Orange Lutheran has been providing high-quality private Christian education since 1973. Orange Lutheran’s renowned online education program has been around since 2004, providing authentic Christ-centered education experiences to students on campus, around the country, and around the world.
Blended learning courses are taught asynchronously - their academic structure, course material, and teaching methods are similar to that of OLu’s in-person learning. Our Blended learners have access to plenty of resources which include our on-campus services like counseling, college planning, student life, extracurricular activities, and Missions.
Every student is unique in the way and pace at which they learn and for the variety of interests and extracurricular activities that they want to pursue outside the classroom. By balancing in-person learning with online courses, Blended learning schedule options offer students flexibility and personalization to build a learning schedule that works best for them.
As long as students advocate for themselves and take responsibility for their learning schedules, they can learn important life skills, like time management, that will stick with them for life.
OLu’s scheduling options for Blended learning students provide them with a range of options that allow them to design their schedule in a way that works for what they need. For a Blended learning student looking to design their schedule, this would depend on the number of courses the Blended learner is taking online and on campus.
A student can take as few as one course or as many as four on-campus courses per semester to be considered a Blended student.
“I think it's nice that Blended learning students can base their schedule on what works for them, even just based on their personality,” says Jenny Lark, Assistant Principal for Faculty and Academics at OLu. “Some students may not be morning people, so they can sleep in and focus better in the mid-afternoon, for instance. We want to give students an opportunity to do deeper learning on campus and to have the flexibility to develop their passions outside of school, as well. ”
Regardless of whether a student is a full-time on-campus student, a Blended learning student, or a full-time online student, the timings of these schedule blocks will remain the same for all our students, if only visually.
When it comes to the learning schedules at OLu, we utilize an alternating block schedule design with four 75-minute periods per day.
This Blended learning combination of online and on-campus classes provides learners with flexibility and independence while still engaging them in an on-campus high school experience and receiving personalized on-campus support. Students may take 1, 2, 3, or 4 courses on campus and the remaining courses are taken online. School days at OLu follow a block schedule and are either a Red Day or a White Day.
For example, a full-time, on-ground student attends periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which would be the Red Days, then they would attend periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 on Tuesday and Thursday, which are White Days. This would reverse on the following week with White Days Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and Red Days Tuesday and Thursday. This method of extended periods of learning help our staff dive into deeper learning opportunities with our students.
A sample of a Blended learning schedule
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Do you have questions about online learning? We answer some of your FAQs about online learning here.
OLu’s intention behind offering a variety of learning and scheduling options is to help our students develop in a holistic way and to also have the freedom and flexibility to pursue other passions, whether it's a sport, work, or any other activity outside the classroom.
Check out Olu’s interactive Blended Learning Yearbook to learn more.
Our interactive eBook highlights the success of 10 Blended learning students at OLu.