Oregon Virtual High School Program

With the Internet and virtual technologies at the forefront of today’s teenage lifestyles, online education is proven to be an effective and beneficial method of learning. At Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA) the online high school curriculum is designed to help each student build a foundation for a successful future. With math, science, English, and social studies at the core of the school’s curriculum, students are able to expand their knowledge base and foster a love of learning. Furthermore, ORCA’s wide variety of online high school courses encourage students to take responsibility for their education and establish distinguished goals for the future like attending college or starting a career.

Online High School Courses in Oregon

At Oregon Connections Academy, students are introduced to various course options that help them expand their educational base. The program offers several courses, clubs, and activities including:

  • Core and elective courses: ORCA’s inclusive set of online high school courses covers all of the standard core subjects and exciting elective courses help give students variety in their education.
  • Honors and Advanced Placement® (AP®)* courses: Honors and AP online courses are particularly beneficial for college-bound students and educationally-advanced students with a desire to master a specific subject area.
  • College courses: Applicable students have the option to take college courses while still in high school, allowing them to earn both high school and college credits.
  • NCAA-Approved courses: Oregon Connections Academy offers various NCAA courses that are approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

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Support and Guidance

Oregon Connections Academy encourages online high school students to work collaboratively with guidance counselors and Learning Coaches in order to develop a personalized learning plan that keeps academic progress and postsecondary planning at the forefront. Every core subject at ORCA is taught by highly qualified and certified teachers who have experience and expertise in their respective content areas.

Preparing for Graduation and Beyond

Oregon Connections Academy provides several beneficial tools and resources to ensure graduating seniors are aptly prepared for what awaits beyond the confines of online high school.

* AP® and Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

Graduating ORCA Students on stage

ORCA provides assistance in creating a four-year academic plan to help students navigate their educational path in the most successful way possible and access to a full-time, certified school counselor gives students the support they need throughout their high school careers.

A College Planning Club helps students build a respectable portfolio that focuses on elements sought by college admissions committees, while college and career planning assists students with a variety of tasks including:

  • Guidance in finding appropriate college or career opportunities
  • Information on local colleges and universities as well as assistance with the college application process via LiveLesson® online workshops
  • Accessing financial aid and scholarship information
  • Free access to college admissions test preparation online courses and information about test dates, locations, etc.
  • Assistance obtaining official transcripts for the college application process

AVID Program for College Readiness

Oregon Connections Academy is proud to be one of only four online schools across the nation to offer the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program in a virtual environment. It is AVID’s mission to ensure that all students, especially the least-served students in the academic middle, are capable of completing a college preparatory path. The AVID program is available for ORCA students in middle school and high school grades.

AVID is designed for students who would like to prepare for four-year colleges and universities, and has been proven successful. Among students enrolled in AVID programs, 93 percent complete the entrance requirements of four-year colleges, and 90 percent of those who apply to four-year colleges are accepted.

Taught by trained AVID teachers using AVID-specific curriculum, students benefit academically from the AVID elective course because it is designed to support students through increased school-wide learning and performance. The course helps students develop the skills they need to succeed in college-readiness classes by focusing on writing skills, critical reading, collaboration, organization, time management, goal setting, career and college research, volunteerism, funding college through grants, scholarships and loan options.

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Interacting in a Virtual Classroom

Oregon Connections Academy values the importance of student interaction throughout the overall educational process. LiveLesson technology allows students the freedom to participate in a live online classroom environment anytime, anywhere. This beneficial technology also allows students to turn in homework assignments and securely track their progress throughout their high school career.

Learn more about the technology used in the Oregon Connections Academy program.

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Experience High School Your Way

If you’re looking for a new, exciting alternative to the traditional classroom setting, check out our resources for teens to learn more about the benefits of enrolling in a virtual high school program.

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