In 2017 Junction City School District expanded their programming to create a K-12 alternate program, JC Online, for students who would benefit from an educational plan that is customized for their individual needs. In July of 2020, the name of the program was updated to JC Options to better reflect the wide variety of options available to students.
Students may be home-based, work at the local Learning Center, or a combination of settings. Families can opt for all JC Options classes or dual enrollment in their neighborhood school. This enables parents to craft a customized plan to meet the needs of their student. Dual enrollment allows those students who wish to take online or off-line courses at home, also take hands-on classes at their neighborhood school such as science, PE, art, drama, music and more. High School students can also access many hands-on elective courses and College Now programs that earn college credits like: Woodworking, Metals, Biology, Foods, and AP classes are also available. Parents can request a curriculum to be considered - and paid for - by the school district, choose one of the comprehensive curriculum providers: Odysseyware, Fuel Ed/K-12, Edgenuity and Accelerate Education, or chose to combine a variety of programs. Blended learning options are also available for elementary students. The district pays for the instructional supplies and materials needed to implement the curriculum and will provide a device such as a Chromebook or Hot Spot as needed. Internet fees may be reimbursed at a rate of $40 per household, per month during the school months of September through June, for students who are in the JC Options program full-time.
If parents are looking for a home school type setting for their student, but would like support with curriculum and teachers JC Options can help. We can absorb the responsibility of providing curriculum, grading assignments, providing academic support so you don't have to. Each student's educational plan is customized for them so a parent has many options as they work with JC Options to create an education plan for their student.
Students are supported by experienced teachers and support staff with specialties in elementary, middle school, Talented & Gifted, math, science, social studies, language arts, Spanish, American Sign Language, French, Business, Career Education as well as experience with special education. Visit our "Staff" page for more information on our dedicated and skilled staff. Students with special needs such as Title, Speech, and IEP plan requiring specially designed instruction, speech services, reading support, and more are able to access the support they need at their local school with highly trained specialists.
Students participating in the District’s JC Options program are considered JC District students. This enables students to have full access to participate in all the activities at their neighborhood school. Activities vary depending on the neighborhood school, but examples include school-age athletics such as football, volleyball, track; clubs such as OBOB, Lego Club, Robotics, Garden Club, Homework Club; and activities such as Outdoor School, Family Fun Nights, Book Fairs, volunteer opportunities and more. All of these are options fully available to JC Options students. Plus, JC Options students are able to eat lunch at the neighborhood school with their friends and have access to a wide variety of books in the school libraries. This also mean students school records do not need to be transferred. Students who transfer from a neighborhood school to JC Options keep their attendance history. Any absences after joining JC Options continue to accrue. JC Options will have access to academic records at your students neighborhood school to help ensure a smooth transition.
Parents who enroll their students in the JC Options program should plan for more daily oversight of their child's engagement in their online learning. That means the parents and student have the primary responsibility of putting the time in to work on the student's school work.
Parents of K-5 aged students play a integral role in students completing their daily work, answering students questions, helping them navigate the curriculum, reaching out for help, and staying on track. Parents can help their elementary student complete the once a day attendance requirement. Teachers and Education Assistants are also tracking students progress, available to help, plan for and provide instruction in whole group, small group, and one-on-one settings. Students focus on reading, writing and math learning every school day. Consistently working is very important to a students learning progress. Social Studies and science are also options. Local teachers and Instructional Assistants are available to support students in a variety of ways.
JC Options students in 6th - 8th grade work on the four core subjects: math, social studies, language arts, and science. Students and parents should plan for a minimum of 4 hours every school day for student to stay caught up with their classes. Sometimes projects, essays, or science labs may require additional time for a student to stay on track with their progress. When students are working remotely, parents have the responsibility to make sure their student is logging into the online program every school day to make adequate progress. Students are able to complete the required attendance check-ins (four times every school day) independently, but parents also have to ensure their student is completing the attendance requirements. It's very important for students to work consistently and ask for help when they are stuck on a lesson. Asking for help is a requirement when working remotely. Local teachers and Instructional Assistants are available to support students in a variety of ways.
JC Options students in 9th - 12th grade work on their graduation requirements including core subjects and electives. Students and parents should plan for a minimum of 5 hours every school day for student to stay caught up with their classes. Often projects, essays, or science labs require additional time for a student to stay on track with their progress. When students are working remotely, parents have the responsibility to make sure their student is logging into the online program every school day to make adequate progress. Students are required to complete attendance check-ins (1 attendance check-in for each class, every school day) and parents also have to ensure their student is completing the attendance requirements. It's very important for students to work consistently and ask for help when they are stuck on a lesson. Asking for help is a requirement when working remotely. Local teachers and Instructional Assistants are available to support students in a variety of ways.
We are happy to answer your questions and share information. For more information, explore JC Options to see if it may be a good fit for your student, or to discuss a customized plan for your student, please contact JC Options Family Support Director Rebecca Smith.
Phone: 541-998-6311, option 6