Parents decide to educate their children at home for
many reasons, but now more homeschool families than ever before are
making the switch to
online school. Families tell us
this change yields significant benefits for children and parents alike. If you
haven't yet made this change, you'll find it is well worth considering when you
see these top reasons why former homeschoolers say they are thrilled with the
results of making the easy transition to online school.|
1. Reduced Stress
The responsibilities of a homeschooling
parent can be demanding. When combined with an active lifestyle, the
requirements can overwhelm some families.
Online school frees parents from many of
the time-consuming "administrative" details, while still enabling them to be
involved in their children's education on a daily basis.
Homeschooler Cherie Rudesill found online
school provided the relief she was seeking:
"With five children, the amount of
time and energy that I needed to keep records, plan, and teach grew with each
passing year. Since enrolling in Connections Academy, I feel as though a weight
has been lifted off of my shoulders. All of the planning is done for me. The
curriculum is well written and engaging,"
she reports. "My youngest daughter is thrilled when her papers are returned
and covered with colorful stickers and positive, helpful comments. The children
are very motivated to do well and love the encouraging feedback. Teachers are
literally just a phone call away and are very happy to help whenever needed."
2. Proven Academics
It can be time-consuming—and expensive—to
design or locate a program of study that provides a complete, high quality
education. With an accredited and
reputable online school, the curriculum
must meet state standards, and it may also be free! Many parents who have
switched to online school say the strong curriculum was a major deciding factor.
Naomi Moore had been homeschooling for
over ten years when she enrolled her daughter with Connections Academy:
"Previously, I used various curricula
and always wondered if my children were getting the right thing at the right
time," she explains. "Now, since enrolling my daughter in Connections
Academy, I feel as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I am
confident that she is getting a thorough public school curriculum, and yet it is
customized to meet her strengths and work on her weaknesses."
3. Planning for the Future
A family's switch to online learning can
also be prompted by students starting middle school or high school—and wanting
to be sure they are prepared for college or career. In addition to a wide
variety of core courses, many online schools also offer college preparatory
options such as gifted and advanced courses. Career Technical Education courses,
which give students the opportunity to explore career choices while gaining
valuable workforce skills, may also be available. A transcript that includes
challenging coursework from an
accredited online school can enhance a
student's chances of college acceptance.
Doug and Lynn MacDonald homeschooled their
son Brad successfully through seventh grade, but when it was time to start
preparing their son for college, they turned to Connections Academy:
"When we began thinking about a high
school, we knew we wanted Brad to experience the challenges of different
teaching styles and expectations to prepare him for college. As an online school
student, Brad has shown us that he's a self-starter. He manages his own
schedule, holds himself accountable, and really strives to be an 'A' student,"
4. Dedicated Educators
While many families excel at educating
their children at home, some parents question their own teaching abilities—or
wish they had a safety net! With a
quality online school certified teachers
instruct and evaluate students and are available to answer questions and provide
support to both parents and students regularly.
The Dieneman family homeschooled daughter
Emily for two years before enrolling at Connections Academy once Emily reached
middle school and they told us:
"The older Emily gets, the harder it
is to explain things to her! Having access to teachers is a total plus for this
family! The LiveLesson® online classroom sessions are her favorite part of the
With so many powerful perks and the
ability to continue the lifestyle benefits of educating their children at home,
it's not surprising how many homeschool families are embracing online schooling!
To learn more about
Connections Academy, a premier
online school serving students in grades K–12,
request a free program guide now.
Connections Academy offers tuition-free online public schools in many
states and a tuition-based national online private school.
Check the school options available in your state.
Hurry, the new online school year is starting—get all the details you will need
attending an information session
either online or at a location in your area as soon as possible!
You should also
start the enrollment process now
as you continue to learn more, so you can be prepared to start as close to the
first day of school as possible!
Connections Academy's accredited
- USDLA's Top Award of the 21st Century Award for Best
Practices in Distance Learning Programming, 2011
- Four BESSIE Awards for Exemplary Educational Software,
- Three EDDIE Awards, AEP Award, for Curriculum Excellence,
- Three BESSIE Awards for Exemplary Educational Software, 2012
- BESSIE Award for Best Math Website, 2011
- EDDIE Award for Best High School Chemistry Site, 2011
What Parents Say:
Each year, Connections Academy asks parents to "grade" the school by completing
an anonymous survey, and year after year, parents give Connections Academy high
marks! The most
- 96% of parents agree that the curriculum in high quality
- 95% of parents are satisfied with teachers' helpfulness
- 94% of parents agree their children are satisfied with the
"The curriculum of Connections Academy is the highlight for me. I had
homeschooled my son in the first grade, I had to set up the curriculum
myself—which took a lot of time—and I wasn't entirely confident. Connections
Academy provides a clear expectation of the daily schedule and upcoming lessons.
I also enjoy that the materials, books, etc., are all high quality!"
~ Sandra, Connections Academy parent
"Socialization is a big part of Connections Academy. There are a lot of
field trips and social gatherings for families to take part in. There is
also a message board for parents to keep in touch, ask questions, or offer
suggestions to one another. My daughter works very hard and receives so much
support from teachers, parents, and peers. She is a happy child and loves
this school. My entire family is so grateful to have found Connections Academy."
~ Lori, Connections Academy parent
"We wanted to homeschool our children but had no idea where to start. I
looked at the online schools and decided to enroll in Connections Academy. I
have been so pleased with the progress my daughter has made. Her teacher
has been amazing. I love that I have a support system to turn to when I have
questions and that I am not just out there on my own somewhere, trying to
figure everything out as we go along."
~ Natalie, Connections Academy parent
About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider
of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for
students in grades K–12. Through tuition-free public
schools, full-time and part-time private school programs,
and turnkey online courses for brick and mortar schools,
Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized
education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to
experience our online learning community from anywhere. The
combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum,
technology tools, and community experiences creates a
supportive and successful online learning opportunity for
families and children who want an individualized approach to
education. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12,
though some public school programs do not offer all grades.
Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education,
LLC. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit
To see if Connections Academy is right for you, view the
program guide online or
request your own copy now!
Connections Academy online school options available in
your state now!