Curriculum

Our Curriculum

Courses Specifically Designed for Elementary and Middle School Students

Omaha Virtual School (OVS) uses K12's interactive and engaging curriculum with online and offline content for K–9 students. The elementary (K–5), middle (6–8), and high school (9th grade) experiences are age-appropriate and intended to deliver complex content focused on skill building and mastery.

Core Content Area Courses

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

A Dynamic, Flexible Program for Elementary and Middle School

OVS uses the K12 curriculum to great advantage for students:

  • The engaging, interactive, media-rich lessons are augmented by individualized teaching and support plus a strong community to make the total experience more than the sum of its parts.
  • A combination of online lessons plus outstanding offline materials (great books, art supplies, microscopes, and much more) that has more than a decade of success behind it.
  • Grades K–5 are "mastery-based—meaning that at every stage students are carefully assessed, so they can take more time to master a lesson or move more rapidly through course materials and enjoy enrichment activities.

This unique model of online learning and personalized, on-site instruction helps these young learners reach their true, personal potential.

Elementary School (K–5th grade)

Elective Options

  • Virtual Design and Innovation: This is a required “specials” for full-time elementary students and is designed to emphasize digital citizenship, basic computer operations, Office 365 applications, and technology communication tools.  Students will master keyboarding skills and compose, create, edit, and format Word documents, PowerPoint Presentations, and OneNote Notebooks. Most instruction will take place during face to face time and/or during online lessons. Some work at home may be required.
  • Introduction to Computer Programming: This is a required “specials” course for all full-time elementary students. OVS teachers are certified in the code.org curriculum and use Code.org and various other resources for this course offering. Lessons will be taught during the face to face enrichment time and does not require work-time at home (although some students may not be able to stop coding once they start!)
  • Art: This is a required "specials" course for all full-time elementary students that is taught by an Omaha Public Schools, certified art teacher. The art teacher will visit classrooms during face to face enrichment time and offer online lessons for students to participate in. The K12 art courses introduce students to great works of art from different cultures and eras, while engaging them in creative activity. Students learn the elements of art; study important paintings, sculpture, and architecture; and explore different artistic movements, then create their own works of art. A kit with art materials will be mailed to enrolled students.

Sample Student Schedule

Interested in seeing what a typical day is like for an online student? Check out these videos:

For more information on our curriculum, please visit K12.com, or click on the links below.

K Language Arts

K Mathematics

K Science

K Social Studies

1st Grade Language Arts

1st Grade Mathematics

1st Grade Science

1st Grade Social Studies

2nd Grade Language Arts

2nd Grade Mathematics

2nd Grade Science

2nd Grade Social Studies

3rd Grade Language Arts

3rd Grade Mathematics

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Social Studies

4th Grade Language Arts

4th Grade Mathematics

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Social Studies

5th Grade Language Arts

5th Grade Mathematics

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Social Studies

 

Middle School (6-8th grade)

Elective Options:

  • Virtual Design and Innovation: This is a required course for full-time middle school students. During this course, students will be introduced to various software resources (Office 365 and beyond) for planning and designing innovative solutions to real-world problems. Students will work through the writing process during the planning, proposal, presentation, and reflection stages of each project.  While doing so, they will be practicing keyboarding and digital citizenship skills, while learning about elements and principals of design and careers related to technology, engineering, architecture, and many more. Some coursework may be completed at home.
  • Physical Education: This is a required course for full-time middle school students. PE will be facilitated mostly online by a certified PE instructor. Students will work through online lessons and will complete a physical fitness chart in which they will record their physical fitness. 7th and 8thgraders will have health coursework infused. Occasional, live online lessons may be required of students in this class, with possible opportunities for face to face instruction. PE Is a new course offering for 6-8th grade students at OVS for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Introduction to Computer Programming: This is a full-time course offering for middle school students. This course curriculum is Creative Coding Through Games and Apps (CCGA) and was created by Microsoft and TouchDevelop. OVS teachers are certified in the CCGA curriculum. Some coursework may be completed at home.

Sample Student Schedule

Interested in seeing what a typical day is like for an online student? Check out this videos:

For more information on our curriculum, please visit K12.com, or click on the links below.

6th Grade Language Arts

6th Grade Mathematics

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Social Studies

7th Grade Language Arts

7th Grade Mathematics (Pre-Algebra)

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Social Studies

8th Grade Language Arts

8th Mathematics (Algebra)

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Social Studies

 

High School (9th grade)

Elective Options:

  • HONORS COMPUTER SCIENCE AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERING: Open doors in any career with computer science! In CSE, students create apps for mobile devices, automate tasks in a variety of languages, and find patterns in data. Students collaborate to create and present solutions that can improve people’s lives, and weigh the ethical and societal issues of how computing and connectivity are changing the world. Required Elective for all 9th graders.
  • COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS: In this introductory course, students will become familiar with the basic principles of a computer, including the internal hardware, the operating system, and software applications. Students will gain practice in using key applications such as word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation software, as well as understanding social and ethical issues around the Internet, information, and security.
  • JOURNALISM: This course introduces students to the field of journalism including the newspaper, photography, and yearbook. Students will learn the history, law, and ethics of journalism as well as journalistic writing, reporting and interviewing, and layout and design. Students are expected to work both individually and collaboratively.
  • PUBLIC SPEAKING/SPEECH: This course focuses on acquainting students with the communication process and on developing and improving students’ public speaking skills and their oral interpretation skills through instruction, which focuses on the teaching of the fundamentals of speech, and through requiring students to perform various speaking activities.
  • CREATIVE WRITING/CREATIVE WRITING: Students create original essays, poems, and short stories in this course, which uses two textbooks and focuses on the four-step process writing model. They read professionally written forms of creative writing as models and then integrate their impressions of these works with their personal life experiences as they compose their own writing projects. Students are encouraged to write about topics they find engaging as they practice writing on the following themes: narration, definition, process analysis, cause and effect, and comparison/contrast.
  • ANTHROPOLOGY: This course presents a behavioral science that focuses on the study of humanity and culture. Students learn the foundations of the five main branches of anthropology including physical, social, linguistic, archeological, and cultural. They are provided the opportunity to apply their observational skills to the real-life study of cultures in the United States and around the world.
  • SOCIOLOGY: Sociology explores the structure of society from both a historical and contemporary base. Students examine the ways in which people interact with one another. This involves learning about relationships in social institutions, such as the family, and the organization of societies, both locally and globally. The course also deals with vital issues and social concerns, such as the struggle for civil rights, socialization at a young age, adolescent relationships, crime, poverty, and social stratification.

 

For more information on our curriculum, please visit K12.com, or click on the links below.

9th Grade English

9th grade Physical Science

US History

Algebra 1

Geometry