Our School

ORLA: A School of Choice


Mission Statement

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.


Alternative Learning Experience and Home-based Instruction Statement of Understanding


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.


What did The Olympian write about building the new ORLA school started in September 2013?

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Where is our school located?

2400 15th Ave S.E., Olympia, WA. 98501  
Alternately you can utilize Route 64 on Intercity Transit.


The front office remains open on a limited basis and appointments made in advance are preferred. All visitors must adhere to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols.


ORLA returned to remote learning on September 9, 2020 and transitioned to a hybrid Montessori student model in February 2021.


We are doing our part to end the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Stay safe and healthy.  We miss you all.

Please leave a voicemail or email so someone can reply.  If you don't leave a message, our system doesn't register your number and we won't know you called. We want to hear from you and contact you!


Contact Us!


Lacie Williams: 360-596-7772 lmwilliams@osd.wednet.edu

Telephone Main Line: 360-596-7730
Attendance Message Line: 360-596-7773
Fax Number:  360-596-7731



Celeste Waltermeyer

Administrator at Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA)
Celeste Waltermeyer

Prior to becoming administrator, Mrs. Waltermeyer was the interim administrator for ORLA in 2015-16, and assistant administrator in 2014-15. She came to ORLA in 2014 after having worked for 14 years at Yelm High School in roles including administrative intern, dean of students, ASB adviser, culminating project coordinator, and teacher. In 2019, she was awarded the Alternative Learning Experience Administrator of the Year award.



Kristy Grinnell

Assistant Administrator at Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA)
Kristy GrinnellMs. Grinnell joined the Olympia School District in fall 2015 as the interim assistant administrator at ORLA. Before that, she worked two years as an 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.


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 11:25 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

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

MAST 7/8 lunch service 11:25 p.m. - 11:55 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 by sending your email to communications@osd.wednet.edu 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 the ORLA Attendance line 24-7 at (360) 596-7773 to let us know you are not able to attend due to the road conditions.