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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.
Curriculum Options include:
  • fully online
  • fully off-line ("paper/pencil")
  • hybrid of online and off-line 
  • hybrid of online and a hands on course at the local neighborhood school (not available for 2020-21 school year due to state guidelines for students being grouped in cohorts.)
Visit our homepage to learn more about Edgenuity
grades 6-12                                                     --ONE OF THE TOP CHOICES BY PARENTS & STAFF--
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
Odysseyware logo
grades 3-12
NOTE: not all courses listed in the course catalog are available through JCO. Refer to the "Course List" for available courses.
Program Overview:
This program requires a significant amount of reading, supplemented with some videos and some interactive components. Some courses include off-lines projects (for example in Social Studies and Science). Some courses have multiple projects and students with their teacher are able to have some choice in which projects they prefer. Program has text-to-audio feature. Parents are able to login and check their students progress and grades. For more information visit their website at www.odysseyware.com  
Student Instructional Supports Overview: https://www.odysseyware.com/curriculum/instructional-supports
Recommended for:
  • Students that prefer learning through reading
  • Easy to use for most students.
  • There is a built in calendar with "due dates" that helps keep students on track to finish on time.
  • Easy to navigate.
  • Students get to help their teacher choose which projects they complete.
  • Optional review before most tests.  
  • A text to audio feature, although the voices are not always natural sounding.
  • Most classes follow the same pattern for every unit: several lessons, quiz, several lessons, quiz, several lessons, test, with one or more projects throughout the unit
  • A wide variety of core subjects and electives are available for grades 9-12
  • Grades 6-8 electives are available.
Cons/Possible Cons: 
  • The built in calendar isn't smart and gives the same amount of time for a short quiz as an essay or project.
  • Students are able to scroll past content to the assignment.
  • Challenging for many students to use for math.
  • A significant amount of reading
  • The read aloud text feature used a computer voice to read the text
Something to Consider:
  • If your student is a struggling reading at this point in time, this is likely not the best program for them.
  • This program is often a good choice for TAG students. 
  • This program is often not the best choice for student's who struggle with reading, are an ELL student, or a student with an IEP. 
 Accelerate Education
grades K-8
Program Overview:

Founded in 2011, Accelerate Education is a leading provider of blended learning solutions for schools. Accelerate Education combines off-line worksheets, online reading and videos for students K-8 that enables students to learn in a variety of ways.  For more information visit their website at https://accelerate.education/


Recommended for:
  • families who a mix of learning off-line and learning online
  • K-8 students have a variety of ways to learn: reading, videos, worksheets, writing, hands on projects
  • elementary graphics are age appropriate and appealing 
  • students are able to click on an audio button icon to have the text read to them in a natural sounding voice
Cons/Possible Cons:
  • For grades K-2, an adults will be to help students read through directions and support students through the program. If students are at least a 3rd grade reading level they will likely be able to navigate through most of the program independently.
Something to Consider:
  • Learning will be accesses through a variety of ways so there is a little bit more to keep track of to accesses all the learning.
  • Parents of K-2nd grade will need to be hands on with their student and should expect to devote quite a bit of time to supporting their student.
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BookShark                  (This option is ONLY available for families who used this program in the 2020-2021  school year.)
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
Moving Beyond the Page
For more information visit their website at https://www.movingbeyondthepage.com/
  • great book titles
  • engaging
  • creates opportunities for parents and child discussion/interaction
Cons/Possible Cons:
  • significant amount of parent time necessary (possible con)
  • if you have never used this program before it can be overwhelming
Something to Consider:
  • This program requires significantly more parent time than online programs. If that is not a good fit for your family you should consider other options.
  • Parents should contact Bookshark to thoroughly go through the correct levels and all the option details
  • Parents may wish to order this curriculum themselves so it is shipped directly to their home and use the reimbursement process
  • as of 9/20 shipping times are long, Moving Beyond the Page is currently offering free online access to curriculum due to extended shipping times
Spelling City
A supplemental literacy tool that provides spaced and repeated practice to build vocabulary retention and reading comprehension. 40+ activities help students hear, say, write, break down and play with words.
For more information visit their website 
  • students enjoy using
  • a variety of games to learn spelling in a fun way
  • This is not a comprehensive language arts program
Something to Consider:
  • This program is only for spelling and vocabulary and needs to be paired with another program for a well rounded Language Arts curriculum. 
  • Online, worksheets can be printed by the parent
  • To access this program as part of a students educaiton plan, the parent should submit a Purchase Pre-approval Form on the parent resources page and one approval is received parent will purchase the membership themselves and set up their own account. Only one account per family is needed. 
Mystery Science
Mystery Science
Subjects: Science 
For more information visit: https://mysteryscience.com/
  • students enjoy using
  • hands on science
  • easy to do at home, no login required so no username and password to keep track of
  • more of a survey of topics rather than in depth
  • to do the hands on science labs at home requires more direct parental support, especially for grade K-2
Something to Consider:
  • Approximately two days of science instruction per week
IXL | Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish
Subjects: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Spanish
For more information visit: https://www.ixl.com/
  • immersive learning
  • easy to use
  • pinpoints what your students knows
  • recommendations customized for each student to fill knowledge gaps
  • feels like a game where students can earn points
  • when students make an error they loose points in the program (not their school grade), which some don't like
  • this is not a comprehensive curriculum choice and can ONLY be paired with a comprehensive curriculum
Something to Consider:
  • this curriculum is online
  • this is supplemental curriculum
eDynamic Learning Announces New Enhanced Course Features for Back ...
eDynamics (middle school electives, only available for full time JC Options students - choose one per term)
For more information visit: https://edynamiclearning.com/
  • visually appealing
  • a wide variety of electives to satisfy a variety of interests
  • text base electives
  • all online
Something to Consider:
  • If your child is not a full-time JC Options student and you would like them to take an eDynamic elective you may do so for a fee. Contact the director of JC Options for more information.
Other Pre-Approved Curriculum Options:
  • Handwriting Without Tears