There are different methods many homeschoolers use or refer to. These are not completely separate- one is actually called 'eclectic’! We can point you towards a variety of resources, and sometimes there are so many resources available, it is overwhelming and difficult to choose. We can help with that. Or, more seasoned families might have their minds made up- we will support your choices. We will never make you use a curriculum or resource that does not fit you, your family, or your students.

Totem is here to help you, your family, and your student, with your student’s education.

  • What the goal is for your student- is your choice
  • What methods you use to achieve it- is your choice
  • How you determine them achieving it- is your choice

If you don’t know what choices you have, or if you don’t know what to choose, we are here to help show you the choices, narrow them down, and try them out until you find one that fits you, your family, and your student.

Totem is here to help you navigate it all. 

Enrollment for the 2021/2022 school year is open! Contact us to get started!


  • Acellus

  • Moby Max
    • Only $25 for access to all their content for the year!

  • Outschool
  • BrainPOP
    • Email your Teacher of Record for the sign on information

  • Hydaburg online library
    • The World Library Foundation is the world's largest collection of Books and Articles in electronic format.
    • Please contact for the username and password to log in!

  • Renaissance STAR Assessments
    • These are available for students to take at any point in the school year. Numerous reports are available.
    • Please contact for the username and password to log in!

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Recommended Grading Scales & Information

Required Grades K-5

  • A: Advanced
  • P: Proficient
  • D: Developing
  • E: Emergent

Advanced: Acquired almost all of the knowledge and skills
Proficient: Acquired the majority of the knowledge and skills
Developing: Acquired some of the knowledge and skills
Emergent: Acquired the bare minimum of knowledge and skills

Required Grades 6-12+

  • A: 90-100% (Advanced)
  • B: 80-89% (Proficient)
  • C: 70-79% (Developing)
  • D: 60-69% (Emergent)
  • F: 0-59%
  • I: Incomplete (will finish)
  • WD: Withdrawal (no longer taking)



Subject Credits
English 4
Math 3
Social Studies 2.5
Alaska Studies .5
Science 3
Health/PE 2
Technology 2
Electives 5
Total Credits 22

K-12th grade requirements

4 core classes per semester

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Technology
  • World Languages

What is Social Studies?

Typically, these 5 fields make up the K-12 Social Studies content area:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Civics/Government
  • Economics
  • Culture

This table provides some examples of what each encompasses:






Events, connection and importance of;

Time and place; People, etc.

From own home, neighborhood, community, city, state, region, country, continent, global scale, etc.

Own country (local, state, etc.) and others in the world, etc.


Management and use of resources (local to global);

Production and distribution, etc.

Customs/ traditions;

People, Food, Arts (music, fine arts, etc.), Housing, Dress, etc.