Liz Baker, Parent
When Liz Baker decided that her son, Carson, needed something different, she turned to Connections Academy. “We chose Connections Academy because it allowed us to streamline Carson’s day to give him more time for daily tennis practice and a more flexible schedule to travel for national tennis tournaments.”
Liz was unsure about switching to an online school. She wasn’t sure how her son would adjust to the new learning environment or how the academic portion of his day would compare to the traditional bricks-and-mortar schools she was familiar with. But having a child with the passion, dedication, and mental focus to forge his own path in life helped the Baker family take that first step and look around for a better school fit for him.
“I was unsure if I would have enough time in my daily schedule to be Carson’s Learning Coach since I work full time from home,” said Liz. “But after the first few weeks of assisting him, I found that he was able to navigate smoothly through the online program on his own without much assistance from me.”
Carson has excelled both in his sport and academically. “After the first year of Connections Academy, Carson’s test scores proved he was scoring similar to previous years at a bricks-and-mortar school that was ranked #2 in South Carolina.
I love the flexibility that Carson has to become a professional tennis player while still obtaining a great education. I also love that Carson’s day is maximized; there is very little wasted time in the day, which is something you find with bricks-and-mortar schools. He is able to play tennis four hours a day plus do one hour of fitness. He can do all of his schoolwork and still have an evening of family time. Before Connections Academy he would have to study each night until he nearly fell asleep.”
And the Bakers are seeing benefits beyond just academics. Carson is discovering how he learns best and is finding new ways to apply himself to his goals. “In addition to providing academic instruction, Connections Academy also teaches Carson executive functioning skills that students do not learn in the bricks-and-mortar schools,” said Liz. “He knows that he has to stay on course in order to finish the semester on time.
“Connections Academy has so many different ways of how to learn the material. Our son is able to spend time studying in the way that works best for him, rather than learning the way the rest of the classroom is learning.”
Liz and Carson are so happy with their Connections Academy education that she wants to share her story with everyone she meets who could benefit from online learning.
“I am continuously recommending Connections Academy to other families," she said. “It is great for students who need the additional time for other interests like sports and music, as well as for students simply looking for the new wave in education. Our world is becoming more and more efficient. Connections Academy is providing such efficiency in the school system. After we saw how great it was for our son, we enrolled our daughter the following year.”