About Connections Academy
Connections Academy, found online at ConnectionsAcademy.com, is an online public school that describes themselves as “the ideal learning environment for many students and families.”
How Does It Work?
According to their website, Connections Academy schools are tuition free online public schools for grades K through 12 offered in certain states and described as “a unique program that combines the strong parental involvement of homeschooling along with professional expertise and a flexible learning environment.”
Their website says that their school and curriculum is a great fit for students who are motivated to chart their own path, want to be part of a community, are open to working independently and in partnership, like to learn from home, and want a rigorous curriculum in order to prepare for college.
As for parents, their website that their program is best for families who are willing to keep their student motivated throughout the day, can provide support and guidance, will help monitor student progress, will organize and structure the student's day, and maintain regular contact with their child's teachers.
Connections Academy also says that they are accredited by AdvancED, which they describe as a national accreditation commission which represents 27,000 public and private schools across the United States and in 65 countries across the world. Many of the Connections Academy schools are also accredited by one or more of six regional accrediting organizations recognized by the US Department of Education.
Connections Academy says that they are a public school which operates online, and this means that their resources and curriculum are free of charge for their students. Their website does say that they do have costs for optional field trips and the replenishment of some school supplies, and some people have mentioned that these fees can range between $50 and $100 per month depending on the grade level of your child.
Because this company claims they do not charge their customers any fees for their services they do not appear to provide their customers any information regarding refunds or any sort of standard Refund Policy at this time. Concerned customers will want to contact their Customer Service team to request information about any possible policies before they submit their order.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who would like to contact Customer Service with any questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by phone at 888-410-6502 or by email at Support@ConnectionsEducation.com.
Unfortunately this school seems to have very mixed reviews at this time. Many parents and students have reported that this school assigns a significantly heavy workload to the students, but they aren’t sure that the work is really as productive and effective as it really could or should be.
Other parents and students that like this school have reported that they feel the unhappy families simply were not prepared for the responsibility of taking on a formal education in the home setting – in order to really prepare children for higher education, the workload needs to be intense and parents need to be involved in every step of the process to ensure their student is getting the support they need.
It seems like prospective customers should really take advantage of the opportunity to speak to current families involved in this program to see if it really is a manageable option for their student.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There actually are a variety of options available for parents who are interested in educating their child at home beyond Connections Academy, if you decide that this school doesn’t work for the needs of you or your child for any reason.
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