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What Are Curricula? 

Curricula and Curriculum materials are learning resources used to teach a particular subject. These are things such as lesson plans, learning kits, or workbooks that supplement an academic subject. Curricula (including online curricula) must meet the following requirements to purchase with ESA+ funds: 


Grade appropriate

Curricula should be within three grades levels (higher or lower) of the student’s current grade level. For example, if a child is in third grade, items for ninth grade would not be approved.

We understand that some students may not be learning at their grade level. If this is the case, families should include a comment when they submit a purchase in ClassWallet.  


Supports an academic program

Items must clearly support one of the following academic subjects:

  • math
  • science
  • English/language arts
  • social studies
  • foreign languages


Where to Shop for Curricula


ClassWallet Marketplace


NCSEAA Product Provider List

For contact information or additional details about these providers see the NCSEAA Provider Search.

NCSEAA Provider Search

How to pay for curricula purchased through providers listed on the ESA+ Provider Search Site


Can I Purchase Anything Listed on the ClassWallet Marketplace? 

The ClassWallet Marketplace is used by ESA+ programs nationwide so there are numerous sellers and products listed. It is the family’s responsibility to make sure that what they want to purchase with ESA+ funds is an allowable expense.

Curricula items ordered with ESA+ funds should provide academic instruction or information (such as booklets or lesson plans) or an opportunity for a student to practice an academic skill, such as math and reading.



Not allowed: Separate purchases of plants, flower seeds, a kitchen scale, and rubber gloves. These would be rejected because they are considered “household items” 

Allowed: A purchase of a learning kit that contains these items would be approved, because it clearly supports a lesson about science. 


Not allowed: A LEGO®Fire Station building set

Allowed: A LEGO®Education building set that includes LEGO® bricks, building inspiration cards, teacher guide with 8 STEAM lessons, and a selection of online learn-to-build animations.


Consult the list of Allowable Expenses to make sure a purchase is covered. If you are still unsure, check with ESA+ program staff.  

Shopping on the Marketplace

When shopping on the ClassWallet Marketplace, it is the family’s responsibility to make sure that the item or service they want to purchase with ESA+ funds is allowed by program rules.