Jeannette Jancola is a graduate of Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA). She is from Tigard, Oregon, At ORCA, Jeannette was able to balance schoolwork and enjoyable hobbies. Learn more about her story below.
Before switching to Oregon Connections Academy, Jeannette was homeschooled by her mother until she was a sophomore in high school. Her Learning Coach, Anne Marie, says, "We were beginning to think about college applications. We wanted to continue to enjoy schooling at home, but we also wanted a more standardized, yet rigorous curriculum to give colleges a better idea of where Jeannette is academically. ORCA allowed us to have both.
If you are considering an alternative to a regular bricks-and-mortar school, but are a little concerned about choosing curriculum for homeschooling or being able to explain concepts to your student, Oregon Connections Academy is an excellent choice. You will have the structure you need from ORCA and the flexibility to complete the work in a way that is best for your student."
Jeanette volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul at least once a week as part of a class for her church. She loved the work so much that she helped fill orders for food boxes and began teaching other volunteers. Jeanette also helped organize a food drive at the ORCA fall open house event in Albany where she collected 142 pounds of food and toiletry items for needy families.
Jeannette says, "I enjoyed attending ORCA because it gave me the flexibility to participate in extracurricular activities that occured during the school day, such as my volunteer work at the St. Vincent de Paul food bank. I also appreciate the fact that I was able to take a day off, whether I was sick or had an event, and I could catch up on my studies with ease over the weekend. The curriculum was academically challenging, which allowed me to push myself to do my best."
When Jeannette was not busy with schoolwork or volunteering at the food bank, she attended weekly rehearsals for the internationally renowned Cantores in Ecclesia, a choir featuring Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony. She was also a member of ORCA's Art Club and received top awards for her sketches in the national club's annual Album Art Contest last year. Jeannette graduated as a straight A and honor student with a GPA of 4.3.
Jeannette hopes to get a doctorate degree and specialize in criminal and biological psychology.
I enjoyed attending ORCA because it gave me the flexibility to participate in extracurricular activities that occured during the school day, such as my volunteer work at the St. Vincent de Paul food bank.