K–8 EDITION

GUIDE TO ONLINE LEARNING

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
The K12 Learning Experience.......................2–3 NetworK12: Our Public School Partners.......4–5 K12 International Academy...........................6–7 Unleashing the xPotentialTM.......................8–9 K12 Curriculum Developers.....................10–11 Online Teachers.....................................12–13 Community and Family Support.............14–15 Two K12 Families.....................................16–17 The K12 Advanced Learner Program.......18–19 INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING PLAN ONLINE LEARNING SYSTEM (OLS)
Lessons and lesson plans Daily and weekly schedules Planning and progress tools Latest updates

On these two pages you’ll find highlights of the K12 experience. Explore this comprehensive, customized education that comes with all the support and quality you need to help develop the highest potential in your children.

In-depth diagnostic assessments Initial conference Customized plan for each student

the experience

ORIENTATION
Local events Online tutorials Introductory course to online learning

IN-PERSON COMMUNITY
Booster Program Field trips Clubs Family directory Mentor program

Introduction to K–8 Schooling...............20–21 The K12 Online School Experience..................22 K–8 Course List..............................................23 K–8 Course Details by Grade................24–41 Find a School and Enroll........................42–43 Supplemental Learning Options...........44–45 The Keystone School.....................................46 K12 Graduates: Where Are They Now?............47 For Your Notes................................................48 The YES List....................................................49

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ONLINE LESSONS
Interactive Animated Dynamic Engaging

HANDS-ON MATERIALS
Integrated with online lessons Books Science labs Art projects

TEACHERS
Frequent contact, guidance, and targeted instruction Online “classes” Support: office hours, e-mail, phone

ASSESSMENTS
Lesson and unit-based Mastery-based Include teacher-graded assignments Online and offline tasks

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY
thebigthinK , K blog, and Parents’ Lounge
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HELP
K12 Helpdesk Call your teacher Click the “Help” button Feedback loop

STATE TESTING
Practice tests for preparation K12 Test Prep Program Study Island test prep tool

GREAT YEAR!
New friends Report cards Graduation ceremonies Feeling of accomplishment

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THE K12 LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Taking the mystery out of online education
Online education is being adopted by families like yours at an increasing pace. Since the year 2000, many thousands of students have been educated in K12 partner schools. As Jennifer S., the parent of three K12 students, says: “The K12 curriculum [is] second to none. I believe firmly … that this is the best education available for my children.” Who is K12? We’re passionate educators and committed supporters of flexible, individualized learning. We are the largest provider of online-based education programs for grades K–12 in America. To date, we have partnered with over half the states and the District of Columbia to provide public, tuition-free learning options. Our curriculum, program support, and teaching staff—widely regarded as the highest quality—are also available through private online schooling worldwide, wherever there is an Internet connection. Additionally, all of our courses are available for individual purchase. However you work with K12, you’ll find we are 100 percent behind you and your child’s success.

THE CORE ELEMENTS: curriculum, individualization, parents, teachers, community, and technology
The K12 curriculum, with its patented methodology, is a powerful, effective way to engage in individualized learning, tailored to your child’s unique needs. The core elements of using the K12 program in a full-time, online school program are: • Curriculum: Rich, challenging, and engaging content, both online and off. Our award-winning curriculum is comprehensive, with over 24,000 online lessons and over 230 courses for grades K through 12. These dynamic lessons include more than 180,000 multimedia components (including Discovery ® videos) and the latest in interactive learning. Students also use traditional materials like textbooks, CDs, videos, hands-on manipulatives, and science equipment that complement their online learning. This rich mix of content allows us to deliver lessons in diverse ways that accommodate diverse learning styles. • Individualization: A Learning Plan designed for each student. This ensures that your child receives a customized program that fits his or her unique strengths, needs, learning style, aptitude, and goals. • Parents: Usually, parents take an active role that we call the Learning Coach. The Learning Coach, or “LC,” facilitates progress through daily lessons in the K–8 environment and plays a supportive role to help the student stay on task in high school. While the LC is usually a parent, another responsible adult can fill this role. • Teachers: Well-qualified, passionate, and state-certified. These teachers are trained directly by K12 to teach students enrolled in K12 partner schools. In K–8, one teacher is typically assigned per student to focus on each student’s learning, advise the Learning Coach, manage the Individualized Learning Plan, and grade assignments. Teachers remain involved to monitor progress, ensure mastery, and develop intervention plans if a student is struggling. • Community: Many opportunities for academic and social activities. These may include school-sponsored trips to museums and zoos, as well as participation in offline and online clubs, spelling bees, science fairs, and much more. In fact, a recent study shows that full-time online students are at least—if not more— socialized than students in a traditional setting. K12 also supports many parentto-parent community options as well, both online and offline. (See pages 14–15 to learn more.) • Technology: Our cutting-edge technology enables learning to happen anytime, anywhere. The Online School provides daily lesson plans that automatically update as the child progresses, delivers announcements, hosts online school discussions, and has communication and support tools to tie the experience together.

Go to K12.com for more informative content, including some great videos.
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Dispelling myths about online education
Here are some commonly held beliefs about online schooling that simply aren’t the case with K12: MYTH: Students spend all day staring at a computer. FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded on a computer, only
about 30 percent of K–8 lessons are strictly online. (The percentage is higher for high school, as students work at more of a collective pace 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, math manipulatives, workbooks and worksheets, and equipment such as microscopes for lab work.

MYTH: Students who attend online schools lack socialization and social skills. FACT: Students in K12 online schools have the opportunity to participate in many academic and social outings and activities.
These may include trips to museums, skate parks, and zoos, as well as participation in offline and online clubs, spelling bees, science fairs, and much, much more. And since students in online schools tend to have more flexible schedules, many find they actually have more time for social and community activities than their peers in more traditional schooling environments. In fact, a recent study shows that full-time online students are at least—if not more—socialized than students in a traditional setting. (See pages 14–15 to learn more.)

MYTH: Attending school online is a part-time endeavor. FACT: An online education from K12 is rigorous, challenging, and exciting. You can expect that your child will spend 5–6 hours per
day on coursework and assignments in grades K–2, and up to 7 hours per day as your child progresses further, which most parents believe is “just right.” Parents of children (or “Learning Coaches” as we call them) in grades K–6 can expect to spend 3–5 hours per day supporting their child’s education. For students in grades 7–8, Learning Coach time typically decreases to about 2–3 hours per day as your child becomes more independent. By high school, a parent’s role usually consists of simple encouragement and support. Since the K12 program provides a recommended schedule, teacher support, and all the required materials, parents don’t have to worry about putting together lesson plans, tracking down materials, sorting out grades, and so on.

MYTH: Online schools don’t meet the curriculum and accreditation requirements for traditional schools. FACT: K12 virtual schools are either public or private schools that operate
outside a traditional classroom. Our curriculum was developed by experts to meet or exceed states’ academic standards, and all of our students are expected to spend time each day engaged in schoolwork. In K12 public schools, students take standardized tests mandated by your state, just like students in more traditional schools, and test results and grades are recorded on transcripts. Whether in a full-time public or private K12 virtual school, students who go on to graduate from our high school programs receive a U.S. diploma that’s accepted at colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world.

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assessments. • Each month. with a few minor differences in program elements. and a true learning partnership between teachers. We provide the parent who has the motivation to educate his or her child at home with a great curriculum. Both options provide outstanding individualized education.net website. and you’ll see such comments as: “I just cannot say enough about the staff or teachers. they form what we call NetworK12. powered by K12. there are certified teachers to guide the learning. and a progress-tracking system. tuition-free schools. that’s no impediment to the quality of education children receive from the public. and an entire support system—including principals. flexible approach that combines the convenience of home with the structure of school. tuition-free Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA). with best practices for online learning. is “rich and complete. Unlike homeschooling. powered by K12. The school day takes place primarily in the home. or for parents who need additional assistance in supporting their students. Yet there is another basic truth about online education that Jennifer Sims says is crucial to each student’s success. OHVA was recently named the Parent’s Choice winner as best high school in Ohio (of any type!) by GreatSchools. but no school building. we fail. tuition-free schools offer what’s known as a hybrid or blended experience in which schooling takes place in the home. licensed teacher support. Visit the GreatSchools. we’re committed. Together. like the iQ Academies. engaging.” How do OHVA and K12 do it? OHVA’s Head of School Jennifer Sims says simply.” • Licensed teachers work with parents and students using a blend of traditional and technology-based teaching strategies and support. • Public Blended Schools: These full-time. but some school time is spent face-to-face in a brick-and-mortar setting. • Web-based sessions are offered for students who need added instruction in a particular subject. a dynamic. and parents. An online family directory provides a way for OHVA families to network with each other.” Jennifer continues: “We hire teachers who put kids first. Everything is focused on your child’s individual learning and success. interactive online curriculum with traditional books and materials. These can be charter schools or schools run by a state or district. OHVA ranked as the top-performing statewide e-school in Ohio for five years in a row. “If you’re committed. In addition. In sum. “We do whatever it takes to help a child succeed. science centers.net and Business Week magazine. such as the two public virtual schools profiled here. daily lesson plans. Our major public school options are: • Public Virtual Schools: These are fulltime.000 students.” “I went from being an F-student to an A-student. Our programs are currently used in public schools in more than half the states and the District of Columbia. outings to museums. and that is commitment—on the part of the parents and the school. an online attendance tool.NETWORK12: OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL PARTNERS What is a K12 online school program? K12 has a unique. If a child fails.” The OHVA program. And we will help you succeed. A PORTRAIT OF OHIO VIRTUAL ACADEMY There are more than 10. plus exciting extracurricular programs. the school’s program is challenging. Founded in 2002.” “An awesome experience … a spectacular curriculum. and academically outstanding. students. however. developed by experts. says Jennifer. Others use the Aventa Learning by K12 curriculum. Some schools use the full K12 curriculum (“K12-powered schools”). and sometimes just roller-skating in the park are organized by OHVA to bring students and parents together.” page 4 .

but they can’t go this far. the Chicago Virtual Charter School (CVCS) has been able to blend at-home schooling with a face-to-face. enhance socialization. we never stop pushing to help each student. and ParaEducators These are important.com to see what types of programs are available in your state. “I have parents who thank me every day” for helping to keep their children on track in their studies. and has successfully met the Annual Yearly Progress goals of No Child Left Behind legislation every year since 2007. have what it takes to succeed. ParaEducators are skilled facilitators—often certified teachers—focused on students who need extra attention in order to be more fully engaged in their studies. the model is performing extremely well. the story remains the same: a total commitment to each student’s success. CVCS (which is 51 percent low-income and 66 percent African-American) out-performed every other Chicago public school— with comparable school populations—in state achievement testing for reading. brick-and-mortar component: one day a week for elementary students. arts and crafts. At K12. parents and their kids get together for part of an academic day. A review of Chicago’s varied public charter schools. Anywhere from 60 to 180 students attend. And CVCS received an Illinois Honor Award for achieving significant gains in academic performance for grades K–12. For instance. I’ve seen amazing things happen. Secretary of Education. Finally. going at the child’s own pace. A PORTRAIT OF CHICAGO VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOL With 550+ students concentrated in Chicago.Community Days. through a high-caliber. managed directly by the parent community. Leah Rodgers. conducted by Chicago Magazine. This blended school was founded in 2006. “Students get to see their instructors. two days a week for highschoolers. Another trend is Parent Co-ops.” Clearly. Go to K12. called CVCS a “standout” for its strong programs and success. and provide support for parents. math and English/language arts classes are held. when the motivation is there. We also excel in challenging gifted children and helping them accelerate. individualized approach to education. and parent responsibilities are shared. I know the traditional schools say they’re doing that.” In Chicago. we’ve begun to work with ParaEducators. plus staff and fellow students on a regular basis. with strong support from the then-head of Chicago Public Schools. and so on. who is now the U. and wherever our partner schools operate. It’s also a place where parents can meet and share advice with one another. Parent Co-ops. In Co-ops. As one K12 ParaEducator says. Arne Duncan. and each family. There are kids who had little deficiencies that had become gaping wounds—and we’ve helped them get back to grade level. the parent— we all get our arms around that child. the school. and science for grades 3–8. Then there’s time for various activities: from practicing a play to a cooking class. and during the 3 1/2-hour sessions. emphasizes: “The nature of our program is that the teacher. as we continually strive to improve each student’s education. And. test prep. As one CVCS teacher explains. page 5 . in California. which helps strengthen relationships. in Pennsylvania. math. eight sites are dotted throughout the state where regular “Community Days” are held. emerging opportunities in many K12 partner schools around the country. The article quoted a mother of two kids in CVCS: “This is totally individualized instruction.” Going the distance for every child is what CVCS’s Head of School.S.

tracking. as well as math manipulatives. This includes lots of books. Available in all 50 states and around the world. nearly 80 in all. getting started. including: • An Individualized Learning Plan tailored to each child’s talents. K12 International Academy is a fully accredited. Lessons are followed by thorough assessments. science.” Because children learn by doing. so you can be sure that your child has mastered a particular area before moving on. the school has students in more than 50 countries. including college and career planning • All the tools and guidance parents need to support their child’s education in an online environment “ The iCademy is a global school with a 21st-century focus. K12 International Academy offers all of the elementary and middle school courses listed on page 23. and many other online and offline activities • Your own support team to help with enrollment. placement. music CDs. art. peer mentors. field trips. wherever an Internet connection exists. featuring tools for planning. and much more. and world languages—including the latest “adaptive” learning technology used in math for grades K–5 and reading remediation for grades 3–5. yet rooted in an idea that goes back to the ancient Greek academies: the powerful idea of educating every student. skill level in each subject. science lab materials. one at a time. math.K12 INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY SUPERB CURRICULUM AND INDIVIDUALIZED SUPPORT Using the proven. day by day • A worldwide social community: teacher-monitored clubs. music. paints. private online school for students in grades K–12. each K12 International Academy K–8 student benefits from the full scope of K12 resources. Because it’s so focused on the individual. and ongoing assistance • Extensive school counseling beginning in seventh grade. and managing the learning process. and academic goals • An experienced online teacher assigned to you. thebigthinK12 social network for parents and teens.” Ron Packard. clay. K12 page 6 . Founder. Additionally. art prints. as the Learning Coach. creating a global community of connected learners. and your child • Our state-of-the-art Online Learning System. the school is often nicknamed the “iCademy. The K–8 curriculum covers seven subjects: English. award-winning K12 curriculum as its foundation. history. most K–8 online courses are complemented with a wealth of offline materials.

S. I feel very blessed to spend this time with my daughters. diploma. both online and in-person 7. and indoor ski facilities.S. visit gwuohs. rooted in decades of research 2. I used to think I was bad at math and now I see that I am really good at it. GWUOHS is another private online high school option for families. here are ten top things you should know about our school: 1. most students gain a vital. and I like going at a slower pace if I need to. An Individualized Learning Plan crafted for each student 5. A global community of engaged learners 9.MEET A K12 “iCADEMY” PARENT Teaching the world’s children. one at a time Our widely acclaimed approach nurtures the unique potential in every student. Dubai. THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL For high-achieving eighth graders who plan to continue with K12. I feel more relaxed learning at home.S. diploma 8. GWUOHS offers an innovative college prep experience with selective admissions. For children who continue into high school with K12 International Academy and graduate from the school. A complete school—just without the usual walls! “Now that we’re not tied down. my children are not lacking in the least—organized sports a couple of times a week. Powered by the patented K12 curriculum.S.” –Fourth grader. Because of the school’s international reach.” –Tamara Benoit. first-hand perspective of different cultures through friendships they form with other students around the world. Prestigious U. issued by the state of Virginia. We vary our schedule from week to week according to our outings and appointments. MEET A K12 “iCADEMY” STUDENT “With K12. page 7 . As a unique partnership between the renowned George Washington University and K12. For more information.com.com. Personalized instruction from teachers and guidance from a dedicated support team 6. Full-time or part-time options available 10. For international students. completion of the diploma program means there’s no need to take the TOEFL examination to apply to post-secondary U. certified teachers 4. they are awarded an accredited U. students can be enrolled with a group cohort at the beginning of the school year. institutions. UAE A TRULY INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE With term-based admission. Australia For more information about K12 International Academy. or at various intervals throughout the year. we can learn wherever we place our feet. Parttime enrollment is also available. A fully accredited private school with passionate. art studio. Socially speaking. which qualifies them for admission to colleges and universities inside and outside the U. The classroom made me kind of nervous. There was a lot of background noise. Nearly 80 K–8 and more than 150 high school courses 3. I like the flexibility in my schedule. If you’re considering K12 International Academy for your K–8 student. A wide range of extracurricular activities. for families looking to supplement their child’s current academic schedule. I like knowing what I am doing every day. visit icademy.

turned in 100 percent of his work. “In too many schools. To top it off. . “His confidence and self-esteem are the strongest I’ve ever seen them. So no child gets lost in the shuffle. teaching and working as a school counselor. Counselors also pay close attention to each student’s emotional development. without them having to worry what other kids think. entered Idaho Virtual Academy as the typical awkward kid with low self-esteem.” Meet Laurel Maestas: K12 director of school counseling Laurel Maestas’s own education includes a master’s in education. ultimately. direct assessment college prep classes. Middle school and high school kids are often tracked in a group. page 8 Mike A. a stigma can be attached to the so-called easier courses.” To Mike and his mom’s relief. LIFE POSSIBILITY 3: the personal. and rich. helping them define and pursue their academic goals and. he was a special-education student. and he quickly became a leader among his peers. one proven to be a great fit for those who aren’t thriving in their traditional school. Mike stood out as one of the top students—his disability didn’t hinder him at all.” says his mom. individualized learning approaches. visceral and intellectual zenith that a child can reach by immersing herself in the passionate combination of cognitive science. online classes.UNLEASHING THE xPotentialTM xPotential \ek-spe-’ten(t)-she-l\ n (2010) 1: the innate “possibility factor” unique to every child < hard work and the right education can unlock and completely develop a child’s ~ > 2: LIFE PROMISE. now a tenth grader.” School counselors begin meeting with K12 students in middle school and continue throughout high school. His mother puts their feelings about K12 best: “The outstanding educational progress Michael has made this year is very exciting. She spent nearly ten years in brick-andmortar schools. as well as a post-master’s certification in counseling. engaging content found in the K12 curriculum At K12 partner schools. and was one of the most helpful participants in the live.. successes happen every day K12 was founded on the idea that all children deserve a chance to achieve their full potential—what we call their xPotential. Mike felt safe to be an eighth grader in classes full of sixth and seventh graders. If they do get placed in a more appropriate mix of honors and non-honors courses. The difference with K12 is “dramatic.” Mike A. “He was used to traditional brick-and-mortar schooling. career and college choices. even if their strengths vary by subject. and his confidence and self-esteem are the strongest I’ve ever seen them. In fact.” Laurel says. no one would have ever guessed that he had any deficits to begin with. non-judgmental way. He was often chosen to be a student moderator. “Mike was uncertain about attending a public school online. And when it was time for gradelevel. We’re able to put together a customized plan and meet kids’ needs. kids get put in a box.” “A really important thing we’re able to do at K12 is look at the individual student in an accepting. The online learning alternatives we offer provide a different path for children. the K12 online learning environment worked beautifully.

can accommodate those with disabilities. beyond our borders. K12 is there to help. if that’s what is appropriate. The K12 curriculum has been highly praised by educators and parents alike for its ability to support flexible. and many others have found a “home” with K12—one that helps avoid disruptions in a child’s educational progress. Ohio Virtual Academy UNLEASHING THE xPotential— STEP-BY-STEP Placement and assessment Kids enter schools using the K12 program at the grade level that’s age-appropriate for them. We have teachers when you need them in challenging subjects. integrated curriculum and support tools.” Jennifer Sims. And our Advanced Learner Program for grades 3–8 adds many enrichment opportunities. children of executives who are overseas. page 9 . or take courses across a variety of levels. this is the best of both worlds: to be actively engaged in their children’s education while enjoying a comprehensive K12 solution. individualized learning and to help get students back on track. The K12 approach makes it possible to accelerate kids in one or more subject areas. we repeat the tests the students took at the beginning of the year. the teacher designs a Strategic Intervention Plan—a focused intervention that addresses particular academic needs. your child may change grades. If these reveal that a child isn’t on track. and can make it easy and convenient for students to gain credit for courses they have previously taken but not successfully completed. In the U. built-in planning and progress tools to shape your day. We develop children’s xPotential across a wide. Individualized Learning Plans Based on these initial tests. Kids stronger in some subjects than others Wherever students require more challenge or more help. We build on the strengths and address the weaknesses. A number of children do even better than that. They are administered a benchmark diagnostic test that gives staff and teachers an immediate snapshot of where they are academically. Head of School.S. student athletes.“All kids have strengths and weaknesses. they are often able to take advantage of a public virtual school powered by K12. Families (and kids) on the move Military families. talented minds and stretching their abilities. please visit us at K12. even most of those identified as “struggling” at the beginning. Homeschoolers no longer go it alone With a complete. One year’s growth in one year’s time At the end of the school year. The goal is a minimum of one year’s growth in one year’s time. K12 meets them at their point of need in each and every subject—leading to a multi-faceted plan to bring out their fullest potential in all areas. K12 can give students more time to grasp concepts. a private virtual school available wherever an Internet connection exists. Whatever your need. and continuity.. and year. Monitoring throughout the year Performance is measured throughout the school year with regular course assessments and benchmark tests. custom-designed to build on each child’s strengths and to address challenges. plus teaching guides and assessments to ensure subject mastery. week. excellence. they can enroll in K12 International Academy. A K12 education provides the ultimate in flexibility.com. For instance. there’s likely to be a K12 educational option that will make the most of your child’s xPotential! To learn more. while allowing them to remain at grade level in others. we develop an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) for each student. For so many homeschoolers. wide spectrum Advanced and enrichable learner program Teaching gifted kids is about challenging their young. one child at a time. Struggling students K12 can turn struggle into success for kids who are falling behind. See pages 18–19 for more information.

and about reading in particular.” It is his team’s mission to help students develop that scientific way of thinking—to acquire both habits of the mind and the ability to apply science skills to their studies. She works every day to help K12 create a “world of readers. The people behind the curtain Exceptional. BEHIND THE SCENES It takes a diverse and expert team to build successful online learning: • Curriculum specialists and lesson developers plan each lesson and make sure that the material is right for the age and skills of the student. deep expertise in their area of focus and a tremendous personal passion for shaping young minds the right way. and responds to real-time feedback from you through the “feedback” button available in all our lessons. Kristen Kinney Senior Content Specialist for Remedial Reading “You can’t get anywhere in society today if you don’t know how to read.com. Berkeley • Former botany professor at the University of Wisconsin. and appropriate. mathematicians.” Learn more about how we create America’s number-one online education by going online: K12. interactive designers. and the domain of our lesson development team. • Instructional designers build the activities.” • PhD in Botany. No other company has this kind of team working for students. engaging. she has been known to approach strangers.” • EdD in Curriculum and Instruction. and that I continue to develop every day. and talk about the latest research in reading education. • Information architects analyze how people will use the online program. I’m very passionate about making sure every kid can read proficiently. That’s how we lead the charge for online learning and stay at the forefront of technology. And we’re never satisfied: no other company maintains the level of vigilance we do to keep improving every aspect of online learning. K12 does continual testing and research. working with visual designers and media specialists to choose the best way to present concepts and information.K12 CURRICULUM DEVELOPERS Dr. • Writers and editors make sure that the content is accurate. “Science is a way of thinking. musicians. effective lessons are the backbone of the K12 curriculum. And that’s what has made us the number one choice of parents looking for an outstanding education alternative. Dan Franck Senior Science Content Specialist “How do we deliver complex scientific information in a way that really gets through to kids? The clear presentation of scientific information is a skill that I love to develop. We have assembled an amazing assortment of master teachers. Madison • 30 years experience in educational publishing As senior content specialist. In fact. writers. and more who share two things in common: deep. page 10 . Dan (and his fellow members of the K12 Science team) operates by the motto. botanists. cognitive scientists. historians. ask about what they’re reading. George Washington University • Former reading and special-education teacher for Fairfax County Schools Kristen is serious about education. It takes all of these people working together to create the quality content and experiences that promote true learning. • Quality assurance specialists make sure that everything works properly. • Engineers design and build the software that makes K12 run. University of California.

” • BA in History and Political Science. College of Art • 15 years of experience in creating graphics and animation for education As one of the senior designers at K . effective curricula that emphasize hard work— and the rewards of that work. MIT • BS in Mathematics and MS in Operations Research. to set explicit expectations that they will do it.” • BFA in General Fine Art. encourage. 12 These are just a few of the talented. Columbia University • More than 15 years of experience in curriculum development and online education strategies As an educator and curriculum specialist. University of Virginia • Literature and writing teacher at the University of Virginia and Harvard University • Former vice president and director of research and publications at Core Knowledge Since the very earliest days of K12. it’s whatever works best for a particular student.” • MA in English. Johns Hopkins University. Beth Zemble Director of Alternative Learning Strategies “Books to me are like silent friends. Delaware State University • 20 years of experience teaching middle and high school history Amelia is responsible for designing K12 History lessons and making sure that the content is educationally sound and grade-appropriate. MA in English and American Literature. John Holdren Senior Vice President of Content and Curriculum “We owe it to our students to acknowledge the importance of hard work. and our team is dedicated to providing the best possible education to students everywhere. At K12. George Mason University • Previously taught math at the prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology As the content specialist behind K12 middle and high school math programs. She knows that reading is about more than just words on a page—it’s about becoming an effective thinker and communicator. When it comes to designing a strong math program. helping students connect to books and reading. It’s a team effort. Tim has visually contributed to every subject in the curriculum. we try to make reading come alive for our students. Paul’s philosophy is to work with a student for as long as it takes for a concept to take hold. Paul Thomas Senior Content Specialist for Middle and High School Math “I am someone who doesn’t believe in silver bullets when it comes to teaching. Her specialty is to take content that may seem “boring” to students and make it exciting—to bring out the story in history. page 11 . It’s so rewarding to hear a child say ‘Cool!’ or ‘Awesome!’ while doing a history lesson that I’ve worked on. and to support. His creations help make the learning experience fun and engaging for students. and—as needed—prod them in their efforts. John has been instrumental in using the latest educational research and cognitive science to create engaging.” • Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Tim Saguinsin Senior Visual Designer/Animator “I make it my personal goal to create memorable learning experiences for our students. Paul is determined to give teachers and students a variety of the best tools to do just that—to focus on what makes the “light bulbs” turn on.” • BA. She knows that the right reading program can help students make that connection.Amelia JacksonZaremba Senior Instructional Designer. Beth has spent years crafting every aspect of the K12 English / Language Arts curriculum. creative minds behind the development of the K12 curriculum. Maryland Institute. History “What I try to do is to make history come alive.

they remain constantly involved to monitor progress. coupled with many years of classroom experience. They just do most of this work remotely.ONLINE TEACHERS Expert teachers—your built-in support system In all K12 partner schools. Throughout every lesson. check and grade work. ensure mastery. highly qualified. K12 teachers manage all facets of the instructional experience. unit. rather than in the classroom. to provide vital support and guidance before the transition to high school. But the one thing they all have in common is a forward-thinking perspective—and a passion for helping today’s students learn in today’s ways. an online teacher is assigned to you and your student from day one. and course. In grades K–8. K12 ensures teachers are experienced in every subject. page 12 . even though that role is mostly “virtual. teachers play an integral role. They provide instruction and guidance. and develop a specific intervention plan in the event a student is struggling. and in one-to-one online meetings. and widely experienced. and monitor attendance. answer questions and make suggestions. The majority of these dedicated educators have advanced degrees. telephone. As children move on to grades 7–8.” K12 teachers are certified. Teachers communicate with both parents and students on a regular basis through e-mail.

he developed a series of video demonstrations to actually show the struggling students how to apply patterns and logic to solve algebra problems.” Lynne says.” Lynne is also a big believer in setting high standards for her students. and something that was challenging to understand finally makes sense. and individual ways of learning.” Eric Buffington. an online “classroom” tool used by K12 and our affiliated schools. “It is empowering to see success for students who weren’t thriving in traditional schools.” Lynne says. which just serves to emphasize her vision to “be on the cutting edge of where education is going. “Being on the COVA teaching staff allows me to partner with parents to meet individual student goals and needs. teaches multiple subjects in kindergarten through eighth grade. Her bachelor’s degree and teaching credentials hail from Azusa Pacific University. he didn’t just send them back to their books and tell them to study harder. of California Virtual Academies (CAVA). who constantly share ways to improve student learning. “With only 19 days of schooling that month. When he noticed some of his students struggling with algebra. allow Eric and his fellow teachers to help their students who are struggling with a concept to understand what might otherwise elude them forever. for grades K–8. math instructor at Agora Cyber Charter School. “then I have no wind in my teaching sails. As Patti says. but at the same time felt limited in what she could accomplish with all of her students. She inspires great loyalty among her students— so much so that 25 of them transferred from their brickand-mortar school to AZVA just to keep her as their teacher. but AZVA has encouraged her to branch out as a teacher into the areas of math and history as well. I love it when the ‘light’ goes on. seven of which have been with Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA).” Jena Kugel has been teaching for 11 years. Rather. delivered through Elluminate® Live!. and to give committed Learning Coaches the tools to help their kids reach their goals. Eric is now working with more than a dozen algebra and math teachers in K12 partner schools across the country to create more of these video demonstrations. I was hired as a full-time teacher. “This is just a way to add on to what we already have. Then in 2005. Lynne Sommer of Colorado Virtual Academy (COVA) believes that good teaching comes with knowing each student—his or her passions.” In her seven years of teaching in traditional brick-and-mortar schools. she set her second through fifth graders a challenge to write 500+ paragraphs—collectively —in one month.How teachers change lives Patti Stewart. challenges. I thought the goal might be a bit lofty. but the children rose to the challenge. It’s wonderful to see the students grow and mature throughout the years. “I started out as a CAVA parent teaching my own boys using the K12 curriculum. She has been teaching for 22 years.” It also demonstrates the remarkable level of collaboration among K12 teachers. because they and their parents were so pleased with her methods.” page 13 .” he says. is an innovator. Lynne believed she was a good teacher. “[and to] give students another way of seeing things. These demos.” When Lynne and her students gathered to celebrate their accomplishments. six of which have been with K12. She specializes in writing. “If I know the curriculum but am not able to present it in a way that engages and excites each individual student. Jena was the recipient of the National Coalition for Public School Options American Pioneer of Teaching Award for the state of Arizona. For example. Nor did he slow his whole class down to address the needs of a few. I truly enjoy working with my students and families. the final total was 504 paragraphs! “I consider it an honor to share my training and insights to empower students to exceed expectations.

. sending notes of kudos to teachers. museums. the K12 Booster Program. page 14 . so you and your child can easily make friends and stay connected. Under the direction of a club advisor. Types of events include: • Winterland of Gingerbread—families build their own gingerbread homes and create a village of these homes at this annual seasonal event. K12 charitable efforts. online K12 clubs and activities. These events are also a great way to bring together families and staff. thebigthinK12 (our own social network). August. in collaboration with The Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP). and other local attractions. and much more. • Science and Learning Fairs/Spelling Bees—students display their talents and efforts and are recognized for their accomplishments. please visit K12. With a child in an online school. and hobbies.COMMUNITY AND FAMILY SUPPORT CONNECTED LEARNERS ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL LEARNERS We put extra effort into extracurriculars. clubs. the club leader has set up fun activities for our young K12 mathematicians. sharing pictures of each other’s learning spaces.. In fact. In Math Club. 2008 To find a school in your area where the K12 program is available and see listings of events. a recent independent study of full-time K12 programs found that online students’ social skills were at least on par with—or actually higher than—those of students in traditional schools.com. Pen Pals. *Interactive Education Systems Design (IESD). local school events. music. Model U.* Some of the options we offer include local sports. • Spirit Week—among the many activities are student-created stories on common themes. K12 hosts a wide array of clubs. • Battle of the Bands—students unleash their inner rock star to compete for prizes and the chance to record in a studio. and a school-wide online showcase of student work. students can use a secure web-based meeting tool to participate in nearly 50 clubs—including Math. Photography.N. Cooking. Stock Marketing. Music. and much more. The truth is. K12 schooling offers many ways for you and your child to connect with others and have fun— online and offline. led by dynamic teachers from across the country. We’re always expanding our club offerings to the growing needs of our students. you may wonder how he or she will make friends and develop socially while studying at home. A SAMPLING FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY OF POPULAR EVENTS K12 FAMILIES LOVE Many events cost nothing to attend and include free admission to local theme parks. to connect like-minded students around the world. Inc.

and teachers to share information in school-specific sections of the site. or whatever media they choose. the Parents’ Lounge is a powerful way for parents to connect with each other to share experiences. their families. Please note: in addition to parents and teachers. they’re generally contacted by a Booster leader. NOT JUST GOOD STUDENTS At K12. Soon after a family enrolls in a K12 partner school. and there are also plenty of family activities and events to attend. thebigthinK12 is only available to K12 students over the age of 13 who have a parent’s permission and agree to meet a clearly defined code of conduct. Speaker Series Sessions occur twice a month. oils. pixels.com. Plus. The foundation. In the first two years. K12 students raised more than $70. Please check out K12. Coast2Coast is a monthly five-hour opportunity for Learning Coaches around the nation (and the world) to chat and discuss a variety of topics. students channel their inner artist and submit the final creation to K12. where thousands of K12 students. STATE-OF-THE-ART SOCIAL NETWORKING Our own online community. we believe in changing the world one child at a time. Think of the school community on thebigthinK12 as “the school office”—the place to find information and documents specific to your school.K12 BOOSTER PROGRAM. students. both locally and globally. page 15 .com for further details. Parents in the U. K12 supports the Booster Program with ideas on how to make the program work best for their school. K12 judges choose the finalists’ works. teachers. can access an online family directory that connects them with other nearby parents who have students the same age. information. hosted by a K12 team member. Each year.000 toward finding a cure. FAMILY DIRECTORY. and school administrators. K12 PROMOTES GOOD CITIZENS. Think of the Parents’ Lounge as “the social center”—the place to interact with other virtual school families. These school communities offer resources like calendars. was founded by a young girl named Alex Scott who lost her battle against the disease in 2004. there are many interactive discussion forums for Learning Coaches. Armed with pencils. and see what other parents think about us! ® Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook. As a community within thebigthinK12 created exclusively for parents. thebigthinK12 is designed to bring together parents. which raises money for pediatric cancer. and families set up local lemonade stands to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Parents meet face-to-face with other parents. but directed by you and your peers. Inc. and advice. the K12 Art Competition challenges students to do just that—draw from the things in life that inspire them most. And K12 RoundTable is a oncea-month discussion focused on a topic of interest to Learning Coaches. chisels. employees. Sessions are also recorded so you can access them at a time that’s convenient for you. which are displayed on K12. HELPING STUDENTS LEAVE THEIR MARK ON THE WORLD All great artists need inspiration to leave their mark on the world. and teachers connected so they can build lasting friendships and lean on each other for support. and find answers to your questions. who keeps them in the loop through regular e-mail updates. and events.S. Find K12 on Facebook . handbooks. We constantly look for ways to keep our students. AND DISCUSSION SERIES New parents are given the opportunity to join the Booster Program. which is a great source of support for families. One way we do this is through K12 Operation Lemonade. and that even the smallest ripple can make a big wave in the world. and are hosted by experts across a wide variety of topics.

” Luke and Kady Lovelady page 16 . which powers the tuition-free Wisconsin Virtual Academy. engaging. the whole family was excited.” Lori says. “The decision to transfer them from the Wisconsin to the California Virtual Academies was easy—both schools use the same K12 program they’d known for years. Lori says. but also the longer a student stays with K12. especially for new parents who feel like they have to do everything.” And when the Lovelady family moved to California. She loves the structure and independence the program offers. The Lovelady family has now been with K12 for nearly a decade. their children didn’t miss a beat.TWO K12 FAMILIES The Lovelady family: nearly a decade with K12—and counting Several years ago. more disciplined study habits. but not with K12. cave-exploring. the stronger he or she usually performs. the better they do There are thousands of K12 students in the U.S. including places like Princeton! “It’s the Cadillac of all curricula.” The longer families stay with K12. Today. “Kady. “It was exactly what I envisioned. one-to-one basis—and when committed teachers and passionate parents are involved— a K12 education can open the door to nearly endless possibilities. It also didn’t hurt that both programs—as public virtual charter schools—are tuition-free. the family has also been pleased with K12’s continual efforts to improve the learning experience. The Lovelady and Miller families have seen their children grow academically and personally. Attending school at home for your children can seem daunting. “we wouldn’t keep them in the program. a group of students who studied in a K12 program from 2001 until now are 97 percent proficient in reading.” “That first year. You get excellent teacher support. Lori explains: “The K12 curriculum was rich. Lori Lovelady researched online schooling and discovered K12. They offer the best available today.” says Lori. because everything is so well thought through. “And both Kady and Luke love the opportunities they get to catch up with friends! Family events include snowtubing. “There have been many improvements. and around the world. and the program is easy to use. day by day. is in high school and really enjoys it. “I’m so satisfied: it’s the Cadillac of all curricula. It actually takes the burden off you. and challenging—just what I wanted for my kids. And many of them have been with us for nearly a decade (like the two families profiled here). Not only does this kind of schooling promote greater independence. K12 stood out among the competition.” says Lori. and that’s all a parent wants for her children. There are good reasons to stick with a K12 online education. year by year. For example. when her son and daughter were little. stories can be read to our kids through audio— a feature they love!” Would she recommend K12 to other moms? “Of course.” says Lori. Even then. which is a lifesaver. “If my kids didn’t love K12.” Throughout the years. and a more active role for parents in a student’s education. They’ve seen that when each child is treated on an individual. and hiking.” Lori’s opinion is shared by her children. my oldest.” says Lori.

’” Alison knows that families can face multiple challenges with online education from home. without limitations. What choices! Their oldest son is now in high school and plays competitive tennis.” “Not only are our children experiencing the true joy of learning with K12’. but throughout them K12 has always been there to help us meet them. “.” explains Alison. one of her high school advisors said to me. . who have learning disabilities (mild dyslexia and ADD). and William and Mary. you feel like your kids can accomplish anything. When Alison discovered K12’s excellent curriculum and learning programs. “When you realize you’ve found an education that makes this possible. which he could not participate in if he were in a traditional school setting.” To learn more. but thanks to shared experiences. its flexibility helped her boys. she’s at Princeton University. And you can’t quite put a price on that. whether that means academic pursuits or a career.’ I replied. Matthew. and the time we’re able to spend together as a family. Jessica. we’ve grown closer. “My son with dyslexia can dig deeper into a lesson and take the time he needs to focus. Williams. advance in their studies. The Millers faced those same challenges. go to K12. Life in the Miller home is good. but it hasn’t always been easy. Yale. Duke. “But K12’ aligns with the hopes you have for your children— that they be adequately prepared to do anything they want.” she says. ‘I know why: it’s K12!’” K12 gave Alison a way to offer her children a great education that includes: • Mastery-driven individualized instruction • Rich content that included a chronological approach to history • A variety of classical literature. we’ve grown closer. Alec. Their oldest daughter stayed with the program from seventh through tenth grade before being admitted to a residential high school ballet program at an elite school for the arts. “The flexibility of being able to take school with him enables him to travel to regional and national tennis tournaments. she knew she was on to something big.” she explains.com. And you can’t quite put a price on that. and the additional time we spend together as a family. but I’ve been teaching for decades. “He continues to advance in reading using K12’s phonics program and has started to look forward to ‘reading time with Mommy. . Their second-oldest studied drama at South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. supplementing her academic work with K12’s world language program and summer courses through K12 International Academy. ‘I don’t know how your daughter knows all that she knows.” says Alison.The Miller family: from K12 to Princeton Alison and Greg Miller. and see more family stories. she was also accepted at Princeton—as well as Harvard.thanks to shared experiences. and she brings forth ideas that stop me in my tracks. is what a great education is all about. from Western civilization and other cultures • Math that taught her children how to “think mathematically” rather than just “do problems” • Intensive instruction in written expression • Skill-building in written and oral communications Ensuring children have the right knowledge and tools they need to succeed in the future. Columbia. and Samantha Miller page 17 . “Before my oldest daughter was accepted by Princeton. Today. And their youngest—another son—is in elementary school. In the spring of 2011. “We’ve had our challenges.” In addition to the curriculum’s richness. It’s why we’ve stayed with the program for so long—it works. have been with K12 for years. and their four children.

including monthly National Learning Circles. “Olivia’s ALP teacher opened up her world. Learning Circles have been on such topics as Dinosaur Discoveries and Careers in Math. school district for nine years.” she says. Olivia. is a student in K12’s Advanced Learner Program (ALP). We not only help families understand whether a student should accelerate through a course. And she’s already confident about the item she’d address first: illegal immigration. developed by K12 to give Advanced and Enrichable Learners unprecedented support and exciting learning opportunities.THE K12 ADVANCED LEARNER PROGRAM Greater opportunities + bigger challenges = a more stimulating education Young Olivia.” Extracurricular enrichment is only one piece of the ALP program. He loves to talk about ALP’s nationwide enrichment opportunities. It’s a fantastic learning opportunity!” One particular National Learning Circle was called “Extreme Astronomy. a student in K12’s Advanced Learner Program. “In National Learning Circles. and I want to be there to change it. Other Olivia.” It was led by K12 educator Pat Keeney. explains: “ALP works with families to ensure their gifted student is placed properly in the right course level— even down to the proper pacing. Students are invited to create follow-up presentations on a topic of interest to them and can present their work locally.” Gary says. create-your-own cartoon website. Then. FANTASTIC LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES K12’s Senior Manager for ALP. wants to be the first female President. previously taught in a Gifted and Talented seventh grade program in a brick-and-mortar school.com. wants to be the first female President. from Idaho. Olivia gave her fellow students an overview of a fun. who kicks things off in an online Elluminate interactive session. with new avenues to express herself. Spend a few minutes talking to this bright eighth grader. More than 200 students from across the country participated in two age groups.” Nancy. who taught science in a brick-andmortar school for 17 years and was an educational consultant to NASA for 10 years. She has led discussions in an online Book Club. page 18 . who attends Idaho Virtual Academy (a K12 partner school). Nancy Kelly of Agora Cyber Charter School in Pennsylvania. a quiz bowl called “Odyssey of the Mind. and demonstrated cool tech tools in Technologly Club. Gary Smith. such as clubs. one of over 50 ALP specialists at K12. ToonDoo. One of K12’s ALP Coordinators. the other for grades 6–8. one geared for grades 3–5. Dr. Arkansas. “I hear about what’s going on in the world today. explains. “we have an expert presenter. edited and designed a school newspaper. In one Club session. As her Mom. but also how to enrich their child’s daily lessons. was supervisor of Gifted and Talented programs for the Little Rock. Where ALP really kicks in for Olivia is the extra enrichment. Trish. and she’s likely to win your vote. a small group is picked to present to a follow-up national session.” and a Speaker Series for ALP parents.

“ALP has made me more confident. noting that his Math teacher is “one of the best I’ve ever had. Because.” He cites K12’s award-winning text.A program built on national standards The K12 Advanced Learner Program (ALP) provides educational advancement for your child across a wide spectrum of curriculum options. When he quickly completed the sixth grade curriculum at Agora Cyber Charter School. for the way it brings history alive. another K12 partner. This is why we talk about both advanced and “enrichable” students.” Tyler particularly loves K12 History.” To learn more about ALP.” Young Tyler has been with K12 since third grade. ADVANCED AND “ENRICHABLE” STUDENTS At K12. “The public school couldn’t keep up with him. He couldn’t do what he does in a brick-and-mortar school. ALP’s leaders and teachers do whatever it takes to optimize your child’s learning experience. enjoy great learning opportunities. and given me a chance to try things I never would have tried. The Human Odyssey. Some of the ALP enrichment opportunities Tyler has enjoyed the most are the Math Olympiad and the Geography Club. which has let him connect with kids from Canada. which we define this way: • Advanced student: one who is performing above grade level in one or more subjects • Enrichable student: one who is motivated to increase his or her knowledge beyond the basic course offering on a specific subject We would rather that more students. but he’s keeping up with the advanced work and has high praise for his teachers. page 19 . including the National Learning Circles described on this page) • Individual subject advancement • Whole-grade advancement • Mentorship • Uniquely trained teachers and specialists • Dual enrollment (college-level coursework while still in high school) • Credit by examination K12 has developed ALP in close coordination with the National Association for Gifted Children. ALP is great … he absolutely loves it. rather than fewer. just go to K12. inclusiveness is important. but rather take special care to “screen in” students with potential. We are less concerned with screening out students from enrichment programs. Tyler was able to begin seventh grade at only 11 years old. as well as the global iEARN program. more excited. and progressive administrative policies. as Olivia so eloquently put it.com. Below is a list of some key program components: • Early entrance to school • Curriculum compacting (a way to move more rapidly through certain subject matter) • Subject acceleration • Topic enrichment (a whole host of activities and assignments. “because of how many examples there are … it’s not just workbooks. Russia. Kenya. “The public school couldn’t keep up with him. As his Grandmother Fonda (and Learning Coach) says. enrichment activities. and Ukraine to create a newspaper together.” The K12 curriculum has truly given Tyler a challenge.

books with beautiful illustrations and appealing narrative. telephone. We measure subject mastery with online assessments that are built right into the curriculum. and is a big help in learning. Head of School. Ready to learn more? The next page gives overviews of each of our K–8 curriculum offerings.” Jennifer Sims. and plenty of materials for hands-on learning. your child may be reading Homer’s Odyssey in Language Arts/English while he or she is learning about ancient Greece in History. and that starts at the earliest ages. original CDs and videos. Children love to explore. so learning gets into them The K12 curriculum brings learning to life by bringing lessons to life—engaging kids with a rich mixture of online and traditional teaching tools. we tap into that natural inquisitiveness with a simple yet powerful approach to learning: big ideas + consecutive down payments + practice = subject mastery. Ohio Virtual Academy GRADES K–8: nurturing the naturally inquisitive mind All parents know how naturally inquisitive kids are. These assessments are integrated with the planning and progress tools as well. discover. Teachers work with you to modify the curriculum’s pace and schedule according to your child’s needs. Getting kids into learning. which means your child won’t move on to the next lesson until he or she has mastered the material in the current one. you or another responsible adult will serve as your child’s “Learning Coach” and will work in conjunction with certified teachers via e-mail. Taking an active role in your child’s education With K12’s K–8 curriculum. page 20 . your child can go as fast or as slow as needed. Lesson integration reinforces concepts in a child’s mind. and sometimes face-to-face to facilitate progress with your child’s daily lessons. For our K–8 curriculum. decreasing to about two hours per day in grades 7–8 as children become more independent. And with a unique Individualized Learning Plan.INTRODUCTION TO K–8 SCHOOLING “Our goal is for all kids to develop a love of learning. Parents of children in grades K–6 can expect to spend 3–5 hours per day supporting their children’s education. Our award-winning K–8 curriculum includes interactive animations. And since lesson plans for each subject are integrated. web meetings. making it easy to find the right pace for each subject and to stay on track. and learn new things. Planning and assessment tools that keep your child on track Our K–8 program is mastery-based.

conceptual understanding. It is a fun and effective way for students in grades 3 and up to read. and provides an overview of American History through a series of biographies of famous Americans. balancing hands-on experience with systematic study of scientific terms and concepts. WORLD LANGUAGES WITH powerspeaK12 K12’s world language offering— powerspeaK12—is designed specifically for kids. adaptive activities that help struggling students master concepts and skills before moving on. multi-sensory approach to ensure that students understand the concrete realities that underlie mathematics. while engaging them in creative activity—painting. simple narratives. and an appreciation of how the world is shaped by ongoing scientific and technological advances. and composition as they accelerate through the remediation process. language skills. The engaging approach features graphics and animations. teaches writing as a process. and listen in up to five languages— Spanish. and problem-solving. Regular practice and review ensure mastery of basic skills. and games. age-appropriate levels. This means that no two kids will ever take the same path through a course! K12 is proud to bring this state-of-the-art learning method to our students. SCIENCE K12 is unique in offering real science for young students. Math+ for grades K–5: These exciting. K12 Science nurtures curiosity. and receive guided instruction in important scientific concepts. in the following pages. The concepts in the lessons are critical to fostering music comprehension. Combining a variety of games. ART Following the timelines in the History lessons. and architecture. the system intelligently “adapts” to the student’s skill and knowledge level. voices. The curriculum builds quickly. and problem-solving. conceptual understanding. Combining phonics. learning tools. and regular writing and speaking challenges. Adaptive activities help struggling students master concepts and skills before moving on. molding with clay. The History program in grades 1–4 tells the story of civilization from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Much more than simple music appreciation. Adaptive learning in reading remediation and math “Adaptive” learning is advanced technology that individualizes learning. analytical skills. Acceleration. drawing. Online games and animations motivate students and help illustrate concepts. and diverse cultures. Latin. grammar. you’ll find more detailed information about each of these curriculum areas by grade. and bodies in the fundamental building blocks of music. which is taught in stages as students move through their years in K12.) is a three-stage course for students in grades 3–5 who are reading two or more grades below grade level. speak. MUSIC K12 Music teaches basic music concepts at different. and prepares students for standardized tests in the areas of language skills and reading comprehension. German. Students are introduced to the elements of art—line. Engaging learning tools help students conquer missed concepts including comprehension. so that all students have a consistent understanding of the essential concepts governing Western music. page 21 . MATH K12 Math balances mastery of fundamental skills with critical thinking. research-based courses focus on computational fluency. and Chinese. In an adaptive course. MARK12 Reading (Mastery. Students perform many experiments to help them understand scientific principles. HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCES K12 History/Social Sciences opens young minds and imaginations to far-off lands. while challenge problems help develop critical-thinking skills. sensible way. emphasizing an active. color—and identify different types of artwork as they learn about important paintings. Older students explore major themes and topics in greater depth with materials that emphasize the “story” within history. while also inspiring a love of literature. sculpture. this is an approach that will help students train their own ears. K12 Art lessons introduce students to great works of art from different cultures and eras. while Learning Coaches are given extensive support to guide their students to success and back to grade level. distant times. Remediation. in a structured. K12. Then. the Language Arts/English program emphasizes classic works. fluency. write. The kindergarten History program takes students on a world tour of the seven continents. shape. and more support for Learning Coaches to guide their students to success. etc. French. K12’s world language program is language learning your child will actually enjoy. LANGUAGE ARTS/ENGLISH K12 Language Arts/English helps students develop important reading and writing skills. literature. and spelling lessons. providing help and practice in areas they are needed most.K–8 CURRICULUM: your child’s love of learning starts here Learn more about our curriculum and how it helps get your kids into learning. phonics.

you’ll receive suggested lesson plans at the beginning of each week. parent of a K12 kindergarten student A SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS While there are more and more K12 -based elementary and middle school programs that take place. and through the OLS in one-to-one online meetings. reference guides. please visit our website at K12. Lessons are mapped out from start to finish for the year. K12 teachers manage all facets of the instructional experience. to provide support and guidance before the transition to high school.” Amy T. Parents and students alike can see which lessons have been mastered out of the total lessons in a unit. Here is some insight into how that works. To access these lessons. and communicate with both parents and students on a regular basis through e-mail. which vary by course. The planning tools allow you to easily schedule or view lessons online. LESSONS FOR YOUR CHILD. and how to do it each step of the way. you can easily modify the schedule. log attendance. at least partially. and hands-on materials. telephone. we help you take control and stay in control like never before. Some parents even use their child’s favorite subject as a reward to give them a break from tougher subjects. and course. unit. facilitating progress through daily lessons in the K–8 environment. Every lesson in the OLS includes all the information and tools required for successful completion—complemented with books.com. but can be modified to accommodate family vacations or holidays. K12 students log in to our state-of-the-art. yet easy-to-use. and develop a specific intervention plan in the event your student is struggling. or when more work needs to be done before the unit can be completed. For much more detail. page 22 . Through the OLS. and update and track your child’s progress (see sidebar). you’ll take an active role as your child’s Learning Coach. an experienced online teacher and is assigned to you and your student from day one. with the freedom to vary the plan to accommodate your child’s pace or abilities. Progress tools show completed lessons and assessments. you can modify the schedule according to his or her needs. ensure mastery. With K12. TEACHERS LEAD THE WAY In grades K–8.THE K12 ONLINE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE “This has been a really great system. Online Learning System (OLS). in brick-and-mortar settings. If your child performs best in a particular subject for longer hours per day but fewer days per week. Throughout every lesson. your child’s teacher remains constantly involved to monitor progress.. K12 ensures teachers are experienced in every subject. As your child moves on to grades 7–8. TOOLS FOR YOU As the parent. As you help your student progress through daily lessons. and even monitor your children’s progress to ensure they are moving at the right pace. the majority of our K–8 students go to school from home. It goes in-depth daily as to what we need to do.

K–8 COURSE LIST ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS Language Arts K (Blue) Language Arts 1 (Green) Language Arts 2 (Orange) Language Arts 3 (Purple) Language Arts 4 Language Arts 5 Intermediate English A Intermediate English B Literary Analysis and Composition MARK Reading I (Remediation) 12 HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCES History K History 1 History 2 History 3 History 4 American History A American History B Intermediate World History A Intermediate World History B ART Art K Art 1 Art 2 Art 3 Art 4 Intermediate Art: American A Intermediate Art: American B Intermediate Art: World A Intermediate Art: World B MARK12 Reading II (Remediation) MARK12 Reading III (Remediation) WORLD LANGUAGES Elementary Spanish 1 Elementary Spanish 2 MUSIC Preparatory Music Beginning 1 Music Beginning 2 Music Introduction to Music Intermediate 1 Music Intermediate 2 Music Intermediate 3 Music Exploring Music Music Concepts A Music Concepts B Music Appreciation MATH Math K (Blue) + Elementary French 1 Elementary French 2 Elementary German 1 Elementary German 2 Elementary Latin 1 Middle School Spanish 1 Middle School Spanish 2 Middle School French 1 Middle School French 2 Middle School German 1 Middle School German 2 Middle School Latin 1 Math+ 1 (Green) Math 2 (Orange) + Math+ 3 (Purple) Math 4 (Red) + Math+ 5 (Yellow) Fundamentals of Geometry and Algebra Pre-Algebra Algebra ORIENTATION Introduction to Online Learning Grades K–2 Introduction to Online Learning Grades 3–5 Introduction to Online Learning Grades 6–8 SCIENCE Science K Science 1 Science 2 Science 3 Science 4 Science 5 Earth Science Life Science Physical Science Advanced Earth Science Advanced Life Science Advanced Physical Science Middle School Latin 2 Middle School Chinese 1 Middle School Chinese 2 =adaptive learning technology =new and improved content page 23 .

fables. collecting and sending postcards as they learn about countries around the world. and has made learning fun and rewarding. and relate mathematical figures to objects within their environment. counting. Plenty of read-aloud literature kindles the imagination while building comprehension and vocabulary. folktales. Tile Kit. and Sight Word Cards • Handwriting without Tears • The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey • Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel MATH+ K (BLUE) This research-based course focuses on computational fluency. The engaging course features new graphics. Students learn through reading. Representative course materials and readings include: • PhonicsWorks Readers. ordering. and poems. parent of a K12 kindergarten student LANGUAGE ARTS K (BLUE) Language Arts K (Blue) is part of our acclaimed K12 PhonicsWorks program. learning tools. using a kit of magnetized letter tiles and a variety of games and activities. and more support for Learning Coaches to guide their students to success. time. adding. study patterns. adaptive activities that help struggling students master concepts and skills before moving on.and three-dimensional figures—they identify.” Amy.KINDERGARTEN “K12 Kindergarten goes in-depth daily as to what we need to do and how to do it. and problem-solving. They experience problem-solving and encounter early concepts in place value. Students also study two. Activity Book. and subtracting. writing. The emphasis is on classic literature— fairy tales. comparing. conceptual understanding. length. They learn to gather and display simple data. weight. multi-sensory instruction in phonemic awareness and letter/sound knowledge. This course introduces kindergarten students to numbers through 30. This course prepares students to become independent readers through systematic. Handwriting without Tears provides gentle instruction to help students print letters correctly. sort. It has a good balance of online and offline materials. and games. Lesson Guide. Representative course materials include: • Math+ Activity Book • Math+ Lesson Guide • Custom K12 block set Postcards from Around the World page 24 Kids travel the world virtually in this interactive history lesson. and capacity. Video. .

motion (pushes and pulls. K (CD) • Let’s Sing—Vol. and temperature). and astronomy (the earth. as well as identify and contrast beat and rhythm. long and short. Miró. Representative course materials include: • Let’s Learn Music—Vol. capacity./world map • Inflatable globe • Let’s Journey: Around the World (CD) • Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema • Possum Magic by Mem Fox • The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry PREPARATORY MUSIC Kindergarteners learn about music through lively activities. and listen actively to different kinds of music. K (CD) • Let’s Sing—Vol. practice moving to music. using many materials and techniques. and create artworks similar to works they learn about. Blizzard • Art print kit • Tempera paint set • Modeling clay • Oil pastels HISTORY K This beginning course teaches the basics of world geography through a storybook tour of the seven continents. and the basic needs of plants and animals.S. Students will learn about important paintings. sculpture. Blizzard • Come Look with Me: Animals in Art by Gladys S. Hiroshige. and moving.SCIENCE K Kindergarten students begin to develop observation skills as they learn about the five senses. our earth (geography. and stars. rights. and architecture. the earth’s composition. and responsibilities of citizens. loud and soft. Cézanne. length. K (DVD) • Let’s Listen—Vol. singing. matter (solid. including listening. sun. and basic economic concepts. Supplementary lessons introduce students to symbols that represent American freedom. Representative course materials include: • Plastic pipette • Safety glasses • Bar magnets • Magnifying glass • Mirror • Inflatable globe ART K Students are introduced to the elements of art—line. and provides an introduction to American history and civics through a series of biographies of famous Americans. and gas). and Faith Ringgold. students learn musical concepts such as high and low. Through games and folk songs from diverse cultures. realistic and abstract art. and more. the seasonal cycle. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride). study the works and lives of artists like Matisse. moon. For example. Representative course materials include: • Come Look with Me: Enjoying Art with Children by Gladys S. Creative movement activities help students enjoy the music of composers such as Grieg and Haydn. Picasso. liquid. students will create brightly colored paintings inspired by Matisse and make mobiles inspired by Alexander Calder. Students will sing along with folk songs. or loud and soft. fast and slow. taking care of the earth). shape. weight. exploring space. K (songbook) • Tambourine • Slide whistle page 25 . Representative course materials include: • U. Students will also explore topics such as measurement (size. color. magnets). They learn about portraits and landscapes. height. They will also understand concepts such as high and low. the laws. the cultures and traditions of the United States. Rembrandt.

record observations.” Michelle. Representative course materials include: • Seeds • Directional compass • Graduated cylinder • Basic thermometer • Plastic pipette • Safety goggles • Magnifying glass Ocean Explorer In this interactive science lesson. birds. and understand how scientists see the natural world. Literature lessons focus on classic folktales. reflections. plants (germination. Tile Kit. Representative course materials and readings include: • PhonicsWorks Readers. habitats (forests. weather (cloud formation. weight. ordering events. the water cycle). fables. Read-aloud and guided reading lessons help students apply and extend the skills introduced in PhonicsWorks. and mammals). Students identify attributes of geometric figures and also extend their work with patterns and data. coasts. and measuring length. and poetry. light (how it travels. Handwriting without Tears focuses on careful practice at a pace that matches each student’s development of fine motor skills. and a kelp forest from a submarine.. Activity Book. deserts. and inventor Thomas Edison). the oceans (waves and currents. Video. The advanced K12 PhonicsWorks program helps students become confident..A.. They germinate seeds to observe plant growth and make a weather vane. fairy tales. parent of a K12 first-grade student LANGUAGE ARTS 1 (GREEN) In Language Arts 1 (Green). With K12. coral reefs). and solutions). kids explore the deep ocean. and more support for Learning Coaches to guide their students to success. animal classification and adaptation (insects. he’s no longer struggling. adaptive activities that help struggling students master concepts and skills before moving on. and games. and problem-solving. language skills. independent readers. mixtures. Milne • The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward MATH+ 1 (GREEN) This research-based course focuses on computational fluency.. functions of roots. Students will also explore topics such as matter (states of matter. I’m really impressed with what a first grader can learn if it’s presented in the right way.GRADE 1 “Last year. stems). Students begin work with money. and promote a lifelong interest in reading. rain forests). build vocabulary. conceptual understanding. my son was struggling with reading. and focusing on number sentences and problem-solving with addition and subtraction. telling time. Representative course materials include: • Math+ Activity Book • Math+ Lesson Guide • Custom K12 block set • Base-10 blocks set • Place-value mat SCIENCE 1 Students learn to perform experiments. The engaging course features new graphics. Set . a coral reef. Read • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel • Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish • Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban • Winnie the Pooh by A. page 26 . My Children: Poems for First Graders • Ready . emphasizing fluency of addition and subtraction facts. and Sight Word Cards • Handwriting without Tears • Listen. and capacity with non-standard units. students will get structured lessons on reading skills. learning tools. and the human body. amphibians. and literature to help develop comprehension. Lesson Guide. This course for students in grade 1 extends their work with place value to numbers through 100. including representing and comparing data.

S. 1 (CD) • Let’s Sing—Vol. study elements of art. practice moving to music. still lifes. Greece. and create artworks similar to works they learn about. For example.HISTORY 1 History 1 kicks off a program that. Students will identify landscapes. 1 (songbook) • Let’s Learn Rhythm (CD) • Tambourine • Slide whistle Representative course materials include: • Come Look with Me: Exploring Landscape Art with Children by Gladys S. inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night. using many materials and techniques. traditional games and folk songs from many cultures help students begin to read and write simple melodic and rhythmic patterns. Students sing along with folk songs. such as line. shape. students paint their own starry landscape using bold brushstrokes. Blizzard • Come Look with Me: World of Play by Gladys S. provides an overview of world geography and history from the Stone Age to the Space Age. 12 BEGINNING 1 MUSIC In this course. Blizzard • Paintbrushes • Modeling clay. assorted colors • Tempera paint set page 27 . Art 1 lessons include an introduction to the art and architecture of different cultures. and China. Representative course materials include: • U. Representative course materials include: • Let’s Learn Music—Vol. spanning the elementary grades. Students are introduced to the instruments of the orchestra through Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf. and portraits. such as Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt./world map • Inflatable globe • The Trojan Horse by Emily Little • CD: Greek Myths by Jim Weiss ART 1 Following the timeline of K History courses. 1 (CD) • Let’s Sing—Vol. and listen actively to different kinds of music. 1 (DVD) • Let’s Listen—Vol. They explore how music tells stories in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and are introduced to opera through a lively unit on Mozart’s The Magic Flute. and texture. This course takes students through the age of classical civilizations. Supplementary lessons focus on concepts in economics and citizenship. and make clay sculptures inspired by a bust of Queen Nefertiti and the Great Sphinx.

conceptual understanding. adaptive activities that help struggling students master concepts and skills before moving on. Early concepts about multiplication. analyzing and displaying data with new representations. Students will explore topics such as the metric system (liters and kilograms). and more. time. are designed to develop comprehension and build vocabulary. and homonyms. grammar. “can. and problem-solving. weathering). revising. and addition and subtraction of numbers through 1. and determining the range and mode of data. writing a draft. The opportunity to let my child live to his full potential. retold by Cathy East Dubowski • Robin Hood by Annie Ingle • Knights of the Round Table by Gwen Gross MATH+ 2 (ORANGE) This research-based course focuses on computational fluency.” or “lie” vs. the human body (cells. Students practice writing as a process: pre-writing. the digestive system). They demonstrate how pulleys lift heavy objects. division. sound (how sounds are made. punctuation. place value. antonyms. make a temporary magnet and test its strength. proofreading. properties of operations. Representative course materials include: • Math+ Activity Book • Math+ Lesson Guide • Custom K12 block set • Base-10 blocks set • Place-value mat SCIENCE 2 Students perform experiments to develop skills of observation and analysis. learning tools.” Connie. and games. decomposition of numbers. Special emphasis is given to problem solving. Barrie. and more support for Learning Coaches to guide their students to success. The engaging course features new graphics. inverse operations. and measurement. Representative course materials include: • Seeds • Directional compass • Graduated cylinder • Iron filings • Bar magnets (pair) • 10 Newton spring scale • Pulley Karate Practice with Alexander the Great Kids learn basic subtraction counting broken karate boards—and get a real numeric workout— in this interactive math lesson. vocabulary. was something that drew us to K12. Students study money. rather than at a class timetable. page 28 . synonyms.M. Students learn basic rules of usage (such as “may” vs. with an emphasis on works that embody exemplary virtues. Representative course materials and readings include: • Handwriting without Tears: Cursive Handwriting • EPS Primary Analogies. geometric figures. and fractions are introduced. parent of a K12 second-grade student LANGUAGE ARTS 2 (ORANGE) Language Arts 2 (Orange) provides a comprehensive sequence of lessons introducing students to the writing process. and mental math.000. and learn how scientists understand our world. Guided reading lessons on traditional stories and modern classics. force (motion and simple machines. and geology (layers of the earth. “lay”). and publishing (sharing finished work with others). This course for students in grade 2 focuses primarily on number concepts. physicist Isaac Newton). Book A • George the Drummer Boy by Nathaniel Benchley • Peter Pan by J. inventor Alexander Graham Bell). Book 2 • EPS Reading Comprehension • EPS Wordly Wise 3000. magnetism (magnetic poles and fields. and handwriting. parts of speech.GRADE 2 “We are thrilled with the curriculum. and analyze the parts of a flower. how a compass works). kinds of rocks.

they learn to recognize these patterns in the music. after studying Winslow Homer’s Snap the Whip. Africa. students paint their own narrative landscape. Representative course materials include: • How Artists See Play by Colleen Carroll • How Artists See Animals by Colleen Carroll • Art print kit • Paintbrushes • Modeling clay. … OR BEGINNING 1 MUSIC Students in grade 2 who are new to the K12 Music program take this course. For example. Islam. medieval Europe. Representative course materials include: • Let’s Learn Music—Vol. landscapes. and create artworks similar to works they learn about. China. become familiar with string and percussion instruments of the orchestra. learn to recognize melody in threeand four-note patterns.HISTORY 2 History 2 continues a program that spans the elementary grades. shape. 2 (DVD) • Let’s Listen—Vol. and design stained glass windows inspired by the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. such as line. Representative course materials include: • Knights in Shining Armor by Gail Gibbons • Pompeii: Buried Alive by Edith Kunhardt • Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda • The Hundredth Name by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim • St. read and write music. As the students listen to works by great composers. exploring world geography and history from the Stone Age to the Space Age. 2 (CD) • Let’s Sing—Vol. Mexico. Students will sing along with folk songs. 2 (songbook) ART 2 Following the timeline of K12 History courses. assorted colors BEGINNING 2 MUSIC This course is for students in grade 2 who have completed the Beginning 1 Music course. See page 27 for more information. Supplementary lessons focus on concepts in economics and citizenship. identify rhythms in music using half notes. using many materials and techniques. page 29 . and begin to understand standard musical notation. and more. such as Vivaldi and Saint-Saëns. and more. pattern. 2 (CD) • Let’s Sing—Vol. Students will examine elements of art and principles of design. Art 2 lessons include an introduction to the art and architecture of ancient Rome. and Japan. This course focuses on the time from ancient Rome to the later Middle Ages. students learn to read more complicated melodic patterns and rhythms. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges • Sundiata: Lion King of Mali by David Wisniewski sculptures. recognize duple and triple meter. Through traditional folk songs and games. study and create self-portraits.

and help students become more independent readers. reading lessons are designed to develop comprehension. light.and three-dimensional shapes. Vols. and make a three-dimensional model of a bone. atoms). area. Geometry and measurement are addressed through the study of two. and more support for Learning Coaches to guide their students to success. and fractions are addressed through multiple representations and probability. adaptive activities that help struggling students master concepts and skills before moving on. conceptual understanding. and astronomy. but has a greater focus on whole number multiplication and division. when investigating the K12 curriculum I realized it was second to none with regard to content. learning tools. build vocabulary. 100 mL • Directional compass • A Walk in the Boreal Forest: Biomes of North America Series • A Walk in the Desert: Biomes of North America Series • A Walk in the Rainforest: Biomes of North America Series • The Moon Seems to Change by Franklyn M. freshwater. and games. Representative course materials and readings include: • Classics for Young Readers. Students are introduced to specific methods and strategies to help them become more effective problem solvers. Students read works of nonfiction. 3 • The Glory of Greece by Beth Zemble and John Holdren • The Declaration of Independence by Patricia Ryon Quiri • Choice of novels such as Charlotte’s Web by E. Students will explore topics such as weather (air pressure. volume. the human body. desert. Book 3 MATH+ 3 (PURPLE) This research-based course focuses on computational fluency. and poetry. vertebrates (features of fish. Representative course materials include: • Math+ Activity Book • Math+ Lesson Guide • Custom K12 block set • Base-10 blocks set • Place-value mat SCIENCE 3 Students learn to observe and analyze through hands-on experiments and gain further insight into how scientists understand our world. fronts. Students practice writing as a process as they write a narrative. Level C • Writing in Action. and forecasting). mass. encompassing early algebraic thinking. parent of K12 second. capacity. A and B • Test Ready: Reading Longer Passages • Test Ready Plus: Language Arts. matter (phase changes. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. page 30 . letters. They learn to observe and chart the phases of the Moon. Vol. determine the properties of insulators and conductors. reptiles. kids build a virtual harp to understand how the length of a string affects its pitch. students learn relationships between sounds and spellings. a report. tundra. and fourth-grade students LANGUAGE ARTS 3 (PURPLE) In Language Arts 3 (Purple). clouds. and mammals). and Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary • Exercises in English. and marine ecosystems). Students learn and use techniques for effective oral presentations. energy. and volume. I am convinced this is the best education available for my children. forests. and research skills. and problem-solving. third. parts of speech. humidity. Representative course materials include: • Graduated cylinder. Branley Build a Harp In this interactive music lesson. and applying measuring techniques to time. grasslands. ecosystems (climate zones. precipitation.” Jennifer. length. The engaging course features new graphics. and develop test-taking and critical thinking skills. Through weekly word lists.GRADE 3 “As a certified teacher. early work with perimeter. Students learn about sentence structure. White. This course for students in grade 3 provides a quick overview of whole number addition and subtraction.B. amphibians. as well as four novels. and weight. birds. Decimals are studied in relationship to place value and money.

and 5 have the opportunity to take Spanish 1 and 2. and Latin 1. Africa. speak. and listen in a choice of five languages. paint. identify rhythms in music using sixteenths. and Beethoven. Through traditional folk songs. exploring world geography and history from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Handel. Saint-Saëns. Representative course materials include: • Let’s Learn the Recorder (DVD) • Let’s Sing—Vol. and draw. dotted half notes. For example. quarter. students will use shading in their own drawings and make prints showing the features and symmetry of the Taj Mahal. They become more familiar with the orchestra. Students will learn to recognize melody in four./world map • Michelangelo by Mike Venezia • The Revolutionary War by Brendan January • Understanding Geography— Map Skills and Our World. Elementary school students in grades 3. landscapes. and sculpt a variety of works. Representative course materials include: • How Artists See Families and How Artists See Work by Colleen Carroll • Art print kit • Paintbrushes • Modeling clay. Students also investigate artworks from Asia. and practice recognizing these patterns in the music of great composers. including self-portraits. Holst. This course focuses on the period from the Renaissance through to the American Revolution. 3 (songbook) • Recorder ELECTIVE: WORLD LANGUAGES WITH powerspeaK12 The online language-learning program designed specifically for kids. Students will extend their knowledge of elements of art and principles of design. Mozart. and the consistent use of solfege. and identify rhythms in music using eighth. 3 (CD) • Let’s Sing—Vol. and rests. German 1 and 2. students learn to read and write a variety of musical patterns and recognize the pentatonic scale. Art 3 lessons include an introduction to the art and architecture of the Renaissance throughout Europe.HISTORY 3 History 3 continues a program that spans the elementary grades. and learn about the lives and works of Bach. and the Americas created during the same time period. and recognize AB and ABA form. Students read and write music. such as form. write. K12’s world language program is language learning your child will actually enjoy. Representative course materials include: • Inflatable globe • U. 4. and whole notes. and still life paintings. Russia. They learn to play simple melodies and rhythms on the recorder. … OR BEGINNING 2 MUSIC Students in grade 3 who have completed Beginning 1 Music take this course. K12’s world language offering—powerspeaK12—helps students read. Supplementary lessons focus on concepts in economics and citizenship. and others. and also learn fundamental concepts in breathing and singing. Level 3 INTERMEDIATE 1 MUSIC Students in grade 3 who have completed Beginning 1 and 2 Music take this course. assorted colors • Tempera paint set … OR INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC Students in grade 3 who are new to the K12 Music program take this course. such as Beethoven and Brahms. texture. 2 (DVD) • Let’s Listen—Vol. and symmetry.and five-note patterns. and Northern Europe. including Italy. Representative course materials include: • Let’s Learn Music—Vol. games. learn to recognize melody in two-.S. ART 3 Following the timeline of K12 History. See page 29 for more information. especially the woodwind and brass families. Students learn to recognize and write melodic and rhythmic patterns with four elements. half notes. after studying da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. 2 (CD) • Let’s Sing—Vol. three-. 2 (CD) • Let’s Sing—Vol. Haydn. Students become familiar with instruments of the orchestra as they listen to music composed by Vivaldi. 3 (CD) • Let’s Listen—Vol. French 1 and 2. 2 (songbook) • Tambourine • Slide whistle page 31 . and four-note patterns.

life. usage. page 32 . the nervous system. parent of a K12 fourth-grade student LANGUAGE ARTS 4 This is a comprehensive course covering composition.’ K12 tapped an interest in him that continues to blossom daily. use chromatography to separate liquids. and the Paleozoic. Book 4 MATH+ 4 (RED) This research-based course focuses on computational fluency.GRADE 4 “My fourth-grader never looked forward to writing until the unit on poetry. and data. and problem-solving. rocks and minerals. the fossil record and the history of life. vocabulary. erosion. coordinate graphing. Structured lessons on spelling enable students to recognize base words and roots in related words. angles and rotations. retold for young readers • Test Ready Plus: Language Arts. conceptual understanding. Vols. Recently he told me. and rate. identify minerals according to their properties. Students will explore topics such as the interdependence of life. Students read works of nonfiction. the human body. forces and fluids. C and D • Keyboarding CD • If You Lived in the Days of the Knights by Ann McGovern • Pollyanna by Eleanor Hodgman Porter. kids learn how the food they eat provides them with energy from the sun. Representative course materials include: • Math+ Activity Book • Math+ Lesson Guide • Protractor • Color tiles set SCIENCE 4 Students develop scientific reasoning and perform hands-on experiments in earth. and mechanics. including sentence analysis and diagramming. Book 4 • Test Ready Plus: Reading. Students begin the study of equivalencies between fractions and decimals on the number line and early work with integers. ‘I just got an idea for a poem. adaptive activities that help struggling students master concepts and skills before moving on. Representative course materials include: • Bar magnets (pair) • Safety goggles • Lamp bulb receptacles and bulbs • Magnifying glass • Intermediate rock and mineral kit • Invertebrates • The History of Life through Fossils Science Food Webs: Energy Flow in an Ecosystem By studying food chains and food webs in this science lesson. Lessons are designed to develop comprehension.” Lisa. Mesozoic. The engaging course features new graphics. They construct an electromagnet. and deposition. and help students become more independent readers. and mathematical reasoning techniques. This course for students in grade 4 moves into applications and properties of operations. and more support for Learning Coaches to guide their students to success. Representative course materials and readings include: • Vocabulary Workshop Workbook • Writing in Action. and games. The emphasis is on classic literature. electricity and magnetism. area. Geometry is extended into greater classification of shapes and work with lines. plant and animal interactions. which are applied in the study of measurement. and Cenozoic eras. invertebrates. learning tools. weathering. chemistry. probability. and formulas in problems involving perimeter. as well as four novels selected from a long list of classics. and physical sciences. Students work with simple fraction and decimal operations. grammar. A test preparation program prepares students for standardized tests. build vocabulary. Algebraic thinking is developed as students work with variables. and assemble food webs. abridged for young readers • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe.

quilts. using many materials and techniques. Europe. page 33 . they take a musical trip through Europe. and Latin 1. See page 31 for more information. Japan.HISTORY 4 History 4 concludes a program that spans the elementary grades. and more. For example. Sarah Richardson • Come Look with Me: Exploring Modern Art by Jessica Noelani Wright • Art print kit • Tempera paint set WORLD LANGUAGES WITH powerspeaK12 The online language-learning program designed specifically for kids. Representative course materials include: • Come Look with Me: The Artist at Work by R. The course begins by introducing notes that are lower or higher than the familiar lines and spaces of the staff. Representative course materials include: • Let’s Sing—Vol. K12’s world language program is language learning your child will actually enjoy. Mexico. and great works of art and architecture from the French and American Revolutions through modern times. Students will study and create artworks in various media. and create artworks inspired by works they learn about. This course focuses on the period from the Scientific Revolution to modern times. Constitution and You • Inventors: A Library of Congress Book by Martin Sandler • Inflatable globe • U. French 1 and 2. cultures. 4. including portraits. after studying sculptures and paintings of ballerinas by Edgar Degas. and listen in a choice of five languages. INTERMEDIATE 2 MUSIC Students in grade 4 who have completed Intermediate 1 Music take this course. exploring world geography and history from the Stone Age to the Space Age. and China. write. or Introduction to Music) in the K12 Music program take this course. 12 … OR INTERMEDIATE 1 MUSIC Students in grade 4 who have completed prerequisite courses (Beginning 1 and 2 Music. Cubism. Students also study harmony and practice recognizing pentatonic patterns. Level 4 • The U./world map investigate the art of the United States. Students expand their knowledge of rhythm and learn about the Romantic period in music. and 5 have the opportunity to take Spanish 1 and 2. 4 (CD) • Let’s Listen—Vol. 4 (CD) • Let’s Sing—Vol. the Middle East. collage. See page 31 for more information.S. Africa. students create their own clay sculptures of a figure in motion. and Africa. Japan. learn about Impressionism. Supplementary lessons focus on concepts in economics and citizenship. and Regionalism. Elementary school students in grades 3.S. speak. Representative course materials include: • Understanding Geography— Map Skills and Our World. Art Nouveau. German 1 and 2. K12’s world language offering—powerspeaK12—helps students read. the Caribbean. … OR INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC Students in grade 4 who are new to the K12 Music program take this course. 4 (songbook) ART 4 Following the timeline of K History courses. Art 4 lessons include an introduction to the artists. Finally. sculpture.

The study of algebra includes work with variables.GRADE 5 “ This is our first year with K12 and we feel that our son is learning more this year than ever before. usage. Book 5 • Test Ready: Reading Longer Passages. 5 • American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg • Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling • Exercises in English. Students learn about parts of speech. conceptual understanding. K12 allows our child to learn in the way that is best for him. and formal constructions and transformations. angles. and problem-solving. Book 5 MATH+ 5 (YELLOW) This research-based course focuses on computational fluency. and elementary number theory. build vocabulary. and games. Through emphasis on spelling. solving equations and inequalities. an editorial. and more support for Learning Coaches to guide their students to success. Students read works of nonfiction. and more. exponents and powers. parent of a K12 fifth-grade student LANGUAGE ARTS 5 This course provides structured lessons on composition. learning tools. two. grammar. Students begin addition and subtraction of integers and apply all of their work with rational numbers to problem-solving experiences. Representative course materials and readings include: • Classics for Young Readers. . vocabulary. Students practice writing as they write a memoir. The engaging course features new graphics. and mechanics.” Rhoda. a research paper. and research skills. Level E • Keyboarding CD • Bard of Avon: The Story of Shakespeare by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema • Test Ready: Language Arts. and help students become more independent and thoughtful readers. and work within the coordinate system. This course for students in grade 5 investigates whole numbers through practical situations in rounding. using formulas within geometry and measurement.and three-dimensional figures. Lessons are designed to develop comprehension. Vol. punctuation. as well as four novels selected from a long list of classics. students learn relationships between sounds and spellings in words and affixes. The study of geometry encompasses properties of lines. students begin a two-year detailed survey of the history of the United States. a business letter. adaptive activities that help struggling students master concepts and skills before moving on. Representative course materials include: • Math+ Activity Book • Math+ Lesson Guide • Protractor American History A page 34 In this course.

chemistry (structure of atoms./world map • Understanding Geography Level 5— Map Skills and Our World • A History of US: The Concise School Edition Representative course materials include: • Come Look With Me: Art in Early America by Randy Osofsky • Come Look With Me: Exploring American Indian Art by Stephanie Salomon • Art print kit • Tempera paint set INTERMEDIATE 3 MUSIC Students in grade 5 who have completed Intermediate 2 Music take this course. Near the end of the year. rondo. architectural models. speak. fronts). position and speed. Elementary school students in grades 3. track a hurricane. INTERMEDIATE ART: AMERICAN A Intermediate Art: American A includes an introduction to the artists. with listening activities to help students recognize Modern music and identify pieces by individual composers. … OR EXPLORING MUSIC Students in grade 5 who are new to the K12 Music program take this course. write. after studying John James Audubon’s extraordinary paintings of birds. this course takes students from the arrival of the first people in North America through the Civil War. gravity). and economics. develop scientific reasoning. and analyze the effects of gravity. sonata allegro. students make bird paintings with realistic color and texture. and recognize science in the world around them. they learn to recognize the major forms of classical music: three-part song form. Lessons integrate topics in geography. taxonomy of plants and animals. maps. They build a model of a watershed. Finally.S. waves. the ocean floor). test how cell membranes function. prints. Students also learn to recognize and sing the natural minor scale. Representative course materials include: • Let’s Listen—Vol. masks. Representative course materials include: • Test tube • Safety goggles • Graduated cylinder • 30 Newton spring scale • Advanced thermometer • How Bodies Work • Classifying Life WORLD LANGUAGES WITH powerspeaK12 The online language-learning program designed specifically for kids. and animal physiology. forecasts. watersheds. from pre-Columbian times through 1877. K12’s world language program is language learning your child will actually enjoy. The course introduces students to all the notes of the major scale. cultures. Students will study and create various works. German 1 and 2. they learn how to follow the form of a piece of music. Building on the awardwinning series A History of US. Representative course materials include: • Let’s Listen and Learn— A and B (CDs) • Let’s Sing for Fun (CD) • Let’s Sing for Fun (songbook) page 35 . including sketches.AMERICAN HISTORY A As the first half of a detailed two-year survey of the history of the United States. the oceans (currents. and fugue. and Colonial and Federal America. cells and cell processes. and great works of art and architecture of North America. theme and variations. both realistic and abstract. French 1 and 2. and Latin 1. investigate the art of the American Indians. The course presents the basics of traditional music appreciation through singing and the study of music in history and culture. and 5 have the opportunity to take Spanish 1 and 2. Representative course materials include: • U. and paintings. and create artworks inspired by works they learn about. They expand their knowledge of rhythm with simple syncopated patterns. and listen in five languages. Finally. 4. using many materials and techniques. This semester introduces the Modern period in music. students explore American folk music as they follow the expansion of the country westward. Students will explore topics such as water resources (aquifers. motion and forces (pushes or pulls. 5 (CD) SCIENCE 5 Students perform experiments. For example. K12’s world language offering—powerspeaK12— helps students read. elements and compounds). civics. the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of America. tides. Students begin by studying some of the most important classical composers. and wetlands). Earth’s atmosphere (weather patterns. and then study traditional music from around the country and around the world.

the father of the motion picture. and volume problems while further developing computational skills with fractions and decimals. and tip problems. Earth Science gives students an opportunity to relate to their everyday world. and the newest discoveries about our universe. subtract. Representative course materials and readings include: • Myths of Ancient Greece and Rome • BK English Language Handbook— Grade 6 • Classics for Young Readers— Volume 6 • Vocabulary from Classical Roots— Book A • Keyboarding CD • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare for Young Readers adaptation) • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOMETRY AND ALGEBRA Students enhance computational and problem-solving skills while learning topics in algebra. and offers a variety of literature to suit diverse tastes. By connecting them to the beauty of geological history. probability. geology and the fossil record. Representative course materials include: • Fundamentals of Geometry and Algebra: A Reference Guide and Problem Sets • Fundamentals of Geometry and Algebra: Student Guide • Fundamentals of Geometry and Algebra: Learning Coach Guide EARTH SCIENCE The Earth Science curriculum builds on the natural curiosity of students. as well as the results of probability and sampling experiments. and Mechanics program offers practice in sentence analysis.” Suzanne. parent of K12 third and sixth-grade students INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH A This course is designed to give students the essential building blocks for expressing their own ideas in standard (or formal) English. students write a variety of compositions in genres they will encounter throughout their academic careers. Students will explore topics such as the fundamentals of geology. and astronomy. statistical data and displays. tax. The Grammar. They add. We took a six-week train trip in the fall and did our online schooling with the help of a laptop and a cell phone to conference with teachers. and statistics. plate tectonics. and divide positive and negative integers and solve problems involving ratios. After an opening focus on paragraph writing. including simple and compound interest. the amazing landforms around the globe. meteorology. page 36 . the oceans and the atmosphere.GRADE 6 “ We’ve had an exciting year with K12. multiply. The study of plane and solid figures includes construction and transformations of figures. the nature of the sea and air. rates. earthquakes. area. and the solar system and the universe. proportions. engages readers in literary analysis. Earth’s interior. and the movements of continents. volcanoes. discount. and percents. and proper punctuation. multiplication. sentence structure. They learn multiple representations for communicating information. and exponents and apply number theory and computation to mathematical puzzles. Earth’s minerals and rocks. Usage. students make a flip book after reading about and viewing works by Eadweard Muybridge. They solve expressions and equations in the context of perimeter. Representative course materials include: • Online textbook with printable worksheets • Wall map set • Advanced rock and mineral kit • Stopwatch • Latch magnet Stop-Action Pictures In this art lesson. geometry. Intermediate English A sharpens reading comprehension skills. such as graphs on the coordinate plane. They investigate patterns involving addition. oceanography.

as they relate to the piano key. Representative course materials include: • Music Ace—Grade 6 (CD) • Beethoven (CD) • Mendelssohn (CD) • Mozart (CD) • Vivaldi and Corelli (CD) WORLD LANGUAGES WITH powerspeaK12 The online language-learning program designed specifically for kids. Middle school students in grades 6. Representative course materials include: • Wall map set (science/history) • Graduated cylinder. German 1 and 2. and listen in five languages. lessons include an introduction to the artists. and economics. examine the impact of the settlement of the American West. 7. examine examples of modern architecture. Lessons integrate topics in geography. K12’s world language offering—powerspeaK12— helps students read.. extending the staff. Course materials include: • Wall map set • A History of US: The Concise School Edition INTERMEDIATE ART: AMERICAN B Intermediate Art: American B is designed to complement American History B. hands-on lesson activities help students discover how scientists investigate the living world. write. cultures. speak. from skyscrapers to art museums. earthquakes. 250 mL • Advanced rock and mineral kit • Advanced thermometer AMERICAN HISTORY B As the second half of a detailed twoyear survey of the history of the United States. explore the changing role of the U. and listening CDs. and great works of American art and architecture from the end of the Civil War through modern times. and astronomy. and trace major trends in the United States since 1945. plate tectonics and the drifting of continents.. Representative course materials include: • Art print kit • Plastilina clay (10 colors) • Acrylic paint set MUSIC CONCEPTS A Students learn the fundamentals of music. this course takes students from the end of the Civil War to the dawn of the 21st century. and economic changes that resulted from industrialization. Students perform laboratory activities and a fullunit investigation to learn about the application of scientific methods. political.. student guides. and flats. Latin 1 and 2. learn about modern sculpture and folk art. in international affairs from the late 19th century through the end of the Cold War. Building on the award-winning series A History of US. K12’s world language program is language learning your child will actually enjoy. investigate the social. and scales.S. and 8 have the opportunity to take Spanish 1 and 2. discover how photographers and painters have inspired one another. It was conceived for the student who loves geology or meteorology and is ready for an extra challenge. Practical. the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of post-Civil War America. volcanoes. civics. French 1 and 2. from Impressionistic to Pop. Students will investigate paintings done in various styles. and Chinese 1 and 2. Course content is offline. sharps. OR ADVANCED EARTH SCIENCE Advanced Earth Science is a rigorous middle school course. weather. page 37 . and study a select group of composers and their music. Following the same historical timeline. The course covers the staff and the keyboard. oceanography. and create artworks inspired by works they learn about. Students complete lessons using the Music Ace CD. Students will assess the success and failure of Reconstruction. Students tackle such topics as rocks and minerals.

solve problems involving percentages. calculate statistical measures and probabilities. and genetics. graph different kinds of equations and inequalities. OR ADVANCED LIFE SCIENCE Advanced Life Science is a rigorous middle school course. microorganisms. Students perform laboratory activities and a full-unit investigation to learn about the application of scientific methods. and learn how viruses affect human society. plants. Book B • Classics for Young Readers. and then move on to learn the form and structure of a variety of essays they will encounter in their academic careers. ratios. Representative course materials include: • Online textbook with printable worksheets • Graduated cylinder • Compound microscope • Petri dishes . They are also introduced to gene expression and other aspects of cell biology. conceived for the student who loves biology and is ready for an extra challenge. Practical. engages readers in literary analysis. Students continue to practice writing essays in various genres. students label the parts of a virus. apply the Pythagorean theorem. Intermediate English B sharpens reading comprehension skills.R. Course materials include: • Pre-Algebra: Reference Guide and Problem Sets investigate the living world. and discoveries in the world of modern genetics.R. It’s nice to be able to have a choice in where my children go to school. the relationship between living things and their environments. hands-on lesson activities help students discover how scientists investigate the living world. parent of K12 fourth and seventh-grade students INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH B This course continues the development of written and oral communication skills. Usage. The Grammar. Grade 7 • Vocabulary from Classical Roots. Representative course materials and readings include: • BK English Language Handbook. analyze geometric figures. the complex workings of the cell.. Students perform laboratory activities and a full unit investigation to learn about the application of scientific methods.” Elizabeth. Practical.GRADE 7 “ With K12. and offers a variety of literature to suit diverse tastes. Students tackle such topics as ecology. cells. study its life cycle.. designed to give students the essential building blocks for expressing their own ideas in standard (or formal) English. Students translate word phrases and sentences into mathematical expressions. and Mechanics program addresses many grammatical topics. and proportions. 7 • The Iliad and the Odyssey: Stories from Homer’s Epics • The Hobbit by J. Tolkien • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare for Young Readers adaptation) PRE-ALGEBRA In this course. animals. and experimenting with aspects of life on Earth. observing. Students explore an amazing variety of organisms. Vol. Representative course materials include: • Compound microscope • Microscope slides • Petri dishes • Agar vials LIFE SCIENCE The K12 Life Science program invites students to investigate the world of living things—at levels both large and small—by reading. students take a broader look at computational and problemsolving skills while learning the language of algebra. hands-on lesson activities help students discover how scientists Life Science: Viruses In this science lesson. page 38 . and explain strategies for solving real-world problems. my boys are learning faster and enjoying themselves while doing it. They analyze the conventional five-paragraph essay structure.

from cave paintings to stained glass windows. See page 37 for more information. 1: Prehistory through the Middle Ages INTERMEDIATE ART: WORLD A Intermediate Art: World A is designed to complement Intermediate World History A: From Prehistory through the Middle Ages. This course is offline. MUSIC CONCEPTS B Students in grade 7 who have completed prerequisite courses in the K12 Music program take this course. Students will investigate how artists from different civilizations used various techniques. and studies of a select group of composers and their music. French 1 and 2. K12 online lessons and assessments complement The Human Odyssey.000-year span: from the Ice Age to the Middle Ages. from crude huts to Gothic cathedrals. from the spiral to the solar disk. page 39 . and listen in five languages. The course introduces geography concepts and skills as they appear in the context of the historical narrative. and 8 have the opportunity to take Spanish 1 and 2. Middle school students in grades 6. 7. and great works of world art and architecture from ancient through medieval times. a textbook series developed and published by K12. and explore some of the bestpreserved works from ancient tombs. Representative course materials include: • Art print kit • White self-hardening clay • Acrylic paint set WORLD LANGUAGES WITH powerspeaK12 The online language-learning program designed specifically for kids. from painting to mosaic. Vol. cultures. lessons include an introduction to the artists. examine elements of design and styles of decoration. Representative course materials include: • The Human Odyssey. Latin 1 and 2. including the treasures of Egypt’s King Tut. student guides. K12’s world language offering—powerspeaK12— helps students read. Representative course materials include: • Music Ace—Grade 7 (CD) • Sousa (CD) • Chopin (CD) • Schumann and Grieg (CD) • Verdi (CD) … OR MUSIC CONCEPTS A Students in grade 7 who are new to the K12 Music program take this course. speak.INTERMEDIATE WORLD HISTORY A: FROM PREHISTORY THROUGH THE MIDDLE AGES In this first part of a survey of world history from prehistoric to modern times. German 1 and 2. K12’s world language program is language learning your child will actually enjoy. write. This traditional music course teaches the fundamentals of music as they relate to the piano key. Following the same historical timeline. This course focuses on the development of civilization across a 12. Students complete lessons using the Music Ace CD. and listening CDs. and Chinese 1 and 2.

page 40 . and they go beyond the book to discover how the culture in which a work of literature was created contributes to the themes and ideas it conveys. and other aspects of chemistry and physics. K12 is the best of both worlds—providing the core curriculum with a super teacher. Students learn to use number properties to simplify expressions or justify statements. Level 1 • Vocabulary from Classical Roots. Representative course materials and readings include: • Classics for Young Readers. work with integers. Representative course materials include: • Online textbook with printable worksheets • 10 Newton spring scale • Digital scale • Double pulley • Directional compass . rational numbers. and systems of equations. students study the structure of atoms. They learn to determine whether a relation is a function and how to describe its domain and range. use factoring. and energy. and irrational numbers. drama.GRADE 8 “ We’ve homeschooled using our own selected curriculum. and Mechanics. and translate word problems into mathematical equations and then use the equations to solve the original problems. Vol. variables. parent of a K12 seventh-grade student LITERARY ANALYSIS AND COMPOSITION Throughout this course. chemical reactions. molecules. students will engage in literary analysis of short stories. formulate and evaluate valid mathematical arguments using various types of reasoning. simplify and evaluate expressions involving variables. including light. students continue to sharpen their composition skills through writing essays in various genres. atoms. 8 with Audio Companion • BK English Language Handbook. inequalities. electricity.. poetry. They also learn concepts central to the abstraction and generalization that algebra makes possible. Romeo and Juliet This English lesson uses interactive photographs and passages to prepare students for reading Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. Representative course materials include: • Algebra: Reference Guide and Problem Sets PHYSICAL SCIENCE The K12 Physical Science program introduces students to many aspects of the physical world. including gravitational. the elements and the Periodic Table. and Vocabulary. forces. formulas. acceleration. thermal. and graph and solve equations.” Pam. motion. exponents. chemical reactions. electricity. Composition. The program is organized in four strands: Literature. In the writing program. motion. and nonfiction. fractions. Students learn about the physical world and tackle topics such as matter. and other techniques to solve quadratic and other polynomial equations. Among other subjects. In the literature program. and radicals. The course focuses on the interpretation of literary works and the development of oral and written communication skills in standard (formal) English. The course provides an overview of the physical world and gives students tools and concepts to think clearly about atoms. and inequalities. thermodynamics. OR ADVANCED PHYSICAL SCIENCE Advanced Physical Science is a rigorous middle school course conceived for the enthusiastic science student who is ready for an extra challenge. motion. Book C • A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass • Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ALGEBRA Students develop algebraic fluency by learning the skills needed to solve equations and perform manipulations with numbers. and mass. equations.. as well as been in schools that provided their own. focusing first on chemistry and then on physics. light. novels. and other aspects of chemistry and physics. students read “what’s between the lines” to interpret literature. Usage. and magnetism. energy. Grammar. describe sets with set notation and find the union and intersection of sets.

discover great works of art and see how they influenced later artists. a textbook series developed and published by K12. and 8 have the opportunity to take Spanish 1 and 2. The course introduces geography concepts and skills as they appear in the context of the historical narrative. and music through history. and listen in five languages. the arts. musical instruments of the world. and a survey of music history beginning with the early music of the Greeks and the Middle Ages. book covers. Students perform laboratory activities and a full-unit investigation to learn about the application of scientific methods. Vol. lessons include an introduction to the artists. hands-on lesson activities help students discover how scientists investigate the living world. compare and contrast works from many civilizations. musical style. K12’s world language program is language learning your child will actually enjoy. and create artworks inspired by works they learn about. form. 1400 TO 1914 Continuing a survey of world history from prehistoric to modern times. prints. Students complete lessons using the Music Appreciation CD set and student guides. Representative course materials include: • The Human Odyssey. 1400–1914 Students will study various works of art from the Renaissance and beyond. page 41 . Representative course materials include: • Art print kit WORLD LANGUAGES WITH powerspeaK12 The online language-learning program designed specifically for kids.Practical. speak. This course focuses on the story of the past from the 15th century to 1914 and the beginning of World War I. melody. and great works of world art and architecture from the Renaissance through modern times. within broad eras. and more. architecture. French 1 and 2. beat. Following the same historical timeline. Course content is offline. and Chinese 1 and 2. and expression). 2: Our Modern World. K12’s world language offering—powerspeaK12— helps students read. Latin 1 and 2. Representative course materials include: • Digital scale • Protective gloves • Directional compass • Advanced thermometer developments in religion. Middle school students in grades 6. 1400 to 1914. write. The course is organized chronologically and. harmony. Representative course materials include: • Music Appreciation (six-CD set) INTERMEDIATE ART: WORLD B K12 Intermediate Art: World B is designed to complement Intermediate World History B: Our Modern World. The course concludes with Modern music by composers such as Copland and Prokofiev. from paintings to sculpture. Lessons explore MUSIC APPRECIATION Students study the fundamentals of music (such as rhythm. cultures. regionally. German 1 and 2. INTERMEDIATE WORLD HISTORY B: OUR MODERN WORLD. philosophy. 7. K12 online lessons complement the second volume of The Human Odyssey. Topics include the elements of music. music and emotion. and science and technology.

or at 866. Visit the website of the program you are enrolling in for a complete list of required documents.FIND A SCHOOL AND ENROLL Enrolling in K12 is easy. The enrollment process for each of our private school offerings varies slightly from the steps to the right. What to expect: steps to enroll* Ready to enroll? Simply follow these four easy steps: 1 2 SET UP A USER ACCOUNT AND COMPLETE THE ONLINE ENROLLMENT APPLICATION This step will create your own personal and secure online account that will help you keep track of your progress. We’ve broken down the enrollment process into four easy-to-follow steps. For specific guidance. print the Enrollment Forms packet. SUBMIT YOUR FAMILY’S DOCUMENTATION After you complete the online application. Examples might be proof of residence and a copy of your child’s up-to-date immunization records. Private School Enrollment: Some states do not yet have a tuition-free public virtual school option. where you can begin enrolling! You may also call us using the number on your local program’s website.com and click on “Find a school. Click on your selected option to get the appropriate school’s website. so take your time to research the one that’s best for your family. visit K12. a Personal Admissions Liaison (PAL) will follow up with you to complete your Admissions Conference and discuss next steps. 3 4 MEET YOUR “PAL” Within 48 hours of completing your application.com.K12.YOURK12 (866.” This will take you to a map where you can find K12 partner school options in your state. Remember: Many states have more than one option.968. Many schools also request report cards. Individual Courses: You can also directly purchase courses a la carte at buy. but K12 offers private school programs available in all 50 states and around the world (see pages 6–7 for details).7512). please consult the website of the private school you are interested in. See how. or call using the number on the site. RECEIVE APPROVAL Upon receipt and successful review of the required ocumentation— and as long as there is room available— your child will receive an “approved” mark on your personal online enrollment dashboard! page 42 . To get started. The whole process usually takes a couple of weeks depending on how quickly the steps outlined below are completed. Then gather and fax or mail any additional required documentation with your Enrollment Forms packet.

you’ll feel well on your way by the time school starts. Parents and students who participate in orientations will feel more comfortable and in control of their virtual school experience. art supplies. You may also be invited to a new family event to meet your teacher face-to-face. you’ll be delighted to see how robust and easy to use our planning and progress tools are. materials will be shipped to you. *Steps vary by state and program. What happens next? Here’s what you can expect during the days and weeks following your student’s approval as you prepare for—and then begin— your journey with K12. Call toll-free: 866. Tell us YOUR reason for choosing K12—we’re ready to help! page 42 . Questions? Our knowledgeable enrollment consultants are available to assist you along the way. as well as meeting with other families. as well as how integrated they are with online lessons. Here are just a few of the kinds of students enrolled in our programs—perhaps one of these sounds similar to yours? • Children who are struggling academically or need more time to master concepts • Accelerated learners who seek faster pacing and/or who can take courses a grade ahead • Kids who feel they don’t fit in. perhaps undergoing medical treatments • Elite young athletes training for competition or careers • Young performers. or have a learning challenge • Military families and others who travel frequently or are regularly uprooted • Homebound students. Event types and listings are updated regularly on each online school’s website. 2 INVITATIONS TO ORIENTATION AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS We strongly urge you to attend a school orientation and other social events at the beginning of the year. These include everything you’ll need for the school year: books. Each family has its reasons for enrolling in K12. lab equipment such as microscopes. or call using the number on the site for more information. and more! Please keep in mind that the earlier a student enrolls and receives approval.968. connecting with your teacher. just about every kind. 1 RECEIPT OF MATERIALS Once your student’s enrollment is approved.YOURK12 (866. whether they choose a public. Please consult the local program’s website. private. And when you sign on to K12’s Online School. musicians. or supplemental education option.What kind of child enrolls in K12? Well. 3 4 TEACHER ASSIGNMENT Your teacher will contact you prior to the first day of school either via e-mail or phone. SCHOOL BEGINS By setting up your home with our guidance. the sooner he or she will receive materials before the school start date.7512). and other artists focusing on their craft and pursuing their dreams • Families who wish to educate their children in an independent way • Students looking for a course or elective not available at their school • Eager learners seeking enrichment opportunities to supplement their full-time traditional schooling You’ve enrolled. or are being bullied at their school • Students who need to make up a course to keep up with their peers • Children who are easily distracted in a classroom setting. taking the “Introduction to Online Learning” orientation class. Some schools may require a placement test to help determine the appropriate level for your student. need extra attention.

It was an awesome language immersion experience. There are many reasons parents choose an “a la carte” online course from K12. inspiring language teachers at eight worldclass college locations across the U. or world language classes might have been scaled back or cut altogether. and German. your student is considered a part-time enrollee of the accredited K12 International Academy. and in my four weeks at MMLA. visit the K12 store at buy. • Fill a “void” at their school. and/or progress with their class on time. and powerspeaK12 world languages. Led by dynamic. MMLA programs are taught to ACTFL standards and available in Spanish. or looking to stand out during the college admissions process. science. For nearly 100 years. build self-esteem. Chinese. Upon finishing their course(s). they also get a wonderful chance to sample college life in a supervised environment. which many independent families put together from a variety of resources. prepare for family travel or relocation. They can help their child: • Try a new language and tap into kids’ innate ability to absorb languages while young. music. part-time students receive a certificate of completion for the purpose of obtaining credit from their full-time school or district. . and in-language cultural activities—all to create a powerful. see page 23. This includes all of our K–8 courses in English. or explore one just for fun. To learn more and purchase individual courses.S..K12. Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA) offers a unique opportunity to dramatically improve their language proficiency—up to a one-year gain or even more—in just one summer month.” For families who wish to supplement their child’s education. I learned more than all those seven years combined. or want to try an exciting elective. Part-time students benefit from the same exceptional curriculum and online school platform as full-time enrollees. Not only do children significantly boost their language skills and confidence. music. for middle school students who are ready to move ahead. math. • Get a jump on high school courses. art. immersive learning experience. visit mmla. and certified teacher support is available for all courses. Italian.middlebury. Arabic. page 44 For more information.com. so early registration is encouraged. where art. If you purchase several teacher-supported courses or just one. To view all of our K–8 courses at a glance.SUPPLEMENTAL LEARNING OPTIONS Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy: a full-immersion summer experience for grades 8 and up For students in grades 8–12 who are passionate about learning a world language. small class sizes.edu. all K12 courses and materials are available for individual purchase. history. Middlebury College has set the standard for world language study in higher education. Says one MMLA student: “I’ve been taking French at school for seven years. or an extracurricular activity can’t be moved. Space is limited. • Succeed in a homeschool program. • Retake a course in order to catch up with peers. • Resolve a scheduling conflict in their daily school schedule—in case two or more classes occur at the same time. French. This four-week MMLA summer program combines a distinctive No English Spoken Here® pledge with individualized attention.

page 45 . or advance beyond it—and that’s especially the case with K12. Latin 1. These core subject and elective options are full versions of K12’s high school courses. visit K12.com/courses/summer-school-courses. Each of these courses has been designed specifically for kids. Chinese 1 and 2. Students in grades 6–8 can dive into Spanish 1 and 2.or eight-week sessions).Summer with K12: a great time for enrichment. math. or a World Language Sampler. and can be taken over the summer or anytime during the year. or getting ahead Summer is always a convenient time for elementary and middle school students to explore their interests. specifically designed and paced for students looking to earn credits over a shorter. For more information on our Summer School options. Plus. Latin 1 and 2. so it’s online language learning your child will actually enjoy. science. Among our many popular Summer School offerings are powerspeaK12 world language courses for third grade and up. catch-up. French 1 and 2. rise up to grade level. or social studies). All powerspeaK12 courses meet the national standards outlined by the American Council on the Teaching of World Languages (ACTFL). or a World Language Sampler. all designed for elementary school learners. German 1 and 2. French 1 and 2. ranging from Computer Literacy and Personal Finance to Skills for Health. For students who have just completed eighth grade—or for any advanced middle school learner—K12 also offers them an opportunity to take a summer high school course in a core subject area (English. Students in grades 3–5 can dive into Spanish 1 and 2. Teacher support is included. all designed for middle school learners. they can choose from a variety of high school-level electives during the summer. German 1 and 2. and all courses meet or exceed state and national standards. more intensive period of time (in either four.

7. 7. AT KEYSTONE. they’ll gain the discipline from managing their own learning. CONNECT. private online middle school and high school that’s now part of the K12 family. Students can enroll anytime of the year. KIDS DREAM. math. Music. and World Languages to Health. the student services team helps students customize their course selections. For full-time students who continue into high school with Keystone. AND ACHIEVE From the minute students enroll in Keystone. At Keystone. life. 7. they can earn an accredited online high school diploma accepted by colleges and employers across the country. 7. and electives ranging from Art Appreciation. The Keystone School is a fully accredited. Full-time middle school students take a total of five courses: one course from each of the core subject areas. Keystone allows them to blend family. plus one elective per school year. When needed. 8 Math 6. 8 Algebra 1 Science 6. 7. Physical Education. available in multiple academic levels and delivery formats. Via group webinars. 8 Physical Education* 6. there are also many opportunities for kids to connect with peers and explore interests through extracurricular activities and social networking forums. administrative staff. Part-time enrollment is also available to supplement a traditional school or homeschool curriculum. Your teen’s academic experience is in your hands. and history).com. and technical support—all only a toll-free phone call away. 8 Social Studies 6. 8 Electives Art Appreciation* 6. 8 Career Explorations* World Languages and Cultures* Spanish 1** French 1** German 1** *=one-semester course **=advanced course and only available to eighth grade students FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS THROUGH AN EXTENSIVE CURRICULUM Keystone offers a different middle school curriculum comprised of 30 interactive. and a staff-moderated MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSES Core Subjects English 6.THE KEYSTONE SCHOOL “Our students dream big dreams. including project and time management skills as well as writing and communication proficiency.” Gary Myers. a student association. Students are encouraged to reach out to their teachers as often as they need. 7. the school offers continuous enrollment options across an extensive catalog of self-paced courses. science. These include the Keystone Connection student newspaper. multimedia-rich courses—including core subjects (language arts. and Career Explorations. the team also offers guidance in future plan development. For a family seeking more control of their student’s education. with responses returned within one business day. and school on their own terms. 8 Health* 6. Provost Backed by more than 35 years of distance and online learning experience. they and their parents have access to a student services team made up of certified teachers. an array of advanced courses. The hallmark of Keystone is flexibility. Not only will they gain knowledge from coursework. 7. visit keystoneschoolonline. you decide the level of interaction and structure he or she needs to succeed. . 7. Most online courses also include textbooks. and Keystone’s program lets students study anytime and anywhere through numerous online offerings. online clubs and message boards. Facebook page. 8 Music* 6. counselors. Coursework focuses on building personal responsibility and autonomous study habits. page 46 For more information about The Keystone School.

Our graduates have been accepted at hundreds of post-secondary schools— from Cornell University to Middlebury College to Stanford University—while others set out to pursue different dreams. Most importantly. “K12 prepared me for the rigors of college academics. the better they do. *In four school systems where comparative data is available **Math Scantron scores. I was able to work ahead and take time off to travel the world. I learned great study habits.” Jonathon P. compared to norm group averages** This is our mission at K12: to help every child succeed. a K12 student for six “wonderful” years. the longer students stay in a K12 program. and also plays on the women’s soccer team... He is currently on the Dean’s List. Just two examples: • Students in K12 programs from grades K through 4 scored 19. I was able to have incredible experiences like building a school in rural Africa. which has helped me as a college student. the people. but the courses helped prepare me for the large amount of work at the Academy. “Without K12.” Jared R.” PROVEN LONG-TERM RESULTS On average. his classes. Idaho Idaho Virtual Academy (IDVA) graduate Chelsea is majoring in psychology at Concordia University in Portland.7% higher than state reading averages* • In all K12 full-time programs tested. I learned how to communicate with instructors. something needs to make you stand out.. and I didn’t have to deal with some of the stresses they dealt with—I already had it figured out. “I believe the curriculum provided by K12 helped prepare me for the rigors of the Academy. “At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue my education and follow my dream of becoming a nurse. we know parents still love to hear about all the K12 success stories following graduation. Just think about what lies ahead for your child! Chelsea M. He believes that nothing is unachievable. we congratulate our K12 high school graduates as they head on to higher learning and other life paths. K12 also prepared me extremely well for a rigorous and competitive university. K12’s curriculum gave me a very good foundation. and CAVA. As a K12 student. Because CAVA gave me a flexible schedule. I would not be at Berkeley today. I feel like I came to college a lot more prepared than my peers. “The K12 curriculum helped prepare me for college because the curriculum was page 47 . Colorado Colorado Virtual Academy (COVA) graduate After K12. thanks to IDVA!” rigorous. California California Virtual Academies (CAVA) graduate Jonathon. At the end of each school year. now attends UC/ Berkeley and says he loves the campus.K12 GRADUATES: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? From UC/Berkeley to the Naval Academy to Princeton... K12 alumni live out their dreams Whether high school is right around the corner or years down the road for your child. Oregon. Denise is busy with school—her major is nursing— and works part time. I feel like K12 is more advanced than regular schools. But once I was part of K12. I’m doing really well in college right now and feel more prepared than ever. A college like Berkeley only has so many openings. grades 3–10 Christine D. Jared reported for duty at the Air Force Academy—a goal he’s had since sixth grade.” Denise G. PA graduate Christine attends Lycoming College where she’s studying to be a teacher. Not only did it provide an excellent education. Arizona Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) graduate As a full-time student at Glendale Community College. Here are a few of their stories. Pennsylvania Agora Cyber Charter School. struggling students exceeded one year’s growth in one year’s time in math. and professors. I felt confident and sure of continuing my education.

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.. audio files...................... e-mail........ learning materials..........................YES Program training for parents and students and ongoing toll-free support.................. OFFLINE ACTIVITIES Patented.......... Frequent contact...........YES Online......................YES TEACHERS ONLINE LESSONS HANDS-ON MATERIALS Award-winning original texts as well as classic books......... etc. 3rd-party sources)...YES STATE TESTING 12 12 COURSES Advanced blog............... many with advanced degrees.....com...................YES Individualized Learning Plan...................................................................................YES CURRICULUM QUALITY Award-winning curriculum created primarily by an in-house team of specialists (not a hodge-podge of uncoordinated........ YES Very high (96%) parent and teacher satisfaction levels........................... local activities—many opportunities for students and parents to connect with peers................................................................................YES Newspaper Teachers are certified........................... online learning environment.... How many “Yes” answers do the other programs have? SUCCESS PROFILE K12 OTHER PROGRAM r r r r r Curriculum provider is fully accredited for all grades K–12...... customized for each student.................... state-of-the-art. KLearning Program for grades K–8.............. and videos— Books Online “classes” including Dynamic many from Discovery Education.... far away...............................YES preparation Call your teacher K12 Test Prep Adaptive technology Discussion series.............................000 interactive animations..................... and evaluation...... phone Include teacher-graded r assignments Online and offline tasks In-depth diagnostic assessments used to determine skills gaps and measure progress...........YES K12 Helpdesk Practice tests for and Parents’ Lounge Five world languages for grades 3–8 with powerspeaK12........ socials........................... student government........................................... instruction...............YES Science labs rASSESSMENTS Lesson and unit-based r Mastery-based INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH Engaging Art projects Support: office hours................ chats........................... school paper................................................................. EXPERIENCED TEACHERS loop Feedback International clubs Teachers extensively trained in online teaching techniques..................................................YES and targeted instruction Animated Over 180...................... games......... ................. Interactive Integrated with online lessons and manipulatives included.................................. discussion areas................S.......... . thebigthinK .........YES To learn more.................................... simply go to K12...............YES Follow-ups and Plan adjustments throughout the school year...... guidance..............The YES list: how to select an online school This list should help if you are considering other online school options...YES ONLINE RESOURCES................................................YES Field trips.. YES Students’ learning improves the longer they stay in program............. YES Curriculum widely regarded as “gold standard” in quality.YESProgram Click the “Help” button message boards Study Island test prep tool Graduation ceremonies Feeling of accomplishment CERTIFIED.........................YES r r r r GREAT YEAR! r New friends r Report cards r r r r r r r r r VIRTUAL subject areas covered for all grades K–8HELP All COMMUNITY with nearly 80 courses........................ supportive community for parents and students with clubs....................................... for reading remediation and math............YES Teachers usually located nearby vs.YES Teachers committed to giving each student individualized attention................... YES Largest provider of online curriculum for K–12 in the U.........

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