How It Works

Venture Upward’s educational philosophy is built on the premise that “every student is unique” and that creating a truly customized educational experience will provide the best opportunity for your child to reach his or her full potential. By combining cutting-edge online learning with customized programming and local third-party resources, Venture Upward helps you create an educational village that transforms your child’s education into both an enjoyable and academically rewarding experience. We consider it a privilege to participate in your child’s home education and are truly grateful for the opportunity to serve your family.

Students enroll in the Venture Upward distance learning program through a qualifying school. Specific educational requirements are set by each school and may vary slightly by location. Generally, students will take four courses covering the core subjects (Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies/History) and elective courses.

Course options are described in more detail below and include curriculum from nationally-recognized providers, self-directed courses, on-site programs, third-party opportunities, and technology training.

Timely completion of coursework means that the student’s attendance and progress are on track. Mentors are always available to you and your student if an attendance issue arises.

In addition to the free curriculum and programming, each student will receive a Venture Reward to assist in the purchase of a laptop, tablet or other educational materials.

Click on the sections below for more information about course requirements and to explore the many types of courses offered.

Course Requirements

Core 1 (Math)

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Core Courses

Venture Upward allows you to choose either an online or a Venturing Ahead course for each of your four core classes; Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

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Core 2 (Language Arts)

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Core Courses

Venture Upward allows you to choose either an online or a Venturing Ahead course for each of your four core classes; Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

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Core 3 (Science)

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Core Courses

Venture Upward allows you to choose either an online or a Venturing Ahead course for each of your four core classes; Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

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Core 4 (Social Studies)

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Core Courses

Venture Upward allows you to choose either an online or a Venturing Ahead course for each of your four core classes; Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

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Online Courses

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Online Courses (K-8)

Venture Upward has many online courses to choose from. Unlike other online providers with a “one size fits all approach,” we offer classes from several of the best companies in the industry, giving you the ability to truly customize the education of your child. If you are interested in online classes, you can mix and match the online courses that best meet the needs of your students. See our list of available online classes.

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Venturing Ahead Courses

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Venturing Ahead Courses (K-8)

These courses give parents and students the ability to choose educational materials that best meet the learning style of the students while giving the parent the freedom to utilize resources that are consistent with their educational philosophy. These courses require online (IXL) or workbook-based (Spectrum) coursework to be completed each week to show progress. Venture Upward offers up to $125 per course to purchase required curriculum.

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Venture School

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Venture School (K-8)

Venture School is an on-site, drop-off program that allows kids to explore and learn together with other Venture students. Experienced and enthusiastic teachers engage children in interactive, hands-on classes such as world geography, art, messy science experiments, cooking, money management, Spanish, taekwondo, and music exploration. We understand that an on-site elective is not the right fit for every student, which is why we also offer project-based subscription boxes for an at-home alternative to Venture School.

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Venture Reward

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Venture Reward

Venture Upward provides up to $300 in additional resources to purchase a laptop or tablet or to acquire additional educational resources. See link below for details of types of materials that can be purchased.

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Technology Training

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Technology Training

This online, computer-based internet safety training program is game-like fun for the entire family! The goal of this training is to mitigate the risks that come along with internet access such as cyberbullying, cyberstalking, pornography, identity theft, virus/malware susceptibility, and reputation damage.

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Field Trips

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Field Trips

The Venture Team values community and connection! Field trips are open to all Venture families, including parents and siblings who are not enrolled with Venture Upward. Of course, there is never a cost to our families for these fun-filled field trips!

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