Elementary Courses

Language Arts/English

Language Arts/English helps students develop important reading and writing skills, while inspiring a love of literature.  Younger children learn the basics of phonics and grammar and prepare for reading, while older students develop literary analysis and comprehension skills by reading novels and nonfiction works.


Math lessons balance mastery of fundamental skills with critical thinking and problem solving.  Online games and animations illustrate concepts, while challenge problems, regular practice, and review ensure mastery of basic skills.


Science balances hands-on experiments with the systematic study of terms and concepts in life, earth, and physical sciences.  Students learn how scientists understand our world and how the world is shaped by ongoing scientific and technological advances.

History/Social Studies

History--with integrated topics in geography and civics--opens young minds to far-off lands, distant times, and diverse cultures, emphasizing the story in history--a story that includes not only great men and women, but also everyday people.

All students must take a minimum of six courses in order to be considered a full time student in the state of Michigan.  Most students will take four core courses (math, science, ELA, history/social studies) and two electives in order to meet this requirement.  It is possible, however, for us to count ELA as two periods in grades K-2 because they have multiple components.  

Students can take their elective courses through Community Partnerships, fully online electives, or a combination of both.

Community Partnership Electives

Students may participate in optional learning experiences within an online course through JIA established community partnerships.  For more information, students and parents may contact the JIA Elementary Principal to participate in an optional learning experience.

Fully Online Electives

Fully online electives are offered in coordination with K12 and do not have a face-to-face component.  Coursework is completed entirely within the OLS system.

World Languages

World Language courses help students read, write, speak, and listen for meaning through simple narratives, regular writing and speaking challenges, and games.

Elementary Spanish 1
Elementary Spanish 2
Elementary French 1
Elementary German 1
Elementary Chinese 1


Art introduces students to great works of art from different cultures and eras, while engaging them in creative activity. Students learn the elements of art; study important paintings, sculpture, and architecture; and explore different artistic movements, then create their own works of art, such as mobiles, collages, and stained glass.

Elementary Art


This program helps students train their ears, voices, and bodies in the fundamental building blocks of music.

Elementary Music

Physical Education

Movement is critical to all aspects of a child's growth and development.  Physical education provides unique learning opportunities for students to acquire knowledge, skills, fitness, and attitudes to enhance their quality of life through physical activity.

Elementary Physical Education


Elementary Technology