Oregon Connections Academy School News

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • Hillsboro field trip take flight for ORCA students

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

  • ORCA graduates and brothers Strider and Luke Kachelein are thriving at Vassar College!

  • ORCA students use their Juilliard eLearning knowledge on a field trip to the Oregon Symphony

  • ORCA students and the Oregonian head to Sauvie Island for a field trip on the farm

  • Learning Coach Teri Fladstol gives kudos to ORCA in this Tillamook Headlight Herald letter to the editor

  • The Clackamas Review joins ORCA families on trip to the Happy Valley Kellogg Creek watershed.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 90 percent of parents give ORCA top marks in the 2013 Parent Satisfaction Survey

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • Personalized instruction and flexible scheduling are just two reasons why Oregon Connections Academy parent Lisa Fratini is thankful for virtual schooling! Read more in her letter to the editor in The Oregonian.

  • Oregon Connections Academy First Grader Trick-or-Treating to Help Cancer Patient

  • Special Elections Education Online Class Offered for Oregon Connections Academy Students 

  • What makes Oregon Connections Academy a quality choice for your child's education? Learn more about the virtual school program, curriculum, recent awards and achievements, as well as feedback from our parents.
  • Oregon Connections Academy—the state's largest virtual school! ORCA Executive Director Todd Miller explains everything about online learning from educational materials and curriculum to accountability and socialization on the KEX Morning Show.
  • “This is more than just a school; it’s a whole community of families”—Oregon Connections Academy parent Paula Foster wrote in a letter to the editor. Read more in The Oregonian.
  • Music is the path for Oregon Connections Academy graduate Taylor Ambrosio Wood. Wood will head off to the Boston Conservatory to pursue her dream of performing around the world as a solo marimba percussionist. Check out her story in the Ashland Daily Tidings.
    • Stellar Student! ORCA student and motorcycle racer, Valentine Welch, is featured in the Mail Tribune

    • “Virtual Charter Offers Alternative” – Oregon Connections Academy feature in the Lebanon-Express, “Who thought a kid would be able to go to public school after sleeping in, wearing pajamas? Or on a Saturday morning…”
    • Rising Stars concert in Salem features ORCA piano duo – brother and sister team benefit from ORCA’s flexible schedule.
    • Connections Academy, Leading Virtual Education Provider, Wins 2010 EDDIE Award, Earth Science Course Named Best High School Science Site
    • Connections Academy, Launches Blog, Serves as a Virtual School Resource for Families to Support K–12 School from Home.