Ohio Online School FAQ:

Frequently Asked Questions About Ohio Connections Academy

Important Update

New Ohio Law Allows Charter School Students to Participate in Extracurriculars

How does the new Ohio law impact interested students?

  • It allows all community (charter) school students the opportunity to participate in many of their resident district extracurricular activities. Ohio Connections Academy is an authorized community school in the State of Ohio. ORC- Sec. 3313.537 B.1.

What extracurricular activities are included in this new law?

  • According to the new law, “extracurricular activity" is defined as a student activity program that a school or school district operates that is not included in the school district's graded course of study. The list of extracurricular activities will vary by school district and parents should check with their resident district to confirm which specific activities are offered and their student is eligible to participate in. ORC- Sec. 3313.537 A

What about interscholastic athletics?

  • Yes, the new law allows Ohio community school students the opportunity to participate in resident district sports. Students would still need to meet the eligibility and transfer law requirements defined by the Ohio High School Athletic Association along with any resident district rules. The student would then need to tryout and make the team. Ohio High School Athletic Association- http://www.ohsaa.org/default.asp

What are the guidelines for signing up?

  • The Ohio High School Athletic Association has provided official guidance on Community School students' opportunity in high school and middle school to participate in interscholastic athletics. View the guidelines for participation.

What grades does Ohio Connections Academy serve?

Ohio Connections Academy serves grades K–12.

How is Ohio Connections Academy (OCA) different from other online K–12 schools in Ohio?

Ohio Connections Academy is the one school in Ohio to offer the Connections Academy program, which is the only program of its kind to be certified nationally by AdvancED. OCA itself has also been accredited by both AdvancED and the North Central Association. Many parents who have explored other online K–12 schools in Ohio also say OCA provides more intensive teacher support and better technology tools to truly personalize the educational program for your child.

What standardized tests are required for Ohio Connections Academy students?

The Ohio legislature has implemented a requirement beginning with the 2006–07 school year that all students attending an "e-school" Internet or computer-based community (charter) school must participate in any required state standardized testing for public school students (for example, Ohio Achievement Tests in grades 3–8). Students who do not meet this requirement must be immediately withdrawn from the school, among other consequences. As is expected of all Ohio online schools, OCA will enforce this requirement.

Does Connections Academy provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?

For students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) Connections Academy provides a continuum of virtual special education services that range from consultation, curriculum accommodation and modification, collaboration with learning coaches and general education teachers, to virtual direct instruction. Connections Academy provides students with IEPs with related services that may include virtual speech language and virtual occupational therapy, as determined by the IEP team. For eligible students with disabilities who do not require special education, Connections Academy develops (as needed) and implements Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodations and modifications.

How does Ohio Connections Academy support students with disabilities?

Federal law requires Ohio Connections Academy to provide its students, regardless of disability, with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. Ohio Connections Academy is committed to providing its students with equal access to its education program. We provide students with accessibility through resources tailored to each student’s individual abilities and needs, including assistive technologies and individualized support. If your student is in need of assistance in order to fully participate in Ohio Connections Academy's education program, please contact the school's special education director at efatafehi@connectionseducation.com or the school’s 504 coordinator at rmanakkal@connectionseducation.com. You can also obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.

What technology is provided in Ohio?

By law, all students in Ohio are eligible to receive the loan of a desktop computer. Each family that requests technology also receives a subsidy for Internet access. See the Technology section of the website for details.

Are families able to request laptop computers?

Laptops are only given in extraordinary circumstances, such as disabilities that require frequent doctor visits and/or hospitalizations or military families—but not for families that just travel frequently or who feel that they have no room for a desktop computer. Families meeting these criteria may be required to provide documented support of the circumstance. Qualification for a laptop does not guarantee that one will be provided. Approval of these requests is based on available equipment.

How do I request a transcript?

Complete this form to request an official school transcript. Fax or mail this form to Ohio Connections Academy. If you have any questions, please contact us.

What makes OCA a quality choice for your child's education?

At OCA, we believe that a quality education is one that helps each student achieve his or her highest potential. Learn more about exactly what we do to bring that quality education to our students.

Has any educational organization ever evaluated the program and its curriculum?

Ohio Connections Academy school is accredited by The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED.


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