General FAQs

FAQs
Who is Hermiston ONLINE! intended for?
Hermiston ONLINE! serves students within the greater Hermiston community (Umatilla/Morrow County) with a full-time learning option who are currently using an alternative educational delivery model (e.g. home schooled, private school, enrolled or considering enrollment in another online program).

Do I have to be a resident of Hermiston School District to attend Hermiston ONLINE!?
Not necessarily. Hermiston ONLINE!’s primary target audience are students and families who reside within the Hermiston School District boundaries. However, Hermiston ONLINE! will serve students in adjacent communities based on program capacity and resident district approval to attend Hermiston ONLINE!

How do I know if I live in the Hermiston School District boundary?
Click here to access a detailed Hermiston School District zoomable boundary map.

If I don’t reside in the Hermiston School District how can I learn about the process to request enrollment in Hermiston ONLINE!?
Contact us via phone (541-667-6400) or email (info@hermistononline.org). After determining that this program may suit your needs, a release from your resident school district superintendent is required for admittance. Hermiston ONLINE! can not accept out-of-district students who do not have the approval from their resident district to attend.

What grades are served by Hermiston ONLINE!?
Hermiston ONLINE! offers a comprehensive instructional program to all eligible students, grades K–12. Kindergarteners must be five years old on or before September 1 of their enrollment year.

What subjects will my child study?
Language Arts, Math, Science, History, and engaging electives are the core courses. High school students also take a world language course, and have access to AP and honors courses as well.

What if my child only wants to take a few classes?
Hermiston ONLINE! is intended to be a full-time learning program for students. Minimum class-load requirements of four or more core concurrent content classes are required in most cases.

Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, Hermiston ONLINE! provides all of the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly or delivered in person by Hermiston ONLINE! staff. High school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary and middle-school students.

Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law and Hermiston School District program pacing. The high school program is a combination of self-paced work and scheduled lessons and activities.

How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 20 to 25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. Computers do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That’s why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of well-written and well-designed textbooks, workbooks, and hands-on instructional materials.

Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
Depending on a child’s IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet their needs. To discuss your child’s needs with us, please contact us via phone (541-667-6400) or email (info@hermistononline.org) to arrange a meeting with our special education team.

Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
The beauty of Hermiston ONLINE! is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Placement assessments taken online during the enrollment process allow us to place your student in the appropriate level of curriculum. So, for example, if your fourth grader is doing math on a sixth-grade level and reading on a fourth-grade level, we can tailor your curriculum and lesson plans to meet his or her abilities. In high school, students have the opportunity to take more advanced courses, including honors and AP® courses.

How do students interact socially?
Hermiston ONLINE! students will be invited to participate in most extra and co-curricular opportunities offered to general education students. With the purchase of an ASB card at the middle or high school level, students will be permitted equal access to all social and athletic events available to Hermiston School District students.

How do I enroll my student?
Click here to access our enrollment process.