Johnson earns online diploma

FORT KENT, Maine — Sam Johnson is a three-sport athlete at Fort Kent Community High School. But he hasn’t spent any of the last four years inside Fort Kent classrooms.

Johnson graduated June 7 from Maine Connections Academy (MCA), an online, tuition-free charter high school that spans the state.

After being homeschooled in grades 6 and 7, he entered MCA in eighth grade and has since attended school from home. He now plans to attend the University of Maine at Fort Kent, although he’s looking at transferring down the road to Thomas College or elsewhere.  

Johnson said adjusting to a virtual school was “a little rough at the beginning,” because “you’re learning how to teach yourself.”  But, he said, “It’s all about planning out your day. I did classes in the morning, then worked in the afternoon, then sports after that.”

Johnson is one of 51 MCA graduates.

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