Oregon Online School from Home

Opened in August 2005, Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA) is a tuition-free, K–12 online public school in Oregon that students attend from home. ORCA brings a fully accredited public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in the state.

Learn More about Oregon Connections Academy

Teachers, parents and students of our online school in Oregon explain what type of students thrive at Oregon Connections Academy, the benefits of attending public school online and how schedule flexibility allows for a more inclusive and individualized learning process.

Authorized by the Santiam Canyon School District

Oregon Connections Academy is authorized under state law by the Santiam Canyon School District. The authorizing representative for this school is Todd Miller, who can be reached via email at todd.miller@santiam.k12.or.us. The school is operated by Oregon Connections Academy, a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with Connections Academy of Oregon, 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 make a request for public records.

The School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. Oregon Connections Academy’s full-time online 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 ORCA, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our online 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 students engaged in new and creative ways.

Exceptional Teachers

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

Individual Attention

Each and every student 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, 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 online 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 Oregon Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!

ORCA Director Ms Farthing

Meet Candyce Farthing

Executive Director

“My vision for Oregon Connections Academy is to foster an environment and culture that will ensure the success of each and every student. We have an amazing team of teachers and staff that work together to support students wherever they are academically and to help them strive for academic excellence.

I will always be a teacher at heart, having taught in both traditional and online classrooms. My passion for teaching and learning online has grown into a sincere belief that students’ education can truly be enhanced and elevated in an online classroom.

I started at ORCA in 2008 as a middle school language arts teacher. I served as an elementary school assistant principal and then as principal for kindergarten through eighth grades. During this time, I have been fortunate to help develop some of the innovative practices we have established to assist students in achieving their highest potential. I am excited to lead our school and will continue to drive and foster an environment of collaboration, high expectations, and doing whatever it takes for our students.”


  • BA in education, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon
  • MEd in curriculum and instruction, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon
  • Reading specialist endorsement, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
  • Initial administrator license, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon

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