Texas Connections Academy @ Houston

Tba, Houston, TX 77002 | (888) 816-5750
  • Grades: KG-12
  • Student Enrollment: 1,000
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4 out of 5 | 6 Reviews
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School Description

Texas Connections Academy @ Houston provides a new form of public school students can attend from home.

This unique program combines

·         the expertise and accountability of publicly funded education,

·         strong parental involvement,

·         and the flexibility of online classes.

Tuition-free Public School for Grades 3–8

Texas Connections Academy @ Houston serves students in grades 3–8 from anywhere in Texas, and is provided in partnership with the Houston Independent School District (HISD) under the terms of the Texas Electronic Course Pilot (eCP).

Parents pay no tuition for students to attend Texas Connections Academy @ Houston. Students are considered to be enrolled in a public school.

Materials Provided by the School

·         Texas-certified teachers,

·         textbooks and other curriculum materials,

·         online resources, such as movies and encyclopedias,

·         and a loaned computer and subsidy for Internet service.

 

Connections Academy is accredited by The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 1,000
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 45.0
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 22.2
Source: TX Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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6 reviews for Texas Connections Academy @ Houston

  • Reviewed by Parent or Guardian on May 06, 2011
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • This is our second year with Texas Connections Academy. I really feel that whoever left that negative review did not even try to succeed. In the last 2 years, we have had wonderful curriculum, teachers and success in the program. The teachers are available immediately to help the students, all you have to do is call or email. They regularly have live lessons with students each week. My daughter went from barely passing public school and spending 6 hours each night studying. Now she spends about 6 hours a day on school and has carried a straight A average for the entire 2 years. She is in 9th grade and was recently one of 18 students accepted into the Junior Honor's Society. The curriculum is much harder than public school, but she finally understands it thanks to lots of videos and detailed curriculum. They do appropriately link to great programs like Discovery Channel's educational curriculum, but it is in the lessons exactly where it applies. I have access to all the learning resources I need to help my daughter succeed, including extra worksheets and answers. We regularly participate in monthly field trips in the area and have met a lot of other great TCAH families all having similar success. Finally there is a free public school that values teachers and treats parents as a partner for your child's success! It does take your involvement as a parent, it isn't a babysitter, but it is the best program you can ever put your child in if you want them to actually retain what they learn.
  • Reviewed by Community Member on October 08, 2010
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • To the parent who recently withdrew their child from TCAH, how easy was the withdrawal process and sending back all of your books, etc.? I have a friend whose child is extremely unhappy with this program and struggling to get all of the assignments done on time. She is spending a lot more time doing this public homeschool program than she did in regular public school. My friend would like to stick with traditional homeschooling instead, like you have chosen to do. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on October 03, 2010
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • We tried this for a few days & had to withdraw. The online learning system is poorly constructed--because they use outside links, the data contained in the links often did NOT match up with what they were trying to teach, and when it came time for the last-page assessment, who knew which of the sets of data they were going to use? (As it turned out, in the most egregious example, they made up yet ANOTHER set of data for their own answers.)
    The enrollment process was easy & pleasant, for the most part. Their online learning tracker needs to be tweaked--it was marking things INCOMPLETE & sending out warnings for things that (per their own instructions) couldn't be completed until the end of the week (and worst of all, the "teacher" my son had just encouraging us to LIE & "make it turn green".....)
    The final straw was blatant AWFUL misspellings in the beginning-of-year benchmark test--"Pizza's" does not mean more than one pizza, and "cerial" is not a breakfast food. I was unwilling to give my child this test, seeing as the creators couldn't even spell simple words correctly, and so we withdrew.

    The workload was boring, and lots of busy work. I can (and do) do better at home by myself, with curricula I choose & find superior, so we were done, and back to true homeschooling.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on September 04, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • This is the best thing yet! My son has excelled with all the advanced technology and one on one attention! It is JUST like going to school, except no traffic, and no problems like what can occur at the traditional brick and mortar building. My son is going to be so much more prepared for college than his peers, and he is learning such responsibility. This school uses audio, video, and other tools to ensure complete success. If the parent is serious about ensuring their students education, this is definitely the way to go. We are focused and excelling quickly! See you at college!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on August 18, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • This is our first year with Connections. We have one in each school. This should be exciting!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on October 14, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • This is my daughter's first year at Texas Connections Academy. She just started the 3rd grade and is part of the gifted and talented program. She loves it! I love it! As a parent, I love the ability to know what she is learning and how she is learning. If I see her struggling, I can assist her better than if she was struggling in a traditional classroom. She can spend more time learning from lessons that interest her more as well. Her teacher is great! She is very experienced and is very motivated to help whenever we need it. There are tons of extra activities and clubs to keep my daughter entertained. Overall, this is a great program!

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