How Barstow Global Online Works

Whether you are registering for a n individual course or applying and enrolling a student full-time in Barstow Global Online, the process is streamlined and simple. Our administrative, academic and technology teams are ready to assist with anything you need to start online learning successfully. Get started with just a few steps.

Your Next School Year

Our application process is streamlined to save you time and effort. Acceptance requirements are not overly stringent and space in courses is not limited; however, we retain our 20:1 student-teacher ratio.
We'll need some information about you as a student and you'll need to provide your contact information and records. It can all be done online. To begin the BGO application, use the link below. Please choose the appropriate BGO grade level in the dropdown menu of the application.
Email us if you have questions.

Summer Immersion

Summer Immersion sessions are designed to help students make up for lost, interrupted or incomplete instruction due to COVID-19 school closures of 2020. Choose from three sessions, with course offerings for students from preschool-grade 11. Maximum per class: 20 students.

Virtual Open House

During monthly virtual open houses, prospective students and families learn how Barstow Global Online will work for their individual learning styles and educational needs. We’ll discuss what makes our school the right fit for all kinds of learners and walk parents through the process of enrolling and monitoring their student’s progress. You can ask questions and even begin the application process.

Your Classes, Your Choices

Classes are taken from your computer, usually combining videos, reading and writing, projects and shared lessons. Our online classes will feel like a live classroom as you interact with teachers and peers in a regularly scheduled class. Or you can attend class at the time that works best for you — as long as you complete required work within the course timeframe. That’s one of the biggest benefits of online instruction. It’s flexible to fit the way you live and learn.

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Early Childhood Sample Schedule

    • Enter your classroom with a simple icon click, then check in via a simple form.
    • 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.

Support Your Student

Parents and guardians stay involved with their students and in touch with teachers through our learning management system. You’ll receive instructions to access your student’s course schedule, assignments, progress reports and grades. Our system is simple to use to determine what course materials you need, when and how to turn in work and how to contact us with questions.

Collaborate Through Technology

What do you need to attend Barstow Global Online? School supplies are a little different in a virtual setting. Additional supplies will be listed in the course catalog or assigned by individual teachers, but all students need:

List of 4 items.

  • An internet-connected device

    A reliable computer, desktop and/or laptop, with high-speed internet connection, a processor of at least 2GHz and 4GB RAM or greater.
  • Up-to-date software

    Updated operating system and web browser.
  • Storage device

    Flash drive, 32GB up to 256GB, depending on the amount of video and pictures you store.
  • Peripherals

    Computer peripherals including keyboard, mouse, noise canceling headphones, speakers, microphone and a web camera.

List of 4 items.

  • Basic productivity software

    Basic software as recommended by division directors or faculty.
  • DVD/CD-ROM drive

    DVD/CD-ROM drive: some, but not all, classes may require installation software, lectures on DVD or movies not available as downloads. If your computer does not have a DVD or CD-ROM drive, internal drives can be installed in some laptops and most desktops, and an external drive can link into most computers through a USB port.
  • Printer

    Printer access.
  • Additional supplies

    These will be listed in the course catalog or assigned by individual teachers.

Barstow Global Online FAQ

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • What is Barstow Global Online?

    Barstow Global Online is an independent, accredited online school. Courses are taught by certified educators. Students take between four to eight courses per school year, though that term is determined by the student rather than defined as a specific nine-month period.
    Course requirements vary with each grade level and division. Lower school students take language arts, social studies, science, math and physical education. Middle school students take these classes, plus one world language and an elective. Upper school students have a wide array of required coursework, electives and independent study choices and will work with an advisor to chart their course through graduation.
    Courses are delivered online in an asynchronous learning environment that fits the student’s schedule, rather than the student fitting school in between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • What does my child’s day look like?

    If this is your student’s first foray into online learning, there will be an adjustment period. As a student develops new study methods and habits, their time spent online will change. One of the many advantages to online learning is self-direction, so a student may choose to be in class early in the morning, break at midday for outside activities, then return to school in the evening. A student might also attend classes three or four days a week, then have three to four days off. As long as class requirements are met, scheduling is flexible for every schedule.
    In order to meet class requirements, students should plan to spend an hour per day per course. This varies from subject to subject, so it’s up to students, parents and teachers to find the right pace. Flexible scheduling allows students to balance learning with physical activity, sports practices, rehearsals and performances, doctor’s appointments, travel and other commitments.
  • How much teacher interaction can we expect?

    BGO offers a mix of live, synchronous learning, with self-paced, asynchronous instruction. When a student has questions, our teachers have a 48 hour response rate requirement. Students can reach teachers via email, and while waiting for a response, work on other subjects and assignments. Depending on the question, a teacher might respond via email, or schedule a video meeting or phone call for one-on-one conferencing.
  • What is tuition and how is payment handled?

    You can find tuition and affordability information here. Payment in full is required prior to the course start date. Payment can be made by e-check with no additional fee. Payments made by credit card will include a processing fee of 2.75 percent.
  • Do I have to live in the U.S. to attend Barstow Global Online?

    No, we welcome students from anywhere in the world. As long as you have internet access and you can read, write and speak English, you can participate in our online courses.
  • Do you offer PE, art and music courses?

    Yes. These courses are part of the lower and middle school curriculum; upper school options for these subjects and other electives are listed in our course catalog.
  • Can a student enroll at mid-year or start classes during the summer?

    Yes. BGO is designed so that there is no set school year. We offer rolling admissions and enrollments, so that a student may choose to attend school when it’s convenient for them, especially in regard to competition seasons, performance schedules, medical treatments and travel.
  • What is Barstow Global Online’s grading scale?

    Grade point averages are computed cumulatively from all courses at the conclusion of each class. Grades are weighted. In AP®/HC courses, grades are increased by two-thirds of a point; in honors courses, grades are increased by one-third of a point.

    Grading Scale

    A90–100 — Outstanding
    B80-89 — Above average
    C70-79 — Satisfactory
    D60-69 — Passing
    F59 and below — Failing

  • Will Barstow Global Online give me credit for outside activities and experiences?

    Yes. BGO students often have a variety of outside interests and activities that qualify them for credit and special certifications on their high school transcripts. Your academic advisor can assist you in determining which activities and experiences qualify.
  • Can I receive upper school credit while I’m in middle school?

    Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 can receive high school credit for Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II after demonstrating mastery of prerequisites. Middle school students may also take a foreign language for high school credit. All other core courses and electives taken in middle school will not be considered for high school credit in accordance with college entrance requirements.
  • Can a student be enrolled at Barstow Global Online and a regular school at the same time?

    Every situation is different so BGO staff can work with you to formulate an approved dual enrollment plan.
  • My student has been homeschooled/attended another online school. How will Barstow Global Online determine my child’s incoming grade level?

    Homeschool work completed through the eighth grade level will be accepted if the student successfully completes our reading and math diagnostic assessments. Results of these assessments will determine grade level placement. Transfer credits will be awarded once the student’s completed homeschool work or online transcript has been reviewed by our admissions office.