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Honors/Advanced Placement Pathway

The Honors/AP Pathway requires learners to complete 26 credits.  The credits come from the Honors and/or Advanced Placement core courses at Orion High School.  World Languages are required (2 credits), and those are designated as Honor Courses at Orion.  Elective courses taken through Endorsement Areas, are not designated as Honors. 

Learners graduating with the 26 credits required in the Honors/AP curriculum will also qualify as Distinguished Achievement Graduates. 

The AP Capstone Diploma Program

Learners desiring to earn the additional AP Capstone Diploma (designation), will take AP Seminar and AP Research.  The two courses will be in lieu of the 2 credits for the Senior Project. AP Capstone™ is a diploma program based on two AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. These courses are designed to complement other AP courses that the AP Capstone student may take. Instead of teaching specific subject knowledge, AP Seminar and AP Research use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills students need for college-level work.

The College Board developed the AP Capstone Diploma program at the request of higher education professionals, who saw a need for a systematic way for high school students to begin mastering these skills before college. 

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
  • Complete the requirements for the AP/Honors Pathway or the Advanced International Studies Pathway.
  • 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.

10% Off Annual Tuition

If you are going to start on August 1, 2020, and you are going to pay annual tuition (see below), you can enter 10OFFANNUAL at checkout, to receive 10% Off the Annual Tuition!