MYTH: Students who attend online schools lack socialization and social skills.
FACT: Students enrolled in Hermiston ONLINE! will have the opportunity to participate in many academic and social experiences. The option to participate in current high school extra-curricular, co-curricular, and elective offerings provide Hermiston ONLINE! students with a plethora of social peer interactions. With the purchase of an ASB card, Hermiston ONLINE! students will experience many of the opportunities for involvement available to current Hermiston School District students.
MYTH: You’ll spend all day staring at a computer.
FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded online, only about 30 percent of the K-5 lessons are taught online, with the percentage higher for high school as students work at more of a collective pace online in conjunction with the teacher. The rest of the K¹² curriculum relies on printed and/or hands-on materials, including beautifully crafted textbooks, paint, rocks, and microscopes.
MYTH: Attending Hermiston ONLINE! is a part-time job.
FACT: Students will need to spend about four to six hours on schoolwork each day, depending on grade level and enrollment status.
MYTH: Online schools are easier than current “bricks and mortar” school settings.
FACT: Hermiston ONLINE! is an extremely rigorous program. Students and their families will find the curriculum very challenging and equally engaging. Students will discover that to ensure a successful online experience requires hard work, dedication, and an encouraging and diligent family support system.
MYTH: Online schools don’t meet the curriculum requirements for public schools.
FACT: Hermiston ONLINE! is a public school that happens to operate outside of the traditional classroom. As public school students, your children will be expected to spend a certain amount of time each day engaged in schoolwork. Full-time students are required to take the Oregon State Assessments, which are facilitated by the district and required for Oregon graduation and to earn a diploma. The K¹² curriculum was developed by experts to meet or exceed Oregon Academic Standards, so your students will be fully prepared for testing.