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SPARKS, NV 89434
School Information
  • School Rating: 1
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 12th Grade
  • District: State-sponsored Charter Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 33:1
  • Students/Grade: 123.1
  • Number Students: 1600
  • Number Teachers: 45
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Mr Steve Werlein
  • ESL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (1078 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5

    School Reviews (45 Reviews)
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    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "Yes, the teachers are generally very nice. But the quality of Connection Academy lessons in general is not very great. Especially for elective classes that are not part of your individual state and instead are part of International Connections Academy. These include many electives and most (if not all) AP courses. I've taken a few AP courses. The English ones are crazy hard, often requiring an essay every other day or more. The AP math and social studies curriculum I believe poorly prepares you for the exam because it does not fully explain concepts, and then expects you to take an assessment on it when you mostly only know basic definitions. The only thing that made AP Calc bearable was my excellent teacher. Many of the technology courses I took were a joke; you could easily learn the same thing and much more by watching youtube tutorials. My homeroom teachers, who are supposed to answer questions about curriculum and courses, were basically useless if I had a question on what course they thought was better for me to take. If you don't live in a big city, you can forget about field trips. They're infrequent, often lame, or require too long of a drive. Friends you actually see in real life are very difficult to make. Sure, I've had loads of email friends, but it's no substitute for an actual social life. Sometimes questions written on tests/assessments are poorly worded, don't fit the lesson they're in, or have a wrong answer. Basically the two good things about this school are the teachers (although I have had a couple not-so-good ones) and the relative flexibility. You can work whenever, while in your PJs if you want to, don't have to ask someone to go to the bathroom, and you don't get docked for late work, which is good, because expect to fall behind frequently.There are lots of clubs, but good luck trying to participate when you're loaded down with lessons and essays and tests and don't have time for them. The Connections Academy workload is crazy."
    Topic: Academics | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "I've already discussed this in other questions, but I'll expand more. Core courses are average. Not bad, not great. Foreign Languages courses are not effective because they don't make you speak that often, so you don't really get comfortable speaking aloud. I took 3 years of french, but can barely speak it. Technology courses are a waste; just watch youtube tutorials. Electives are hit and miss, but usually miss. Sometimes information in lessons and/or textbooks is outdated. Oh that's another thing: they frequently don't give you the actual textbook, so if you want to study, you have to do it in front of the computer and use the online textbook. So no spur-of-the-moment studying after dinner after you've already shut the computer down. Sometimes the links don't work in lessons because they go to websites that have changed or moved. The workload is crazy; I'm frequently behind and have to work weekends and during vacation."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "Almost every one of my teachers was nice. That hasn't been a problem. However, sometimes teacher communication can be a bit lacking. I've asked a teacher for help before (through email because it's an online school), but have waited days to hear back, and sometimes the reply is not satisfactory and I end up looking for help from parents and/or the internet. Most of the time, teacher grading is pretty quick, but during testing periods like April and May, it can be downright horrendous. I've waited almost a month once to get a grade on an essay because the teachers were so backed up. And sometimes teacher feedback on essays can be a bit lacking. Just because you got an A doesn't mean you just want to see "Good job." Connections Academy has the teachers teach multiple classes, which sometimes means handling hundreds of students, in addition to proctoring any exams like the HSPEs/EOCs and ACT. This is not the fault of the teachers, but the students suffer. During these periods, it could take a week for a teacher to get back to you, and LiveLesson sessions are often canceled. LiveLessons are the only place where students can interact live with both the teacher and other students (weekly for core courses, usually less for electives), and is usually the best part of a course. Of course, this is the bad stuff. There is good stuff as well. All of my teachers were nice, though one was a bit intimidating (which made it harder to ask for help). They are usually very open to helping you out, either through email, phone, or a one-on-one LiveLesson. The best teachers are the ones who spend LiveLessons really going through the concepts of the material you're learning so you really understand, and do it in such a way that it's fun. My math and history teachers especially seemed to love the subject they taught, which meant good teaching. It's pretty easy to develop some sort of relationship with your core teachers if you frequently attend LiveLessons and participate during them."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-08-01
    "The teachers are constantly going out of their way to make sure each and every individual student understand the material. They are friendly, organized, and very good at making their content relatable and engaging as we review the materials we learn on our own."
    Topic: Academics | Rating:
    Posted 2016-08-01
    "The curriculum of the advanced classes were perfectly informative and challenging, however, it is only taught through the book and not many other varieties of other learning methods. Another issue that has occurred as I learned in this program was that the curriculum was not organized well at all. In my AP Biology class,for example, I had to cram four hours worth of studying and reading the textbook every other day in order to get all of the complex information required to pass the frequent quizzes."
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