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General FAQs

What do children learn in the Language Arts/English program?

Phonics and Handwriting. Developed for students in kindergarten and first grade, the Phonics course gives you the tools you need to help your child take the first steps toward fluency, competence, and confidence in reading, writing, and spelling. The Handwriting Without Tears program helps your child develop handwriting skills at a gentle and reasonable pace.

Literature and Language Skills. Structured lessons on readiness, language, and literature help develop comprehension skills, build vocabulary, and open the doors to a wide range of imaginative experience. We focus on classic literature—folktales, fairy tales, fables, and poetry—with an emphasis on works that embody exemplary virtues, as well as a generous variety of titles for fun reading.

How does the program teach reading?

K¹² has developed a proprietary PhonicsWorks reading program, designed to help young students take those important first steps toward becoming a skilled reader. PhonicsWorks provides easy-to-follow online lessons, and supplemental materials, including a training video, a magnetized letter-tile kit, and illustrated books. PhonicsWorks is designed to help your child recognize the relationship between letters and sounds; blend sounds represented by letters into words; read and spell longer, unfamiliar words by breaking them into syllables; and read sight words .

How much time do students spend on the computer?

We expect that students will spend no more than 20–30 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of old-fashioned books, workbooks, and instructional materials.

What computer skills are required?

Some basic skills are required. Use of the computer is an important part of the program, but in the early grades it is mostly the parent (or other responsible adult) who interacts with the computer. The program is user-friendly.

How do I apply for a job?

See our job listings on our Careers page.

Will K¹² work for children with special needs? What about gifted children?

Yes. We provide tools that allow students to work at their own pace. K¹² works for children who need extra time to master a subject, as well as those who learn quickly. Find out how the K¹² curriculum meets the needs of gifted students.

What subjects does K¹² offer?

K¹² offers the following subjects:

Language Arts/English
Math
History
Science
Art
Music

High school students can take courses in the above subjects, as well as world language, health and PE, AP courses, and electives.

What role do computers play in the K¹² curriculum?

Generally, children in grades K–5 do about 20–30 percent of the work online. They do much of the work offline—reading books, solving math problems on paper, drawing, and conducting science experiments. Middle and high school students have more refined reading skills, so instruction and activities involve increased computer use, according to educational standards. However, offline work will always be essential.

Can I preview a K¹² lesson?

Yes, you can. Click here to explore our sample lessons.

What do children learn in the Science program?

The K¹² Science program encourages children to explore scientific concepts through hands-on activities. Students learn to make careful observations, ask relevant questions, draw conclusions, and communicate information. They think carefully about what they do and see, and they learn about great scientists who have shaped our understanding of the world we live in. Each lesson provides clear, detailed instructions for experiments and activities.

What do children learn in the Music program?

The K¹² Music program provides comprehensive lessons to help your child learn the basics of music and develop an appreciation for great music from diverse traditions. Our lessons assume that neither you nor your child has prior training in singing or reading music. As you participate in these activities you and your child will learn and have fun together.

Is the K¹² curriculum for children or adults?

It's for both; K¹² helps make children better students and allows parents to get involved in their children's education. In the end, K¹² helps adults deliver a great education to the children they care about.

What do children learn in the Art program?

In the K¹² Art program children make fun projects while learning about great art and artists. Focusing on the basics of line, shape, color, pattern, and texture, children will draw, paint, work with clay, and do other activities to learn how artists design their works. Children will explore different forms and styles of art—painting and sculpture, portraits and landscapes, realistic and abstract—while becoming familiar with important works of art from diverse times and places.

What is K¹²?

K¹² is a curriculum developer and provider committed to excellence in education. It is our goal to provide any child with exceptional and meaningful curriculum and tools that allow him or her to maximize the potential for success in life, regardless of geographic, financial, or demographic circumstance.

What do children learn in the History program?

The K¹² History program, with integrated topics in Geography and Civics, invites children to go beyond the immediate, the local, and the personal. We open young minds and imaginations to far-off lands, distant times, and diverse people. By exploring how people have lived and how civilizations have developed, young people are better prepared to do everything from reading a newspaper to appreciating a painting to casting an informed vote.

What do children learn in the Math program?

The K¹² Math program offers a carefully structured sequence of lessons designed to help students make steady progress from fundamental skills to more complex mathematical concepts. The program takes an active, multisensory, hands-on approach, to ensure that children understand the concrete realities that underlie mathematical concepts (e.g., shape, length, quantity). Regular practice, review, and assessment ensure mastery of basic skills; online games and animations help illustrate concepts and motivate and instruct children.

What are your educational standards?

The K¹² team developed a program with extremely high standards. Our comprehensive program is designed to exceed national and state educational standards. Our goal is to help you provide an education that is comparable or superior to that provided by the nation's best public and private schools.