General FAQs

What grades are offered by the Oregon Virtual Academy?

ORVA will offer grades K–12.

What subjects will my child study?

Language Arts, Math, Science, History and Art are the core courses. World Languages and Music are also offered, but as elective courses. During the enrollment process, parents must request one of these two subjects for each child. Full academic programs for grades 7–12 are also offered by ORVA. Visit our K–6 online courses and secondary school online courses section.

Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?

Yes, K12 provides all of the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly.

Can my child work at his or her own pace?

The program K–6 is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. The online high school program is a combination of self-paced work and scheduled lessons and activities.

How much time do students spend on the computer?

We expect that students will spend no more than 20 to 25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. Computers do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of well-written and well-designed textbooks, workbooks, and hands-on instructional materials.

Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?

Depending on a child's IEP, 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.

Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?

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. 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. Visit our gifted and talented student section.

How do students interact socially?

ORVA students will be invited to participate in school outings and other social events. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We also are exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet.

Will this program intrude into my home?

There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no cameras or any other intrusions into your home. This school was created to help your child obtain a first-class education and serve your family's needs. If you ever feel that it is not right for your family or your child, you can withdraw your child at any time.

How do I enroll my student?

Submit an online application and complete the ORVA Enrollment Forms Packet for the upcoming school year. You will need to provide copies of the following documents with your student's enrollment:

  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of proof of residence (utility bill showing service or physical address—do not send payment stub.)
  • Copy of immunization records which must be signed by a parent/guardian
  • Letter of Intent (this will be provided by your PAL)

The Enrollment Checklist at the beginning of the Online Enrollment Form will help you ensure that you have fulfilled all enrollment requirements.

How will I know when my student's enrollment has been approved?

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.

Can students do extracurricular activities in their resident district?

This decision is made on a district-by-district basis.