Why ORVA is a Great Choice for Your Family - Oregon Virtual Academy

Why ORVA is a Great Choice for Your Family

Imagine what your child could do with an education tailored to their unique needs. At ORVA, we’re dedicated to helping Oregon students in grades K–12 reach their true potential.

What We Offer

The Oregon Virtual Academy offers students the chance to learn and grow through:

  • Full-time, tuition-free, fully-accredited online public school
  • Instruction from Oregon-licensed teachers
  • Opportunities to earn college credit while in high school
  • Compelling, career readiness pathways
  • Special programs and a focus on giving every student the support they need to succeed
  • Credit recovery courses to get and keep students on track
  • An active, supportive school community
  • A variety of clubs, events, and social opportunities for all grades
  • An Advanced Learner Program

ORVA Students

At ORVA, student have the support and community to help them face challenges and foster resilience, empowering them to meet or exceed their goals.

“Our ORVA students are special in every sense. Some are living on boats, some are child actors traveling the globe…some are homeless…some have autism, specific learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, other health impairments…We have a little bit of everyone from all walks of life.”
— Samuel Shin, ORVA High School Student who embraced the flexibility of online learning to build a career as a professional animator

ORVA student Samuel Shin

The ORVA Difference

What parents are saying

“I chose ORVA because of the flexible schedule and learning opportunities…Most importantly, we never have to worry about the weather, transportation to school, furlough days, gunmen and now, pandemic.”

“My son suffers medical issues that couldn’t be handled in traditional school. I love having him home with me teaching him while also caring for his younger siblings.”

“My 3 children have greatly improved with the ease of communicating with their teachers. This allows them to get help before they fall behind.”

Fully-accredited public school

Accreditation means ORVA meets or exceeds the expectations of the Oregon State Department of Education. The credits your student earns at ORVA are easily accepted if transferring or applying for higher education.

 

ORVA success metrics

  • 94% of ORVA parents who responded are satisfied with their student’s teacher
  • 93.9% Elementary attendance rate
  • 79% of 8th graders earned high school credit
  • The longer high schoolers stay at ORVA the less likely they are to dropout
  • Nearly 3/4 of new students perform below grade level when they start at ORVA — but the longer students stay at ORVA, the better they perform
highly qualified teacher at ORVA

The ORVA Enrollment Processing Center will contact you, indicating that your enrollment has been approved or noting documents that are still needed to completely process your application. An ORVA representative will call you to discuss enrollment in the program and course placement.

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The beauty of our program is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Grade placement assessments, completed as part of the enrollment process, allow us to place your student in the appropriate level of curriculum. So, for example, if your fourth grader is doing math on a sixth-grade level and reading on a fourth-grade level, we can tailor your curriculum and lesson plans to meet his or her abilities. Starting in 8th grade, students also have the option of dual enrollment to start earning college credit.

Learn more about our Talented and Gifted Learners program.

Depending on a child’s Individualized Education Program, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child’s needs with us, please contact our office and we will put you in touch with our special education team.

Learn about ORVA’s Special Education, Section 504, and School Interventions programs.

Typically students need to show proof of residency and proof of age, but requirements vary depending on your student’s situation. Our enrollment consultants can help determine exactly which documents you’ll need. Get in touch by calling 866.529.0160.

Incoming kindergarteners must be five years old by September 1 of the upcoming school year in order to enroll.

The state of Oregon law (OAR 581-026-0310) states that a student may be denied enrollment into a virtual school if more than 3% of a district’s student population is currently enrolled in an online school. If a family is notified by their local district that their student’s enrollment has been denied the family may request an appeal.

Learn more about the How to Appeal a School District’s Decision to Deny Student Enrollment in a Virtual Charter School

Kindergarten at ORVA is full-time. At this time we do not offer a part-time Kindergarten curriculum.

ORVA doesn’t offer a four-year-old kindergarten program. Children must be age five on or before September 1 in order to participate.

The school calendar includes school “holidays” or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. If a student skips a day during the week, he or she will be marked absent. Vacation is not an approved reason for absence in the state of Oregon. Families must notify their teachers of any absences.

Parents can apply for “Educational Leave of Absences” during the school year. Requests must be submitted to the Head of School 10 days before the absence. Leave will be approved based upon consistent student progress and attendance. No educational leave will be granted during any of the testing windows for state-mandated testing.

Yes. Students must have an attendance contact each day with their teachers every day. This is captured by attending live instructional sessions.

Because ORVA is a public charter school program, there is no tuition cost. ORVA provides an Oregon-licensed teacher and all instructional materials for the program, including a computer if necessary. However, students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as printer ink and paper).

Because the Oregon Virtual Academy provides all of the lesson plans and materials needed, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program. There are currently families with as many as five children in similar online programs using our curriculum that are being guided by one Learning Coach in conjunction with the support of their schools’ teachers.

Pursuant to statute, the Oregon Virtual Academy is a public school and does not have to accept students who have been expelled from another Oregon public school. Students who have been expelled from an Oregon public school and submit an enrollment application to ORVA will be considered on an individual basis. Parents are responsible for informing ORVA if their students have been expelled from school upon initial submission of the enrollment application.

The Oregon Virtual Academy provides a full-time, comprehensive academic program. Dual attendance is possible but prior approval from the resident district is required before the student will be permitted to attend ORVA.

Students in grades K–12 who reside in Oregon are eligible to attend the Oregon Virtual Academy.

Learn more about how to enroll your child in ORVA.