At The Cottonwood School, we focus on Personalized Learning, a philosophy that truly puts every student first by supporting them in honoring and exploring their unique skills, special gifts, talents, and aspirations. Families and their teachers carefully select educational products, such as curriculum, technology items, supplemental enrichment materials, and field trip opportunities, as well as services, such as enrichment lessons and classes to fit their goals. Orders are approved by teachers and must be secular.
Personalized Learning occurs as a result of mutual respect between the parent who homeschools and a caring, supportive credentialed teacher. Every student is allocated a budget of instructional funds that can be spent on the student’s specific learning needs, under the approval of their teacher. Instructional funds are paid directly to curriculum vendors and service providers.
These funds can be used to navigate an authentic and dynamic personalized learning pathway by paying for computers, high-quality curriculum, tutoring, and enrichment activities.
The Cottonwood School understands that each child is unique. Therefore, if there are special circumstances, such as a 4th grade student who is ready for 6th grade reading materials, please communicate with your Homeschool Teacher, so that the appropriate materials can be purchased. We work hard to accommodate each individual student’s needs.
Consumables are items that the student completely uses up while they are enrolled with our school and therefore cannot be used by another student.
Non-consumables are items that can be used again by another student.
All items in the following categories are considered non-consumable and must be returned as school property when you are done with them or when you withdraw from the school:
Instructional Funds are deposited into students’ accounts twice each school year. Parents/guardians can spend up to the current account balance at any given time.
You will be able to view your remaining balance when you log into your family’s Ordering System account. Please contact your Homeschool Teacher for assistance.
No, the school cannot reimburse families for purchases made in the past, present, or future. All products/services need to be requested through the Ordering System and the school will order and pay for materials/services.
All items are purchased through the school with state education funds and are considered property of the school. Non-consumables need to be returned to the school office(s) when the student withdraws from the school. They may be returned earlier if the items are no longer needed for student learning.
You may hand the items back to your teacher at any meeting, or at the end of each semester/school year, or to the Lending Library, or our Mobile Lending Library Van.
Order times vary due to the amount of orders being placed daily by families. Wait times can run up to approximately 2 weeks. High peak order times are July-September and December-January. The school leaves ordering open all year.
You can order ink through the Ordering System as a product.
Service vendors are required to submit an application for approval before they become an approved school vendor. Processing and approval is often dependent on how long it takes for a vendor to typically submit their completed application packet.
That is not a problem! Product/materials vendors do not have to be pre-approved for you to order from them, as long as it is educational and meets our enrichment guidelines.