Thinking of a new schooling option for 2018-19, perhaps schooling at home? A Wisconsin Connections Academy student, Megan, explains why she loves going to school online and why this might be the right fit for you.
Hi! My name is Megan. You might be wondering why I’d choose to school at home after schooling in a traditional setting. You might also be wondering what a typical day is like attending Wisconsin Connections Academy. I want to share with you my experiences as a virtual school student at Wisconsin Connections Academy.
At the end of the summer, my family prepares for the school year by going to bed and waking up earlier. Even though most of the things we need, such as textbooks, a computer, and art supplies are delivered to our home, we still go shopping for school supplies! We purchase things that students in traditional schools might buy, like a new notebook for math. This year I even picked up some fun colored-lined paper to use for my school work. The first day of school is a big day in virtual schooling just like it is in a traditional school. On the first day of school, I get up and get ready just like any other student as I have my school pictures for my school ID. While getting dressed up and traveling isn’t always fun, it is worth it because I have the opportunity to meet my teachers and classmates. This helps me put a face to a name and make a connection! Once this day is over, it is back home for a more typical school day.
A typical day for me does vary quite a bit. I like to sleep in as long as possible, but my mom wakes me up early. We usually compromise and get things going around 8:30 a.m. This flexibility allows us to do some family things like a morning devotional each day. As I get started, I have the choice as to which class I will work on first. Typically I like to choose the most challenging subject and then move onto something easier. My school day is laid out for me with a lesson for each class. I log into the school’s Learning Management System, bring up my lessons, and get started. The neat thing is that if I understand the topic I may be able to complete it in 30 minutes and then I can move onto the next subject. Of course, this also works when I need more time which for me is typically math. Instead of missing concepts or falling behind, I take the extra time to really understand the topic. When I am really stuck, I work with my parents or ask my teachers for help. I also like how the homework is built into the lessons so I don’t have to spend hours later in the evening doing homework. Some days are tougher than others, but the flexibility of setting up the day around my personal schedule is awesome. It allows for me to participate in a number of local groups.
To someone on the outside, you might be worried that a typical day wouldn’t provide much social interaction. This has never been a problem for me. My family participates in local groups through our community and church. This allows me to participate in art, music lessons, swimming, gym class, and Bible quizzing. Before Wisconsin Connections Academy I couldn’t do all of these activities because I’d have homework in the evenings. Now, I get to choose when to get my work done each day. I can even work ahead so I have some free time the next day. Our family has even taken different trips during the school week! I love that I can do my lessons in the car or while visiting family. WCA offers me great opportunities for socialization.
Each day, at the middle school level, I have two choices to attend a live virtual class with my classmates. During these classes, I learn more about the topics in my lessons and get guidance with upcoming papers and tests. It is fun as I get a chance to talk with my classmates who I’ve met at the Welcome Back event or on field trips. Speaking of field trips, we have amazing trips all around the state. I’ve been all over, but my favorite trip was to a water park where I got to hang out with classmates and go down the water slides!
School isn’t always easy and the lessons can challenging, but the teachers at WCA are always there to help. The other key to success is my mom who is my Learning Coach. She is around to help me and gives me guidance (or a push) to get things done when needed. Another benefit to schooling at home is having my cat around. When I’m stressed my cat warms me up while I’m solving math problems or writing a paper.
WCA ends the school year with a big event at Bay Beach. We have a meal, participate in an 8th grade graduation ceremony, and go on rides with teachers and friends. I know WCA is the right fit for me and if you are thinking about making a change then you should give it a try. It would be great to have you as a classmate!
To consider Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA) as an option for the upcoming school year, you must apply during Wisconsin’s open enrollment period which closes at 4pm on April 30, 2018. Learn more at www.ConnectionsAcademy.com/WCA.
Learn more about the school here:
Wisconsin Connections Academy – A Virtual School Tour