NC Connections Academy helps students succeed from home


Throughout North Carolina, parents and students are enrolling in a tuition-free virtual public school program. 

It’s called North Carolina Connections Academy. 

Scholars from K-12 have the chance to learn remotely from anywhere. 

They don’t even have to attend school. 

Instead, Students receive the combination of state-certified teachers, unique electives, and technology tools throughout their academic careers. 

The focus is an individualized approach to education. 

It’s a one of a kind opportunity for the Muhammads. 

The family has been enrolled in the school since August 2015, after relocating from California to North Carolina. The children love being able to work at their own pace, have the freedom to connect with their teachers one-on-one at any time and have additional opportunities for special electives they wouldn’t be able to take in the traditional brick-and-mortar school. 

Even though the students complete their school work from home, each student is expected to begin their work in the morning and can wrap up their assignments by 12:30/1 p.m. 

Wali Muhammad is the oldest student in the program. 

“It’s easier to excel and succeed,” said Muhammad. “The support that they give me, helps me get through everything that I need to do,” said Muhammad. 

The support is equally important for Wali’s sister Scisah. 

“They’ll help me study or create a fun way for me to get past a hump,” said Scisah Muhammad. “Whenever I’m down or depressed, it’s great to have my family here with me.”

Juliet Barnes is student’s mother. She’s always over their shoulder making sure they aren’t so quick to throw in the towel. 

“The program gives us that flexibility of them knowing life and creating academic goals,” said Juliet Barnes. “We are building a solid foundation for that extra knowledge of being independent.” 

As the summer begins, the Muhammad’s are gearing up for an exciting summer. 

With trips to Las Vegas and even a trip to an amusement park!

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