Academic Information

Barstow Global Online offers an innovative education that fits the way students learn today — and moving forward. Our online learning model supports all types of students, schedules and styles, but one thing remains constant: the quality of a Barstow education.
Experienced teachers establish high academic standards in language arts, math, science and social studies from the earliest years — and continue to build through lower, middle and upper school. In core subjects, special classes and every elective, students practice project-based learning that makes content more memorable and experiences more engaging. That’s important in any learning environment, but especially so online.

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  • Freedom

    Freedom to pursue your passions and your education simultaneously.
  • Flexibility

    Flexibility that allows you to choose the time, place and pace at which you learn.
  • Focus

    Focus on your individual needs and goals from dedicated faculty and advisors.

Early Childhood

Preschool & Prekindergarten

Our youngest learners are brimming with curiosity about the world around them — and that drives the learning process in our Early Childhood classrooms. Our faculty turns children’s questions into learning experiences, emphasizing cognitive, physical, social-emotional and language development through a wide variety of engaging instructional strategies.

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  • Early Childhood Sample Schedule

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    • Morning Meeting – Following the teacher’s instructions, complete a group activity, such as graphing the weather, tracing shapes or learning calendar dates.
    • Skill Building – Working with a theme based on students’ interests, practice name writing, letter recognition and phonics, or math concepts that include patterns, sorting and counting.
    • Science Fun – Watch the teacher conduct an activity or experiment, then try it yourself. Learning with a transportation theme? Try making a rocket and parachute using a coffee filter and pipe cleaners.
    • Storytime – Teachers select books based on the theme and share stories with the class.
    • Daily movement, fine motor practice and STEAM education blended throughout the curriculum.

Lower School

Kindergarten – Grade 5

Beginning in kindergarten and building with each grade level, Barstow Global Online's curriculum feeds your child’s curiosity by turning “what if” moments into “what’s next” opportunities.
STEAM principles — science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics — applied in every subject help students develop critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. As students grow with us, they learn to apply that knowledge in real world settings and discover their unique strengths and interests.

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  • Lower School Sample Course of Study

    • Language Arts – Beginning in kindergarten and building through grade 5, students become avid readers and confident, creative writers. After mastering letter recognition, phonics, decoding, blending and fluency, students progress to literary exploration and content understanding and analysis. They learn how to structure essays and research papers and they use their creativity to pen their own poetry and stories. During lower school, students develop their unique and personal voice, and discover new voices through a love of literature.
    • Mathematics – The foundation of math success is based on having a clear understanding of number sense. That begins with number patterns, comparison and calculations in kindergarten and builds toward understanding of decimals, fractions, percentages, prealgebra and higher level problem solving through grade 5.
    • Science – BGO students explore the world around them with engaging experiments and activities. They begin with the basics of observation and scientific methods, and add higher order thinking, hypothesis and data analysis as they progress through grade levels. Design thinking, engineering and physics are part of the lower school curriculum, developing research and analytical skills necessary for middle and upper school success.
    • Social Studies – Curriculum begins with learning about the community close to home and around the globe, and includes geography, cultures and world languages. Students explore the environment and take part in character education that includes personal responsibility, respect, honesty, fairness and leadership. A lower school student studies global migration, U.S. history, states and capitals, government, citizenship, and economics through active and engaging activities. They apply this knowledge in more specialized social studies and history courses in middle and upper school.

Middle School

Grades 6 – 8

Middle school instruction meets the unique educational and developmental needs of students in grades six through eight. The curriculum promotes the transition from concrete operations to more complex thinking processes in a supportive academic environment. Students take thoughtful risks that strengthen them academically and personally.

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  • Middle School Sample Course of Study

    • English – Required for students in grades 6-8, English courses develop a student’s reading comprehension and analytical skills. BGO middle school students read a diverse selection of expository, persuasive, narrative and descriptive writing. Classic and contemporary fiction, plays and poetry, historical works and biographies are the conduits to increase reading comprehension, vocabulary and strategies for active reading.
    • Writer’s Workshop – Communication is a critical 21st century skill. BGO builds a student’s ability to communicate clearly, concisely and powerfully to a variety of audiences during Writer’s Workshop. Students learn a consistent writing process, work in authentic ways, write about their own lives and develop an independent voice.
    • Mathematics – BGO middle school students study pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry and geometry, with opportunities for advanced study at the upper school level. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, understanding mathematical language and mastering concepts.
    • Science – Middle school science courses include physical science, life science and earth science.
    • Geography & Cultures – Students in grade 6 study diverse cultures, climates and continents while developing empathy, understanding and collaborative skills for an interconnected world.
    • World Language – Offerings include Chinese, French and Spanish.
    • Physical Education – Daily PE courses are required for all middle school students.
    • Electives – Students have choices depending on grade level and schedule that include two-dimensional art, choral music, engineering design, debate, speech, broadcasting and theatre.

Upper School

Grades 9 – 12

In upper school, challenging and rigorous college prep and career-readiness courses lead our students confidently into the futures they choose.
Core academics meet high standards of scholarship and include robust offerings in English, math, science, history and world languages. Beyond those, BGO students enjoy electives that help them develop the talents they want to nurture and the skills they need for the futures they envision.
Project-based learning gives students memorable, hands-on experiences. Whether they are AP® Environmental Science students conducting field research, history students producing original documentaries or engineering students designing and 3D printing personal protective equipment, upper school students are active participants in their education.

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  • Upper School Sample Course of Study

    Barstow Global Online promises a flexible path to graduation. Courses of study, upper school courses of study will vary for each student. BGO requires a minimum of 25 credits for graduation. A sample curriculum could include, but is not limited to, these courses:
    • English – 4 credits, one per academic year.
    • Mathematics – 4 credits, one per academic year.
    • Science – 3 credits, including Biology, Physical Science and one additional course.
    • History & Social Science – 3 credits, including Ancient World History, World or Modern History and U.S. History.
    • World Language – 3 credits; choices include Chinese, French and Spanish.
    • The Arts – 2 credits.
    • Physical Education – 1 credit.
    • Electives – 5 credits. Students may choose from dozens of diverse and specialized courses in language arts, mathematics, physical science, computer science, STEAM, humanities, history, fine and performing arts, and global studies. If it’s not offered in our course catalog, we’ll help you create a course that suits your interests.