KSD Online Learning Academy

Online Academy

What is the KSD Online Learning Academy?

KSD Online Learning Academy is a fully web-based education program for students in grades K-12.

It is designed for families who do not wish to have their children return to school for on-site, in-person learning in 2020-21. While all KSD students will begin the school year remotely – or online – because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the KSD Online Learning Academy will remain fully online even when the district is approved to move to in-person learning. 

Read about our district's Safe Start KSD Phased Reopening Plan here.

The KSD Online Learning Academy is centered around computer-based instruction and individual learning rather than the classroom-based instruction of remote learning. Students will be expected to remain enrolled in the KSD Online Academy for a full term and may only transfer in or out of the academy at the trimester or semester.

Watch Our Webinar

Watch as KSD leaders provide details about the online learning academy in a webinar. Captions are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Ukrainian.

Click here to view the presentation used in the webinar.

More Information

For more information on the KSD Online Learning Academy, contact Ron Williamson, Online Learning Academy Coordinator, at (509) 222-7047 or ron.williamson@ksd.org.

Internet Assistance for KSD Families

Do you need help with internet access? Visit our Information Technology page for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is KSD Online Learning Academy?

KSD Online Learning Academy is a tuition-free, online public school option for students in grades K-12 that utilizes high-quality online curriculum, is supported by Kennewick School District teachers in the role of online support coaches, and allows students to experience their public school learning offsite.

Q. I need more information about remote learning to help me decide if the KSD Online Learning Academy is right for my family. When is that expected?

More information about remote learning may be found here.

Q. Will my child be provided with a computer for KSD Online Learning Academy?

Yes, your child will receive a Chromebook or other compatible device, plus other instructional materials needed to complete their assigned work

Q. Can my child transfer out of KSD Online Learning Academy at any point?

Students will need to remain enrolled in the KSD Online Learning Academy for an entire school term, which is a trimester for elementary school students and a semester for middle and high school students. They will only be able to transfer in or out of the online learning academy at the trimester or the semester.

Q. How do I determine if KSD Online Learning Academy is right for my child?

KSD Online Academy is ideal for elementary and secondary students who can work independently and complete tasks without consistent external reminders. It is beneficial for students to have an adult at home who can supervise, provide support and monitor for student progress.

Q. Will the online academy include any synchronous (or real-time) instruction?

Online support coaches will check in regularly with their students, answer questions and provide some tutorial help, but that is the extent of the synchronous instruction. KSD Online Learning Academy is designed for students who can work independently through their coursework.

Q. What kind of learning management programs will be used?

All coursework for grades K-2 will be accessed using Seesaw, and grades 3-12 will use the Google Classroom platform, with PowerSchool used for tracking assignments and grades. The free text message app Remind will be used as an additional way to contact students. KSD’s Information Technology Helpdesk will provide technical support for KSD Online Learning Academy.

Q. Can you provide more detail on the elementary course of study/learning plan?

Students in grades K-5 will use MobyMax, Imagine Learning, Imagine Math and Khan Academy curriculum, and they will be provided with additional curricular materials as needed depending on course requirements.

Placement assessments will help in developing students’ learning paths within the online curriculum. For students in grades K-2, MobyMax and Imagine Learning/Math placement assessments will be used, and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments will be used for grades 3-5.

Q. What would a typical day look like for an elementary student?

We’ve created an example of an online learning plan for elementary students. 

Q. Can you provide more detail on the middle school course of study/learning plan?

Middle school students will use MobyMax, Imagine Learning, Imagine Math and APEX. Additionally Khan Academy may be assigned or accesses for instructional support. Students may also be provided with additional curricular materials as needed depending on course requirements. Credit-bearing classes, such as Algebra 1, Spanish and Washington State History, will be provided via APEX. 

Students will be enrolled in courses based on the classes they selected last spring for the 2020-21 school year, and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing will help in developing learning paths within the online curriculum. 

Q. Can you provide more detail on the high school course of study/learning plan?

High school students will use APEX. Additionally Khan Academy may be assigned or accesses for instructional support.  Students may also be provided with additional curricular materials as needed depending on course requirements. Their classes will be determined by the courses they selected last spring for the 2020-21 school year. All course work provided for high school students through will be credit-bearing and aligned to requirements.

Q. How will attendance and grading work?

Grading will be scheduled at the end of each term, with final grades reported on the student’s KSD report card. Courses will include pacing guides to help students and families with a reference for creating consistent routines to complete weekly assignments and stay on pace for the term.

To remain in active status attending the KSD Online Learning Academy, students must complete a minimum of one assignment per week and have personal contact with their online success coach at least once a week.

Q. What about sports, clubs, band, orchestra and similar activities?

Students may participate in extra and co-curricular activities when available at their home school.

Program Contacts

Ron Williamson
Online Learning Academy Coordinator
509-222-7047
Email