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K12 Inc. Profile

Jennifer Sims

Provide a concise statement that describes your organization:

K12 Inc. and its subsidiaries is a technology-based education company that provides curriculum and educational services for online delivery to students in grades K–12. K12’s mission is to maximize a child’s potential by providing licensed access to an engaging and effective education, regardless of geographic location or socio-economic background. Since our inception in 2000, we have developed curriculum and online learning platforms that promote mastery of core concepts and skills for students of all ability levels. Our approach combines cognitive science with individualized learning.

K12 currently serves more than 81,000 full-time public school students in 27 states and the District of Columbia. The company’s ground-breaking public school models include full-time, part-time, and hybrid options where online learning is the main mode of instruction.

We believe we are unique in the education industry because of our direct involvement in every component of the educational development and delivery process. We have developed over 22,000 lessons of engaging curriculum which are delivered over our proprietary school platform, including video, assessments, learning games, and labs plus physical experiences, published textbooks, and workbooks. We combine this holistic, mostly in-house approach with a rigorous system to test and assess students and processes to manage program performance and compliance. K12, recognized by both the International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and Education Week, is a national leader in teacher online training and professional development. Our end-to-end learning system is designed to maximize the performance of the schools we serve and enhance student academic achievement.

Accreditation - list any accreditation attained:

K12 Inc. is accredited through AdvancED, the world’s largest education community, and the parent agency of North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). K12is the largest national K-12 online school provider to be recognized by AdvancED. K12 Inc. managed schools using K12 curriculum have received accreditation from regional accrediting organizations across the country including Middle States Association, NCA CASI (also now part of AdvancED), Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

K12 currently offers 15 Advanced Placement courses that have been approved by the College Board. These courses were approved through the AP Audit process in April 2010. K12 AP courses are college level courses that follow curriculum specified by the College Board. These courses are designed to prepare students for success on AP exams, providing students the opportunity to earn credit at most of the nation’s colleges and universities.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has approved K12 courses as meeting the requirements for establishing the initial-eligibility certification status for high school student-athletes wishing to compete in college. While courses are approved for all Virtual Academies managed by K12 Inc., each school is listed individually. You can visit the NCAA website and follow the link to “Membership Institutions” then “List of Approved Core Courses” to navigate to the High School Portal. For a listing of approved courses for all K12 Virtual Academies, please see the list for the Ohio Virtual Academy (CEEB code 365143).

Describe the pre-service and in-service training in online methodology provided to your organization’s teachers:

K12 professional development will be a year-long pursuit focused on providing our teachers the skills and competencies to meet the needs of students and their families. Each teacher will have an Individual Development Plan (IDP) combining required professional development and other optional offerings particular to their areas of interest. Professional development will begin with synchronous and asynchronous Intake Training for new teachers (e.g., Philosophy and Instructional Techniques, Curriculum, The Job of a Virtual Teacher, etc.) and continue with ongoing online workshops which provide the opportunity for sharing best practices and team building as well as hearing presentations from curriculum experts.

Briefly describe the course offerings available from your organization:

K12’s grades K-8 curriculum provides six core courses: Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Science, History, Art, and Music— plus new adaptive K-5 math courses and new MARK12 adaptive reading remediation courses. Assessments are built into every lesson to ensure mastery and provide for remediation or enrichment. K12 offers more than 130 high school courses designed to help students earn their high school diploma: Math, English, Science, and History courses in multiple levels (Core, Comprehensive, Honors, and Advanced Placement); remediation; credit recovery; and electives. Students in grades 3-12 can also take up to four years of a world language (depending on the language).

Provide any additional data such as teacher to student ratios, course completion rates, or course pass rates that you would like included in your organization’s profile:

Founded in 2000, K12 has provided 2 million courses – core subjects, AP, world languages, credit recovery, and electives – to more than 200,000 students worldwide. Students graduating from K12 virtual schools have been accepted to hundreds of higher education institutions including many of the nation’s top-ranked colleges and universities. Surveys from K12 K-8 and high school parents in Spring 2010 showed that 94%* expressed satisfaction with the K12 curriculum quality; 93%* would recommend the K12 curriculum, and 91%* expressed their satisfaction with their students’ K12 teachers (*weighted averages of K-8 and 9-12 parent surveys).