Online Homeschool Resources
Whether you're interested in homeschooling or schooling your child at home with an online public school, K12 can help. We have years of experience providing quality online education for both kinds of families. But do you know the difference between the two approaches to learning? Read on to take a closer look.
K12 understands the challenges and rewards of homeschooling. For more than 16 years, we've been a leader in helping students achieve a world-class K–12 education using the technology of online courses in their home.
Whether you're looking to supplement your child's traditional brick-and-mortar education or to expand your own homeschooling program, K12 stands with your desire to bring excellence to your child's education.
Courses, Commitment, Confidence
K12 offers one of the largest online homeschool K–12 curriculums in the industry, featuring more than 250 courses—from preschool to advanced high school—that have received numerous awards and recognitions.
Courses provide solid foundations in math, language arts, science, and history, as well as art, music, world languages, and an array of electives. There's truly something to interest any student no matter where they are on their educational journey.
Engaging and Interactive
Our curriculum developers have designed courses that are challenging, engaging, and highly interactive while aligning with state and national standards.
We've also enhanced the rich multimedia experience of our online homeschool courses with a wealth of hands-on materials such as textbooks, illustrated storybooks, paints and paintbrushes, music CDs, inflatable globes, and even items like microscopes or rock-and-mineral kits for science lessons.
Our dedication to every detail means you can use our homeschool curriculum with confidence, knowing we share your commitment to seeing your child excel.
The K12 Homeschool Curriculum At A Glance
250+ online homeschool courses for pre-kindergarten through high school
EmbarK12 preschool program gives young learners a fun way to get ready for kindergarten
Math, language arts, science, history, art, and music courses for K–8
World languages: Spanish, French, German, and Latin for grades 3–12;
Chinese for middle school and up; and Japanese for high school
A wide selection of honors and Advanced Placement® courses for high school
High school electives such as Personal Finance, Health Science, Sports and
Entertainment Marketing, Digital Photography, and Web Design
SAT and ACT test prep courses
Keeping It Simple
We're also mindful of making your experience as simple and straightforward as possible. All of our courses come with thorough, easy-to-use planning and progress tools, assessments and answer keys, and teaching guides.
On Your Own or With Our Teachers
When you don't want to go it alone through independent study, our K–8 homeschool courses and all of our world language courses feature the option of support from professional, credentialed teachers. And for high school, where the demands of the curriculum are greater, all of our courses come with teacher support.
Keeping It Affordable
K12 also wants to help you give your child a quality education without breaking the bank. We offer a variety of ways to pay, with options such as subscription plans as well as discounts for pre-paying, multiple courses, multiple students, and for military personnel.
K12 is the leading provider serving K–12 online schools. The K12 program is offered through tuition-free* online public schools for grades K–12.
Key Differences Between Online Public Schooling at Home and Homeschooling
Online public schools are not homeschools, nor are the students who attend online schools considered "homeschooled." In fact, there are many differences.
Most K12-powered online public schools:
- Have state-certified public school teachers
- Comply with mandatory state assessment test requirements
- Comply with state attendance policies and academic progress requirements
- Have a school office for administrative staff
- Have an established curriculum determined by the school
- Issue lesson and course grades, transcripts, report cards, and conduct parent conferences
- Have strong school administrators (e.g., principal, assistant principal, etc.)
- Comply with applicable state and federal academic and fiscal accountability requirements
Online Public School: Teacher Support
In most K12-powered online public schools, students are assigned to a state-certified public school teacher. Teachers oversee and manage student learning. They also:
- Provide instruction, guidance, and support
- Track student attendance and academic progress
- Evaluate student work
- Develop a strong partnership with parents or other responsible adult acting as a Learning Coach
- Consult with parents to recommend remedial or enrichment programs and make student grade placement and promotion decisions
- Communicate regularly with their students via phone, email, and scheduled "office hour" meetings
- Organize social and academic outings; promote school community
- Participate in regular training and professional development
Online Public School: Parents’ Role
In K12-powered online public schools, parents are active participants in their child's education, working in close partnership with teachers. Parents also:
- Work closely with their children, guiding them through daily lessons
- Actively participate in their children's daily learning
- Record student attendance
- Regularly communicate with teachers to assess children's learning, academic achievement, etc.
- Become actively involved in parent groups, workshops, school events, and student activities
*Families do not pay tuition for a student to attend an online public school. Common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper are not provided. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs. Educational materials vary by school and course.