Oregon Connections Academy School News

  • 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

  • July 2, 2014 — ORCA graduate Sierra Meyer was able to pursue a competitive figure skating career and earn college credits during her time at the online school! Read more about this dedicated teen's journey and her plans for the future in the Oregonian

  • June 16, 2014 — ORCA celebrates the Class of 2014! Read more about the in-person commencement ceremony on Oregon Live

  • June 12, 2014 — ORCA student Jeneveve Taylor Winchell graduates with the Class of 2014! Read more about this accomplished teen in the Bandon Western World

  • May 30, 2014 — ORCA students and families enjoy a field trip day on the Willamette River, reports the Oregonian

  • May 21, 2014 — ORCA students and sisters Anna and Tessa Kern earn their athletic letters through Connections Academy's Sports Specialty Academy program, reports the Corvallis Gazette Times

  • May 20, 2014 — ORCA students get a sneak peek preview into the remodeled Oregon Military Museum during a field trip to the center, reports the Clackamas Review

  • May 15, 2014 — ORCA takes flight! The Daily Astorian and Wallowa County Chieftan cover an exciting aviation-themed field trip and glider workshop, bringing together students and teachers from around the state

  • April 30, 2014 — ORCA students learn about city government and meet with local officials on a recent field trip to Myrtle Point, reports the Myrtle Point Herald

  • March 26, 2014 — ORCA families and teachers donate books and food items to area organizations as part of ORCA Cares Day, reports the Portland Tribune

  • March 26, 2014 — The Madras Pioneer follows ORCA students and teachers as they gather for ORCA Cares Day’s spring cleaning at Jefferson County Food Bank

  • March 21, 2014 — ORCA student Kathleen Taylor enjoys the flexibility of online learning—especially when she is balancing schoolwork and theater performances! Learn more about Kathleen on Oregon Live

  • March 21, 2014 — The Daily Astorian joins the Browns and other ORCA families as they write letters to local heroes for the annual ORCA Cares Day of giving

  • March 20, 2014 — The annual ORCA Cares Day is back! The Statesman Journal follows more than 600 families and students statewide as they give back to local communities

  • March 19, 2014 — KDRV News joins ORCA families for an aviation meet-and-greet event! K–8 Principal Candy Farthing discusses benefits of in-person events for students and teachers

  • February 8, 2014 — KING 5 News speaks with ORCA teacher Jesse Rorvig, who teaches young snowboarders the basics of slopestyle snowboarding in his free time

  • January 23, 2014 — ORCA Executive Director Tom Luba is thankful for Oregon's many educational options in an Oregon Live letter to the editor

  • January 2014 — A Field Trip That Really 'Rocks' for a Group of Virtual Public School Students

  • November 7, 2013 November 29, 2013 — The Outlook and Oregon Live cover a recent ORCA field trip to Guide Dogs for the Blind on Boring, OR.

  • November 25, 2013 — ORCA students learn about maritime navigation and practice their skills as a ship's captain while on a field trip to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, reports the Daily Astorian.

  • November 7, 2013 — Hillsboro field trip take flight for ORCA students

  • October 16, 2013 — ORCA students use their Juilliard eLearning knowledge on a field trip to the Oregon Symphony 

  • October 14, 2013 — Connections Academy, leading virtual education provider, wins multiple EDDIE Awards for Curriculum Excellence for middle school science, high school career and tech education, and fine arts Juilliard eLearning courses

  • October 3, 2013 — ORCA students and the Oregonian head to Sauvie Island for a field trip on the farm

  • October 2013 — Board Chair Tim Batiuk discusses a new relationship with the National Free Flight Society and the exciting opportunities for CA students in Oregon

  • October 2013 — As the Daily Courier reports, an upcoming New York Times project features photos from ORCA student Emily Solares!

  • September 30, 2013 — The Clackamas Review joins ORCA families on trip to the Happy Valley Kellogg Creek watershed

  • September 24, 2013 — Learning Coach Teri Fladstol gives kudos to ORCA in this Tillamook Headlight Herald letter to the editor

  • September 20, 2013 — At a field trip to the Peavy Arboretum, ORCA students forge new friendships with students across the state. Learn more about student trips in the Corvallis Gazette-Times

  • September 19, 2013 — It's a bird, it's a plane...! ORCA students joined the National Free Flight Society for an afternoon to learn about flight and create their own gliders, reports The Times

  • September 2013 — ORCA graduates Strider and Luke Kachelein are thriving at Vassar College! Learn how online school has helped these brothers excel in college and beyond.

  • September 2013 — ORCA students enjoy an aviation day field trip with the National Free Flight Society.

  • July 29, 2013 — 90 percent of parents give ORCA top marks in the 2013 Parent Satisfaction Survey

  • July 15, 2013 — ORCA Learning Coach Kimberly Guy shares her suggestions for choosing the right online school for students in July's Live Twitter Chat!

  • July 1, 2013 — Tom Luba is named the new principal of ORCA, bringing 15 years of experience to the state's leading virtual public charter school.

  • May 8, 2013 — ORCA students experience the state capitol and meet state representatives during the Annual Capitol Day Field Trip to Salem, Oregon

  • May 8, 2013 — Oregon Connections Academy teachers Jim Stewart and John Meyer embark on scientific ocean voyage for a drilling expedition in the Pacific Ocean! Read more about the upcoming adventure on Oregon Live.

  • April 22, 2013 — Connections Academy, leading virtual education provider, wins multiple BESSIE Awards for Exemplary Educational Software for its middle school math and Juilliard eLearning courses

  • April 19, 2013 — “Everything appealed to me. The freedom to be at home and have the structure, too,” says Oregon Connections Academy Learning Coach Lisa Fratini. Lisa shares her family story in a front page Hillsboro Tribune story.