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Kudos and Honors

We are proud and grateful for the recognition we receive.

We know that our curriculum and learning programs are working for thousands of students, helping them unleash their true potential. But don't just take our word for it!

Pre-K embarK¹² Awards, 2013

EdTech Digest

Cool Tool Award 2013 Finalist

The EdTech Digest Awards rewards the best and brightest minds who are transforming education and technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.

embarK¹² was honored to be selected as a Cool Tool Award Finalist in the category for eLearning Solutions. Cool Tool Awards recognize new, emerging, and established technology solutions for education.

Parents’ Choice

Established in 1978, the Parents’ Choice Foundation is the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media. Parents’ Choice Award® winners are a member of a select group; fewer than 20% of the products submitted receive any level of commendation.

embarK¹² was honored to be chosen as a Parents’ Choice Approved Award Winner in the category for websites.

Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)

2013 AEP award DAA winnerembarK¹² was honored to be a Distinguished Achievement Award winner for Whole Curriculum in the Integrated Curriculum Program category.

The Association of Educational Publishers honors excellence and supports the development of professional, quality content for education. Winning an AEP Award is a sign of excellence recognized throughout the industry.


embarK¹² was also honored to be named one of four finalists for the AEP’s Golden Lamp Award in the Whole Curriculum category.

For nearly fifty years, the AEP's Golden Lamp Awards have been one of the education community’s most prestigious traditions. Competition is intense, giving the winners the right to call themselves "the best of the best."


Association of Education Publishers (AEP) Awards, 2013

2013 AEP award DAA winnerIn 2013, K¹² has once again been honored by the AEP Distinguished Achievement Awards. The Distinguished Achievement Awards recognize the year's finest achievements in educational products.  The AEP Awards are one of the largest and longest-running award programs.

K¹² language Arts Orange, a comprehensive program for grade two that provides an interrelated sequence of lessons for students to continue building their proficiency in literature and comprehension, writing skills, vocabulary, spelling, and handwriting, was honored this year.


eSchool News Readers' Choice Awards 2012–2013

eSchool News Readers' Choice Award 2012-2013

powerspeaK¹² world language programs, now part of Middlebury Interactive Languages™, a joint venture between K¹² and Middlebury College, was selected by readers of for their 2012–13 Readers' Choice Awards, which recognize the educational technology products and services that have had the greatest impact in schools.

The Software Information Industry Association, CODiE™ Awards

The CODiE™ Awards recognize excellence in the business software, digital content, and education technology industries, and honored K¹² with the following awards:

  • 2012 Finalist CODiE Award: Best Instructional Solution: Middlebury Interactive Languages
    (a joint venture between K¹² and Middlebury College)
  • 2011 Finalist CODiE Award: Best Mathematics Instructional Solution: Math+
  • 2011 Finalist CODiE Award: Best Public Virtual School Solution for Students

Association of Education Publishers (AEP) Awards, 2012

2012 Winner AEP Distinguished AchievementIn 2012, K¹² has once again been honored by the AEP Distinguished Achievement Awards. The Distinguished Achievement Awards recognize the year's finest achievements in educational products.

AEP Awards are recognized as one of the largest and longest-running award programs for educational products. AEP Award recipients are honored for their high-quality education content.

  • 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award Winner:
    Fundamentals of Geometry and Algebra (6th Grade Math)
  • 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist:
    Elementary School Language Arts (Kindergarten)

Since 2006, K¹² has won many Awards from the AEP.  Please scroll down for more details.

District Administration's Readers' Choice Award, 2011

District Administration 2011 award winner

Editors of District Administration magazine selected K¹² online education curriculum as a 2011 award winner in its annual Top 100 Products competition. The annual Readers' Choice award program recognizes leaders in education based on nominations from K–12 district-level administrators, superintendents, and senior school district leaders. The award program provides school district executives and decision-makers with the ability to review the highest caliber products and services their colleagues use to make a real difference in their students' educational success.

Read the Press Release.

Association of Education Publishers (AEP) Awards, 2011

AEP Awards are recognized as one of the largest and longest-running award programs for educational products. AEP Award recipients are honored for their high-quality education content.

In 2011, K¹² received the following AEP awards:

  • 2011 Finalist Golden Lamp Award: Math+ Program
    Recognized as the gold standard for educational products, the Golden Lamp Award is presented to only one recipient for curriculum quality.
  • 2011 Finalist Distinguished Achievement Awards
    The Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes the year's top educational products in four categories: Curriculum, Periodicals, Professional Development, and Technology. K¹² received the following Distinguished Achievement Awards:
    • 2011 Finalist Distinguished Achievement Award: Science: Environmental Science course
    • 2011 Finalist Distinguished Achievement Award: Science: Virtual Labs/Biology
    • 2011 Finalist Distinguished Achievement Award: Technology: Timed Reading Practice

U.S. Distance Learning Association Awards, 2010

The prestigious United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) has presented K¹² with multiple awards for excellence in the field of distance learning. The USDLA's International Awards are presented annually to honor those who have achieved extraordinary results in distance learning programs.

K¹² won three major awards:

  • 2010 USDLA 21st Century Distance learning Award21st Century Best Practices Award for our high quality, nationally-recognized online school programs for students in kindergarten through high school. The award recognizes pioneering organizations that have changed distance learning and challenged existing practice by developing new and innovative solutions.
  • 2010 Outstanding Leadership Award Winner, United States Distance Learning AssociationOutstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning Award was awarded to Ron Packard, founder and CEO of K¹². This award is given for demonstrated leadership and innovation in a nationally recognized distance learning program.
  • 2010 Bronze Award Winner, United States Distance Learning AssociationBest Practices in Distance Learning Programming Award (bronze medal) was awarded to K¹²'s Honors Earth Science program for its outstanding design and engaging, interactive delivery.

"As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring K¹² as a leader in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. "K¹² has raised the bar of excellence."

"Congratulations to K¹² and Ron Packard," said Reggie Smith III, President of USDLA. "We are truly on the edge of something great and K¹² has clearly demonstrated and confirmed the transformative powers of distance learning globally."

"All of us at K¹² are proud that our high quality, innovative products and academic services are succeeding for tens of thousands of children in the U.S. and across the world," said Ron Packard. "Online learning is rapidly changing education and its positive impact is evident. Online schools create more parent choice in education, access to individualized learning programs for students, and new opportunities for teachers. K¹² is proud to be the national leader in such a dynamic and exciting field, and honored to be recognized by USDLA for our efforts."

To learn more about the United States Distance Learning Association:

AEP Distinguished Achievement Award

2009 Winner AEP Distinguished Achievement The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) has once again honored K¹² with its 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award for our High School Algebra textbook. We have previously won coveted AEP recognition in History, Science, and Art.

For more than 100 years AEP has supported and promoted the education publishing industry. Their annual awards program honors the best materials and accomplishments in educational products. Judged by peers and experts, the awards provide an objective, authoritative evaluation of the applicant's work. The AEP awards are highly valued, precisely because they are a challenge to win. Any entry goes through two levels of rigorous screenings by experts in each field. A winning text must meet the highest standards in the following four criteria:

  • Quality of writing, e.g. appropriate for audience, clear, tight, lively, and consistent
  • Educational value
  • Originality/Creativity
  • Audience interest

While K¹² is well-known for the quality of our online learning curriculum, it is particularly gratifying to receive recognition for the quality of our offline materials as well. Quality that our students benefit from every day!

  • 2009 Winner: Algebra I: A Reference Guide and Problem Sets (Grades 9-12)
  • 2007 Winner: Earth Science: A Reference Guide (Grades 9-12)
  • 2006 Finalist:  The Human Odyssey (Middle School History)
  • 2006 Finalist: K¹² Grade 4 Art

BusinessWeek Names OHVA and PAVCS Top High Schools

Ohio Virtual Charter School (OHVA) and Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School (PAVCS) were named Parent's Choice winners as the best high schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively by BusinessWeek Magazine in conjunction with

ComputED's Education Software Review Awards, 2007

ComputED's annual Education Software Review Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster education excellence, including augmenting classroom curriculum and improving teacher productivity. Winners are selected from titles submitted by software publishers around the world. Selection criteria include academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, and subject approach. K¹² is honored to have been recognized for its innovative program.

James P. Boyle Award

2007 Winner: Ron Packard, K¹² Chief Executive Officer
This year, the James P. Boyle Entrepreneurial Leadership Award was bestowed at the annual Education Industry Association (EIA) conference in Orlando. The award is given to individuals whose achievements in the for-profit education industry serve as guideposts for others starting and building entrepreneurial educational endeavors, and who exemplify the characteristics James P. Boyle represented, including courage and perseverance with an end to improving educational opportunities for children.

Awards for powerspeaK¹²

  • Awarded full accreditation by the Northwest Accreditation Commission, powerspeaK¹² is the only independent study world language school with the authority to grant credit to students who complete our K–12 world language courses.
  • powerspeaK¹² was named to the Inc. 500 list in 2001, receiving straight A's in the area of financial health.
  • powerspeaK¹² was named as one of the Utah 100 for fastest growing companies in the State of Utah in 2001.
  • powerspeaK¹² has received the coveted Practical Home Schooling Reader's Choice Award for five consecutive years.
  • Awarded by the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum in 2001, powerspeaK¹² has been named as one of the Top 25 Companies in Utah Valley at under $5 million revenue.
  • The powerspeaK¹² Spanish Children's Course received excellent reviews and was awarded a 2004 Teacher's Choice Award from Learning Magazine.
  • The powerspeaK¹² French Children's Course received excellent reviews and were awarded 2005 Teacher's Choice Awards from Learning Magazine.