Coming to a new country isn't easy, especially when you don't know the language. Choosing the right school district for your family when you arrive can feel like an impossible task. After moving to Minnesota in December 2021 from Colombia, Luna Lozano’s parents were unsure if they would find a school district that could offer their family the help Luna needed to excel.
“My husband and I were looking for a school that could give Luna the best education in Minnesota when we moved here,” said Luna's mother, Giuliana Lozano. ”We had heard that the Minnetonka School District had some of the best academics in the state, best teachers and a 98 percent graduation rate. Tonka Online was also one of the reasons we chose Minnetonka Schools, as we heard it was a high quality online learning program.”
Tonka Online, an exceptional e-learning experience available to students in grades K-12, is a fully online program that allows students anywhere in Minnesota to have access to the same highly qualified teachers and innovative curriculum that the Minnetonka Public School District is known for providing.
“In the beginning, we were afraid that our daughter would not learn the language while attending an online school,” Lozano said. “Some people told us that if she wanted to learn a language she needed to learn in person, but Tonka Online is giving her all the support she needs to succeed.”
Luna started 8th grade in Tonka Online this fall. In just three months, her English skills and confidence have blossomed.
"When we talk to her, she uses concepts learned in class, her vocabulary has expanded, she feels more confident and, most importantly, she is happy to connect the next day online with her teachers. In her previous school, she did not have the opportunity to participate in class, the size of the classes were huge and she was sitting in the back of the classroom having other students help her with the language.”
Luna’s parents are proud of how far she has come in the program and plan to continue with Tonka Online through graduation.
“I highly recommend Tonka Online. The teachers are amazing, and they make the class super interesting and dynamic. My daughter is receiving the best education, the best teachers, the best support and all this from our home!”
To learn more about Tonka Online or to begin the enrollment process for the 2023-24 school year, visit https://www.minnetonkaschools.org/academics/specialty-programs/tonka-online.