High School 2021-22
Dragon Virtual, Lake Orion High School’s fully online educational offering, has undergone a significant reconfiguration for the 2021-2022 school year.
LOHS teachers have become proficient and confident in delivering virtual learning. Ongoing professional development and the virtual lessons developed during the pandemic have positioned LOHS to introduce a higher quality virtual program. LOHS staff will have ownership of the Dragon Virtual district-aligned curriculum, and the delivery of instruction. Outside resources may be utilized to supplement or enhance learning opportunities in specific classes and circumstances (e.g., virtual science lab software). In order to offer certain specialized electives, third-party instructional platforms might also be utilized as an option for select classes.
Dragon Virtual courses will meet multiple times each week, and live, virtual meetings/class sessions will correspond with the LOHS in-person teacher’s schedule. In addition to scheduled class meetings, Dragon Virtual students will also be assigned independent (asynchronous) tasks each week.
With an emphasis on quality rather than quantity, LOHS Dragon Virtual will offer a slightly reduced menu of courses, yet providing the appropriate courses to allow students to stay on track for graduation. The ability to expand course offerings in the future will be further evaluated.
- Instruction: Primarily designed and delivered by LOHS teaching staff. Third party instructional platforms could potentially be utilized for specialized electives or to expand course options and opportunities for students.
- Commitment: The standard commitment is for students to remain enrolled in Dragon Virtual for the duration of the school year. A student may request to return to in-person instruction at the end of the 1st Semester, subject to administrative approval. Students are required to have a full schedule of Dragon Virtual courses each term.
- Schedule: Live, virtual meetings will occur several times each week during regular school hours (7:30 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.) Independent (asynchronous) tasks and assignments will be assigned each week.
- Student Support: Designated office hours will be available for students assistance.
- Athletics and Extracurriculars: Students are eligible to participate in all LOHS after-school opportunities.
Characteristics of a Dragon Virtual student
- Self-motivated / Independent Learner: Even though students have ongoing teacher support, individuals must have the capacity to understand expectations, submit work, and request assistance when needed.
- Time Management / Discipline: To maximize the potential for learning, students are expected to attend all live, virtual class sessions. Recordings of class sessions will be made available for students with unexpected absences, and to allow for needed review of crucial concepts. In addition to class meetings, students must manage their time and keep pace with the independent learning tasks.
- Computer Literate: Virtual learning is dependent on the ability to navigate the digital environment proficiently.
- Willingness to actively participate: A passive presence is an ineffective means of learning, regardless of the mode of delivery. In virtual learning, students will be expected to share thoughts orally, or by submitting responses by other means. Asking questions is even more important in a virtual environment because the instructor often will have challenges determining if all students are understanding a concept. Students will be expected to have their computer cameras on during virtual class meetings.
- Self-reflection: The delivery of feedback is more limited without face-to-face interaction. Self-assessment and reflection are important whenever detailed feedback is provided by the teacher.
- Personal “Fit”: The Dragon Virtual program offers far fewer choices than the courses that are available in-person. Many of the specialized electives (Art, Music, Physical Education) do not translate very well in a digital environment, and therefore are not offered. Students must realize that virtual programming has advantages as well as disadvantages, which often correspond to the student’s learning characteristics and academic goals.
Calendar of events
February 8 -- LOHS Registration opens
February 18 -- LOHS Registration closes
March 18 -- Commitment to DV must be finalized
August -- Students receive schedules
September 6 -- First day of 2020-21 LOCS School Year
Contact Email: DragonVirtual@lok12.org