How It Works (K-5)

K12's comprehensive K-5 program provides young minds with a learning environment like no other. We combine dynamic curriculum, professional teaching and support, a strong community, and special services into powerful, effective schooling.

Dynamic Curriculum

  • Courses in seven subjects - language arts/English, history, math, science, music, art and world languages - are developed from the ground up with rich, challenging and engaging content, and are designed specifically for online delivery and individualized learning.
  • The program is delivered through an easy to use, robust Online School (OLS) with the tools and technology you need to manage your account, lesson plans, attendance, and schedule, and to communicate with teachers.

Superb Teaching and Support

  • In grades K-5, each student is assigned to a state-licensed teacher who assists the Learning Coach (usually a parent) with daily lessons, manages the student's Individualized Learning Plan, monitors progress, and focuses on each student's individual problem areas.
  • Customer care and technical support representatives are committed to providing timely help when you need it.

Critical Academic Services

  • Comprehensive orientation sessions get you and your student off to a successful start with OLS training, Q&A sessions, peer-mentoring, and more.
  • An Individualized Learning Plan for each student outlines academic objectives, documents strengths and challenges, and sequences the student's course work for maximum success.
  • Diagnostic assessments for grades 3-5 in English and math pinpoint proficiency levels, guide the creation of your student's Individualized Learning Plan, and allow us to measure progress over the school year.

The Learning Coach Role

In K-5, the parent (or other responsible adult), working in conjunction with the teacher, serves as the Learning Coach, helping facilitate the student's progress through the daily lessons and working to modify the pace and schedule as necessary. As Learning Coach, you can expect to spend 3-5 hours per day supporting your child's education. Your child will spend 5-6 hours per day on coursework and homework, which most parents believe is "just right."

While you play an active role as Learning Coach, your student's teacher manages all facets of the instructional experience and communicates with you via e-mail, telephone, and online meetings. Teachers remain constantly involved to monitor progress, ensure mastery, and develop specific intervention plans if necessary.

We're Behind You All the Way

If you're like most parents, your excitement about taking an active role in your child's education is probably mixed with a little apprehension. We understand this and have specifically designed our program to give you the tools, skills, and support you need.

  • Suggested lesson plans that update automatically as your child progresses are provided to you each week. You can vary the lesson plan to accommodate your child's pace or abilities.
  • Our online scheduling and management tools make it easy to move things around while ensuring your child stays on track.
  • We also provide an array of practical advice, tips, and support through orientation, ongoing training, peer-mentoring, and more.

How do I get started?

See our How to Enroll section for more information about how to get started.