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K-12
Public charter
Scio, OR
Students enrolled: 2,857

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38761 North Main St.
Scio, OR 97374

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(503) 394-4315
(503) 394-4320
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October 22, 2014
This is our 3rd year with ORCA and we LOVE it. Its been the best decision. Super Flexible, FREE to attend, Great response from teachers and staff...we have been very pleased with our choice! Thanks ORCA!!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
Flexible schedule, independent learning, and great teachers. Ability to be an active participant in my student's learning,

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
Our school is Oregon Connections Academy. Our child had been in ORCA since second grade, is now in 9th grade- They started learning computer tech in second grade and with the standard curriculum- she has always met or exceeded state standards in testing.. I believe the virtual charter curriculum is more advanced than the standard public schools and their educational approach is the future of education.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
We chose Oregon Connections Academy as an alternative to our local schools for many reasons. They offer high quality curriculum, an opportunity to be more involved in our children's education, and are very supportive of both students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
We are excited to start the new school year in a school that really seems to care about education! The provided materials are excellent!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Oregon Connections Academy allows me to be directly involved in my children's education. By using an on-line based school my children get to work at their own pace and I can alter the lessons to fit each child's learning style. My children greatly enjoy the "live-lessons" in the on-line meeting room, if we get stuck and need help between meetings we can contact the teacher at any time. This school offers a wide variety of clubs and elective classes, along with many field trips and gatherings each year.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
We love Connections Academy! The teachers are great and the curriculum is top notch. I love that they work with each student on an individual basis and let them play to their strengths. It is a perfect blend of homeschool and online tutoring. I have three children in the school, and each have different talents and things that they are good at. This school works with each of them on their own level. Love it!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Oregon Connections Academy allows my students to learn in their own workspace, at the pace comfortable to them! The students also get to stick with a lesson until it is mastered and the staff allow for a positive experience in that learning process!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Oregon Connections Academy is a great school. The teachers and staff are super supportive of my student. The education that they provide to my student is top notch!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
My 4th grade son loves it at Oregon Connections Academy the virtual school environment is the right fit for his learning style. The academic program is excellent and Kelly is learning so much. The teachers and staff at Oregon Connections Academy have been very supportive and available. Online schooling may not be a good fit for every family, but it sure has made a huge difference in our lives. Learning Coach

- submitted by a community member
August 27, 2013
We homeschooled our kids from the onset but as they headed into Junior High and High School, we wanted to have more support in the math s and science s. Oregon Connections Academy allows us to continue educating our children from home and to have access to high-quality curriculum and helpful teachers. It has been a great choice for our family and one we will continue with through graduation.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2013
Communication skills were so bad that we couldn't even begin to enroll our child for school here. No one called back even after we left numerous messages asking for help for enrollment. Did I mention that my kid is disabled?

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
ORCA was a negative experience for my 8th and 4th grader. We enrolled in April and struggled to handle the workload of five or more subjects per day every weekday. Usually, that meant 7-8 hours per day with my husband and I in front of a computer with each child and minimal breaks, if any. The teachers were nice, but not always accesible and the live lessons were on their schedule, not ours. My 8th grader's grades started to slip and both kids hated it. One reason was that the quizzes and assessments are often very short and missing one question can really matter. It is also easy to miss information when changing between window screens (this happens a lot), and in additon to the computer, there are a LOT of workbooks for gradeschoolers to do. We are always pressed for time and never get to all of the suggested work! We are changing schools next year and would have sooner except that we had relocated and hadn't moved into our own home yet so we are riding this frustrating experience out as best we can.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2013
My freshman daughter is finishing her first term in ORCA. Each student is different and no one school is right for everyone. We choose ORCA to have a quality college prep curriculum, more accountability on my daughters part, less immersion in the stress and drama of the public high school. It has been hard at times. It is a demanding curriculum. It requires students to be pro-active in figuring out what is expected and how to achieve those expectations. I love that I can see what she is working on and when it gets done. She can see the direct results of her efforts. No guess work about grades, they are posted immediately upon submitting an assignment most of the time. She can set goals, see whats left to accomplish, pace herself. The next term will be smoother and she will be more efficient in how she uses her time. She is learning how to be successful with online courses, essential for college. All in all it is pretty good. It would be nice to use the technology for more online interaction between classmates to learn collaboration and group dynamics.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
I am in love with Connection's Academy! The curriculum is stellar and the materials are immaculate. My son was given the opportunity to work through an entire grade level in half of the time, and is now a grade level ahead. If you want to instill a productive work-ethic in your child, teach your child to be a self-motivated learner, allow your child to be autonomous, AND, most importantly, have a challenged and thorough work environment, then this is the program for you. A word of warning to those not interested in interacting with your child's learning: Connection's teachers are fantastic -- they assess student's needs, grade work, provide online lessons -- but as you as the parent are in charge of implementing school work. In my opinion, spending a few hours a day coaching my child is a small price to pay for an education.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2012
We are looking forward to starting our 4th year with ORCA this fall. My son will graduate High School from Connections at the end of that year. His academic performance has improved night and day since he was in the brick and mortar schools the previous 9 years - he went from B/C grades in middle school to A/B consistently in his last 3 high school years with ORCA, and he really understands his subjects. My daughter was not being challenged in the brick and mortar schools, but now she is 2 years ahead in math and excelling in all subjects with straight A's, even at a grade level ahead for her age. They have made great friends through ORCA and no more bullying or classroom distractions. This school is a no brainer if you want more involvement in your child's education and want them to succeed academically with a challenging curriculum, so that they will probably be way ahead of other students when they get to college as well.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2012
We love Connections Academy! We will be starting our 3rd year this fall and our children are excelling in all areas. They can work at their own pace and both are a full year ahead in math. Their schedules are flexible so they aren't rushing to complete assignments and can do their best work. The teachers are amazing and really go the extra mile to help our children accomplish all their goals. My kids have been in public brick and mortar school and we have homeschooled, but Connections Academy is the best choice we ever made. We love being hands on with their education, it brings our family even closer together and we know they are getting a great education. We love all the field trips and social gatherings. The parents and kids in our area have become good friends.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
Love, love, love Connections Academy!!! I have tried public school with both my kids but they learned so much more when home schooled through connections! I love the materials, the online classroom set-up, the teacher lectures, flexibility, communication boards, field trips....I could go on and on! But the big reasons I choose ORCA is because the public school system failed my kids. They were bullied, overlooked, forgotten and allowed to pass year after year without learning what they should have been learning each year. My son was so sad everyday he went to public school. Now, with ORCA, he is soooooo very happy!! As a mom there is nothing better than seeing your child happy and smiling!! Public, brick and mortar school....never again!

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
If you want to be involved with you childs learning and actually know that they are learning this is " THE" best choice of online charter schooling you could ask for. I am so pleased to have chose to have my daughter enrolled with them. There courses tend to be a little hard but it depends on the class. If you get stumped a phone call or email to the teacher and they will explain to you how to teach it and when your child is on an IEP they will help you shorten the work for your child and make it easier for them to understand. I love Connection's and am so blessed that they have them as a choice for school. I wished they were around when I was in school,...

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
This is our first year with ORCA, and I almost withdrew my 3rd grade daughter within the first few months. It has been a struggle to get her to be responsible for her workload and time management. Now for the positives: great support from her teacher and other parents, challenging curriculum, and freedom to pursue other activities. When I was struggling to get my daughter to do her work, her teacher and other parents offered many different ideas. No criticism, just help. My daughter is finally challenged! Last year, at the local school, she did her week's homework on Monday's bus ride home. Now, we take her schoolwork with us, and she's able to move at her own pace. The last positive is the one I really like- flexibility to pursue other activities. She is able to take lessons at times other kids are unavailable, and often comes to school with me. My other two school-age children are in the local public schools, and are thriving. ORCA has been more work on my part than I had expected, but my daughter is thriving because of ORCA.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
This is my daughter's third year with Connections; she is graduating this year. She loves the school, and has learned so much more than she ever learned in the traditional bricks and mortar school! She loves the teachers, and they're always quick to answer her questions. And, not only is more content covered in every class, she's also able to take classes that wouldn't be offered locally, like 3-D art, and German. She's able to work more efficiently in this setting, enabling her to have more time for outside activities than she ever had in the traditional system.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
I am currently un-enrolling my kids from Connections. If we had started on time, I think the program would have been more successful, however, we started enrolling in Sept. and there is only one registration office for all 50 states. It took over 2 months to get my kids fully registered. My oldest, in HS, started off with 80 overdue assignments on his first day. It's completely unmanageable and very overwhelming for a student at any level to start of school with such a work load. The school is then very quick to place a child on "alarm" when there is very little support on managing so many assignments. It was suggested my son put in 8 hrs a day just to catch up on basic assignments, which didn't include the extra hours for labs, reading, etc, and with other obligations, he couldn't manage the workload. As one of the reviews suggests, it's the Learning Coach that does most of the schooling. I even hired a tutor, or rather a teacher that cannot find a job with all of the cutbacks. He was even overwhelmed with what was expected. This is probably a great program, but expect to be a full time teacher at home and this is not a program that works well with full-time working parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2011
The curriculum is great. The online system they use is great. But the bottom line is that the teaching is truly done by the Learning coaches, not the ORCA teachers. Lets face it, a 30 minute live lesson once a week is not teaching-unless you consider grading the tests teaching-and those often take 8-10 days to get back I can tell these teachers have 80-100 students each and possibly more so I dont necessarily blame them. That said, I love the fact that this system of education is available because it allows me to interact and work with my son. But as far as great teaching, I'm not seeing it, and this is our 3rd year with ORCA

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2011
We too have had many positive experiences with ORCA. The local public school system failed my student and set him up for academic failure. Thankfully we registered him in ORCA early in his kindergarten year (2010). He just finished the second grade with high scores in science, math, language arts, social studies, and art. Our student has special needs and ORCA has met each need without hesitation and were strong advocates in providing local school district services for him. There are many social activities provided monthly. The teachers are top quality!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2011
Oregon Connections Academy is literally THE best K-12 school I've ever seen, or in this case, not 'seen'. My daughter has become so much more independent, she has flourished in this school and it's well constructed learning environment, and she lives her life on her own schedule without the distractions and bad influences of the poor behavior of a other typical students. The principal is wonderful, the instructors are very highly qualified and very personable, the curriculum is top notch and as a whole, a great group of educators. My daughter sarted in 3rd grade, is now entering 8th & will continue on through 12th. Let us know when they have a college, because ORCA certainly prepares kids for it well.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
We're in our 5th year with ORCA (3 students, grades 1, 4 & 8). This innovative new way of public education is awesome - provided you are willing to invest the time and energy to serve as a Learning Coach. The program is dynamic - incorporating feedback and improving each year. You can track your students progress down to the individual lesson, so no surprises at semester end. Great (highly-qualified) certified teachers, and the personalized flexibility to move at the student's own pace. Plus, it costs the state less per pupil. Virtual public schooling is here to stay!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
ORCA has proven to be top notch where it come to areas where most brick and mortar schools have failed. their curriculum is very challenging but has also been able to turn a student around on how they look at a subject. Their staff has made it a point to take the time to keep in contact with their students as well as their parents. It teaches the student to be more self sufficient and work on time management on their own. It has parent getting more involved as Learning Coaches than they probably would have in a more traditional setting. All in all it helps all types of student find their stride and feel good about their accomplishments.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
It's nice not having the intense pressure of peers, and TEACHERS, on your back. It's so cool to have a actual school atmosphere, minus the pressures, in the comfort of my home. I have nothing but good to say about ORCA. I went to public school clear to my 9th grade year, and I had horrible grades, I didn't like the atmosphere, and I couldn't believe how it seemed the teachers only cared about students who either had straight A's, where going to go to college, or where in football. In connections, I have one-on-one teacher communication, via webmail, or the simple use of the phone. ORCA also offers school field trips! (though, they can sometime be hard to attend because of location, but atleast they try.) I love my school, and thank God every day for blessing me with this school, I HIGHLY, HIGHLY Recommend Oregon Connections Academy!

- submitted by a student
no rating May 18, 2009
Great School, The best virtual schools Oregon has. Using the latest in technology to personalized education for each student. The teacher are the BEST!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2009
ORCA has the widest range of SUCCEEDING students from the gifted, to the struggling student than any school I have ever known or been a part of. I have had two students enrolled in ORCA for 3 years. To teach our children not only by educating them, but teaching them to learn builds confidence and self esteem for this new world of learning and technology. Peer tutoring, specialized learning, advanced learning, technology enhanced lessons, and their own private accredited teacher, all from home to boot. Why aren't we making this successful, cost effective form of public education the norm, instead of the exception for schools?

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2009
ORCA has provided the challenging curriculum my daughter needed and was lacking in the local brick and mortar school district. ORCA's schedule can be rigorous but flexible and family friendly. It has far exceeded our expectations, if we didn't have ORCA we would have to homeschool, because the local district is so poor in our opinion that it just isn't an option.

- submitted by a parent
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Oregon Connections Academy
38761 North Main St., Scio, OR  97374
(503) 394-4315
Last modified Oregon Connections Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oregon Connections Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top