Online Middle School in Oregon

The On-Ramp to Success

Oregon Connections Academy's (ORCA) online middle school program encourages students in grades 7-8 to take more responsibility for their learning and helps them identify and explore their own educational potential. Our middle school program is designed with lesson directions written for the actual student, instead of the parent. Learning Coaches also take on a more supportive role in ORCA's virtual middle school, which enables students to take the lead in their studies while also holding them to a higher standard.

Curriculum Content

Oregon Connections Academy partners with leaders in educational publishing and instruction to develop proven and tested curriculum that combines traditional classroom studies with engaging digital resources to help students sharpen their language arts, math, history, science, and critical thinking skills. Electives encourage students to expand on new capabilities, find art in everyday life, and explore cutting-edge technologies. As highlighted in the school's online sample lessons, ORCA strives to offer engaging content that keeps students motivated and excited to learn.

Support for Online Middle School Students

Though students remain under the guidance of a counselor for guidance, Oregon Connections Academy implements the support of highly qualified subject area teachers throughout each online course. These middle school students are also introduced to teacher-led virtual instruction and have access to valuable resources like the LiveLesson tool, which provides specific instructional assistance, real-time review sessions, and allows the students to communicate and interact with their peers.

Course Electives and Activities

At Oregon Connections Academy, our online middle school curriculum allows students to choose from a wide range of elective courses and become involved in a wide range of clubs and activities that enhance the overall learning environment. Whether students choose to compete in Mathematical Olympiads or write for the school newspaper, these non-traditional activities keep the virtual educational experience fresh and exciting.

Oregon Connections Academy also offers high-school-level courses and advanced programs for students with exceptional studies.

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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