Courses at the Middle School

The middle level grades at Orion High School span from grade 6t-8th.   Learners Log in, here at Orion High School.  Like their high school peers,  6th-8th Learners are assigned a certified teacher/mentor for each course.  Learners progress through the four core courses, plus an elective, at each grade level.  After successful completion of 8th grade, learners are promoted to the high school level.

 

6th Grade Courses

Sixth grade learners take mathematics, social studies (emphasis is on ancient World History); science (emphasis is on physical science), and language arts (novels:  Anne of Green Gables, Summer of the Swans, Best School Year Ever, The Secret Garden

 

7th Grade Courses

Seventh grade learners take mathematics, social studies (emphasis is on early USA History), language arts (novels:  Little Women, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, and science (emphasis is on life science)

8th Grade Courses

Eighth grade learners take pre-algebra, science (emphasis on Earth science), social studies (emphasis on Civics and Government), and language arts (novels:  Pride & Prejudice, Robinson Crusoe, The Old Man and the Sea, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings).

Elective Requirement

At the end of core courses, learners must take an 'elective' course, which will be the fifth course.  Choices include keyboarding, document handling, or languages courses at Orion.

Courses at the Middle School

The middle level grades at Orion High School span from grade 6t-8th.   Learners Log in, here at Orion High School.  Like their high school peers,  6th-8th Learners are assigned a certified teacher/mentor for each course.  Learners progress through the four core courses, plus an elective, at each grade level.  After successful completion of 8th grade, learners are promoted to the high school level.

 

6th Grade Courses

Sixth grade learners take mathematics, social studies (emphasis is on ancient World History); science (emphasis is on physical science), and language arts (novels:  Anne of Green Gables, Summer of the Swans, Best School Year Ever, The Secret Garden

 

7th Grade Courses

Seventh grade learners take mathematics, social studies (emphasis is on early USA History), language arts (novels:  Little Women, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, and science (emphasis is on life science)

8th Grade Courses

Eighth grade learners take pre-algebra, science (emphasis on Earth science), social studies (emphasis on Civics and Government), and language arts (novels:  Pride & Prejudice, Robinson Crusoe, The Old Man and the Sea, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings).

Elective Requirement

At the end of core courses, learners must take an 'elective' course, which will be the fifth course.  Choices include keyboarding, document handling, or languages courses at Orion.

Middle School Progression

 

 A Typical Middle School Progression:

 

MS Course Progression

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.

Sample Module: 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
  • 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.

view sample module