My son is in 11th grade and we tried Connections Academy in Florida. He is a middle of the road student, not top of his class but a solid student…or at least he was until now. We also started the enrollment process well ahead of time and due to them losing and misplacing documents submitted he started out 86 lessons behind. Some documents we had to submit 5 times.
He was enrolled in classes that we found out later were for advanced seniors, not average 11th graders. When I complained multiple times about the ridiculous workload, and daily assignments that took days to complete I was basically told tough luck by the vice principal.
The guidance counselor looked over my son’s classes and stated he should not be enrolled in 3 of them at all and has no idea why he was placed in them. She said that enrollment was very hectic and they had to use random office personnel who weren’t familiar with the classes to finish getting students enrolled and that is probably what happened. They put him in advanced calculus even though his public school record showed the previous year he had not even taken regular calculus yet for example.
The teachers are next to impossible. I have tried to reach some of them for over a week at a time with no response. They force you to enroll in another site to submit work which adds another step to the process that is already way too much work. for example one day he was given an assignment to find a cause he was interested in, go to a rally or meeting for the cause, interview a leader in said cause, post his interview and report online, read 3 other students reports, discuss said other reports with the student who wrote it, write a report how each compared to his experience, and post his thoughts on each of those conversations. That was 1 day assignment in one class. Really ?
Every day he gets several assignments along these lines. When I complained I was told he was in the wrong classes due to their personnel making mistakes, but it could not be corrected until the end of the semester. to just “muddle through it.” Yesterday 1 assignment wants him to “file his taxes” and gives him a very complicated tax return to complete and turn in. I am 37 and I still can’t do a tax return of this magnitude and I ran my own business for years!!!