Curriculum Selection

*For enrolled families, log into the Parent Nest for detailed directions and tutorials for the ordering system.

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 The Cottonwood School-approved 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 academic goals. Teachers approve orders that align with the student’s course of study. All orders must be secular and from The Cottonwood School-approved vendors and publishers.
Personalized learning occurs as a result of mutual respect between the parent who homeschools and a caring, supportive credentialed teacher. Every Homestudy 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 The Cottonwood School-approved curriculum vendors and service providers.

When your student is enrolled with The Cottonwood School Homestudy Pathway you will be provided with:

  • Credentialed Teacher Support
  • Instructional Programs
  • Educational Apps
  • Lending Library resources
  • Instructional Budget for technology, high-quality curriculum, tutoring, and enrichment activities from The Cottonwood School-approved  vendors

Some samples of products or services may include but are not limited to:


  • Academic Enrichment Materials
  • Technology Items
  • Curriculum
  • Educational Field Trips

Services (available through our Community Partners)

  • Fine Art Lessons & Classes
  • Performing Art Lessons & Classes
  • Academic Enrichment Classes
  • Physical Education Classes
  • Tutoring Services
  • Driver’s Education Courses
  • Cooking Classes
  • Reading and Writing Classes
  • STEM Classes

How It Works

  • Online Ordering: Submit orders online with approved merchants and Community Partners (CPs)
  • HST Approval: HST approves all orders
  • Instruction: Applicable for in-person and virtual instruction with CPs and online platforms
  • Funds Are Used For:
    – Curriculum
    – Technology
    – Field trips, events, museum passes, tickets, and experiential learning
  • Flexibility: Parents have the ability to request educational products and enrichment from The Cottonwood School-approved vendors based on their child’s needs and course of study with HST approval.