Oregon Connections Academy News

  • July 10, 2015 — In this Oregon Family magazine front page feature, ORCA teacher Courtney Whittington discusses summer learning slide and ways that families can incorporate learning into everyday, fun activities

  • July 13, 2015 — ORCA teacher Jason Webber suggests tips for keeping students learning all summer long in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • July 2015 — ORCA 10th Anniversary Profile—Meet Alisha Menon and her brother Avish Menon!

  • June 25, 2015 — Sudent Alisha Menon graduates two years ahead of schedule, thanks to the personalized, flexible education available with ORCA! Learn more in the Beaverton Valley Times

  • June 15, 2015 — Meet ORCA's graduating Class of 2015! View Central Oregon Coast area graduate listings in the The News Guard; West Linn area graduate listings in the West Linn Tidings; and Polk County graduate listings in the Itemizer-Observer

  • June 13, 2015 — Isaac “Ike” Bemrose graduates from ORCA and credits the online school with helping him pursue his many interests! Learn more about Ike in this MyCentralOregon profile

  • June 5, 2015 — ORCA families gather for their annual spring celebration to commemorate the end of the school year! Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • June 3, 2015 — ORCA teachers offer tips for families to prepare for college visits, on-campus or online, in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • June 2015 — Read ORCA 2015 graduate speaker Taylor Hunt's commencement address to peers

  • May 27, 2015 — ORCA student Hailey Eckstein, enrolled in ORCA since kindergarten, is featured in the Statesman Journal's student showcase

  • May 27, 2015 — ORCA teacher Marci Cammann offers tips for graduating seniors in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece, "A message for grads: Time to jump into adulthood"

  • May 13, 2015 — ORCA graduate and Vassar College student Luke Kachelein is awarded a Fulbright grant to Germany to study physics! Learn more in Bandon Western World

  • May 5, 2015 — ORCA students Tuva and Theodor Blom explain what they like best about online school in this KDRV segment discussing the growth of the state’s largest tuition-free online charter school

  • May 1, 2015 — ORCA 10th Anniversary Profile—Meet Hailey Eckstein!

  • May 1, 2015 — ORCA student Megan McGarry prepares to perform with the Portland Festival Ballet! The teen discusses how online school gives her the flexibility to pursue ballet on OregonLive

  • April 30, 2015 — ORCA physical education teacher Robin Bender offers families tips to make exercising fun in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • April 20, 2015 — ORCA students compete in the Oregon Science Olympiad Tournament, the first team in school history! Learn more about the team in the Statesman Journal, read about teammates Spencer Baggaley and Kaleigh Lucas' award in the Sherwood Gazette, or teammate Lorenzo Barrera on OregonLive

  • April 3, 2015 — ORCA is the perfect fit for the Bolsinger family! Learning Coach Dennis Bolsinger and teachers discuss the benefits of switching to online school with the Statesman Journal

  • April 3, 2015 — ORCA K-8 assistant principal Dan Vasen discusses the benefits of STEM education in this Statesman Journal op-ed, "Inspire STEM Learning in Your Student"

  • March 30, 2015 — The Daily Astorian joins ORCA families on recent field trips to learn about coffee growing, Lego projects, and tour a Coast Guard cutter

  • February 20, 2015 — ORCA student Lovey James is taking the music scene by storm! Learn more about the talented teen, who toured the country and is currently competing on American Idol, on KPTV

  • February 18, 2015 — The Bulletin joins ORCA Learning Coaches Cindy Hovey and Anita Bemrose to discuss socialization, learning opportunities for their students during a LEGO-themed field trip to the public librar.

  • February 1, 2015 — ORCA 10th Anniversary Profile—Meet talented sisters Kendyl Bundy and Lovey James!

  • February 2, 2015 — The Fladstol and Teague families discuss their reasons for switching to online school ORCA during a field trip to Columbia River Maritime Museum! Learn more in the Daily Astorian

  • February 2, 2015 — ORCA families share their stories! Hear from the Bishop, Malcolm and Spalione families about their experiences at the online school in this Hermiston Herald piece

  • January 31, 2015 — ORCA 10th Anniversary Profile—Meet the Bemrose Family!

  • January 29, 2015 — ORCA celebrates School Choice! Learning Coaches Jennifer Malcolm, Carrie Spalione and student Brianne Bishop discuss the many benefits of this education option with the East Oregonian

  • January 29, 2015 — ORCA Executive Director Candy Farthing discusses the benefits of school choice options, such as online school ORCA, in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • January 17, 2015 — ORCA Announces New Charter with Santiam Canyon School District

  • January 16, 2015 — ORCA student Lovey James (Kiersten Bundy) is going to Hollywood! The teen discusses her recent audition on American Idol in this Portland Tribune article

  • January 6, 2015 — ORCA Manager of Counseling Services Marci Cammann offers tips for families interested in switching schools midyear in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • December 17, 2014 — ORCA 10th Anniversary Profile—Meet Abby Lewis!

  • November 26, 2014 — ORCA student Jeannette Jancola can volunteer regularly at her local food bank, thanks to the flexible scheduling of online school! Read more about the teen in the Beaverton Valley Times

  • November 26, 2014 — ORCA teacher Jason Webber shares tips for keeping students sharp over winter break in this Statesman Journal piece

  • November 21, 2014 — ORCA families enjoy a field trip to Rainy Day Games board game store! Learn more about the trip on Oregon Live

  • November 18, 2014 — ORCA 10th Anniversary Profile—Meet Jeannette Jancola!

  • October 30, 2014 — ORCA teacher Gloria Henneman shares suggestions for building self-confidence in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • September 30, 2014 — ORCA teacher Brittany Zahler's op-ed column in the Statesman Journal: "One of the best learning tools? Parent involvement"

  • September 18, 2014 — ORCA student Aubrienne Davis is receiving a personalized, quality education— in the comfort of her home! The family and teacher Jason Webber discuss benefits of online school in the West Linn Tidings

  • September 4, 2014 — ORCA Learning Coach Sally Whitestine joins KCBY to discuss how the online school is helping her student thrive, and showcases some of the learning materials they receive each year.

  • September 2, 2014 — ORCA opens its virtual school doors! As the Statesman Journal reports, the online school is set to begin its 10th year of serving students statewide

  • August 31, 2014 — The Argus Observer joins teachers and families at an area information session to learn more about the online school and ORCA's extensive course offerings

  • August 28, 2014 — With the flexibility of ORCA, students Trevor and TJ Spanberger can spend more time with their horses! Learn more about the family's experience with online school in the Bandon Western World

  • August 20, 2014 — ORCA's Candy Farthing is named the online school's Executive Director, reports the Statesman Journal

  • August 7, 2014 — ORCA student Alexis Davis is sharing her love of reading! Learn more about the teen's reading program for children, part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, in the Democrat-Herald