Olympia Regional Learning Academy (iConnect Academy)
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School District: Olympia
Grades Served: 6-12
Approved as a Multidistrict Online School Program from the 2010-11 through the 2013-14 school year.
Student Enrollment Instructions:
Olympia Regional Learning Academy
2001 26th Ave NE
Olympia, WA 98506
Full-Time Enrollment Application Process
Step 1: Complete the enrollment application packet and submit the paperwork to our office, along with a copy of your most recent transcript, attendance record, and an inter-district transfer request form (if residence is outside of the Olympia School District). If you are enrolled in another school, it is important that you do not withdraw from that school until you know that you have been accepted for enrollment into our program. Enrollment paperwork may be downloaded at http://orla.osd.wednet.edu/iconnect/enroll.
Step 2: Contact the Olympia Regional Learning Academy Administrator at 596-7730, to schedule an interview. Based on a review of your application packet, the Administrator may request that you bring additional documents with you to your interview. Issues to be discussed at the interview may include, but are not limited to, academic records including attendance, reliable access to a computer and the Internet, appropriateness of placement, and demonstration of the ability to succeed academically in an independent environment.
Step 3: After the interview, the Administrator will contact the applicant and/or parent to let them know if the student is accepted into the program. Acceptance as a full-time time student, acceptance instead as a dually enrolled student with the student’s resident home school (in-district applicants only), or denial of enrollment is at the discretion of the Administrator based on the information shared at the student’s interview related to his/her potential to be successful in a self-directed program, appropriateness of placement, and/or information learned from the student’s prior/current school of enrollment related to attendance and discipline.
Step 4: If accepted for enrollment, the iConnect Academy Program Manager will contact the student and parent to schedule them into one of the orientation sessions for new students. During the orientation session, the student and parent will meet the student’s advisor, establish the student’s learning plan and enroll in classes, learn to navigate and use the tools needed to complete their coursework, and review additional paperwork associated with progress, assessment, and other expectations. After orientation, the student may access his/her courses from anywhere a computer and Internet access are available.
Dual Enrollment Application Process (In-district option only):
Step 1: Consult your school counselor about making a schedule change and discuss which classes you would like to retain at your school. Your counselor should then contact the Olympia Regional Learning Academy Administrator to inform him/her of your schedule change and provide recommendation to the Administrator about which courses you should take through online coursework. Because your school counselor is the one responsible for monitoring your overall program, it is important s/he be closely involved in this process. Obtain an enrollment packet from your counselor or enrollment paperwork may be downloaded at http://orla.osd.wednet.edu/iconnect/enroll.
Step 2: Contact the Administrator at 596-7730 to hear about how the program works and to have any questions answered. Turn enrollment paperwork in to our office. Please include a copy of your most recent transcript.
Step 3: If accepted for enrollment, the iConnect Academy Program Manager will contact the student and parent to schedule them into one of the orientation sessions for new students. During the orientation session, the student and parent will meet the student’s advisor, establish the student’s learning plan and enroll in classes, learn to navigate and use the tools needed to complete their coursework, and review additional paperwork associated with progress, assessment, and other expectations. After orientation, the student may access his/her courses from anywhere a computer and Internet access are available.
It is important to note that your acceptance into the program is as a part-time, dually enrolled student only. If, for whatever reason, you decide that you would like to attend our program full-time instead, then you must go through the full interview process as outlined in the above section under Full-Time Enrollment Application Process. Acceptance as a full-time student is at the discretion of the program’s Administrator based on the criteria outlined above.
The Olympia School District provides an environment promoting equality and respect and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, national origin, marital status or non-job related physical sensory or mental handicap in its education programs, activities, employment procedures and personnel practices as required by State and Federal laws.
The strength of iConnect comes from our commitment to providing quality instruction by certificated teachers who are local and supported by the excellent reputation of the Olympia School District. Our low student-teacher ratio helps to ensure individualized attention in a timely manner, with ease of communication and the ability for students to get frequent assistance. Most of the time students receive help from their teachers through electronic communication that is fast and efficient. However, our teachers are also just a simple, direct phone call away. Students are always welcome and encouraged to schedule a time to meet with their teachers face-to-face to get help on their work. Our counselor works with students to make sure the right courses for graduation are being taken, assists with information on scholarships, application to colleges, and provides assistance and counseling on matters that may be more personal rather than academic. At iConnect, we place a high priority on trying to keep students from feeling distant and disconnected from their teachers and support staff whose primary goal is to make sure each student feels supported and engaged in his or her own learning.
iConnect is part of the Olympia Regional Learning Academy, serving students grades 6-12. Students may enroll anytime during the year, full or part-time. Students can progress through courses at their own pace, with the ability to work on their assignments anytime during the day, or night, wherever a computer and Internet access are available. iConnect offers a full range of courses, including all courses required to earn a high school diploma. iConnect courses are tuition-free if the student is not already enrolled full-time in another public school.
iConnect offers courses in all content areas that will meet Washington state graduation requirements.
For grades 6, 7, and 8, iConnect offers language arts, social studies, and math courses.
iConnect serves students who are interested in learning in an online format, grades 6-12, and best fits students who have good self-discipline and self-motivation.
iConnect students progress through courses at their own pace and may enroll at any time during the school year. Students are required to participate in at least one, synchronous course session each week and all mid-terms and finals are required to be taken onsite at our school campus. Exceptions to coming onsite for exams may be made if a third party proctor can be arranged closer to the student’s place of residence.
All iConnect courses have been aligned to Washington state standards.
iConnect Academy, as part of the Olympia Regional Learning Academy, is fully accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).
All iConnect Academy teachers are Washington state certified and are endorsed, or have met “highly qualified” standards, in the subject areas they teach.
AP courses offered have been approved by the College Board.
Our courseware is operated on Moodle, Apex, and Blackboard platforms.
Student Performance and Demographics
Data for school year: 2011-12
Teacher-to-student ratio: 1:14
Course completion rate: 68%
Course pass rate: 68%
OSPI School Reportcard (includes test scores, demographics, and more).
Student Satisfaction Survey
Olympia Regional Learning Academy (iConnect Academy) did not participate in the student satisfaction survey.