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Avish Menon

ORCA student Avish dancing in a performance Photo by David Kinder

Avish Menon is a high school student at Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA). His older sister, Alisha, is a recent ORCA graduate. As an advanced learner, Avish appreciates ORCA’s challenging courses. Learn more about his story below.

Avish started to take acting classes at age seven, and has also done a number of professional performances with local children theaters over the years. ORCA’s flexible scheduling allows him to maintain his busy lifestyle. He says, “Even with a very intense rehearsal and performance schedule, I’m still able to complete my schoolwork because I can do it anytime during the day. During rehearsal breaks, I connect to the Wi-Fi and do schoolwork.”

Aside from his passion for acting, Avish is also a math whiz. In his previous bricks-and-mortar school, he often asked his teacher for something more challenging than the regular coursework. His mom, Anita, says, “Before attending ORCA, Avish could not get credit for the high school level math classes he was taking in middle school—now he can.” Avish is also interested in computer science and programming. He, taught himself all about HTML and JavaScript, and even created a few websites.

Avish’s favorite thing about ORCA is the gradebook because his teachers grade assignments quickly. He says, "I turned in an assignment and it was graded within two hours. I recommend ORCA to everyone because it has changed my life for the better."

I recommend Oregon Connections Academy to everyone because it has changed my life for the better.
— Avish