The Cottonwood School’s High School R.I.S.E. program reimagines, strives and elevates the home study experience of our 9th-12th grade students. This virtual academic program provides standards-based A-G instruction by a California single-subject credentialed teacher in the core content areas as well as electives, world languages, and visual and performing arts. We understand the challenges often faced by high school students go beyond academic coursework. During these years as teens are evolving into young adults, social and emotional concerns are especially important.
We carefully crafted our High School R.I.S.E. program to meet not only our students’ academic needs but also their social and developmental needs by offering our home study students the opportunity to learn in community and with flexibility. Our focus on engaging course content delivered through live, virtual direct instruction supports students to succeed on all levels. Interaction with their peers, teacher-guided discussions, project-based learning, local meet-ups, and field trips are woven into the fabric of our courses and approach. The goal of our program is for our high school students to develop their own sense of agency, a growth mindset, and take ownership of learning, preparing them for success beyond high school.
We offer two online learning methods: synchronous learning, which includes live instruction by a highly qualified teacher (HQT), teacher-assigned classwork and projects to round out the student’s learning for a comprehensive course; and asynchronous learning where students work through a school-adopted curriculum at their own pace with the support of a highly qualified teacher. In both methods, HQTs provide feedback and grades on assignments as well as support outside of class through weekly office hours, email, and 1:1 appointments.
Students can choose from two different curriculum tracks: