Oregon Connections Academy News

  • August 21, 2019 – ORCA recent graduate Rosa Oliver and mom Kara stop by Good Day Oregon discuss their family's experience with online school, how it offers personalized attention to students

  • June 2019 – ORCA graduates over 400 students with the Class of 2019! Learn about local graduates in the News-Review, The Astorian, Statesman Journal, Argus Observer, Molalla Pioneer, Dalles Chronicle

  • June 25, 2019 – In this Portland Tribune op-ed, ORCA alumnae Anna Mallery reflects on her time at the online school and how it helped her heal from a traumatic experience

  • June 21, 2019 – ORCA student Emily Pascu earned a Gold President’s Service Award! Read more about how she volunteers through her American Heritage Girls group and her church in this Outlook article

  • June 20, 2019 – ORCA 2019 graduates Alia Gapay and Garrett Kincaid share their experiences with online school and how it prepared them for future success! See their interview on KATU-TV

  • June 2019 – ORCA graduate Lawrence Winowiecki, once struggling with anxiety and menthal health challenges, now looks forward to life after high school! Learn more in the News Times and the News Guard

  • June 19, 2019 – ORCA Student Body president Garrett Kincaid offers words of wisdom for the Class of 2019 in this Statesman Journal commentary – "Advice for 2019 graduates: dealing with challenges"

  • June 19, 2019 – ORCA student Sara Schumann attends the annual Medquest Camp to learn more about emergency rescues and health professions. Learn more in The Observer

  • June 11, 2019 – ORCA graduate Jared Duval reflects on his time at the online school and his plans to enlist in the US Navy! Learn more in the Bandon Western World

  • June 10, 2019 – The Statesman Journal shares photos of ORCA's 2019 commencement ceremony

  • June 7, 2019 – ORCA student Madi Beck graduates with the Class of 2019, now prepares to volunteer with Americorps. Learn more in the Portland Patch

  • June 6, 2019 – ORCA, Oregon’s Leading Online Public School Celebrates Seniors with Traditional Graduation Ceremony June 8th in Salem

  • June 4, 2019 – ORCA student Lorena Soriano, once struggling with Meningitis and chronic pain, is now set to graduate and head to Western Oregon University! Learn more about the graduate in the Woodburn Independent

  • May 7, 2019 – ORCA students enjoy a day of glitz and glam at the school's prom! View photos in the Statesman Journal

  • May 6, 2019 – ORCA Assistant Principal Linda Johnson shares tips for parents in this Statesman Journal op-ed, "Best gift for teacher appreciation? Learning partners"

  • May 3, 2019 – ORCA students enjoy field trips to Cannon Beach -- a special beach clean-up event and visit to Haystack Rock. Learn more in the Cannon Beach Gazette

  • April 25, 2019 – ORCA students lend a helping hand during a service trip day with Habitat for Humanity! Hear from students Camille Fox, Madison Beck, Fatimah Us'Sutteri, and teacher Shelly Shumpert about the experience in the Portland Tribune

  • April 23, 2019 – ORCA students enjoy a field trip to the Sheet Metal Institute! Hear from students Lawrence Winowiecki and Connor Tye about the experience on DJC Oregon

  • April 22, 2019 – ORCA families enjoy a field trip to the West Coast Game Park Safari! Hear from Learning Coaches Teresa Lichte and Christina Duval in the Bandon Western World

  • April 3, 2019 – Check out this story in the Albany Democrat Herald about an ORCA father and son team who help lead a very active robotics team.

  • March 25, 2019 – During a recent field trip ORCA students and families learn how the Wildlife Center of the North Coast rehabilitates injured animals. Find out more in The Daily Astorian

  • March 21, 2019 – ORCA students celebrated Pi Day at a local pizza parlor! Hear about their experience in the West Linn Tidings

  • March 20, 2019 – ORCA student Christina Brennan is one of nine finalists selected to compete at the statewide Oregon Poetry Out Loud competition. Read more in the Clackamas Review

  • March 20, 2019 - In this Stayton Mail article, learn how ORCA students are taking part in a first-of-its-kind Medical Sciences Career and Technical Program.

  • February 19, 2019 — ORCA student Nyah Vollmar releases her first single, “Empty Spaces”! Learn more about her musical journey in the Siuslaw News

  • February 14, 2019 – ORCA student Samuel Mindra is the "comeback kid on ice skates"! Learn more about his journey back to the US Figure Skating Championships in the Clackamas Review

  • February 12, 2019 – ORCA families enjoy a field trip to the U.S. Coast Guard Station! Hear from teacher Paula Leifer and families about their experience in The World

  • January 29, 2019 – ORCA elementary students learn skills in STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math—at a recent field trip. Learn more on KEZI

  • January 19, 2019 – In this Statesman Journal op-ed, Student Engagement Administrator Laura Howard explains why children do better in school when parents are more involved

  • January 15, 2019 - ORCA 7th graders compete at the US Figure Skating Championships! Learn more on KPTV

  • January 9, 2019 - “Could Online School Be Right for Your Child?” Hear the perspective of an Oregon Connections Academy parent on the Portland Moms Blog

  • January 3, 2019 – Middle School science teacher Jeanie Barrantes offers helpful science projects families can do inside and outside the house to cure winter cabin fever. Read her tips in the Statesman Journal

  • December 17, 2019 - ORCA Students on the South Coast enjoy a field trip to a local pottery shop. Learn more in The World

  • December 14, 2018 – ORCA student Carlie Steele is busy this week collecting toys for children in area hospitals! Learn why she is featured as an "Everyday Hero" on KATU

  • November 25, 2018 — In this Statesman Journal op-ed, ORCA Outreach Manager Laura Dillon offers tips for parents to teach their children the benefits of giving back

  • November 9, 2018 — ORCA teacher Lori Kline offers tips for parents to help their students build good study habits. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • November 6, 2018 — ORCA students Mikayla and Courtney Wood use the flexibility of virtual school to balance education with a successful family business! Learn more about their goat soap business, their experience with the school in the Salem Business Journal (pg 15)

  • October 12, 2018 — ORCA families enjoy a field trip to Coffenbury Lake in Fort Stevens State Park. Learn more in the Daily Astorian

  • October 10, 2018 — ORCA encourages students to become kindness superheroes. Learn more in the Portland Patch

  • September 21, 2018 — ORCA teacher Susanne Eide offers tips for parents in this op-ed: "Helping students with cyberbullying – detection, action, prevention". Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • September 15, 2018 — ORCA celebrates students finishing high school education requirements this summer. Learn more in the Gazette-Times

  • September 6, 2018 — ORCA teacher Courtney Whittington discusses the added flexibility available with online school, student-teacher interaction and more on KVAL

  • September 4, 2018 — ORCA students Garrett Kincaid and Mikayla Wood share their summer experiences at a Naval Academy seminar, Miss Teen International Pageant. Learn more in the Our Town Pg.18-19

  • September 4, 2018 —ORCA graduates three Southern Oregon students among summer class. Learn more in the Western World

  • September 3, 2018 — ORCA begins the 2018-19 school year, bringing "School-Back-to-Students". Learn more in the Portland Patch

  • August 31, 2018 — ORCA High School Success Administrator John Meyer discusses the school's new Career Technical Education Program, ASCEND, on the Lars Larson radio show

  • August 31, 2018 — ORCA students from Marion County graduate online school this summer. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • August 29, 2018 ��� ORCA Announces First-of-its-Kind Career & Technical Education Program. Learn more in the PR Web

  • August 23, 2018 — ORCA High School Success Administrator John Meyer and student Sidney Kincaid discuss the online school model and ORCA's new CTE program, ASCEND. Learn more on KATU

  • August 18, 2018 — ORCA Assistant Principal Matt Bergdall shares 6 tips for navigating the freshman year of high school. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • August 16, 2018 — ORCA student Alia Gapay is thriving in the online school! Learn why the family switched to this education option and how it's helping Alia graduate early on KPTV

  • August 14, 2018 — ORCA alumna Alisha Menon pursues her PhD at the University of California, Berkley, earns National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Learn more about this alumna in the Beaverton Patch