An Award Winning Virtual School

The Oregon Connections Academy is an award-winning, online K-12 public school. Its offices are centered in Mill City, Oregon, but its students are scattered all over the state.

Gareth Pooleon

Students at the Oregon Connections Academy received instruction from state-certified teachers with experience in online instruction. There is no tuition at the Academy, and students receive free textbooks and curriculum materials. In some cases, computers are provided to families that need them.

The Academy opened nearly ten years ago and is authorized under state law by Scio School District 95C. It is operated by the Oregon Connections Academy, a nonprofit corporation, and is governed by an independent board of directors. It is the largest online public charter school in Oregon, and its mission is to make sure that all of its students become productive, successful and confident adults.

In April of 2015, the Academy received three “Bessie” awards for its educational software programs. The awards were presented during ComputED Gazette’s 21st Annual Best Educational Software Awards program in Baltimore. The awards were presented for its Algebra 1, Business Management and Administration, and Science Club websites.

Oregon Connections Academy has also received an “outstanding” grade on the school report card issued by the Oregon Department of Education, the highest possible rating.

Gareth Pooleon is the Academy’s K-12 Lead Principal. He has twenty-five years of educational experience in teaching, coaching, counseling and administration. He holds a Master in Education degree from Western Oregon University, and degrees in Science in Secondary Education and Interdisciplinary Studies, also from Western Oregon.


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