ORLA Online

ORLA Online K-12 Information

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. This can include a full schedule of online courses or a mix of online and in-person learning. Most classes are held Monday - Thursday, with extra support available on Fridays.

 

Thank you for your interest in the ORLA Online Program. We are currently accepting transfer requests for the 2024-2025 school year. To learn about upcoming information meetings, please see below.

 

 

Meetings will be held over Zoom. Attendance at one meeting is required. Meetings regarding the ORLA online for the 24-25 school year will be held on these dates:


Wednesday May 22nd - 1:00pm
Wednesday May 29th - 3:30pm

 

Please fill out the form here to receive the Zoom link: https://forms.gle/DVCFgQawLeyZN5XJ8

 

Questions? Please call the office at 360-596-7730.


Program Requirements

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. 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.

 

Transfers & Enrollment

ORLA Online Information meetings for the 2023-24 school year will all be held every Thursday at 4:30pm until June 2024.

 

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 2023 - 24 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 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. k-12th grade 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.

 

Each student and parent/caregiver will also receive a link to complete an orientation mini course in google classroom which will help each of you understand all components and requirements of the program. This orientation must be completed within the first week of enrollment or your student will be dropped from the ORLA Online program. 

  

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.

  

 

ORLA Online Course Catalog


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.