Our School

About Us


The Olympia Regional Learning Academy provides a unique learning environment with high academic standards. Staff and families collaborate to provide a safe and supportive community where students are valued as individuals. Through diverse and innovative educational opportunities, our students are empowered and prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Belief Statements

  1. Students, parents, and staff value quality, integrated, and diverse learning opportunities.
  2. Our community values individuality, supports student introspection, goal setting, academic rigor, and personal responsibility.
  3. Student success is best achieved through strong connections and collaboration within a community of students, parents, and staff.
  4. Our staff is committed to removing barriers to student success.
  5. We embrace diversity in all aspects of our school community.
  6. The Olympia Regional Learning Academy staff is committed to preparing students to be skilled problem-solvers, critical thinkers, effective communicators, proficient users of technology, and thoughtful contributors to their community.


Interested in what The Olympian wrote about building the ORLA school started in September 2013? Check out the links below.

Olympia School District watches ORLA's new school being built and ready for occupancy!

Where is our school located? 2400 15th Ave S.E., Olympia, WA. 98501   Alternately you can utilize Route 64 on Intercity Transit.

Contact Us!

ORLA's front office is open from 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. 

Main Office Telephone: (360) 596-7730
Main Office Fax: (360) 596-7731


Celeste Waltermeyer
Principal at Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA)

Formerly interim principal at ORLA. Waltermeyer served one year as the school’s interim principal. Before that, she worked one year as ORLA’s assistant administrator. She came to ORLA in 2014 after having worked 14 years at Yelm High School in roles including administrative intern, dean of students ASB adviser, culminating project coordinator, and teacher.


Kristy Grinnell
Assistant Principal at Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA)
Formerly interim assistant administrator at ORLA.  Grinnell joined the Olympia School District in fall 2015 as the interim assistant administrator at ORLA. Before that, she worked two years as assistant principal in the Central Kitsap School District and one year as an assistant academic administrator with K12 Inc. Additionally, she worked three years as dean of students for Federal Way Public Schools and eight years as a teacher/administrative intern in the Clark County School District in Nevada.


Olympia SD 2017-18 Full Year Calendar

ORLA 2017-18 Bell Schedule

Montessori 2017-18 Bus Route and Schedule


hConnect - 2017-18 School Year Calendar

Montessori - 2017-18 School Year Calendar

MAST 7/8 - 2017-18 School Year Calendar


iConnect Academy hours at ORLA vary between Monday - Friday due to teachers teaching. Select this link for FAQ's about iConnect Academy

No summer classes.


Breakfast service daily from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

hConnect lunch service 11:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

ORLA Montessori lunch service 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

MAST 7/8 lunch service 11:20 p.m. - 11:50 a.m.


Is school canceled?

Inclement Weather is reported on our homepage.

As we approach the winter season, we want to clarify for you how school closure or school delay information applies to our academy. Because we are part of the Olympia School District, you will want to pay attention to the announcements that pertain to our district.

If the announcement is made that "Schools are Closed," this will also apply to ORLA and all classes will be canceled for the day. If the announcement is for a "One Hour Delay," or "Two Hour Delay," either situation means that for ORLA, all classes starting at 8:30 a.m. are canceled, but we will plan to run all classes that normally start at 9:30 a.m. and later. Because our teachers/specialists may have more serious road conditions near their homes, they may need to cancel their individual class(es).

When weather or other emergency conditions dictate the closure or delayed start of our schools, radio stations KGY (96.9 FM), KMAS (1030 AM), KXXO (MIXX) (96.1FM), and KAOS (89.3 FM) will broadcast information as soon as possible so that you will know to keep your child at home. Seattle television and some Seattle radio stations will be notified as well. On the Internet, access our District website, http://osd.wednet.edu, or the Public Schools Emergency Communication System at http://www.psecs.wednet.edu. Subscribe to Friends of OSD to receive regular email updates as well as emergency and school closure notices from either site. Please ensure the Office has accurate telephone numbers so the notification calling system can reach you with the most updated information.

Your safety is of foremost importance, so if we are open but you do not feel safe to drive, please contact us by phone or email Krista Warren kwarren@osd.wednet.edu or Inger Owen iowen@osd.wednet.edu 360-596-7730 to let us know you are not able to attend due to the road conditions.