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Learn more about Oregon Connections Academy

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.

Authorized by the Scio School District 95C

Oregon Connections Academy is authorized under state law by the Scio School District 95C. The authorizer representative for this school is Gary Tempel, Superintendent, who can be reached via email at gary_tempel@scio.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 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.

Meet Tom Luba, ORCA Principal
Thomas Luba - ORCA Principal

"I have been involved in using innovation and technology as part of education and training for most of my career. Distance and online learning have always been core passions of mine and the opportunity to lead Oregon’s largest and most successful K-12 online school is the greatest opportunity of my career. Prior to coming to ORCA, I provided information systems, curriculum and instruction, instructional technology and e-learning leadership for a 3-county, 12 school district region in Oregon. That work included managing another Oregon online school program called COOLSchool. Before that I was the Director of Distance Learning at Portland State University where I provided university-wide leadership and support to deliver multiple courses and programs to a wide range of non-traditional college students around the state and the nation. That work included designing and launching the Northwest’s first fully online masters of Business Administration program.

These experiences along with others during my career have proven to me that online learning is here to stay and is an ideal solution for many students’ circumstances and learning styles. Oregon Connections Academy is having a profound impact on the choices available and successes realized by thousands of Oregon students and families and I am thrilled to be part of the solution!"

Education:

  • M.S. in Educational Technology, Purdue University
  • B.S. in Forestry Resource Management, Oregon State University

Staff, Community, Curriculum

With a caring staff, an outstanding curriculum, and a vibrant school community, ORCA is a leader in high-quality public Oregon online schools.

Administration and Staff

Our Executive Director leads a dedicated staff that includes:

Community

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

Curriculum

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