I completely agree with the first post. Connections Academy curriculum is a failure across the country. Work at your own pace does means don't fall behind by more than 1 day or be ready to hear from the school. Resource links don't work and give just a copy of a front page of a book in science. Sometimes the videos just repeat themselves if they load at all. WOLF could be great but the Connections part of the school is terrible. In what wold is adding other numbers to an existing problem to make it easier to calculate? I can only imaging how much money the creators of Connections made while exploiting students. The same couple of parents seems to try to dominate the school group activities. I understand it is a good option for school but it really needs to be less stressful for the parents that have to sift through email after email in order to be the learning coach.
North Star Online School is a public high school in Reno. The principal of North Star Online School is Katherine Hadley. 133 students attend North Star Online School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 16% of the 133 students here have subsidized lunches. Rainshadow Community Charter High School is one of the nearest high schools.
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A fantastic idea with great staff. Unfortunately that is where the pros stop. This school offers Connections Academy curriculum which appears to be a failure across the country with some schools reporting 3-1 failure rates when compared to brick and mortar school. Work at your own pace means don't fall behind by more than 1 day or be ready to hear from the school (not your own pace at all). Resource links give 404 errors (site no longer exists). It is a lot of keep busy work with little BrainPop videos for instruction. Sometimes the videos just repeat themselves nothing new or original often leads to boredom... Again WOLF could be the greatest school in the area but the curriculum they are now offering is pretty poorly constructed for the students but it did make Pearson (who owns connections) $190 million in 2011 alone. Even more alarming this is the 3rd curriculum provider for WOLF in 5 years this makes it very difficult to follow a year on year plan measure progress and almost impossible to "hit your stride". I think this school would be much better off if they got their own IT consultants and let the teacher build their own curriculum. This is my last year...