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Curriculum Options

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Students and parents can choose from a variety of options and mix and match to create a full customized education plan. All curriculum below has been approved and officially adopted.
Visit our homepage to learn more about Edgenuity
                                                   grades 6-12                                                   
NOTE: not all courses listed in the course catalog are available through JCO. Refer to the "Course List" for available courses.

Program Overview:

Edgenuity Student Experience Overview Video

Edgenuity courses and curriculum are built using an instructional model grounded in research and are aligned to state standards, the Common Core, and the NGSS. We combine direct-instruction videos featuring expert, on-screen teachers with rigorous assignments, performance tasks, and assessments to engage students and ensure subject-area mastery. Edgenuity is a video-based program that provides instruction students can hear and see.  Edgenuity courses are built using the latest research in online learning, educational psychology, and instructional design, and support the three guiding principles of Universal Design for Learning—multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement. Students also have access to a wealth of learning scaffolds and tools, including translation capabilities, read aloud, guided notes, and a dynamic interactive glossary. Students control the pace of their learning and can pause and review content whenever they need, they can focus exactly on what they need to in order to move forward. Many classes have off line components.  Science classes have options for virtual or "wet" (hands on) labs. For more information visit their website at https://www.edgenuity.com/


If you would like to dive deep into learning about the Edgenuity program here are some additional resources:

Edgenuity Course Design Paper


Recommended for:

Virtually all student for math, students who are more visual/auditory learners, the best choice for ELL students and students with an IEP.  This is a good choice for most students.

  • A wide variety of core subjects and electives are available for grades 9-12
  • Grades 6-8 electives are available
  • Students are able to hear the instruction and see graphics that go with what they are hearing
  • Simulates the traditional classroom for students that are trying an online class for the first time.
  • Students are not able to skip the content (they can't fast forward through the videos).
  • Students sometimes feel like the program takes a long time.
  • Some students find some of the instructors in the videos annoying
FlexPoint Education Cloud
  • Recommended for elementary and middle school students.
  • Available for high school students
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(This option is ONLY available for families who used this program successfully in the 2020-2021 school year and on a case by case basis for families that want to or can be HEAVILY involved on a daily basis in their children's schooling.)
grades K-8
BookShark is an engaging program that is literature-based for all subjects. The curriculum includes an easy to follow schedule and includes parent read-a louds with discussion questions. At the younger grades there is a significant amount of parent read a louds that are a core part of the education plan.
  • literature based
  • great book titles
  • engaging
  • creates opportunities for parents and child discussion and interaction
Cons/Possible Cons:
  • significant amount of parent time necessary
  • if you have never used this program before it can be overwhelming
  • if your child has been in a traditional school setting it is propably very different than what your child is use to 
  • it can be difficult and time consuming to select the best level for your child
  • parents will be required to submit work samples to their child's school teacher and may be required to meet on multiple occasions to review state standards that are used to create the student's report card, which enables an accurate report card to be created
Something to Consider:
  • This program requires a significant amount of parent time and involvement than other programs. Parent who choose this option truly want a homeschool situation. If you are not prepared to take the lead role with this curriculum, you should consider other options.
  • Parents should contact Bookshark to thoroughly go through the correct levels and all the option details. Bookshark provides this "choosing guide" to help parents. https://www.bookshark.com/about/choosing-guide?mc_cid=ec07ed7dd3&mc_eid=8a3f485e36
  • During certain times of the year, the order turn around time for Bookshark can be lengthy
  • Some of the levels of Bookshark History are different from Oregon state standards for a particular grade. You can look at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) website for Social Studies standards to see if the topics from ODE match the options from Bookshark. For example, 8th graders in Oregon learn about US History. Bookshark has a options for 8th grade students that include World History or US History. There are multiple considerations that need to be reviewed before ordering materials. Visit ODE's website for more information about Social Studies. One helpful thing to look for each grade level document is "points of emphasis". https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/standards/socialsciences/Pages/Standards.aspx