Online school provides opportunity for young students to pursue passions and achieve their dreams

Madison Kenney has a passion for STEM and wants to share that enthusiasm with other young female students. STEM is often intimidating and Madison has made it her mission to work with female students to make STEM more approachable. To allow Madison to spend more time on this mission, her mother enrolled her in Connections Academy, Pearson’s Virtual Schools business for students in K12.

“I was first introduced to robotics at a Girl Scout Expo and immediately knew that this is what I wanted to do,” says Madison. “Attending Connections Academy gives me the flexibility to work with others to make STEM less intimidating without sacrificing the quality of my education.”

Madison keeps a busy schedule coaching FIRST Lego League and Seaperch, and has earned several awards for STEM excellence, including the Prudential Spirit of Community Award and the President’s Volunteer Service Award, among others.

Madison is also a full-time, dual-enrolled student at Kennesaw State University, and hopes to pursue a career as a mechatronics engineer for NASA. Madison says, “Online learning helped prepare me for college as it has made me an independent and motivated learner.”

Efficacy research shows that Connections Academy students like Madison can receive the same quality of education as that offered at their local public school, while simultaneously taking advantage of the benefits offered to them by virtual schools.

“I have the flexibility to work with others to make STEM less intimidating without sacrificing the quality of my education.”

— Madison Kenney

Pearson and Virtual Schools

Pearson delivers K12 online education to schools and students across the US and internationally. Solutions include the accredited Connections Academy, an online school programme which is delivered via full-time, online public schools. This is an option for families seeking personalised learning and a high-quality alternative to the traditional classroom. A global online private school, International Connections Academy, is also available.

This is an example of how we are designing products to have an impact on key learning outcomes and promoting education to advance the UN SDGs as part of our 2030 Sustainability Strategy. We will release a new Efficacy Report on Virtual Schools later in 2020.