Welcome from Our Founder/CEO

Hello and Welcome to Orion High School!

Last year we embarked on our 10th year as a pioneering digital school, founded on the sound principles of mentoring and learning.  We actually opened our virtual doors in August of 2007, so, technically we are still in our tenth year!  Since our early days, we saw the need for flexible, high quality digital learning, that would enable learners to truly engage in high quality content while being guided by a certified, competent professional teacher - we call them mentors.  Our strategy for success has always been a one-on-one approach to learning - meaning that we truly believe that learning has no bounds; and that learners can engage in learning conversations with their mentors, through a structured one-on-one approach through that learning.  To that end, we remember utilizing web technologies in those early days - many of those are still around today; however, we believe we revolutionized the use of learner engagement, and, to this day, we stay focused on the engagement of our learners through their own progression of learning and understanding.  You may notice our core beliefs in another section of our site - those are real heart-held beliefs that still hold true to us, and that guide our work as digital learning continues to emerge in this field.

While many digital schools claim to provide high quality flexible learning, at Orion, we engage and immerse ourselves in a deep understanding of content standards, and we create the content that aligns to those standards.  Through the years, and through our content revision process (based on the premise that we must continue to improve - see Baldrige Quality Principles), we are able to be pioneers in how we construct pedagogically sound modules (units for learning), that are truly engaging.  Our newest endeavor is in the creation of what we call learning tasks.  Learning tasks require our learners to engage deeper in their own understanding of content and concepts, and then require them to complete a self-designed task that allows them to show that understanding.  

The task(s) are presented to the mentor during the structured weekly meeting.  Engagement, though, goes beyond the weekly meeting - it goes into the course room, where learners must engage with the mentor in a structured discussion; with other learners in threaded understandings and common projects for learning; and in consistent communication through our various state of the art modalities inside of our school.

We are proud of so much that we have accomplished these past (almost) eleven years.  We invite you to be part of what we have always called our Online Learning Community.  We look forward to seeing you in our Community, and in our course rooms.  Come engage with us in the highest quality learning, that continues to get better and better as the months progress.

Sincerely,

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Joseph Gallegos, PhD

 

 

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Orion High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, or disability in providing education or providing access to benefits of education services, activities, and programs, including vocational programs, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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Orion High School is an accredited private digital learning school for grades 6-12 and adults. Orion High School is accredited by the Association of Christian teachers and schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (affiliated with AdvancED) as a private digital learning school for grades 6-12 and adults.  Orion High School is recognized by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) as a Texas accredited non-public school. Orion High School is at 4500 W. Illinois Ave. Suite 203, Midland, Texas 79703.  Phone:  877-647-1337 toll free or 432-219-6166 direct.

 

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