Enrollment and Attendance FAQs

Who can enroll in 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.

I would like to enroll my child in ORVA and another public school. Is this possible?

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.

Does ORVA accept students who have been expelled from another Oregon public school?

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.

How many of my children can I enroll in the Oregon Virtual Academy?

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 currently are families with as many as five children in similar online programs using the K12 curriculum that are being guided by one learning coach in conjunction with the support of their schools' teachers.

What does it cost to attend the Oregon Virtual Academy?

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

Are there any attendance requirements?

Yes. According to state law, students must have two contacts with their teachers, on two separate days each week. This is captured by attending live instructional sessions.

Can I take a vacation during the school year?

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.

What about four-year-old kindergarten?

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

Does ORVA offer full- or part-time kindergarten?

Kindergarten is full-time.

What if my Student is denied enrollment?

Oregon Virtual Schools 3% Enrollment Denial.

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.