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Online Learning Academy

Johanna Thomas
Associate Principal, Online Academy

Cynthia Manuel
Administrative Assistant, Online Academy

Laura Duffie-Evans
Counselor, Online Academy

Online Academy Technology Support

 Tonka Online Tech Support - Password resets, account questions and hardware issues

Tonka Online Program Support and Questions
Contact:  Ben Stanerson


The Minnesota Department of Education has approved Albert Lea Area Schools to operate an Online School in Minnesota. This school option is being offered for students in grades 6-12 within our school district and is named the Albert Lea Online Academy. 

The Albert Lea Online Academy will be partnering with Owatonna School District and Owatonna Online during the 2023-2024 school year for grades 6 - 12.  Students continue to be enrolled through Albert Lea Area Schools as their home district and are then enrolled in the Owatonna Online Program.  Students choosing the Online Academy should be self-motivated, enjoy learning in a virtual environment and have the ability to advocate for themselves.  Parents and guardians will be their student’s learning coach to ensure the child is attending and completing coursework daily.  To learn more about Owatonna Online, visit 

Informational Meeting: 

If you are interested in the Online Academy for 2023-2024, there will be an informational virtual meeting on May 25, 2023 at 5:00pm.

If you missed the Informational Meeting please see the following link

The Online Academy follows the Owatonna School District Calendar.  The first day of school is September 5, 2023 and the last day is June 5, 2024.  

Owatonna School District calendar link:

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