All Participating Schools in California
Below, you will find links to the online school options in your state, from K¹². Many online school programs are established through public school districts, so there is no tuition. We also have excellent, affordable private school options.
Tuition-Free Online Public Schools
California Virtual Academies
The 9 independent California Virtual Academies are K12's longest established online options in the state and offer students a fully accredited education. Passionate, California-credentialed teachers partner with families to create personalized learning opportunities to help students succeed. The rigorous, engaging K–8 curriculum includes traditional core subjects, art, music, and world languages. A K–8 Advanced Learner Program challenges students and fosters creativity. Honors, AP®, and numerous elective courses are available for high school students preparing for college and career. Field trips, social events, student government, and clubs connect students and families to an active school community.
iQ Academy California—Los Angeles
iQ Academy of California-Los Angeles helps students become independent, self-motivated learners by giving them a strong foundation and opportunities to explore interests and reach their academic potential. Serving residents of five southern California counties, the accredited online school offers an innovative use of technology, a rigorous and engaging curriculum, Individualized Learning Plans for each student, and a personalized approach tailored to different learning styles. Eligible high school students can earn college credits on select courses through concurrent enrollment available in partnership with local colleges. An active school community provides support and enrichment through a variety of activities, including service learning for all grade levels.
Insight Schools of California
The two Insight Schools of California offer individualized academic, social, and emotional support to help struggling high school students catch up and excel. Experienced teachers and counselors inspire students to work hard and achieve academic success. Special programs provide support to families and help students increase their self-confidence, resilience, and interpersonal skills. Counselors also guide students with college and career goals and skills. (Note: Upon graduation, students wanting to enter a four-year university will first need to attend a two-year or community college to meet university entrance requirements.)
Other Available Schools
A3-California Schools offer a number of programs suited to a student’s interest. California Prep provides an education that’s rigorous and flexible, with field trips and enrichment activities and high school courses approved by the U of C for dual credit. California Tek is a technology-focused school with a diverse range of course and extra-curricular options. World Language Academy students can immerse themselves in a world language, choosing from among six different languages and extracurricular language clubs. A wide variety of electives are also available, including Career Technical Education courses. WLA also awards scholarships to graduates. And Uplift Provides a flexible education for students age 16-24, with community collaboration days, workforce partnerships, credit recovery options, and enrichment activities.
Gateway Virtual Academy
Available to students who reside in Merced, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Stanislaus, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Tuolumne counties.
Inspire Charter Schools
Available to students residing in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Kern, and Ventura counties.
Sierra Plumas Virtual Academy
Available to Sierra County Residents.
Compass Charter Schools
Compass Charter Schools (CCS) believes every scholar can be successful and understands and respects the need for scholars to learn at their own pace, using their own learning strengths. Our program is built to foster and develop scholars’ love of learning. CCS is committed to creating a collaborative virtual learning community, inspiring scholars to appreciate the ways in which arts and sciences nurture a curiosity for lifelong learning, and preparing scholars to take responsibility for their future successes.
We are proud of the quality program we provide. As we are a virtual school, many of our procedures take advantage of digital tools. For example, Learning Coach Lounges, scholar clubs, and communication are conducted virtually. For our scholar portfolios, we use an application that can be accessed on a phone, tablet, or computer. These digital tools allow us to enhance our scholars’ learning, as well as the relationships and communication we have with them and each other. While a virtual community is important to us, we also try to build in-person communities with a variety of enrichment events, workshops, and field trips.
Culver City Unified
Etiwanda Alternative Studies Education Program
Juan Bautista De Anza
Self-paced blended learning charter school with credentialed teachers overseeing each student's daily progress. Horse Wisdom classes teach leadership skills and over 15 cultural literacy field trips are taken each year.
Available to students who reside in Orange, Imperial, Riverside, and San Diego Counties.
Keith McCarthy Academy
Available to students residing in Lake Elsinore School District.
Lake Tahoe Unified School District
Available to students residing in Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Kern counties.
Oak Grove School District—Independent Study Program
Redding School of the Arts
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified