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Orah (formerly Boardingware)

Orah is an online software platform we use to communicate with you about leave information and travel plans, as well as other aspects of your cadet's residential life here on campus. 

The system is designed so that up-to-date details of a cadet’s whereabouts will always be available to our staff on duty to ensure student safety and continuity of care. The aim of the system is both to ease and improve the collection of information, therefore providing a clear picture of a cadet’s status.

The company that created this software platform is located in New Zealand and the name Orah is derived from a Māori word meaning to be alive, well, safe, cured, recovered, healthy, fit, healed.

The first step will be to get you signed up for your Orah account that is linked to your cadet.

Creating your Orah account

Once your cadet is enrolled at Fork Union Military Academy, we will trigger an invitation to be delivered to your email inbox. This invitation will come from the email address — you might want to add this address to your approved sender's list so it doesn't get filtered into your junk or spam folder. 

You can use Orah with a web-enabled device—such as a computer, smartphone, tablet, or laptop—and all that is required to sign up to it is an active email address.

  • You can access Orah from any web browser on a computer or mobile device.
  • There is a downloadable Orah App for parents using an Android mobile device.
  • If you are an iOS user (such as on an iPhone or iPad), Orah offers a mobile-friendly website that looks and acts like an app would.

Your invitation will have instructions for you to create your Orah account. When setting up your account please use the email address we used to send you the invitation.

Through your Orah account you will connect to your student's information and be able to create, review, and approve leave requests and interact with the Commandant's Department regarding the residential life aspect of your cadet's experience here at Fork Union Military Academy.

Haven't received your Orah invitation yet?

If you haven't received your Orah invitation yet, and it is not in your spam or junk folder, simply send our Perkins Technology Center an email and ask that they send you another invitation. Send your request to:

A "Getting Started" Guide for Parents

Orah provides a "Getting Started" guide for parents at this link:


One thing to keep in mind is that Orah is based in New Zealand. They work with many, if not most, of the world's best boarding schools. Sometimes the language of the guide and the Orah app reflects a bit of the New Zealand flavor of English or employs phrases used by other boarding schools. For example, leave pass requests that are awaiting your final approval are shown as "Pending Endorsement" in the Orah app. Dates may be displayed at DAY/MONTH/YEAR instead of MONTH/DAY/YEAR.

We encourage you to look through this guide to familiarize yourself with the Orah user interface, and then set up your parent account, following their instructions.