About Ohio Connections Academy Virtual School

Ohio Connections Academy (OCA), a tuition-free K–12 public virtual school that students attend from home, brings a fully accredited public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Ohio. Connections Academy is the only statewide Ohio virtual academy rated Excellent in 2010 by the Ohio Department of Education.

Learn More About Our K–12 Ohio Virtual Academy

At Ohio Connections Academy, a virtual school in Ohio, our students experience a quality education through the power of online learning.

Authorized by the Ohio Council of Community Schools

Authorized under state law by the Ohio Council of Community Schools, Ohio Connections Academy is a nonprofit corporation operating through a contract with Connections Academy of Ohio, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services. The school is governed by an independent board of directors, and all board meetings are open to the public. Please review our scheduled meeting dates, agendas, and information on how to attend a meeting or to make a request for public records.

The school prepares an annual report in accordance with state regulation. A copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the school.

The School Experience

Our Ohio virtual schools share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. Ohio Connections Academy’s full-time virtual school program helps students build on their individual strengths and interests in a setting that is both safe and connected to a larger community.

Below are a few of the driving forces behind this unique approach:

Free Education, Outstanding Curriculum

At OCA, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our virtual school classes meet and exceed all national and state standards while also integrating the best texts, materials, and resources available to create a curriculum that keeps online students engaged in new and creative ways.

Exceptional Teachers

The teachers are the foundation of the K–12 Ohio virtual academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in Ohio because they care about kids and believe that personalized one-on-one instruction really works.

Individual Attention

Each and every student in our Ohio virtual schools has unique abilities, and all students perform better when they receive individual attention in a nurturing learning environment. These guiding principles are the foundation of Connections Academy’s Personalized Performance Learning® approach. Using this method, our online teachers get to know the learning style, skills, and interests of each student so they can give every student the best opportunity to excel. This approach also allows students to accelerate learning in areas of strength or receive extra attention in areas of weakness.

Parent-Supported Learning

When parents take an active role in education, students prosper. As Learning Coaches, parents can be closely involved in their children’s daily education. They’re able to see real progress every day and work with dedicated teachers to keep their students on track. Parents say this involvement is one of the most gratifying aspects of the Ohio virtual school program.

Easy-to-Use Technology

Connections Academy’s user-friendly system, Connexus®, lets students access a welcoming and collaborative learning experience anywhere they have an Internet connection. Parents love how easy it is to schedule lessons and access grades, too!

Socialization, Community, and Friendships

Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Even in a virtual setting, students meet regularly in online LiveLesson® sessions and have opportunities to share ideas, compare experiences, and have fun learning together. There are even chances to attend in-person gatherings, activities, and field trips. And the flexibility of the program allows plenty of opportunities for students to pursue and explore other extracurricular activities outside of Ohio Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!

Marie Hanna

Meet the Executive Director

Marie Hanna

Marie Hanna has been with Ohio Connections Academy (OCA) since 2005. She started her career at OCA as an assistant principal and is now the executive director of the school. She is proud of the growth of the school—from a few hundred students to over 3,000. She is also proud of the school's academic achievement. OCA was an "Excellent" rated school in 2010 and earned "Effective" ratings in 2011 and in 2012—the only statewide e-school to have achieved that level of performance.

Ms. Hanna says, "I love working here at OCA. None of our achievements would have been possible without our wonderful staff and supportive families. We provide the best virtual education in Ohio. We are constantly working to improve our instruction to our students. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to serve our families."


  • Bachelor of science in elementary education from University of Minnesota at Duluth
  • Master of education from Xavier University
  • Ohio certified principal and superintendent license