Frequently Asked Questions about Ohio Connections Academy

Important Notices and Questions about Attendance and Extracurriculuars

What is Ohio Connections Academy's attendance policy?

Ohio Connections Academy (OCA) students are required to work 920 hours during a full school year. To meet this requirement, students must work 5.5 hours each school day for a total of 27.5 hours a week. Students enrolling after OCA’s first day of school will have their total required attendance hours reduced based on their actual enrollment date. Students are able to work during any day during the hours that work best for them.

The hours that students work online in Connexus® will be timed and recorded automatically, however, any student learning completed outside of Connexus will need to be logged daily by the Learning Coach in the Activities Log. For more information, please check your student handbook.

Can Ohio Connections Academy students participate in their district extracurricular activities?

Yes, Ohio law allows all community (charter) school students the opportunity to participate in many of their resident district extracurricular activities. Ohio Connections Academy is an authorized community school in the State of Ohio. ORC- Sec. 3313.537B.1.

According to the law, “extracurricular activity" is defined as a student activity program that a school or school district operates that is not included in the school district's graded course of study. The list of extracurricular activities will vary by school district and parents should check with their resident district to confirm which specific activities are offered and their student is eligible to participate in. ORC- Sec.3313.537A

What about interscholastic athletics?

Yes, Ohio allows community school students the opportunity to participate in resident district sports. Students would still need to meet the eligibility and transfer law requirements defined by the Ohio High School Athletic Association along with any resident district rules. The student would then need to tryout and make the team.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has provided official guidance on Community School students' opportunity in high school and middle school to participate in interscholastic athletics. View the guidelines for participation.

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What is Ohio Connections Academy?

Ohio Connections Academy (OCA) is a tuition-free K–12 public virtual school that students attend from home. It brings a fully accredited public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Ohio. Learn more.

How much does online school cost?

At OCA, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges.

What grades does Ohio Connections Academy serve?

Ohio Connections Academy serves grades K–12.

How is Ohio Connections Academy (OCA) different from other online K–12 schools in Ohio?

Ohio Connections Academy is the one school in Ohio to offer the Connections Academy program, which is the only program of its kind to be certified nationally by AdvancED. OCA itself has also been accredited by both AdvancED and the North Central Association. Many parents who have explored other online K–12 schools in Ohio also say OCA provides more intensive teacher support and better technology tools to truly personalize the educational program for your child.

What standardized tests are required for Ohio Connections Academy students?

The Ohio legislature has implemented a requirement beginning with the 2006–07 school year that all students attending an "e-school" Internet or computer-based community (charter) school must participate in any required state standardized testing for public school students (for example, Ohio Achievement Tests in grades 3–8). Students who do not meet this requirement must be immediately withdrawn from the school, among other consequences. As is expected of all Ohio online schools, OCA will enforce this requirement.

Does Connections Academy provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?

For students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) Connections Academy provides a continuum of virtual special education services that range from consultation, curriculum accommodation and modification, collaboration with learning coaches and general education teachers, to virtual direct instruction. Connections Academy provides students with IEPs with related services that may include virtual speech language and virtual occupational therapy, as determined by the IEP team. For eligible students with disabilities who do not require special education, Connections Academy develops (as needed) and implements Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodations and modifications..

How does Ohio Connections Academy support students with disabilities?

Federal law requires Ohio Connections Academy to provide its students, regardless of disability, with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. Ohio Connections Academy is committed to providing its students with equal access to its education program. We provide students with accessibility through resources tailored to each student’s individual abilities and needs, including assistive technologies and individualized support. If your student is in need of assistance in order to fully participate in Ohio Connections Academy's education program, please contact the school's special education directors for information about special education or section 504's at You can also obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.

What technology is provided in Ohio?

By law, all students in Ohio are eligible to receive the loan of a laptop computer. Each family that requests technology also receives a subsidy for Internet access. See the Technology section of the website for details.

How do I request a transcript?

Complete this form to request an official school transcript. Fax or mail this form to Ohio Connections Academy. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Can my student earn college credits at OCA?

Students at OCA have many opportunities to prepare for the college experience. Learn about OCA's College Board-approved Advanced Placement courses and College Credit Plus program.

Has any educational organization ever evaluated the program and its curriculum?

Ohio Connections Academy school is accredited by  The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED.

How does OCA compare to other e-schools?

OCA has been the highest performing e-school in Ohio for more than 7 years running. In 2015, OCA received the Momentum Award from the State Board of Education, which recognizes schools for exceeding expectations in student growth.

How does Ohio Connections Academy evaluate students entering their first year of primary education?

Ohio Connections Academy recommends an evaluation of students enrolling in Kindergarten or first grade for the first time to determine his or her needs. Read more about the process of evaluation on the Title Programs Compliance page or contact your school counselor to learn more.

How do I enroll my student in online school?

To start the enrollment process for Ohio Connections Academy, please review the information for the relevant school year in which you would like to enroll here, then proceed to Get Started.

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