April 18, 2014
We are so happy to have stumbled upon ORLA. My children have always attended traditional schools, but this year we wanted something that offered a bit more. ORLA is a part of the Olympia School District, but designed for homeschooling families. It is set up like a little college, with kids moving from class to class, courses chosen often based on interests. The teachers at ORLA are professional and really understand and respect that all kids learn differently, and this format allows kids to reach their full potential. Parents here are very involved in their children's education, and that lends toward a warm, family-focused environment. Children are assigned to the core classes (if you choose to take these) based on their abilities, not age, so they get the support they need, whether it's remedial or advanced. The "2" score is misleading, as the students at ORLA are not "taught the test", but instead provided a rich, interesting and nurturing education. The art program at ORLA is outstanding, and that's not something we get a lot of in the public schools anymore unfortunately. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of ORLA!
- submitted by a parent