ORLA Online

ORLA Online

The ORLA Online program is a flexible option for students and families seeking more choice over the time and location with which they participate in learning. In this model, students add online courses to build their academic plan for the year. This can include a full schedule of online courses or a mix of online and in-person learning.

ORLA Online does have in-person requirements for students so be sure to attend one of ORLA’s information sessions to learn more. Students are expected to maintain satisfactory progress in each course (70% or higher), or they will be placed on an intervention plan at the end of the month. Parents/caregivers are required to attend these intervention meetings with their students. If a student is not making satisfactory progress for three months in a row, we are required to make a substantial change to the student’s program, which may involve transferring the student back to their neighborhood school.

Students can be enrolled full or part time and classes are available for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. ORLA also offers opportunities for students to earn an Olympia School District High School Diploma or the freedom to pursue a homeschool transcript. Most classes are accessed through the student’s Schoology account, and the primary curriculum used by teachers is Flexpoint, although they are supplementing with other resources.

 

Information Meetings

Information Meetings

 Students and caregivers must attend an informational meeting to learn more about the ORLA Online program and the unique requirements for Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) programs in Washington State.

 

Please sign up using this Google Interest Form to be notified when the next ORLA Online Information Meeting will be held. Upon completion of the form, a Zoom link and meeting confirmation will be emailed to you.

 

At this time, Zoom meetings are paused, and will resume prior to the 3rd Quarter starting on 2/04/2023.

Transfers & Enrollment

Transfers

All ORLA programs are considered OSD Choice Programs and require a transfer request from your neighborhood school or district. The transfer process is managed by OSD’s Offices of Elementary and Secondary Education at the district office. Please complete the following steps to request a transfer to ORLA:

  1. Do not unenroll from your current school - we generally have open enrollment each quarter, and your student needs to continue attending classes until they are officially transferred. 
  2. For in-district students, please complete the OSD Transfer Request.
  3. For out-of-district students complete the Choice Transfer Request from Washington State and the OSD Transfer Request.
  4. While awaiting approval of your request, attend an Information Meeting and review the 2022-23 ORLA Online Course Catalog for more information on available courses.

 

Enrollment

Upon approval of your request from the Offices of Elementary or Secondary Education, reach out to the ORLA Office to proceed with enrollment. If you have not already attended an Information Meeting, you will need to do so prior to enrollment.

 

If your student is currently enrolled in an OSD school, ORLA’s registrar can easily transfer the enrollment over and provide a few additional documents that are required for ALE programs and homeschooled students. Out-of-district students need to have a completed Choice Transfer form and complete the online registration process. ORLA’s registrar can assist you with this process.

 

Course & Scheduling Information

 

Once your students are active at ORLA, you are ready to get a class schedule! Please contact the ORLA office and one of our administrative staff will set you up with an intake meeting through Zoom or in person. At this meeting, we will review your student's previous academic record, we'll look at graduation requirements (for high school), and we will select classes. The student and parent/caregiver need to attend this meeting together.

 

Students in grades K-5 will be in the classes for the duration of the school year. Most students take English Language Arts, Math, and Integrated Projects. We also have K-5 PE available as an independent study. Teachers Zoom with students by grade level from 8:30 - 9:30, and then from 9:30 - 11:30 students are grouped for individual sessions based on their needs, so please confirm your student's morning Zoom schedule prior to making plans for any on-site courses.

 

Students in grades 6-12 take up to 3 online courses at a time and this is considered full time. Courses are compressed so they are completed in a quarter rather than a semester, but students still need to plan on a full school day of work in order to finish courses on time. Please note that academic core classes include one live Zoom lesson each week while elective courses are asynchronous (no live Zoom lessons but students may email with their teacher for help as needed). 

 

High school students will need to meet with an ORLA staff member to schedule courses in order to ensure on-time graduation. At this time, students will also learn about other options that can be incorporated into their schedule, including Running Start or New Market Vocational Skills Center.

 

All ORLA Online students are also required to attend school in person for an hour once per week to meet with their advisor, take tests and receive assistance if needed. If a student has a health issue that prevents them from attending in person, they may meet with the Online principal to discuss alternatives.

 

ORLA Online Course Catalog & Schedule


Ensuring Success in ORLA Online

 

Washington State has some unique requirements for those participating in an Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) program. The purpose is to ensure student success and demonstrate results quickly since a traditional school program may have already proven unsuccessful for a student. Through monthly progress reporting and implementation of intervention plans, ORLA strives to find solutions for all students.

 

Monthly Progress

Each month, teachers complete a progress report for students that determines whether they have made adequate monthly progress. Two-way communication regarding student progress is required and is completed in Skyward Family Access. Each month, caregivers will receive an email notification alerting that progress has been posted to Skyward. At that time, caregivers go in and acknowledge receipt for each enrolled student. Responses to progress are due within a certain number of days upon delivery so be sure to adhere to the due dates communicated each month.

 

Intervention Plans

Students not making adequate monthly progress will have a conference with ORLA staff and be placed on an intervention plan. This is a collaborative process between a caregiver, student, and ORLA staff member. It may include items such as increased onsite attendance, dropping a course, using a school planner, regular teacher check-ins, and more. These are designed to support students so they can be successful in the learning plan developed for them.

 

It is important to note that being on an intervention plan for multiple months may result in a student needing to transfer to another school program. Washington State limits the number of months in which a student does not make satisfactory progress in their coursework within Alternative Learning programs.

 

Each ORLA Online family will need to complete our Online Student Caregiver Agreement prior to beginning classes at ORLA.

Additional Resources

 

If you are combining hConnect or online coursework with homeschooling, you must complete the Declaration of Intent to Homeschool.

 

Statement of Understanding regarding Alternative Learning programs versus homeschooling. 

 

 

We look forward to meeting you and your family. Please reach out to the ORLA Office with questions. (360)596-7730.