When you sign up and access Discovery K12 Online Homeschool DISCOVERYK12.COM, also known as dk12, you understand and agree to the following Terms of Service and Privacy Policies. These terms and policies may change from time to time at Discovery K12’s sole discretion, and you should check back here often to review our policies. Your continued use of our service following the posting of any changes to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policies, will mean that you accept and agree to these changes. When we update our policies, we will notify you by email and the website and your continued use our our service grants consent to our policies. BY USING THE SITE, YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE; IF YOU DO NOT AGREE, DO NOT USE THE SITE. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS DIRECTLY. THE PARENT/GUARDIAN OF THE STUDENT MUST REQUEST THE ACCOUNT AND BE THE ACCOUNT HOLDER. WE DO NOT SUPPORT SCHOOLS, TUTORS, OR CO-OPS OR ANY OTHER SUCH ENTITIES. WHILE THE PARENT/GUARDIAN MAY USE THESE OTHER ENTITIES, WE DO NOT SERVICE THESE ENTITIES OURSELVES, AND WE ONLY PROVIDE ACCOUNTS DIRECTLY TO THE PARENT/GUARDIAN. IF YOU ARE NOT THE PARENT/GUARDIAN OF THE STUDENT, DO NOT REQUEST AN ACCOUNT ON THEIR BEHALF.
- You/Your – This means you—the parent or guardian of the child.
- Child/Children – This refers to your kids who have their own student accounts on DiscoveryK12.com.
- Us/Our/We – When we say this, we mean Discovery K12 Inc.
- DiscoveryK12.com – This is the service you are choosing to use (described in Description of Service below)
- Student Account – This is an account for your child to access lessons.
- Parent/Teacher Account – This is a Premium Account (subscription) you can choose to get by paying. With it, you’ll have extra tools on DiscoveryK12.com to help you keep track with student progress and activity reports.
Description of Service
Discovery K12, also known as DK12, is an online platform and curriculum designed for kids from pre-k to twelfth grade. It’s perfect for homeschooling families like yours.
Your Homeschool Solution! When you use our program for homeschooling, you’re taking the lead for your child’s education. It’s like you’re the teacher of your very own school. You will be following the rules and guidelines set by your state.
Our approach is centered on authentic homeschooling principles. Please remember that while we offer a service, we are not an accredited school.
Homeschool The Global Way. You can use DiscoveryK12.com to homeschool wherever it’s allowed by the law. It’s legal in all 50 states of the United States, and in many other countries too. We’re here for families worldwide who want to take education into their own hands. Plus, if your kids are already in school, our service can be a great add-on to what they’re learning.
Parent/Guardian Responsibilities Understanding Your State’s Laws
Before you begin homeschooling, it’s crucial to research and understand your state’s homeschooling laws and requirements.
Different states have varying regulations, which might include forms to submit or specific procedures to follow. Make sure you’re familiar with these guidelines.
Here you can view the homeschool laws in your state.
Your Role as the “School” or “Homeschool”
By using our service, you take on the role of both the school and the teacher. This means you’re responsible for overseeing your child’s education, providing teaching guidance, and ensuring you comply with all applicable laws, policies, and procedures set by your state or local school district for homeschooling.
Handling Homeschool Processes
If your state or school district requires any documentation or procedures for homeschooling, it’s your responsibility to manage these processes. This could involve submitting necessary forms or notifying relevant authorities about your decision to homeschool.
Using Discovery K12 Curriculum
Discovery K12 offers an online K12 curriculum that’s ideal for independent homeschooling. As the responsible adult, you’ll be the one guiding and assisting your child through this curriculum.
Withdrawing from Previous Schools
If your child was previously enrolled in a traditional school, it’s your responsibility to officially withdraw them from that institution. This ensures a smooth transition to homeschooling.
While we strive to offer high-quality and appropriate curriculum materials, it’s your responsibility to review the curriculum before your child uses it. This allows you to ensure that the content aligns with your values and educational standards.
Transcripts and Diplomas
As the homeschooling parent, you are responsible for creating official transcripts that detail your child’s course grades. If your child completes their homeschooling journey up to twelfth grade, you’re also responsible for issuing their diploma. We offer an optional Parent/Teacher Account with tools for creating transcripts and diplomas, or you can use other methods to produce these documents.
Learn more about the premium upgrade – Parent/Teacher Account
It’s important to note that homeschooling is not typically accredited. When you use the Discovery K12 curriculum, you’re engaging in independent homeschooling, following the regulations and policies outlined by your state. Make sure to adhere to your state’s guidelines for homeschooling.
Discovery K12 Responsibilities
Discovery K12 provides a platform and curriculum for homeschoolers. Discovery K12 provides 180 days of online curriculum. The service is provided as is and without any warranties.
Your privacy is extremely important to us, and we do not share your information with third parties. The only exception to this is if we are required to release information according to a court of law or subpoena, if the service is acquired as a whole by a third party in which case your data will continue to only be used in providing the service, or if you request products and services we may offer from third parties such as tutoring or educational products. We encourage parents to review any privacy policies of third parties or third-party websites.
Third Party Vendor Relationships
We may have third party relationships that bring you value-added products and services to enhance the education process and experience, such as our Homeschool Student ID Cards or Tutoring Services. We do not share your email or personal information with these third parties unless you specifically request information, services, or products from these third parties. In such cases, we recommend you review the privacy policies from any third party providers. Any third party vendors (companies that you request or procure products and services from outside of Discovery K12 Inc.) are completely separate business entities from us, and you agree to hold us, our shareholders, and employees not responsible for any damages that may result in doing business with them. You understand that any business you conduct between yourself and any third party business is between you and them, and not Discovery K12 Inc.
Information Collection and Usage
When you sign up for a Student Account on our website, we gather essential details to kickstart your experience as a Parent/Guardian. This includes your username, email address, child’s grade level. Any additional information is entirely up to the Parent or Guardian.
Should you choose to share further details, we’re here to make it valuable. Your children can update us on their daily activities – attendance, reading, learning, and assignments. This empowers you to monitor their progress and celebrate their accomplishments.
The personal information we collect serves the sole purpose of facilitating educational progress, assessments, reports, and service provision. We uphold strict privacy standards and do not disclose personal information to any external parties.
Interaction and Contribution
You can update your kids information through our website’s interactive features. Your kids can mark tasks as done or share their reading progress. As a Parent/Guardian, you can also participate by submitting grades and course details, which aids in generating transcripts, certificates, and diplomas.
Respect for Your Choices
We emphasize your control over data sharing. Whether it’s your children or yourself, the decision to share information remains entirely in your hands. We only collect what you and your children choose to share, ensuring a personalized experience while prioritizing your privacy.
Your rights as parents are highly regarded. Opting for our optional Parent/Teacher Account allows you to review your child’s educational progress, quiz and test data, and other relevant information. Alternatively, you can use other methods to track educational activity as required by your state’s laws. While we’re not responsible for data loss, we recommend regularly saving or printing the data we provide.
Posting Student Work
Occasionally, we may collect student work like drawings or essays. Some of these works might be featured on the Multipurpose page of our website. Any shared work samples are only posted with your permission via email. In such cases, the student’s first name and grade level might be displayed.
Request for Deletion of Personal Information
Your right to request the removal of your child’s personal information is respected. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receiving your request, we will proceed to close the Student Account and delete the relevant information.
The Discovery K12 service may link out to other websites. You understand that these sites are out of our control and we are not responsible for their content. We do however, take precaution and review all sites, including videos, that we link to or show on our website. Our curriculum is managed and checked continuously, but once in a while, we can miss things.
If you find a broken link or video, or find any content that you feel is inappropriate, please report it to us by emailing us at email@example.com and include a short description, Day #, and grade level so we may address any issue.
Your account(s), associated with your email address, on Discovery K12 must be used only by you and your children, and you agree to keep your login credentials confidential and will not share them with others. If your account is ever compromised or you lose your username or password, please contact us right away at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From time to time, we may send email communications to you regarding our services. These emails are strictly for the purposes of informing you about curriculum, product, and service features. We do not share your email address with third parties. By signing up, you agree to receive our email communications, and you can opt-out of them at any time at the bottom of each email.
Free Student Accounts
To create a free Student Account, Parents/Guardians must sign up each of their children on our website in the necessary grade level. Use your same parent email address for each sign up. By signing up your children to a Student Account, you provide consent for your children to use our service and agree to our terms of service, policies, and procedures posted on this website. We do not provide email or phone support, and you need to rely on our web-based tools and help section for assistance.
The Parent/Teacher Account
You only need ONE Parent/Teacher Account to manage all of your Student Account. Every Free Student Account that is upgraded to your Parent/Teacher Account is $99 Per Student/Year (auto-renewal until you cancel). A Parent/Teacher Account cannot be used by multiple families), and each of your children’s student accounts will get connected to the one Parent/Teacher Account during set up.
We want to ensure you’re happy with your Parent/Teacher Account. If you’re not completely satisfied with your initial upgrade to the subscription, we’re here to help.
We offer a 14-day refund window for the initial order of your Parent/Teacher Account. This means that within the first 14 days of getting the account, if you change your mind, you can request a refund. Keep in mind that if you have used the applications that are inside the account to generate the following documents listed below, you will lose the opportunity to get a refund, even during the initial 14-day period.
- Certificate of Completion
Renewal charges do not qualify for refunds.
Managing your Parent/Teacher Account subscription is easy—you can do it directly within your PayPal account. Also, please understand that any bank fees like non-sufficient funds or overdraft charges are not something that we are responsible for.
Your renewal date is set to be 12 months from the date of your initial order.
If you decide to take a break from homeschooling and you no longer need the Parent/Teacher Account it’s your responsibility to cancel your subscription before your renewal date to avoid getting charged for another year. Please note that we will not be able to issue you a refund for the renewal charge.
If you have a questions or need help managing your Parent/Teacher Account subscription, please email our support team at PTA@discoveryk12.com
To close a Student or Parent/Teacher Account, simply email us from the email that goes with your accounts at: email@example.com and request your accounts to be closed.
If any of our policies or terms are violated, we can close out student or parent accounts without notice, at our sole discretion. We purge inactive accounts on our system, on a regular basis. If your account is inactive, we may purge your account from our system. We have the right to refuse service to anyone, at our sole discretion.
Homeschool Student ID Cards
If you are not completely satisfied with your homeschool student identification card. You may return it for a full refund, minus credit card processing fees and a $2.50 handling fee. To receive a refund, ship your student identification card, postmarked within 30-days of your order being made, back to: InstantCard, One Research Court, Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20850 along with a letter stating you are requesting a refund.
We are not affiliated or funded by any public school or government program. We are a private business, not affiliated with any other entity, agency, or school system.
You irrevocably, agree to release us, any employees, officers, owners, affiliates, and any partners of Discovery K12 Inc. from any and all liabilities in relation to you and your children using the Discovery K12 service and website. Use of the website is at your own risk. By using this website, you agree to these terms.
This website and its contents are copyrighted, all rights are reserved. No reproductions rights are granted without expressed written permission.
If you have any questions about these policies, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Discovery K12 Inc. 32932 Pacific Coast Hwy. #14-307; Dana Point, CA 92629
Last updated: August 15th, 2024