Annie Christman competes in gymnastics
K12 International Academy (iCademy) 2016 graduate Annie Christman will soon be adding Division I college athlete to her list of accomplishments – the Amherst, New Hampshire, native has committed to Brown University’s gymnastics team and will compete for the Bears this fall.
Annie began gymnastics when she was just two-and-a-half years old. She trains 21 hours a week during the school year and even longer during the summer.
“Gymnastics has always been a part of my life,” Annie said.
With such a demanding schedule, Annie needed an alternative schooling option. After homeschooling since she was in 4th grade, she started taking classes at iCademy in 8th grade and transitioned there full-time in 10th grade.
“K¹² was awesome; wherever I had the internet and wherever I had my computer, I had school,” said Annie, who has traveled all over the country for meets. “I was able to learn and do homework in airports and on trains, sitting in the car, in Starbucks. I could hop on a plane to Chicago, complete an assignment in the hotel, then head to a meet. No way would this be possible with regular public school.”
Annie also appreciated the flexibility iCademy allowed her to complete her work when her schedule allowed and to work at her own pace.
“I could do homework earlier in the day, I could work over weekends, I could work ahead if something was coming up,” she said. “K12 was easily available wherever I was, because I wasn’t always home.”
Annie has qualified for the Level 10 Junior Olympic National Championships for the past four years. In addition, earlier this year she was crowned Level 10 individual state champion after grabbing wins on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise while placing second on vault.
Gymnastics isn’t the only area in which Annie has excelled, however. She maintained an unweighted 4.0 grade-point average and a weighted 4.5 GPA at iCademy, and she has completed AP classes in psychology, language composition, literature, and microeconomics. In addition, she loved utilizing Class Connects for her schoolwork, and she appreciated that her teachers were just “an email, Skype or phone call away.”
Annie has also found many opportunities to interact with other students at iCademy and engage in her online community. She was a part of the National Honor Society, where she connected with her fellow members both on and offline.
“Our online discussions were excellent; it was great to get new perspectives,” Annie said. “K12 offers so many different types of clubs, so you have many options.”
Annie’s experience at iCademy taught her how to manage her time, a skill she knows will be imperative in college.
“Time management can be tricky for some kids in college,” she said. “I didn’t have people looking over my shoulder; I had to figure out my schedule for myself. There are deadlines and there is structure. Yes, you can get things done on your own time, but you still need to remember you have a deadline. It’s not just whenever you want to do things.”
We know Annie will continue to succeed in the new chapter of her life at Brown!