Home School and Virtual

Our homeschool program serves Transitional Kindergarten through 12th grade students. At The Cottonwood School we are dedicated to supporting the whole child to develop into their best self — academically, socially, and emotionally. Our Cottonwood families and students benefit from a flexible approach that offers a variety of learning pathways that are personalized to each learner’s interests and needs.

Through enrichment programs, academic support services, and integrative activities, we continually build and connect our Cottonwood community. We offer a myriad of ways for students, parents, teachers, and staff to engage with one another, virtually and in person, so that natural and healthy social development complements the dynamic learning opportunities of homeschooling. And you have regular meetings with your homeschool teacher to review progress and provide support. We are always alongside you to help in any way we can to help your child succeed!

The Cottonwood School’s Junior High R.I.S.E. program reimagines, strives, and elevates our junior high students. This academic program offers core content instruction for students in 7th and 8th grades. We understand the challenges often faced by students in middle school go beyond academic coursework. During these years when children begin evolving into young adults, social and emotional concerns are especially important.

Our Junior High R.I.S.E.program is designed to meet the academic, social, and developmental needs of students while preparing them for a successful high school experience. We focus on stimulating course content delivered through direct instruction to support students to succeed on all levels. We encourage thoughtful and lively classroom discussions, design relevant projects, and facilitate local field trips to enhance learning and engagement. Our goal is to establish an enthusiastic mindset in children that nurtures a love of learning.

The mission of Cottonwood’s High School R.I.S.E. program is to provide standards-based, A–G instruction to high school students by a CA single-subject, credentialed teacher. Cottonwood’s R.I.S.E. program provides opportunities for students to engage in learning while in a safe, online environment. We offer two online learning methods: synchronous learning, where students and teachers work through curriculum together at the same time and pace; and asynchronous learning, where students work through an established curriculum at their own pace with the support of a highly qualified teacher.

Families can choose from three different curriculum tracks :

  • R.I.S.E. — Live! (synchronous online)
  • Edgenuity (asynchronous online)
  • Textbook (asynchronous offline)

At Cottonwood we understand that some families prefer an educational program that is focused on career and technical education (CTE). CTE pathways are geared toward teaching specific career skills to high school students. CTE courses prepare students for the world of work, while also addressing a holistic educational approach. HSTs and the High School department can provide more information about CTE courses within our school.

The Cottonwood School is committed to providing free and appropriate quality special education (SPED) services to students who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). Special Education is a program designed to support the unique educational needs of children with disabilities who meet the eligibility criteria under the law.

Our school takes great pride in our commitment to students’ growth and success. As we work together with our families, we strive to provide the most appropriate support and services to our students identified as eligible for Special Education. We are committed to developing meaningful partnerships with our parents as we work together to meet the unique needs and realize the full potential of each child.

It is our goal at The Cottonwood School to ensure that our English Learners (EL) acquire English proficiency and fluency, and thereby reclassify to English Proficient as quickly as possible. To support language skills, we offer several resources to our EL students. We want to ensure each child is making consistent progress with English proficiency.

We provide weekly classes for English Learners, as well as a variety of resources, including online programs, enrichment activities that support English language development, and preparation for the annual ELPAC testing.

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