What is an Endorsement?

An endorsement is an area of concentrated study, kind of like a major is in college.  An Endorsement signifies that a learner-graduate has a set of specialized skills in one or more of the areas, below.  Learners may select an endorsement area during Advising, or at any time during high school.  The Endorsements are shown on the final transcript.

Endorsement Areas and Endorsement Elective Courses

Learners may receive endorsements on the transcript, by following a prescribed series of courses that ground learners in the knowledge of a particular discipline or disciplines.  Endorsements are available in Arts and Humanities, Business and Industry (we offer a sequence of study in six career clusters under the Business and Industry category), and in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Arts and Humanities Endorsements

There are four areas of endorsement that may be earned in the Arts and Humanities:

  • Arts and Humanities Social Studies Endorsement - To earn a Social Studies endorsement, learners must earn 1 additional credit in Social Studies (in addition to the four required credits from the Graduation Plan).  The fifth credit may come from AP™ Courses in the Social Studies/Humanities (as approved by the College Board), Sociology, Psychology, Bible Humanities, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and other approved courses found in the Course Catalog.
  • Arts and Humanities English Endorsement - To earn an English endorsement, learners must earn an additional four credits in approved English Language Arts course.  The four credits may come from AP™ Courses in the English Language Arts area (as approved by the College Board), Research and Technical Writing, Creative Writing, Practical Writing, Grammar and Composition, Independent Study in Journalism, Photojournalism, Independent Study in Speech, Modern Film, Modern Fiction, and other approved courses found in the Course Catalog.
  •  Arts and Humanities World Languages Endorsement - To earn a World Languages Endorsement, learners must take three levels of the same language, plus two levels of a different language (for a total of 5 World Languages credits).  In lieu of the 3 and 2, some courses have five levels, therefore, a learner may opt for five levels (credits) in the same language.
  • Arts and Humanities Fine Arts Endorsement - To earn a Fine Arts Endorsement,m learners must take 3 credits in the Fine Arts.  The three credits may come from Arts 1 - An Introduction, Art 2 Photography, Art 3 Photography, Music Appreciation, Community Based Fine Art (Participation in the local community Theater, Symphony, or other similar organization).

Business and Industry Career Cluster Endorsements

There are six career clusters (under Business and Industry), in which learners may earn an endorsement. 

  • Career Cluster:  AV, Technology and Communications - In order to earn a Business and Industry endorsement in this career cluster, learners must take three credits that come from Graphic Design and Illustrations, Professional Communications, or Video Game Design 1, 2, or 3, and other approved courses found in the Course Catalog.
  • Career Cluster:  Business Management and Administration - In order to earn a Business and Industry endorsement in this career cluster, learners must take three credits that come from Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance, Touch System Data Entry, Business Information Management 1, and other approved courses found in the Course Catalog.
  • Career Cluster:  Health Sciences - In order to earn a Business and Industry endorsement in this career cluster, learners must take three credits that come from Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacy Technician 1, 2, or 3, Practicum in Health Science, and other approved courses found in the Course Catalog.
  • Career Cluster:  Human Services - In order to earn a Business and Industry endorsement in this cluster, learners must take three credits that come from Principles of Human Services, Child Development, Practicum in Human Services, and other approved courses found in the Course Catalog.
  • Career Cluster:  Information Technology - In order to earn a Business and Industry endorsement in this career cluster, learners must take three credits that come from Principles of Information Technology, Computer Maintenance, Computer Programming, Digital and Interactive Media, Web Technologies, and other approved courses found in the Course Catalog.
  • Career Cluster:  English - In order to earn a Business and Industry endorsement in this career cluster, learners must take three credits that come from Advanced Broadcast Journalism, Advanced Journalism 1, Advanced Journalism 2, and other approved courses found in the Course Catalog.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Endorsements

There are four endorsements areas, under STEM, in which learners may earn an endorsement.

  • STEM Engineering Endorsement - In order to earn a STEM Engineering Endorsement, learners must take Engineering 1 2 and 3, and other approved courses found int eh Course Catalog.
  • STEM Technology Endorsement - In order to earn a STEM Technology Endorsement, learners must take three credits that come from Computer Science 1, 3-D Modeling and Animation, Digital Video and Audio Design, Web Design, Independent Study in Technology Applications, and other approved courses found int he Course Catalog.
  • STEM Mathematics Endorsement - In order to earn a STEM Mathematics Endorsement, learners must take thee additional mathematics credits that come from AP™ Mathematics Courses (when approved by the College Board), Pre Calculus, Math Models, Calculus, Statistics, and other approved courses found in the Course Catalog.
  • STEM Science Endorsement - In order to earn a STEM Science Endorsement, learners must take two additional science courses that come from AP™ Science Courses (when approved by the College Board), Astronomy, Entomology, Anatomy & Physiology, Marine Biology, and other approved courses found in the Course Catalog.

Learners may pre-determine the desired endorsement area, during the planning meeting prior to the sophomore or junior level.  Unless otherwise approved retroactively (learners who started on the 26 credit plan prior to 1/1/2017), learners may not be approved as meeting the requirements for the endorsement, if they have not declared in that meeting.  Final endorsements are determined during the final graduation planning meeting with the adviser.

Take advantage of Learner Advising  - 20th-27th of each month!

Non-Discrimination Statement

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.

School Identifier # 165-181-001 | CEEB Code: 444731

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.

 

Orion Online Learning Inc. © 2018 | Privacy Policy
Joomla Website Maintenance by Joomla Experts