Getting a virtual education: One family considers an alternative to the classic classroom

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM.

Virtual school not only offers an array of classes, but because students are able to pace themselves, they have the freedom to take breaks when needed and work ahead when they have the time.

"If you get stuck on a math problem, you can take a break and go outside," Geoff said.

Second-grader Hunter has flown through his schooling, said Geoff.

"He gets bored, but he loves to build and create things," he said. "That's another great thing about virtual school, you get to see the kid's strengths."

Zoe and River got to share their experiences with Connections Academy recently during a panel at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) conference in Los Angeles . The sisters were chosen by Connections Academy co-founder, Mickey Revenaugh, out of thousands of students who are enrolled in 23 states.

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"It's pretty amazing," said Lisa. "And it's great to get the idea about virtual school out to other educational conferences. It helps fulfill dreams."

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