Oregon Connections Academy will hold a parent-to-parent meeting Friday at 6 p.m. at Starbucks at 8 Centerpointe Drive in Lake Oswego. The meeting is intended to allow new families to meet with those who currently have students enrolled in Oregon Connections Academy, an online public school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade throughout Oregon.

“I get asked to do the parent-to-parent meetings because I am in the fifth year of educating my children through Connections Academy,” said Anne Marie Gurney of Portland. “What tends to happen at these meetings is that new families need assurance that they can do this. Some of these parents at the start are overwhelmed. This is a different way of doing school. Parents want to make sure their kids are getting their needs met.”

She said a common concern for parents is that their children will not have the same socialization opportunities they would if they attended a traditional school. Her second- and sixth-grade children live a life no different from other students, she said.

“They still play with the gaggle of neighborhood kids, play on organized sports teams, take music lessons; we’re involved in our church — we do everything,” she said. “We live in a world that is computer-based and our children will be working with computers all their lives. We can either embrace it or not. But computers are here to stay.”

Oregon Connections Academy delivers customized learning from home tailored to the academic needs of each student to help them succeed in school.

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