I know in our state, the legalities surrounding what age mandatory enrollment begins will effect what grade you can put younger kids into. K and 1 students cannot be innitially enrolled into higher grades, or start at younger ages. The law is very specific. Connections Academy works around that by technically enrolling the students in the right grade, but allowing them to take more advanced classes. The school staff from state to state are more or less accommodating about this. In our state, they are happy to bump a child up in one (maybe 2 if you really push) subjects upon enrollment, based entirely on the parent's opinion of their students' abilities. If you want your student doing advanced work in multiple subjects you have two choices. 1) Let them do the regular work. After a week or two, describe how bored or frustrated with the "baby work" your student is - to the teacher. Ask for them to recommend the student into advanced work. If the student's grades are good, they will likely be happy to do so. 2) Discuss this with your school ahead of time, as some would rather you take option 1. My dd is just working through the regular work very quickly in a couple subjects. When she finishes the year of work, they will enroll her in the courses for the next grade up. They can do that up until High School. In high school, you're stuck with option 1 or 3. 3) Let your student have fun doing more than expected on the assignments so they aren't too frustrated by the simplicity. If your student has high grades, there should be an automatic option to choose advanced classes instead of standard ones for the following year.
We've finally started our year at Connections, too. I was really nervous. The parents on the national message boards have a lot of horror stories about their first few weeks. 14hr days, everyone in tears, the word "overwhelmed" is used in like every sentence! Now, I can kind of wrap my mind around it getting that bad I guess. If the parents were really unprepared (like, didn't read or watch any of the many hours worth of orientation materials available), the students were really resistant, and the family had lots of control issues and poor communication. And those criteria aren't all that uncommon, really. My kids are having a BLAST with the material though. It's very interactive and dynamic. We've had a couple rough spots but I just had the kids call their teachers for help. The teachers expressed that families don't come to them enough and were appreciative of the chance to help and very supportive.