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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 Students who do not meet this requirement must be immediately withdrawn from the school, among other consequences.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
firstname.lastname@example.org or the school’s 504 coordinator at email@example.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?
form to request an official school transcript. Fax or mail this form to Ohio Connections Academy. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Can my student earn college credits at OCA?
Students at OCA have many opportunities to prepare for the college experience. Learn about OCA's College Board-approved Advanced Placement courses and College Credit Plus program.
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.
How many hours per week will students attend Ohio Connections Academy?
- For students enrolled in grades K–8 the Learning Coach is required to
administer and record 26 education/attendance hours per week.
- For students enrolled in grades 9–12 the Learning Coach is required to
administer and record 28 education/attendance hours per week.
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