Grades 6, 7, 8 - An Overview
Middle grades at Orion High School consists of grades 6, 7, and 8. Learners in grades 6-8 that enroll full-time at Orion High School login and complete their coursework at Orion High School. Like their high school peers, 6-8 grade Learners are assigned a certified teacher/mentor for each course. Orion Middle School learners progress through four core courses and one elective each grade level at Orion Middle School. After successfully completing the 8th grade, learners are promoted to the 9th grade at Orion High School.
Regular or Honors Enrollment
Learners in Grades 6, 7, or 8, may follow the regular route, or an honors route. Honors courses are designated as such, on the transcript, and learners are required to be more vigilant in their studies. See tuition options below.
The requirements for Grades 6, 7, and 8 may be downloaded, as part of the Addendum to the Learner Success Guide. All middle grades learners are required to take the core courses, and may supplement per the Addendum.
Progressing Through the Grade Levels
A typical progression/schedule for Middle School is as follows:
In the progression/example, above, a Middle School Learner starting during the month will start with one subject, then will pick up the second subject during the second month; meanwhile during the second month, the first subject is ending; the cycle continues until the fifth month, which is the last month of the grade level. It takes as little as five months to complete a middle school grade level at Orion. In the progression/example above, the learner has NOT required an extension in any course-that is, each course was finished in the two months allocated for the course. In the progression/example above, the learner has NOT taken leave of absence. When extensions and/or leave of absence are taken, that will extend the time in the grade level.
The five months do not have to be continuous. Parents can request Leave of Absence for one month (often this occurs during the month of December), then the Learner can resume with the next group of courses. Please note, however, that Leave of Absence is NOT approved DURING the time a course is in session.
Learners needing additional time can be approved for an additional one month extension, by filling out the Extension Request Form, found in the Orion High School Learner Center.
Learners at the Middle School may watch the High School Orientation Video to get a good idea about working through the courses. Learners may also attend the Orientation Session (attending is not required).
A Day in the Life
What is a day in the life of a middle school online learner? That's a great question! That's one we are asked when learners start with us. A typical day in the life of an Orion Middle School Learner is:
- Log in to Orion
- Update my status in the Orion Social Area (attendance check in)
- Read Old Testament, and keep log to turn in at the end of the year
- Go to my course or courses
- Check announcements or discussion folders.
- View or review the module.
- Go to the assignments folder, and work on the assignments for the module-there are often multiple assignments per module. At this point in your day, you will likely go offline to work.
- Go back online to submit and/or upload my work.
- Message my mentor to let him or her know that I have submitted work.
- Schedule my weekly meeting with my mentor.
- Go back to review the module or to work on additional assignments.
The sample module below, is just that-a sample. We have removed some of our information to protect our own resources; however, this module is representative of the type of information a learner will find in a course. All Orion courses are divided by modules. A module represents a set of ideas that a learner must know and be able to do. The homework and assignments folder is the place where the learner submits work that is representative of his knowledge of the module. Most courses contain up to 10 modules. The module is not representative of the interaction that occurs between the learner and the mentor during the weekly meeting. Weekly meetings are intended for learners to communicate knowledge to the mentor via a presentation, demonstration, or conversation.