Tuition-free Ohio Online School from Home

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Learn more about Ohio Connections Academy

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

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 meetings are open to the public. Please review our scheduled meeting dates, agendas, and information on how to attend a meeting or 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.

Staff, Community, Curriculum

With a caring staff, an outstanding curriculum, and a vibrant school community, Ohio Connections Academy is a leading online school in Ohio.

Marie Hanna, Executive Director
Principle Marie Hanna portrait

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 students currently. She is also proud of the school's academic achievement. OCA was an "Excellent" rated school in 2010 and has earned "Effective" ratings in both 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

Administration and Staff

Superintendent Marie Hanna leads a dedicated staff that includes:

  • State-certified teachers, all of whom are highly qualified.
  • Full-time licensed school counselors.
  • A team of Special Education administrators and teachers.
  • Talented support staff.

Our staff can be reached by phone or e-mail.


Ohio Connections Academy isn’t simply an online school. It’s a supportive community of:

  • Students of varying backgrounds, strengths, and challenges.
  • Parents and Learning Coaches dedicated to their students’ education.
  • Community Coordinators who bring it all together with field trips and social activities.


The OCA curriculum is designed by national education experts and customized to meet the specific standards of the Ohio Department of Education.  Bringing together the best in print and online resources with Connections Academy proprietary instructional tools, the OCA curriculum is designed to engage students of every level, at every level. Our goal is simple:  To ensure that all students have the resources to succeed.