comments mentioned inflexible schedules, etc. You do keep attendance each day. They should be doing school at least 4 hours 5 days per week. If you want to take off time during the week, you can do work on the weekends and that will count. There are plenty of days off and vacation days scheduled in that you can use whenever you want. I never found the scheduling to be restrictive in anyway. As far as it being a public school versus a homeschool, I never found that to be an issue. My husband and I worked with her through all of her subjects. It can be done alone by your student only but can also be used as any other curriculum and have lots of parental involvement. The main difference is that someone else is doing the schedule, which I have found can be great for the parent of a teen. I was able to work with her and discuss and study the material without having to be the one demanding that work be done in a timely manner. It allowed me to still be involved in her school everyday without being the "bad guy" who had to push deadlines and schedules -- I let the teachers do that :). My daughter is not returning this year but only because TXCA finalized their 11th grade yet. We are going to possibly try the Texas Virtual Academy. I hope they are near as good as TXCA was last year.

Sep 17, 2011
I dislike TCA
by: Anonymous

Well I can tell the lie and tell you one think and the weeks later another. I've tried enrolling my child for over three weeks now and now they tell me I have to wait additional three weeks school is alreadly in. My Gosh!!! And the MS.LOCKHARD is really mean and uncaring. It is my belief they want you to start the enrollment process so the district will provide them with enough funding, but when it comes down to it, they probaly lie and tell parents there isn't anymore space left. I think this unfair to parents I plan on writing the BBB and the district, because changes need to be made.

MRS.C.

Sep 21, 2011
Horrible experience!
by: Anonymous

I have 2 kids 4th and 5th grades. We have spent time in charter schools here in Colorado. Last year we home schooled. 2 days into the program we have done nothing but watched pop up videos and taken test after test. My 4th grader is in tears and wanting to go to public school. I will be sending back their supplies and computer. They received their books and supplies on friday and are expected to make up a whole week of schooling on top of this weeks work. Impossible to sit in front of the computer and retain the info with out the mind getting fried. Teachers are overwhelmed with testing.

Sep 23, 2011
i think its good
by:

i just enrolled at capistrano connections academy this yr for my last year of high school..i couldnt stand school anymore and i would never learn anything and didnt even show up to all my class..to me online schooling it more work than regular public school..but i feel like its because teachers dont to their jobs anymore..everyday i read textbook pages..watch clips/videos and take several quizzes..its really tiring..i think to be in a virtual school you have to have a motive and want to do it..i dont think it would be good for young kids..and its a big plus by getting to work at your own pace..ive been enrolled for one week and i already finished ten credits.. i would reccomend it

Oct 17, 2011
You all are full of wack!
by: Anonymous

Connections Academy is awesome. They do everything they promise. If you want to take the day off, you can. They send you a computer. I have gotten on religious websites on my connections computer all the time. The only thing they block is porn. The teachers are nice, and the school is not strict. It is very loose. Unlike other schools, if you are having trouble, you can slow down or speed up your pace. Teachers always call you back, and you are never stuck with a certain class that is to difficult or easy for you. Join Connections! We are AWESOME!

Nov 28, 2011
Avance escolar
by: Mr Rodriguez

Quiciera saber como hacerlo! mi hijo esta en el 7th grade y lleba materias incluso del 9th GRADE, Es un estudianteque tiene GT Y HONORES, con excelentes grados de un promedio de 9.5 pero el quiere terminar sus estudios pronto, pues esta interesado en aprender programacion de WebSide, del cual ya sabe algo de HTML Y PHP. Me interesaria saber si TCAH es realmente publica y gratuita, y que materiales proporcionaria o que tendria yo que conseguir, y cuando es conveniente empezar con ustedes.

Vivimos en Irving, Tx. Nos urge mucho saber!! Pues mi hijo no se siente agusto ni tolera la falta de moralidad e indecencia que hay en su escuela publica de nuestra localidad. Si alguien sabe favor de acermelo saber. Se lo agradesco de corazon.

IR.
Mande su respuesta:
atmultijobs@gmail.com

Feb 10, 2012
college bound?
by: Anonymous

I am considering switching my 11th grader to Ohio Connections Academy for medical reasons. I am concerned about her prospects for college if she gets her diploma this way... does anyone have any experience with this?

Mar 02, 2012
Its not bad at all
by: Connections student

The top comment is retarded. I go to Connections Academy, and i can go anywhere i want on the computer. I go to facebook and youtube all the time. There aren't any restrictions to the internet. They do send free suplies and you don't have to use them if you don't want to. They only ask that you tell them if your not going to be doing classes that day. It's a very flexible school.

Mar 02, 2012
Did not like CCA
by: Anonymous

My daughter andI think Connections Academy is a joke. They never return any calls, you are at their mercy. They set the pace...and can drop you like a hot potato. Especially if your child has special needs. They like the money for an IEP, but do not accomodate you at all.

Apr 17, 2012
Connections Academy is anti-military
by: Marine

Not only is this place are out for state money, they are anti-military. We moved with six weeks left in school and we were dis-enrolled with an email. They thought they wouldn't get paid (which isn't the case, spoke with Ohio Department of Education) so they dropped us WITH AND E-MAIL!!

Stay away from this "school" at all costs.

Jun 14, 2012
Anti-Military????
by: CKL

Ok, I'd like to know in what way they're anti-military. We're looking into CA, and my husband's a veteran, so we don't want to support anything that's anti-military. You're the only person I've seen who's posted this, but I'm curious about what happened. Are their textbooks or lessons disrespectful?

Jun 23, 2012
Anti-military?????
by: Anonymous

I looked at her post, and all it appeared to be in "anti-militariasm" was the fact that they had to move to a new state because of their job in the military, and they were no longer able to be in the previous states' program... I don't believe that is against military, they were probably just over reacting............

Aug 30, 2012
Indiana Connections Academy
by: Anonymous

My daughter is in 5th grade and currently enrolled in Indiana Connections Academy. And so far I have to say it has been a wonderful experience for her. Her teacher has been great as far as responding to any questions and concerns via webmail or telephone. They have been awesome walking us through this process as we are new to this. She recieved a desktop computer as well as all of her needed school supplies at absolutely no cost. She has had live lessons with her teacher which has been great. The lesson plans are laid out for her in a way that are very easy to get to and understand her daily plans. I would definitely recommend Indiana connections academy, not sure how it works in other states. But so far it has been a great experience!!!!

Aug 30, 2012
3 months of issues and still going.
by: high standards

This is our 2nd year doing a county sponsored home school program. Last year we did K-12 and I was pleasantly surprised by the curriculum and interface . If I had one gripe it would be the religion based text work, if I wanted my kid to know all of the popes I would have him in Catholic school. Beyond that the site was great, TRUE work at own pace and freedom to set your calender how you would like.
Our county school district went with Connections this year and I have only been doing the classwork for 3 days but have spent 3 hrs trying to get things correct. 1st they enrolled us in the state and National schools, then dropped my state of NV and enrolled us in Wyoming for some reason. They had the entire summer to get us right and still fall short. I called the 1-800 # and spent 25 minutes on the phone before talking to someone who forwarded me into another 10 minute wait where I was, shortly there after, disconnected. My son has done multiple assignments but the main to does not reflect it. If you hit backspace to correct a mistake then it back pages you and once you leave your page you lose any and all work completed. The poor kid had to do the same assignment 4 times because of how poor the interface is... The curriculum is cool, nothing that makes me want to keep dealing with such issues. Oh ya, then my kids teacher asked us to forward to him through the web mail option... This is NOT possible, his address is not in my address book and the school won't allow you to add any into the address book... Very poor interface, shoddy programs and nonexistent support. I would give it a 1 star but the curriculum deserves better (not 5 for sure) but enough to raise the avg from the bottom... NOT IMPRESSED!

Aug 30, 2012
Question
by: Anonymous

How long does it take for connections academy to verify your forms.

Sep 04, 2012
So Far So Good!
by: Emma

I saw a comment that said something about Connections Academy being horrible. Not to be rude, but that IS coming from a person who used a lot of exclamation marks and had a lot of misspellings. I have been enrolled; I start tomorrow (A 6th Grader at the Georgia Connections Academy) and I was withdrawn from my "Brick and mortar school" today.
I have home schooled once before (3rd grade) and since we used Calvert curriculum it was different. I had no problem with it, but my brother and I weren't motivated enough to do our daily lessons. Hopefully Connections is different.
My only problem with Connections is we have to use PC's, and although my family has enough PC's, we are more of a Mac family, thus the fact that we only have 2 old PCs.
Hope I helped!
-Emma

Oct 21, 2012
Louisiana Connections Academy
by: Jenn

If you have not homeschooled in the past, this might be a good choice for you. If you have it will not be. Here the teachers do not like homeschoolers, and like to remind you daily that they are in charge. They do not respond quickly on issues or questions with lessons and the lessons don't let you move on until you finish the assessments. They are doing nothing but teaching state testing. They drop quizzes and replace them with state testing practice that has nothing to do with the lesson that was given. They DO give you a computer, but it is not wireless, it has to be hardwired to the net or you have to buy a $40 wireless USB to make it work. You can use any computer, but if you don't have current Word programs then you will have problems getting lesson information from the teachers, they are not willing to change file format for you. Live Lessons are MANDATORY which is something I have been fighting since day one as they are bright and early when we have work and my girls can't log in. The curriculum is very good, I have only been opposed to a couple of lessons and the teacher said she would modify it for us, however it sits overdue to this day. The Louisiana History lesson has quite a few errors in important information about our state. Come to find out it was written by someone from somewhere else! We are going to pull our girls from this program. Oh and what an above poster said is true. Unless you are going on a school approved field trip you have to mark attendance and complete the work for that day. To get an absence marked excused you must have a doctors note. There is no freedom here, which is something we were used to having. The transition has not gone well.

Feb 09, 2013
Connections Academy
by: Anonymous

My 10th grader is currently enrolled in Central Ca. CA. We enrolled her in this school because she was having many health issues which caused her to have many absences last year. She started off doing very well and even got ahead in a few of her classes, with good grades. However, due to the health issues, she got behind with her lessons after about the first month. She started having to miss live lessons so that she could watch the recorded live lessons and catch up on lessons that she got behind in because she was not feeling well. Yes, they allow you to wait until the end of the semester to finish your work (but not advised) and most of her teachers were very accommodating, but it just became too much and very overwhelming for my daughter, especially since she was used to getting A's and B's prior to getting sick. She is enrolled in Honors and AP classes which understandably require more work, but eventually she was not able to keep up with the 30 lessons a week and 6 (half hour to one hour) live lessons per week. That added up to about 10-12 hours per day and maybe one day off. She worked weekends and holidays to try to catch up. She did get extensions for a couple of the classes, but it didn't help because she continues to have health issues that I am certain were exacerbated by the stress of know she was behind, getting bad grades and starting the next semester behind. She will be starting with a real homeschool based from a private Christian School with teachers that are local and are also available for one on one tutoring (in person). She will be taking the Ca. high school proficiency exam so that she can start taking college courses at her own pace (maybe part-time) next school year. I know this was not God's plan for her, we have prayed for guidance and wisdom and now know that He does not want our children to suffer to achieve worldly success. We have received three times confirmation that this next move is a better choice. Hope this helps others.

Feb 09, 2013
Curious
by: Arizona Grammy

Hi Anonymous,

So sorry to hear about your daughters health issues. Prayer is powerful, we will pray for her quick recovery.

I have been searching for a trustworthy Christian school for my granddaughter. We live in Arizona. Can you please tell me where you have your daughter attending and if they have a program here in Arizona? Is there a cost for it? Can you give me their number please?

Thank you & God bless!

Kelly

Apr 11, 2013
My daughter goes to CCA
by: Lyzee

Hi everyone,
Interesting thread here.
My 11 year old is currently enrolled in CCA (Pennsylvania's Connections academy) and loves it.
The first week was hard, because we were in the mind set of a public school, now she breezes through the work, is happy and loving school again.
All of our equipment was free.
laptop, printer, scanner etc. The books came, the workbooks, lab materials, gym and art.
We've never had a problem contacting them or the teacher if there's an issue.
We get an internet stipend twice a year (they pay us 120.00 per check to help defray the cost of the internet)
Never an issue.
Is it hard work? YES. You can't not be proactive as a parent with connections. We work from 7 am to 11 am every day and then that's it. Sometimes on weekends and take thur and Friday off. It's up to us.
As long as you're doing the required assignments in a timely matter you have no issues.

My daughter is currently on honor roll, taking Spanish (in 5th grade) and happy as a clam.

All in all, I love connections academy and will be enrolling my son as soon as he turns 5.

Have a good day!

Apr 16, 2013
Connections Academy
by: Anonymous

I am a senior this year in connections academy. I started out in middle school after getting a full ride scholarship for NACA and I have loved the program. I have been able to work full time and still do school and as far as the time guidelines I never had that? I would do all my work for a week when we went out of town or do it on the road. The hours are really flexible.

Apr 30, 2013
Connections Academy of PA Christians/Creation Beliefs
by: Anonymous

How does it work with Christians (believing in creation and not evolution) using Connections Academy? Thank you.

May 05, 2013
Connections Academy
by: Anonymous

We use Indiana Connections Academy for high school. I thought we would receive materials needed for science, but got nothing. We only received a set of earphones, a green folder, and a set of 10 envelopes which we have no use for because everything is submitted electronically. Even the textbooks are ebooks.

We qualified for a computer but they said that they were too short on funds to provide us with one.

As far as evolution goes, they realize that not everyone subscribes to Darwin's theory, but they have to teach it anyway.

May 14, 2013
Texas
by: Anonymous

I have been homeschooling my children for 4 years now. We just moved to Texas and would like someone to give me personal feed back on Virtual homeschooling in Texas. I have a hard time lately with curriculum's and I have MS so on my bad days I know they need to be working and we fall behind some. I just want to know if anyone really likes to home-school with the academy or not. And what do they really offer to help you at home.

Jun 13, 2013
CA
by: Anonymous

This year my siblings and I will be attending Michigan Connections Academy. I will be in the 10th grade. Yes,I was previously home schooled. But since
me and my siblings did take summer classes at Michigan Connections Academy while we was home schooled,we know and are use to the condition.
Well depending on your state, each connection academy is different. I have two cousins in Oklahoma who do Connections Academy and they both love it. But of course, since each state is different there school wants them do to do 36 hours a week while MICA wants 31 hours a week.
Anyway, I like how strict and none flexible Connections Academy is. Well, that's because I love challenges!

Jul 09, 2013
Connections Academy Texas
by: Anonymous

Both of my girls attend connections academy. This is my oldest daughters second time in this school, her freshman year we had to enroll her into public school and did not like that idea (certain circumstances) anyways once that was taken care of and problems arrived more and more in public school I remembered how happy she was home with me at connections academy. Very good and much improving virtual school. I am in the Orange club of this school and this also helps to promote something you so richly approve in. I would have to say Connections Academy is up there with one of the best online virtual homeschools you can find GO FOR IT

Aug 01, 2013
school
by: Anonymous

when does the school year start?

Aug 01, 2013
New School Year
by: AZ Grammy

I am not sure about other states but Arizona starts on Monday August 12th. Log into your account and you will see a scrolling bar on the top with the information for when your particular school starts.

Sep 27, 2013
Help me
by: Anonymous

I was wondering if i enrolled into this school
After the first could i leave my school right
After i get excepted into this one and how
Long does it take because my principal
Wont let me leave till after the first so i cant
Go to k-12 anymore because today was the
Last day to send everything in so i wanted
To enroll here i dont want to spend anymore days
at that school so please answer the question
Does it take a couple weeks or just like a week to enroll and get everything in????


Nov 01, 2013
Arizona Connections Academy
by: Anonymous

I've been in Arizona Connections Academy for about two months now and the way I complete my school work is really flexible. All of my teachers are really nice. They call you when you are stuck on something, and help you out. They even hold events like field trips to the zoo or fall festivals. When you e-mail the teachers they send you a message back the next day, which I think is pretty quick. I got stuck on a Social Studies portfolio Assignment and my teacher gave me a call, asked if I was having trouble, and told me a few links on google that would help me out with my research. There's not really any strict requirements, the live lessons are not required but the teachers will send you an e-mail when the live-lesson is important. They will also send an e-mail if there is something important to remember for a portfolio assignment. When you enroll they send you free supplies, like textbooks, science equipment, a computer, and a monitor. The only thing with the computer is that you have to be really careful with websites, because of viruses. For example, I have an antivirus program that lets me know when I have risks. Whenever I went to a website other than the school website, a bunch of risks like Trojan Horses and other virus listed on my program, but it quarantined and deleted all except for one, which I have to call tech-support for right now. So if you want to join connections, and get a computer, just don't watch porn or anything like that because the school does have access to see what you are doing on the internet if you are borrowing one of their computers. So, for me I rate connections 4/5 stars. you can finish school and start school anytime during the day. I usually start at 9:30 a.m. and end around 11:30 a.m. It saves a lot of time when you think about it, rather than other public schools. I hope this helped you all! :D

Nov 02, 2013
Re: Arizona Connections Academy
by: Heather (site owner)

Yes, your post is VERY helpful! Thank you so much for taking the time to help others learn more about Arizona Connections Academy. Your comments are much appreciated! Your experience will give both parents and students, a good idea of what to expect when enrolling in this program.
Blessings,
Heather :)

Nov 14, 2013
enrollment NEW
by: Anonymous

I just started the enrollment process in the MI CA and just like any normal parent who wants the best possible outcome for her kids, I called the number on the website and was surprised to hear a person on the other end and not a machine. The woman on the other end answered all of my questions with a positive attitude and did not get frustrated that I had so many questions. I am in the process now of sending in the required documents that I couldn't do online and as for now, we are starting Jan. 27th. We decided to go this route because my kids were getting bullied at school. My son even came home with a black eye and the school did nothing except "Sorry!" Thanks for nothing! I couldn't be happier to find something that I can do from home to protect them from this, and my kids couldn't be happier!

Nov 14, 2013
Re: enrollment NEW
by: Heather (site owner)

Thanks for posting positive feedback for the MI location. Congratulations on your decision to bring your children home to learn. Wishing you much success as you begin your new adventure in January!
Blessings,
Heather :)

Feb 13, 2014
Capistrano Connections Academy (CA) NEW
by: Erica

I love this school. They are not perfect, but my kids love it. Going on 6 years, my daughter is 8th grade and son is kindergarten. they go through changes often because of the growth of the school, but i have never had any problems with my kids education. I love this program because they get taught all the state standards and will not miss anything if they return to brick and mortar school. They participate with other kids and they really work with you whether you child is above or bellow in their grade. My daughter has been able to stay in gifted classes even though she has struggled at times with learning disabilities. The kids have graduations and dances and lots of fun field trips. We are a public virtual school that is state funded. And if you want, you can just add a religious unit at home on your own. They have great text books and I am always amazed at the great education and the teachers caring personality. my kids do not want to go back to public school ever. My kids study at whatever time fits them and they go at their own pace (as long as there is progress). my daughter studies with me in the evening (8-10pm) since she is a teenager and i am back in college. The best school out there and they really do care. I have recommended this school many times, and i will continue to.

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