Bonneville Online School K-8 program is a mastery-based program. That means the curriculum is used to work for the student, not the student for the curriculum.
- There is no such thing as busy work.
- We have no hoops to jump through.
- We never do things just because that's the way they have always been done.
Curriculum Choice: Choosing the best curriculum and course levels for students is a team decision, with teacher, parent, and administrative input. It's not a perfect science, so if changes need to happen, we make them. If a student masters grade level courses early, we promote. If a student needs more time for mastery, we create an Individual Learning Plan with unique, flexible goals. BOS Lions are unique, so is their curriculum.
BOS Lions Way:
Three guiding principals make up the BOS Lion Way, no matter what curriculum you choose:
Flexibility With Accountability: Students have the flexibility to complete school morning or evening, at home or on the road, at a desk or in a bean bag. As part of a public school program, they also have the responsibility to achieve and record progress within set timelines. As long as a week of school is completed in a week, your student is attending full time.
Modify in the Moment: If students encounter a barrier to completing a lesson, the learning coach is empowered to change the requirement so the student can continue. When the learning coach notifies the teacher about the change, the teacher supports the change, and, if necessary, offers suggestions for handling the issue if it arises again.
Defended Mastery: Students used to have to score 80 percent or higher to prove mastery before they could move on to the next lesson. Now, when students score from 70–79 percent, the students review missed questions with their learning coach: either defending their answers or correcting mistakes, students prove they know the material. This allows them to focus on the material they don’t know rather than repeat what they already mastered in the assessment to achieve 80 percent or higher.