Ohio Connections Academy News

  • September 28, 2018 — GRCA Principal Jason Swinehart discusses the new online school, its recent enrollment growth, and why families are interested in enrolling their students in this education option. Learn more in the Equine Chronicle

  • September 18, 2018 — OCA student Christian John Thomas to compete in Shining Star CLE talent scholarship finale. Learn more in the Cleveland Jewish News

  • August 27, 2018 — OCA student to perform in "Disney's Aladdin Jr." this September. Learn more in the Norwalk Reflector

  • August 17, 2018 — OCA teacher Troy Fowler discusses the online school and the many types of students that may enroll. Learn more on WOIO

  • July 26, 2018 — OCA Manager of School Outreach Angela Dobbins and former-student-turned-teacher Anna Ridenour discuss the many benefits of the online school and how it can serve a variety of student needs. Learn more on WKYC

  • July 24, 2018 — OCA co-valedictorian Sarah Robinson competes in Massillon Voice contest. Learn more in the Inde Online

  • July 20, 2018 — OCA co-valedictorian Sarah Robinson's letter mentioned in weekly roundup. Learn more in the Education Gadfly

  • July 16, 2018 — OCA graduates include several Stark County students, co-valedictorian. Learn more in the Canton Repository

  • July 14, 2018 — OCA co-valedictorian Sarah Robinson expresses her thanks for the online school setting, how it helped her thrive. Learn more in the Canton Repository

  • July 2, 2018 — OCA students Cheyenne McKinney, McKenna Stevenson graduate. Learn more in the Madison Press

  • July 1, 2018 — OCA students Donald Clark and Jacob Janczewski graduate. Learn more in the Northwest Signal

  • June 19, 2018 — OCA celebrates the Class of 2018. Learn more in the Register-Herald

  • June 18, 2018 — OCA students Zachary Baker and Ainsleigh Arick inducted into National Junior Honor Society. Learn more in the Clermont Sun

  • June 15, 2018 — Ashville student graduates from OCA. Learn more in the Circleville Herald

  • June 14, 2018 — OCA students Megan Bingamon, Nolan Thompson graduate with Class of 2018. Learn more in the Daily News

  • June 14, 2018 — OCA students Kayla Cavanaugh, Kelli Anne Stallkamp, Samantha Gilbreath graduate with Class of 2018. Learn more in the Lima News

  • June 13, 2018 — OCA student Seth Busch among Class of 2018 graduates. Learn more in WKTN

  • June 13, 2018 — OCA celebrates its 10th graduating class! Students from Greene County among Class of 2018 graduates. Learn more in the Fairborn Daily Herald

  • June 8, 2018 — OCA student Ava Zell named to Honor Roll at Hi-Point Career Center. Learn more in WBLL-FM

  • May 31, 2018 — OCA student Ashley Cook inducted into National Junior Honor Society. Learn more in the Record Herald

  • May 30, 2018 — OCA student Tabitha Cooper inducted into National Honor Society. Learn more in the Record-Courier

  • May 29, 2018 — OCA student Emma Marlatt inducted into National Junior Honor Society. Learn more about Emma in the Times Reporter

  • May 29, 2018 — OCA student Ellie Ritterbusch among 31 students inducted into National Junior Honor Society. Learn more in the Strongsville Patch

  • May 28, 2018 — OCA student Abigail Biggs among 23 students inducted into National Honor Society. Learn more in the Daily Sentinel

  • May 26, 2018 — OCA student Akira Dockery among 31 students inducted into National Junior Honor Society. Learn more in the Norwalk Reflector

  • May 24, 2018 — OCA senior Jessica Nichols is preparing for her high school graduation, all after graduating with an associate's degree from Lakeland Community College! Learn more about this advanced teen and her online school experience in The Gazette

  • May 21, 2018 — OCA student Jacob Hultberg earns 2nd place finish in Sinclair Tech Prep Showcase. Learn more in the Register Herald

  • May 18, 2018 — OCA student Vanessa McCoy named "Distinguished Finalist" in 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Learn more in the Columbus Patch

  • May 13, 2018 — OCA student William Keiser places 3rd in Caty Armstrong Law Day Essay Contest. Learn more in the Toledo Blade

  • March 23, 2018 — OCA students enjoy a field trip to the University of Toledo's Ritter Planetarium. Learn more on WNWO

  • March 23, 2018 — OCA students enjoy a field trip to Marietta College! Hear from students, parents, and teachers about the online school experience in the Marietta Times

  • March 15, 2018 — OCA student Jeff Garabrandt places in 2018 Southeast Invitational Wildlife Management competition. Learn more in the Times Reporter

  • March 10, 2018 — OCA student Molly Rink was recognized with Prudential Spirit of Community award. Learn more in the Tribune Chronicle

  • March 5, 2018 — OCA student Kelli Anne Stallkamp recently named 2017 U.S. Paralympic High School Track & Field All-American! Learn more about this dedicated athlete in the Lima Ohio

  • February 28, 2018 — OCA opens enrollment for the 2018-19 academic year March 1st. Learn more in the Cleveland Patch

  • February 6, 2018 — OCA students Vanessa McCoy and Caitlyn Miler named Ohio Distinguished Finalists in Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Learn more about these students in PR Newswire

  • February 5, 2018 — OCA student Molly Rink recognized with Prudential Spirit of Community Award for volunteer service and babysitting for single mothers at no charge. Learn more about Molly in the Tribune Chronicle

  • February 3, 2018 — OCA student Madison Collins recognized with Prudential Spirit of Community Award for volunteer work with Greater Hamilton Safety Council Safety Town. Learn more in the Journal News

  • January 26, 2018 — OCA student Ava Zell named to Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Superintendent’s List. Learn more in WBLL

  • January 10, 2018 — OCA student Justin Parrett named athlete of the week. Learn more about this student athlete in the Daily News

  • December 8, 2017 — OCA teacher Troy Fowler discusses the online school model, student-teacher interaction, and the many students that choose this education option on WOIO

  • December 1, 2017 — OCA Learning Coach Pa'Trice Brown expresses her thanks for online school and teacher in the Canton Repository

  • November 22, 2017 — OCA student Raye Webb performs in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Learn more on WDTN

  • November 14, 2017 — OCA included in Online Learning Day event at Ohio Statehouse. Learn more in eSchools Coalition

  • October 31, 2017 — OCA teacher Troy Fowler discusses the online school and students that may benefit, online accountability, and socialization on WJW

  • October 24, 2017 — OCA student Ellexxah Maxwell and her horse Zips Bossy Chip break the youth show horse points record. Learn more in the Equine Chronicle

  • October 11, 2017 — OCA graduate Amanda Fairbairn named Commended Student in 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Learn more about Amanda in the Toledo Patch

  • September 18, 2017 — OCA students, families and staff take part in Annual “OCA Statewide Picnic Day”. Learn more in the Avon Patch

  • September 14, 2017 — OCA alumnna and Fulbright scholar Alex LeViness is profiled as "8 Women In STEM Who Are Changing The Game". Learn more in the BUSTLE

  • August 25, 2017 — OCA student Lillian Connolly uses the flexibility of online school to train and travel for ice skating competitions in the Dayton Daily News

  • August 24, 2017 — OCA teacher Jessica Hussey discusses reasons why families may enroll and how teachers and students interact with each other on WTTE

  • August 21, 2017 — OCA Learning Coach Michele Hladik explains how the online school helped her students enjoy learning again on WTTE

  • August 20, 2017 — OCA Assistant Principal Jason Swinehart discusses online etiquette and tips for students as they head back to school with technology. Learn more on WBNS

  • August 17, 2017 — OCA teachers Mindy Pyle and Jessica Hussey discuss how online school teachers prepare for back-to-school, engage with families before school's first day in The Columbus Dispatch

  • August 8, 2017 — OCA Outreach Manager Angela Dobbins and teacher Anna Ridenour discuss benefits of OCA and considerations of the online school option on WFMG

  • August 4, 2017 — OCA teacher Mindy Pyle discusses the online school, common misconceptions and added benefits of this education option. Learn more on WCMH

  • July 26, 2017 — OCA alumnus Grant Strlich-Waybright earns role in Baldwin Wallace University play. Learn more in the News-Herald

  • June 30, 2017 — OCA graduates students from Stark County. Learn more in The Independent & The Canton Repository

  • June 28, 2017 — Students Cara Gliatta, Erin Gray and Sandra Hunter graduate from OCA. Learn more in the Newark Advocate

  • June 15, 2017 — From elementary to high school, Connections Academy graduates among a new generation to complete academic journey exclusively online. Learn more in the PR Web

  • June 14, 2017 — Student William Myers graduates from OCA. Learn more in the Herald Star

  • June 8, 2017 — OCA students graduate during in-person commencement ceremony this weekend. Learn more in the Piqua Daily Call

  • May 19, 2017 — OCA students Emily and Sarah Robinson inducted into National Honor Society. Learn more about these students in the IndeOnline

  • May 4, 2017 — OCA student Halle Osborne inducted into National Honor Society. Learn more in the Register Herald

  • May 4, 2017 — OCA student Lauren Lain was recently inducted into National Honor Society, and Ava Molina was inducted into National Junior Honor Society. Learn more about these OCA students in the Clermont Sun

  • May 8, 2017 — Connections Academy is changing the way kids learn—hear about an OCA family's typical day in this Savy Sassy Moms blog post

  • April 29, 2017 — OCA alumna and Fulbright Scholarship recipient Alex LeViness discusses how her online school teachers inspired her. Learn more in this Columbus Dispatch letter to the editor

  • April 24, 2017 — OCA has been awarded with a medal for their Career curriculum. Learn more in the Sunbury News

  • April 4, 2017 — OCA Superintendent Marie Hannah discusses the importance of school choice in this letter to the editor "Online Education Is Only Option That Works for Some Families". Learn more in Education Week

  • April 3, 2017 — OCA students Emily and Sarah Robinson are thriving in the online classroom, and using the school's flexibility to enroll in local college courses! Hear from the family about their switch to OCA and their positive experience with the program in the Canton Repository

  • March 23, 2017 — In this Lima News letter to the editor, OCA Superintendent Marie Hanna discusses the many reasons why students choose to enroll in online school

  • March 5, 2017 — OCA student Kelli Anne Stallkamp is called up to the USA National sled hockey team! Learn more about Kelly Anne and how she balances schoolwork and hockey competitions in The Lima News

  • March 1, 2017 — OCA opens enrollment for the 2017-2018 School Year, reports the Beachwood Patch and the Canton Repository

  • February 24, 2017 — OCA awarded bronze medal by Academic Innovations in recognition of the school’s implementation of the Career Choices curriculum, reports the Cleveland Patch

  • February 23, 2017 — OCA is a great education option for families statewide! Hear from Learning Coach Vicki Baker, graduate Sarah Bradley, and her mother about their online learning experiences and benefits in the Clermont Sun

  • February 23, 2017 — Ohio Connections Academy Career Curriculum Receives National Recognition

  • February 6, 2017 — OCA student Kalista Kafana participates in cotillion event, reports The Times Leader

  • January 27, 2017 — Student Seth Lim among six OCA students recognized as winners of the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, reports the Shaker Heights Patch

  • January 26, 2017 — Ohio celebrates National School Choice Week—OCA parent Chrystal Poling shares why online school works for her son, Brandon. Learn more about National School Choice Week and the Poling family in the Star Beacon

  • January 23, 2017 — OCA graduate Lexie Priessman is making a name for herself at LSU! Learn more about the successful gymnast on WBRZ

  • January 18, 2017 — OCA student Ellen Riley is one of five county 4-H Club members selected to attend the Presidential inauguration, reports the Sunbury News

  • December 6, 2016 — OCA students Nathan Prather, Monet Meadows, Sydney Fuller and Kelton Bair participate in National Honor Society leadership summit, reports the Willmington News Journal

  • August 2, 2016 — Ohio Connections Academy statement re: Thomas B. Fordham Institute report

  • August 1, 2016 — New infographic: "Ohio Connections Academy: A Quality Online School Choice for Ohio Families"

  • August 1, 2016 —OCA student Madi King and her brother, who suffer from cranial disorders, are defying the odds and pursuing their interests. Learn more in The Columbus Dispatch

  • July 31, 2016 — OCA student Annie Mange found the one-on-one attention she needed to thrive with the online school! Learn more about this recent graduate in The Morning News

  • July 19, 2016 — In this Review-Times feature, OCA School Outreach Manager Angela Dobbins describes the online school and how it is able to personalize instruction for many types of students

  • July 6, 2016 — OCA School Outreach Coordinator Angela Dobbins discusses the online school, and the many types of students that thrive with this education option, during an in-studio segment on WDTN

  • June 30, 2016 — OCA recent graduate Ashley Buchanan receives the Sternwheel Riverfest Queen scholarship, reports the Point Pleasant Register

  • June 28, 2016 — OCA School Outreach Coordinator Angela Dobbins sits down with WFCO to describe how the online school works, the many benefits of this education option, and the variety of students that choose to learn online. Listen to both part 1 and part 2 of the interview.

  • June 2016 — OCA recognizes the graduating Class of 2016 at an in-person commencement ceremony. Learn more about the event and hear from graduates and OCA staff in the Daily Advocate, the Times-Journal and the Clermont Sun

  • May 30, 2016 — OCA Class of 2016 Valedictorian and student speaker Quinlan Mann delivers his commencement speech during the school's in-person graduation ceremony

  • May 25, 2016 — OCA student John Brems is named salutatorian of the Class of 2016, reports the Coshocton Tribune

  • May 25, 2016 — OCA student Payton Bobo is recognized for outstanding academic achievement and service to the community, reports the Chillicothe Gazette

  • May 20, 2016 — Ohio State Board of Education Recognizes Ohio Connections Academy

  • May 13, 2016 — OCA students are inducted into the school's National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society chapters, reports the Shaker Heights Patch

  • May 9, 2016 — OCA student Kate Croteau will receive a college degree before her high school diploma! Kate discusses how the online school helped her thrive, her experiences being deaf, and her many extracurricular accomplishments in this WCMH segment

  • May 6, 2016 — OCA hosts 19 school picnics statewide for students to socialize with teachers and peers, reports the Strongsville Patch

  • April 15, 2016 — OCA student Katie Trumbull is using the flexibility of online school to pursue a future career on Broadway! Katie and her mom Dawn discuss the many benefits of OCA during this WTVG segment

  • April 8, 2016 — In this Akron Beacon Journal letter to the editor, Learning Coach Larissa Bukowski explains how her family has found success with OCA and how the school would be negatively affected by proposed legislation

  • April 3, 2016 — OCA student Christine Smyth finishes ninth place in the World Irish Dance Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Learn more in the Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • March 1, 2016 — OCA Opens Enrollment for the 2016-2017 School Year, reports Patch.com

  • January 20, 2016 — OCA student Emily Fields Gavorski and classmates receive Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Certificate of Achievement, reports the Aurora Advocate

  • January 18, 2016 — OCA student, singer, DJ, and dancer Alex Angelo is using online school to advance his budding career! Hear from Alex about his experience with bullying and his journey to find the flexible education option that met his needs on Getting Smart