Families and students should be aware that the demands of online courses are equal to or exceed those of traditional in-person courses. While online instruction places more responsibility on students, it offers greater flexibility fitting course work into a student’s or their family’s busy schedule. K-12 Self-paced learning means you can learn in your own time and on your own schedule. You don’t need to complete the same assignments or learning at the same time as others as long as you are working within the Pacing Guidelines for each course. You can proceed from one topic to another at your own speed. Daily check-ins with your teacher and assigned assessments will be how your learning comprehension and mastery of standard is assessed.
Student assessments are given points. Total points are tallied and a letter grade is given (6-12) based on the following scale:
Below 59.9 F
Grades K-5 will be assessed on mastery of the Oregon State Standards.
A student who passes a course with a D, or drops a class with a WF (withdraw fail), may retake the course, with administrative approval and if room exists in a course for them to retake it. The grade and credit earned in the retake will reflect on the student’s official transcript.
Grades 6-12: TERMS and the 4x4 Schedule
OLA Terms - Grading dates - Grades 6-12
At OLA students in grades 6-12 will have a 4 x 4 Schedule.This means that OLA students will have four classes and complete a full semester’s worth of content in each term. They will begin new electives or change their core course each term.
It is important to ensure that students spend about 6 hours per week on each course so that they can complete all four courses by the end of each term.
Academics Grades 9-12
To earn a Portland Public Schools Standard diploma, students need to successfully complete the credit requirements(24 credits), demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills, and meet the personalized learning requirements required by the State of Oregon. Students need to work closely with our counselor to make sure they are on track to graduate. Graduation requirements may be updated based on ODE guidelines. Make sure to talk to your counselor about your plan.
The Portland Public School District requires that students be in attendance for four full years (Grades 9 through 12) under normal circumstances. In some cases, it may be educationally advisable for a given student to meet graduation requirements with less than four full years’ attendance. This decision should come about only as the result of a planned program. Families who are interested in discussing such a program must contact their student’s counselor prior to the end of the junior year. Early graduation proposals must be approved in advance of the senior year by the building principal.
We host an information night in February where seniors and their families will hear information specific to seniors such as applying to college, filling out the FAFSA and details about graduation.
Class of 2022
The Class of 2022 will be unenrolled from OLA as soon as they have earned full credits for graduation. Then, the student will be immediately re-enrolled in their neighborhood high school in order to graduate and walk with their class. The Class of 2023 and beyond will graduate from OLA.
Athletics Grades 9-12
High School Athletics and Activities
PPS Online Learning Academy does not have any sports teams so students may participate in OSAA sanctioned athletics and activities at the high school located within the boundaries where they reside. Students must abide by all district and OSAA rules. If your student is planning to participate in high school athletics and/or activities, consult with their School Counselor so they may review your student’s schedule andtranscript to make sure all rules and regulations are met. Families should also make contact with the resident school’s Athletic Director to verify that all athletic participation requirements are being met.
∙ OLA students may attend athletic events at their resident schools.
∙ Students may attend dances at their resident school only by invitation of a student from the school and by completing “guest” paperwork available at each school.
∙ All district conduct and behavior policies apply to OLA students.