Why So Many Homeschoolers Use Online School Now

Why So Many Homeschoolers
Use Online School Now

August 19, 2013
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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,” Lynn says.

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 school week!”

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 by 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 AWARD-WINNING Program:


  • USDLA‘s Top Award of the 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming, 2011
  • Four BESSIE Awards for Exemplary Educational Software, 2013
  • Three EDDIE Awards, AEP Award, for Curriculum Excellence, 2012
  • 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 recent results show that:


  • 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 program


“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 www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.

To see if Connections Academy is right for you, view the new program guide online or request your own copy now!

Find the Connections Academy online school options available in your state now!