How does K12 develop its curriculum?
We're glad you asked! We’re proud of our curriculum and have more than two decades of experience creating it.
Based on the science of how students learn and fueled by innovative technology to make learning interactive and engaging, our curriculum is created by an experienced team.
Curriculum specialists and lesson developers
plan each course to make sure the content is tailored to the age and skills of the student and covers the relevant learning standards.
build the activities, working with visual designers, information specialists, and media specialists to choose the best way to present concepts and information.
Writers and editors
make sure the content is accurate, engaging, and appropriate.
ensure that assessment items are free of bias and written to the correct level of difficulty against a standards target.
User experience designers
analyze how people will use the online content and ensure that new content follows mobile-first development practices and responsive design.
design and build the systems that make the curriculum and the Online School platform run efficiently and effectively.
make sure everything works properly.
We also incorporate feedback from parents and students through surveys, focus groups, lesson reviews, round-table discussions, and product testing.
How does the curriculum differ between grades?
Elementary and Middle School Curriculum
The K–8 curriculum includes core courses that focus on developing fundamental skills and teaching the key knowledge building blocks or schemas that each student needs to master the major subject areas, meet state standards, and complete more advanced coursework. The curriculum includes informal or formal assessments built into nearly every lesson to ensure mastery and provide for remediation or enrichment where necessary.
High School Curriculum
As students move through middle school and into high school, their work becomes increasingly independent. High school courses are designed for students targeting a four-year university, a local community college, or an immediate career. Many high school courses are offered at two levels: on-level and honors.
In both on-level and honors high school courses, students:
Learn grade-level content
Complete coursework that might require writing or research projects
Tackle problems that require analytical thinking
In honors courses, students also:
Evaluate and synthesize information
Demonstrate more advanced writing skills
Participate in honors projects
How does the curriculum address different learning styles?
Across all grades, we use a blend of learning elements to accommodate multiple learning styles and maximize both the quality of lessons and the way they are delivered. We establish learning objectives and thoroughly develop instructional online experiences with animations, interactive games, video, and text. In K–5, we also carefully integrate the online experience with plenty of hands-on materials activities.*
Sample a Lesson
Go behind the scenes to see our curriculum developers at work!
*Course materials vary by course and school. Please check with your school about offline course materials.