K-8 Courses

At K12, we nurture inquisitive minds.

We take the simple approach that Big Ideas + Consecutive Down Payments + Practice = Mastery. Throughout our K through 8 course offerings, you will find certain recurring themes that build on the previous grades' teaching and weave an ever-richer tapestry of knowledge around the most important concepts.

Bringing Lessons to Life

The K12 curriculum brings lessons to life with a rich mixture of online and offline teaching tools, including interactive animations, award-winning printed books with beautiful illustrations and narrative, original CDs and videos, and materials for hands-on experiments. In addition, lesson plans for each subject are integrated, so your child may be reading literature from the same time period as the art or history lesson he or she is studying.

Lessons are followed by assessments, so you can be sure that your child has mastered a particular area before moving on. Our individualized approach means your child can go as fast or slow as needed. The online assessments are integrated with the planning and progress tools, making it easy to find the right pace by subject and to stay on track.


  • The list below reflects courses available to those enrolled full-time in a K12 partner school. If you're interested in purchasing individual courses as a supplement to your child's traditional education, or for independent study with or without support from a K12 teacher, the offering varies slightly. Please refer to the K12 Store for a complete list of courses available for purchase.
  • Course list may vary at some K12 schools, including K12 Powered schools.
  • Course materials will be available in various formats, which may include physical and/or digital materials.

Language Arts/English | Math | Science | History | World Languages | Art | Music

Language Arts/English

K12 Language Arts/English helps students develop important reading and writing skills, while inspiring a love of literature. The program emphasizes classic works, writing as a process, and the skills that will be assessed in standardized tests. Younger children learn the basics of phonics and grammar and prepare for reading through systematic, multi-sensory activities, while older students develop literary analysis and comprehension skills by reading novels and nonfiction works.


K12 Math balances mastery of fundamental skills with critical thinking and problem-solving. An active, multi-sensory approach ensures that students understand concrete realities that underlie mathematical concepts. Online games and animations illustrate concepts, while challenge problems, regular practice, and review ensure mastery of basic skills. A thorough foundation is provided for younger students making links between the concrete and the abstract and older students encountering Algebra.


K12 Science balances hands-on experiments with the systematic study of terms and concepts in life, earth, and physical sciences. The program nurtures curiosity as students practice observation and analytical skills. Students learn how scientists understand our world and how the world is shaped by ongoing scientific and technological advances.

History/Social Sciences

K12 History—with integrated topics in geography and civics—opens young minds to far-off lands, distant times, and diverse cultures, emphasizing the story in history—a story that includes not only great men and women but also everyday people. Kindergarten students tour the seven continents and are introduced to some famous Americans. Students in grades 1–4 study civilization from the Stone Age to the Space Age, and older students explore major themes and topics in World and American History in greater depth.

World Languages

K12 World Language courses help students read, write, speak, and listen for meaning through simple narratives, regular writing and speaking challenges, and games. Students learn common vocabulary terms and phrases, grammar patterns and principles, and the practices and perspectives of various cultures. Courses meet all national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and follow state guidelines in covering level-appropriate standards.


Following the timelines in K12 History, K12 Art introduces students to great works of art from different cultures and eras, while engaging them in creative activity—painting, drawing, molding with clay, etc. Students learn the elements of art; study important paintings, sculpture, and architecture; and explore different artistic movements, then create their own works of art, such as mobiles, collages, and stained glass.


K12 Music teaches basic Western music concepts at age-appropriate levels. The curriculum builds in a structured way, fostering increasing music comprehension skills as students move through their school years. More than simply music appreciation, this program helps students train their ears, voices, and bodies in the fundamental building blocks of music.

Our Music Placement Chart will help you determine the right music course level for your child.


Welcome to Online Learning Grades K–2

Welcome to Online Learning Grades 3–5

Welcome to Online Learning Grades 6–8

A Adaptive Learning Technology


  • Course list may vary at some K12 schools, including K12-Powered schools.
  • Course materials will be available in various formats, which may include physical and/or digital materials.