Exploring education options outside of traditional brick-and-mortar school can be unchartered territory for many parents. However, after researching and enrolling their child in virtual school, many parents realize that there is a robust support system of teachers and administrators, rigorous curriculum that prepares students for college and many forms of socialization opportunities—all of which leads them to wish they'd made this decision sooner.
A recently conducted online poll* asked currently enrolled Connections Academy parents and caretakers what they wish they'd known when considering online school, and what information they'd share with parents currently in the decision-making process. Results revealed:
Without seeing teachers face-to-face on a daily basis, some parents had initial concerns that their student wouldn't get the help they needed.
"I had some concerns about just how accessible teachers would really be to my son if/when he needed them," said Suzan M. of Indiana, whose son is enrolled in a Connections Academy school.
According to the poll, 98 percent of respondents said Connections Academy met or exceeded expectations when it came to the teacher's involvement in their student's learning.
"Turns out, the teachers are the absolute best part of the program," Suzan said. "They are dedicated, thoughtful people who return emails and phone calls in a very timely fashion. They genuinely care about my son's success and do whatever it takes to give him his best shot at learning."
Sue S. of Arizona echoed Suzan's sentiment: "The staff is super supportive and encouraging regarding my children's success," she said. "They know my children so much better than the bricks-and-mortar [school] teachers ever did. The teachers care about situations outside of the academic classroom that may impact the learning process."
"This school is perfect for my son. He has improved dramatically not only in his studies but in his overall health as well. He is more outgoing, likes to do his class work, and is more motivated to do his class work. This school is the best of the best."
"The support of the teachers has been outstanding. They are willing to try new things and help my child grow and learn at her own pace. They also value and respect my input as a parent."
"The curriculum challenges my students without being so hard that they can’t figure it out. In the end, they are prouder and have better esteem because their hard work has paid off."
"I think using the technology on a daily basis is giving my child an advantage educationally. When she leaves school and enters the workforce, she will have stronger computer skills."