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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 Candyce Farthing, Executive Director
ORCA Principal Candyce Farthing

“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 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.”


  • B.A., Education, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon
  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon
  • Reading Specialist Endorsement, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
  • Initial Administrator License, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon

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:


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


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.