Oregon Online School Frequently Asked Questions

What is Oregon Connections Academy?

Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA) is an online school in Oregon authorized by Scio School District 95C. ORCA began serving students throughout Oregon in September 2005.

What grades does ORCA serve?

ORCA serves students in grades K–12.

Will ORCA students receive a computer?

Please refer to our technology section for details on availability.

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

For students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) Connections Academy works with its sponsor (Scio School District) to provide 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. Scio School District provides Oregon online school 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 Oregon Connections Academy support students with disabilities?

Federal law requires Oregon Connections Academy to provide its students, regardless of disability, with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. Oregon 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 Oregon Connections Academy's education program, please contact the school's interim special education director at kharrishermann@connectionseducation.com or the school’s 504 coordinator at tsmith@connectionseducation.com. You can also obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.

How do I request a transcript?

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

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

At ORCA, 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?

Oregon Connections Academy school is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED.


Do you have other questions about Connections Academy? Read additional Connections Academy FAQs.