Many states are now offering families the choice of enrolling their children in a free online public school program. A growing number of these states are relying on “educational management organizations” to facilitate their online offerings rather than creating their own curriculum and hiring their own instructional staff. K12 is the largest educational management organization offering complete online programs for children from. It offers a complete curriculum with access to instructors and assignments. Some states choose to adopt the K12 system as a part of state-run online schools. Other states have laws permitting the creation of charter schools. Many of these individual schools have also adopted the online K12 system. Your family may have to live in the charter school’s district area in order to qualify for enrollment in some cases. Rather than through K12, accreditation is handled by the school itself. Many schools using K12 are properly accredited. Some schools (particularly charter or private schools) do not have accreditation, however. This can make it difficult for students to transfer back into the traditional public education system or be accepted to college upon graduation. Students rely heavily on parental support as they begin their education from kindergarten to grade 8.

K-12 education

The K12 curriculum at these levels includes a variety of multimedia components including books, videos, CDs, lab equipment, and online assignments. Students can also take world languages (Spanish, French, German, Latin, or Chinese), art, and music in addition to essential subjects. The curriculum is tailored for students at several levels, including advanced learners and those that are struggling. Students have greater independence and a greater selection of courses from 9 grade to graduation. High school students can use the K12 program to make up credits and catch up to their peers. But, the curriculum can also be used by advanced students that are bored in the traditional classroom. Students can choose from numerous honors and AP-level courses. A focus on STEM subjects allows students to choose from classes such as C++ Programming, Forensic Science, and Green Design and Technology. Some of the K12 high schools have partnerships with local colleges that allow students to take courses and earn dual credit in addition to this. Successfully completing a local college course can simultaneously fulfill a high school requirement. K12 requires extensive daily participation by a “learning coach” (generally one of the student’s parents) through eighth grade. The learning coach is expected to spend time with the student and guide him or her through completing both online and off-line assignments. Students are given more responsibility and parental involvement becomes less of a priority as they enter high school. Many parents find that their high schoolers still require encouragement and supervision in order to stay on track, however. The K12 program is available as a private curriculum in every state. However, not every state offers the program through a public (free) school. States currently offering the K12 program as a part of their public education system include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia (DC), Florida, Georgia, Hawaii and many others.