Orion High School Graduation Requirements for 9-12 and Adult Learners

 


Orion High School requires learners to complete 26 credits in order to meet diploma eligibility requirements.  As part of the 26 credits, learners may complete a culminating project that will occur at the end of the last course.  The culminating project may be a research project, a community service project, or any other project that fits into the criteria for what we call, The Senior Project.  The intent behind the project requirement is to ensure that Orion's learners are prepared  for the high tech life after high school.  All learners regardless of their age are required to complete 26 credits under the requirements below.*

 

 

Content Area Requirements
Allowed Substitutions
Advanced Placement Substitutions (When Approved by College Board)
Allowed Courses for Additional Credit
Are Honors Courses Available?

4 credits in English –ELAI,II,III, one credit in any authorized English course (your adviser will assist)**

Learners whose first language is not English may substitute ESOL English 1 and ESOL English 2 for English I and II

AP Language and Composition

AP Literature and Composition

AP Courses are weighted grade

Learners may earn the fourth credit through:

Modern Fiction; Modern Film; Research and Technical Writing (any other course in the Catalogue, listed in the English requirements)

Yes. Honors Courses for weighted grade in English I, II, III, IV, and Research and Technical Writing

4 credits in Mathematics–Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, one credit in any authorized math course (your adviser will assist)**

None

AP Statistics

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

Learners may earn the fourth credit through Math Models; Statistics; Engineering Mathematics; Personal Financial Literacy  

4 credits in Science

Biology,

IPC or Chemistry or Physics

PLUS two credits in any authorized science course (your adviser will assist)**

None

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics C

The additional two credits may come from: Marine Biology; Astronomy; Engineering; Entomology; Any other courses in the Orion Course Catalogue Yes. Honors courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering

4 credits in  Social Studies

World Geography, World History ,U.S.History, U.S. Government (.5credit), Economics (.5  credit)

None

AP Micro Economics

AP Macro Economics

AP US History

AP European History

Psychology

Sociology may substitute with approval.

Yes. Honors courses in World Geography, World History, US History, US Government, Economics

2 credits in Languages Other Than English

None None None None

6 or 8* credits in electives - Any electives from the Orion HS Course Catalog

None None None None
       Culminating Project – The Senior Project* None None None None
Total Number of Credits 26      

*Learners completing The Senior Project, and who have completed the entire Senior level at Orion, will qualify for Distinguished Graduate designation on the transcript.  (Some learners may be required to complete a Senior Project as part of their requirements for becoming diploma eligible - and are not in contention for Distinguished Graduate designation).  Learners who opt out of the senior project must take two additional credits to become diploma eligible. 

 

Orion High School Graduation Requirements for 9-12 and Adult Learners

 


Orion High School requires learners to complete 26 credits in order to meet diploma eligibility requirements.  As part of the 26 credits, learners may complete a culminating project that will occur at the end of the last course.  The culminating project may be a research project, a community service project, or any other project that fits into the criteria for what we call, The Senior Project.  The intent behind the project requirement is to ensure that Orion's learners are prepared  for the high tech life after high school.  All learners regardless of their age are required to complete 26 credits under the requirements below.*

 

 

Content Area Requirements
Allowed Substitutions
Advanced Placement Substitutions (When Approved by College Board)
Allowed Courses for Additional Credit
Are Honors Courses Available?

4 credits in English –ELAI,II,III, one credit in any authorized English course (your adviser will assist)**

Learners whose first language is not English may substitute ESOL English 1 and ESOL English 2 for English I and II

AP Language and Composition

AP Literature and Composition

AP Courses are weighted grade

Learners may earn the fourth credit through:

Modern Fiction; Modern Film; Research and Technical Writing (any other course in the Catalogue, listed in the English requirements)

Yes. Honors Courses for weighted grade in English I, II, III, IV, and Research and Technical Writing

4 credits in Mathematics–Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, one credit in any authorized math course (your adviser will assist)**

None

AP Statistics

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

Learners may earn the fourth credit through Math Models; Statistics; Engineering Mathematics; Personal Financial Literacy  

4 credits in Science

Biology,

IPC or Chemistry or Physics

PLUS two credits in any authorized science course (your adviser will assist)**

None

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics C

The additional two credits may come from: Marine Biology; Astronomy; Engineering; Entomology; Any other courses in the Orion Course Catalogue Yes. Honors courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering

4 credits in  Social Studies

World Geography, World History ,U.S.History, U.S. Government (.5credit), Economics (.5  credit)

None

AP Micro Economics

AP Macro Economics

AP US History

AP European History

Psychology

Sociology may substitute with approval.

Yes. Honors courses in World Geography, World History, US History, US Government, Economics

2 credits in Languages Other Than English

None None None None

6 or 8* credits in electives - Any electives from the Orion HS Course Catalog

None None None None
       Culminating Project – The Senior Project* None None None None
Total Number of Credits 26      

*Learners completing The Senior Project, and who have completed the entire Senior level at Orion, will qualify for Distinguished Graduate designation on the transcript.  (Some learners may be required to complete a Senior Project as part of their requirements for becoming diploma eligible - and are not in contention for Distinguished Graduate designation).  Learners who opt out of the senior project must take two additional credits to become diploma eligible. 

 

Distinguished Level of Achievement

Learners may graduate Orion High School with a designation called Distinguished Level of Achievement.  A learner who earns this distinction, must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete all of the requirements from the Graduation Plan;
  • Complete a comprehensive Senior Project
  • Take and complete at least one AP Course
  • Must have entered Orion High School before beginning the Senior level

The Distinguished Level of Achievement is the highest honor bestowed on a graduate of Orion High School.

 

Endorsements

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.

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