While desiring to offer flexibility in our High School, we must also have accountability in order to make sure our students are prepared to graduate. We also believe our High School model better prepares our students for life after school. With this in mind, students need to recognize the importance of classroom pacing and published due dates and will need to complete their work based on those dates.
High School is a semester-based approach where students are required to earn a passing grade of 60 percent or above on their assignments and online lessons. During the High School years, our students are expected to follow their class schedule pacing, which is designed to help them succeed.
In general, our High School students are expected to spend approximately 4–7 hours on schoolwork per school day with increasing independence.
During the High School years, a learning coach can expect to progress monitor their mostly independent student. Although the level of involvement really depends on your individual child, a learning coach for a high school student at ORVA is working alongside them to hold them accountable and stick to the progress outlines in their courses.
We like to prepare our learning coaches by being transparent that the initial 4–8 weeks can be intensive, as families settle into a routine. In high school students begin to have increased independence, but parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for about 20–30 percent of school time. Approximately 70–80 percent of this time is online.
As a public school or students are expected to participate in annual state testing beginning in 3rd grade.
In addition, ORVA administers in-house STAR 360 testing online multiple times throughout the year to all of our students. These results help to ensure instruction is aligned to student academic needs.