What is Credit Transfer?
Credit Transfer courses are courses that students in other schools or home school may opt to take at Orion High School. Once finished, the credit is transferred to the student's school. Credit transfer courses may be taken one at a time, or two at a time.
How Does it Work?
The process is simple. A student wishing to take a credit transfer course, may peruse the course catalogue, and select the course. During the checkout process, the student will create a user account (user name and password - the user name will be the email address). When the transaction is finished, the student will log in, and will enroll into the Orion High School Orientation Course. Before finishing the Orientation Course, the student will request the course or courses. The course or courses will begin on the first day of the following month, and will end on the last day of the second month. AP Courses are three months long.
Credit Transfer Course Types:
Full Credit Courses - these are courses taken for the first time, and are awarded 1 full credit by Orion High School.
Semester A or Semester B Courses - These are 1/2 credit courses that a student may have taken and failed in the past.
Advanced Placement - These are College Board approved AP courses, and are three months long. AP Courses are awarded 1 credit and the GPA is weighted because of the rigor of the course.
Credit Recovery - Credit Recovery Courses are the same as Semester A or Semester B Above
World Languages - World Languages courses are not offered as Credit Recovery, only full credit.
AS and A Level - These are three month courses, and are treated similarly to AP Courses at Orion. These are Internationally aligned courses, which allow students to take and qualify for exams in their jurisdiction.
Career and Technical Education Courses - These are full credit CTE courses.
Tuition & Fees
Individual courses are charged at a per course tuition rate as follows (these prices include credit recovery courses):
All courses start on the 1st day of the month, and end on the last day of the second month.
Orion High School acknowledges that online learning is not for everyone and that there are cases when a student may wish to withdraw from a course. Orion High School offers a full refund if the course is dropped within 5 days of the course starting.
Credit Recovery Courses
Credit Recovery courses ("CR courses") allow students the ability to earn credit for a course they previously attempted but did not earn credit for. Here are two possible scenarios where CR courses would be useful:
Norma is a competitive beatboxer and spends a lot of time out of school for competitions. Recently, her school sent her parent's a letter saying that she missed too many days of school this year and cannot earn credit for any of her courses although Norma has all A's.
In this case, Norma could take up to two CR courses a session during the summer at Orion High School and earn up to 6 credits before school starts in August.
Joe's family planned a vacation in Las Vegas and it is too late to cancel the trip. A week before the trip, Joe's grandmother received Joe's final report card in the mail and learned he failed English III, Algebra II, and Art I. Joe's grandmother doesn't know what to do, because Joe's schedule for next year is already created and he needs these courses to graduate.
In this case, Joe could take English III in the June Session, Algebra II in July Session, and Art I in the August Session during the summer at Orion High School and earn these credits for the upcoming school year.
Core, Elective, and AP® Courses
Orion's Course Catalog includes core, elective, and Advanced Placement® ("AP®") courses that can be completed in as little as one month during the summer at Orion High School. Here are two possible scenarios where these courses would be useful:
Jeanne recently moved from El Paso, Texas to Midland, Texas and learned that the school does not have Psychology that Jeanne wants to take for her Arts and Humanities Social Studies Endorsement. It is too late for Jeanne to pursue another endorsement, and Jeanne's new school requires and endorsement be earned for graduation to be able to walk the stage.
In this case, Jeanne would be able to take Psychology at Orion High School during any summer session and would be able to earn her endorsement.
Daniel's school offer's a local series of courses in aviation where students operate drones for various tasks. Daniel wants to free up next year's schedule so that he can take two of these courses rather than Geometry and English II.
In this case, Daniel could take Geometry in the June Session and English II in the July Session during the summer at Orion High School to earn these credits for the upcoming school year and be able to pursue his interest in aviation.
For students in Texas, Orion High School will transfer the records through the Texas Records Exchange, automatically upon completion.
Orion High School has worked with schools across the nation to transfer course credit for courses completed by students over the summer. As an accredited private school, Orion High School has access to the same electronic systems public schools use and codes courses to avoid confusion during the transfer. When a student enrolls for a summer session at Orion High School, we simply collect the information about the school they wish for us to send the credit to. When the course is completed, we enter the information onto a transcript and send the record to the student's school. If the school has any questions or concerns, our experienced staff will work with the school to ensure the credit is successfully transferred and applied.
Although we are an accredited private school and align our courses to rigorous standards, schools may sometimes not understand summer coursework completed at other schools. We strongly suggest you speak to your counselor before you commit to taking any online courses with any school or program.