In middle school, student learning changes to a semester-based approach where students are required to earn a passing grade of 60 percent or above on their assignments and online lessons.
Students will experience due dates assigned to lessons to encourage accountability and build time management skills towards high school. Our middle schoolers will continue to attend regular “Class Connect” sessions. Students at this age will be strongly encouraged to begin advocating for themselves when they need help.
In general, our middle school students are expected to spend approximately 4–7 hours on schoolwork per school day with increasing independence.
During the middle school years, a learning coach can expect to transition their child to a more independent learning model in preparation for high school. Although the level of involvement really depends on your individual child, a learning coach for 6-8 students is working alongside students to build on their time management skills.
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 middle school, students begin to have increased independence, but parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for about 60–70% of school time and approximately 25–35% of this time is online
As a public school our 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.