Enrollment and Attendance FAQs
Who is eligible to attend Destinations Career Academy of Oregon (Destinations)?
Any student in grades 9–12 who resides in Oregon is eligible for full-time enrollment.
What if my student is denied enrollment?
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 percent of a district's student population is currently enrolled in an online school.
If you are notified by your local district that your student's enrollment has been denied, please reach out to our school immediately. There is a non-profit organization that is interested in helping families exercise their rights under state law and appeal a denial. They know the state law and may be able to help you. Please notify us immediately after you receive a denial notice as a parent must submit an appeal within ten (10) calendar days. We will connect you with outside help from this non-profit.
Process to appeal a school district's decision to deny student enrollment in a virtual charter school. Again, there is a non-profit that is interested in helping parents exercise their rights under the law. Please let our school know that you were denied so that we connect you to get help.
How many of my children can I enroll in Destinations?
Because Destinations provides the lesson plans and materials needed for grades 9–12, many parents find it easy to enroll more than one child in the program.
What does it cost to attend Destinations?
Because Destinations is a public school program, there is no tuition. Families are responsible for providing common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper. In addition, families must have access to a computer and the internet to successfully complete the lessons. Based on financial need and eligibility, Destinations may loan a computer system (including computer, printer, and software) to support the learning process. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
What is the attendance policy?
As Oregon public school students, all Destinations students must comply with the state-required minimum number of instructional days. We expect that students will attend Class Connect sessions as required and complete lessons according to due dates. Students and parents/Learning Coaches must check their email and phone messages daily and stay in regular communication with their teachers.
Do Destinations students participate in Oregon state testing?
Yes, as public-school students, 11th-grade students enrolled in ORDCA are required to participate in all state-mandated testing, which your child can do remotely from home.
Updates, notifications, and forms for testing are sent annually per Oregon Department of Education requirements.
Please watch your email for information regarding testing remotely from home and other options, such as opting out. If you have further questions, please contact our Testing Coordinator, Sheila Heino at email@example.com
Can our family 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. Parents are encouraged to contact their teacher if they have a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar. Family vacations may not be approved during the mandated testing periods in the spring.