It’s that time of year where we sit back and give thanks for the blessings in our life. As a parent, I’m very thankful for school choice.
My son, J.D., is now a high school freshman and in his seventh year with Colorado Connections Academy, an online public school that has met his individual learning needs in ways that his previous school couldn’t. He is able to work at his own pace, taking the time to learn and retain new concepts, in an environment that is conducive to his learning style. Attending a cyberschool has allowed him the time he needs to master skills he’s struggling with, and the flexibility to move ahead in areas in which he’s mastered or excels. As a parent and learning coach, I work every day with J.D.’s teachers to help him be the best student he can be. We are in constant communication with his teachers and know they are never more than a phone call, email, or online class away. The ability to work at his own pace, while using the challenging curriculum that our school offers, has made J.D. a better and happier student all-around.
I’m also very thankful because learning isn’t confined to the borders of a school building or school district. Our family has moved and travelled quite extensively over the years due to my husband’s service in the Air Force, and then his civilian career. Virtual schooling has allowed our son to continue his education without skipping a beat… he can log into his classes anytime and anywhere. He has logged into his classes from Washington State to Washington, D.C., which has enriched his academics and helped us stay close as a family. He is getting a very well-rounded education in the school that is the very best fit for him. I’m grateful for online schooling and the blessing it has been to our family.