Eligibility Requirements

You must meet specific state and program requirements to attend Ohio Connections Academy, an online school in Ohio. Student eligibility requirements in Ohio are determined by the Ohio Council of Community Schools, which is the authorizing body for Ohio Connections Academy. Before enrolling, review the following eligibility requirements carefully to determine whether your student(s) is eligible to participate in grades K–12. Ohio Connections Academy does not accept students who are currently expelled from their local school or district.

Age Limitations

  • Kindergarten: Any student enrolling in kindergarten must be five (5) years old on or before September 30 in the school year in which they are enrolling.
  • First Grade: Any student enrolling in first grade must be six (6) years old on or before September 30 in the school year in which they are enrolling.

Required Documents

A copy of one of the following documents must be provided for every student to verify age eligibility. To avoid unnecessary delays, provide a copy of this document along with your enrollment documents.

  • Official birth certificate
  • Passport

Geographical Limitations

You must reside in the state of Ohio and provide acceptable proof of residency to be eligible for enrollment in Ohio Connections Academy.

Required Documents

A copy of one of the following documents must be provided to verify your legal residence. If you do not have any of these documents, please contact the Enrollment Team to discuss acceptable alternatives.

  • Gas, electric, water, garbage/trash, cable, Internet, or land line telephone bill from the last 90 days that includes your name and service address
  • Mortgage statement from the last 60 days or signed lease agreement
  • Property tax statement
  • Voter registration card

Any of the following are also acceptable if dated within the past 60 days:

  • Rent receipt
  • Bank statement
  • Payroll stub
  • Letter from a government agency


All Ohio Connections Academy students must provide evidence of their immunizations on either a State of Ohio official immunization form or the Connections Academy Immunization form. These forms must be stamped or signed by a health care provider.

Ohio allows for medical, personal or religious exemptions, however medical exemptions must be signed by a health care provider. Please use the Connections Academy Immunization/Exemption form if requesting an exemption.

Required Documents

See the Ohio school immunization requirements.

Prior Public Schooling Limitations

All students who have previously attended public, private, or home school are eligible to enroll. Students who are currently expelled from an Ohio public school are not eligible to enroll.

State Testing Scores

State test scores are required for students going into grades 4–9 or 11–12 who were in an Ohio public school for the previous school year.

Other Documentation

You may need to provide additional documentation if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • Custody order: If your legal guardianship is determined by a court order, please submit a copy of the order.
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