TK-12 Homestudy Program
Vision and Mission
The Cottonwood School serves to develop an educational learning experience, preparing students to navigate the local and global landscape working collaboratively with one another. We accomplish this by providing rich and flexible educational experiences for our transitional kindergarten through eighth grade homeschoolers grounded in Montessori philosophy inspired by a deeper learning pedagogy (project-based learning) to support the unique needs of each student in an environment where they can feel safe and experience academic success. It is our belief that every child can and will succeed when given various opportunities and modalities for learning.
We serve students within El Dorado Hills, Shingle Springs, White Rock, Clarksville, and the surrounding communities.
Project-based learning is at the heart of Cottonwood’s educational pedagogy. Additionally, the students’ homestudy teacher is grounded in Montessori foundations, principles, and experiences. We believe that all students have the ability to learn utilizing various learning modalities and achieving their academic and personal goals through relevant experiences. We value each student’s cultural and personal values and seek to bring meaningful experiences through a diverse lens.
Curriculum and Instruction
The Cottonwood School’s TK-12 homestudy educational program is composed of a combination of Montessori Education principles and project-based learning (PBL) pedagogy as the primary and pervasive mode of instruction. The educational program utilizes the California Common Core State Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, and the California Content Standards. This program is not a site-based program.
Families enrolled in the TK-12 homestudy program are expected to implement Montessori principles and practices utilizing the project based learning instruction which allows them opportunities for diverse learning environments and student-driven activities and projects. We provide a suggested curriculum resource to the student’s everyday learning. The homestudy teacher will be available to meet families and provide guidance and support, should the parents need it, in designing projects and/or activities that reflect the expected Cottonwood learning outcomes to ensure success and grade-appropriate progression throughout the year.