General FAQs

What grades are offered by the Oregon Virtual Academy?

ORVA offers grades K–12.

What subjects will my child study?

Students take comprehensive courses in English, math, science, and history and can choose from a variety of electives including career-focused options in business administration and marketing.

Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?

Yes. We provide the textbooks and instructional materials needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly. Common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper are not provided. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.

Can my child work at his or her own pace?

The K–5 program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. Middle school and high school students complete lessons in synchronous and asynchronous sessions and are expected to complete, quizzes, tests, and other assignments in a timely manner.

How much time do students spend on the computer?

We expect that students will spend no more than 15 to 30 percent of their school time on the computer in grades K–5, 50 to 70 percent in grades 6–8, and 80+ percent in grades 9–12. 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. They 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 traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.

Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?

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.

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. 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. Visit our gifted and talented student section.

How do students interact socially?

Throughout the year, students will be invited to participate in school outings and other social events. We expect local groups 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 other intrusions into your home.

How do I enroll my student?

Visit our How to Enroll section for information on enrolling your student in ORVA.

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.