How Online Education Works

Program Overview

Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA) uses online curriculum and services provided by K12. For Oregon residents, learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an internet connection can be found. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, our lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well. And because ORVA is a public school, it's tuition-free.

Licensed Teachers, Exceptional Teaching Tools

At ORVA, all students interact with one or more Oregon-licensed teachers (depending on the grade level) and communicate regularly with their teachers through e-mail, telephone, and online meetings. ORVA provides each family with the materials necessary to complete schoolwork from home, including a wide variety of textbooks, CDs, videos, and hands-on tools and resources.† These materials complement the interactive, online elements of our program ensuring that students receive instruction using the best method for each subject matter. A computer, printer, and if necessary, an internet stipend is available for families based on income.

Dedicated School Support System

ORVA also provides a dedicated support system to both parents and students. Working closely with the teacher, the parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a "Learning Coach" to the child, helping to facilitate his or her progress and working to modify the pace and schedule as needed. In addition, the ORVA school community keeps in close contact.

Personalized Learning, Public School Accountability

In addition to providing personalized learning, as an online public school, ORVA provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and state testing required of all public schools.

What about kids with special needs?

ORVA is dedicated to identifying eligible students who need to receive an appropriate educational program consisting of special education and related services which will meet their identified needs. Find out how our Child Find Program works to identify and evaluate all children with such needs.

Family Academic Support Team (FAST)

FAST empowers students to overcome challenges—be they academic, social, emotional, medical, or otherwise—to succeed in school and beyond. This holistic approach includes early intervention, support services, and linking families to school and community-based resources. FAST members and teachers work with families to provide the extra help needed to enable students to stay motivated and on track.

Course materials vary by course and grade. Please check with your school about offline course materials.