Online Schools in Colorado
As a national leader in online education for students from pre-kindergarten all the way through high school, K12 offers five, quality Colorado online public schooling options to fit your child's needs. Each school is a full-time, tuition-free online public school serving students statewide.
K12's Colorado online schooling options include:
Colorado Preparatory Academy | Grades K–12
Colorado Preparatory Academy (CPA) challenges students to achieve their potential through support and guidance from their teachers and parents. Accredited by AdvancED, the school is designed for students who are performing at or above their current grade level. Colorado-licensed teachers interact with students online, at in-person workshops for parents and students, and in small group meetings for instructional help. Teachers develop Individualized Learning Plans for each student to target their academic strengths and weaknesses. Concurrent college enrollment is available for eligible students interested in receiving credit to jump-start their future.
Destinations Career Academy of Colorado | Grades 6–12
Destinations Career Academy of Colorado is the state's first full-time, online career technical education program approved by the Colorado Department of Education. The school, accredited by AdvancED, gives students a head start on their college and career goals by providing real-world training in five career areas: Agriculture, Business & Marketing, Health Science, Information Technology (IT), and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Qualified students can take advantage of college credit opportunities, participate in career-oriented clubs, gain workplace experience, and prepare to take industry certification exams. Destinations is a great choice for students interested in exploring possible careers, starting a career right after high school, or pursuing a college degree.
Pikes Peak Online School | Grades 9–12
Pikes Peak Online School is a public school option designed to help struggling students who meet at-risk criteria, are performing below their current grade level, or are not on track to graduate. The school offers individualized academic, social, and emotional support to help students catch up and excel. Credit recovery classes, block scheduling, Individualized Learning Plans, and other strategies help students overcome obstacles to academic success. Special programs provide support to families and help students increase their self-confidence and resilience. Counselors also guide students with college and career goals and skills.
Colorado Digital Academy | Grades K–8
Colorado Digital Academy features a mastery-based learning model for individualized learning. Online lessons are enhanced with hands-on learning materials with instruction provided by state-certified, experienced faculty.
Colorado Virtual Academy | Grades 9–12
Colorado Virtual Academy offers a challenging high school program with AP and Honors courses, world language subjects, and other programs to inspire independent, self-motivated learners. The program is staffed by state-certified faculty with most holding a Master’s in their area of specialty.
Learn more information about K12-powered online public schools in Colorado.
How Does it Work?
Online Elementary School
For grades K–5 students, the curriculum is mastery-based, meaning differing levels of self-pacing are possible depending on how the child is performing. The Learning Coach, which is typically a parent or other family member, is heavily involved in guiding the student through the lessons each day and works closely with the teacher to monitor student progress. Teachers provide instruction through live, online classroom sessions.
Online Middle School
In grades 6–8, live, teacher-led, online classroom sessions help students prepare for tests, master challenging concepts, or address gaps in learning. The Learning Coach provides guidance and oversight, but students begin to take more responsibility for their learning as they prepare to transition to high school.
Online High School
K12-powered schools use subject-specific teachers in high school and require students to stay on pace with the class each day. Live, teacher-led online sessions may be required. Teachers may also hold optional online "office hours" when students need extra help. Courses may be offered in a variety of levels, such as honors, AP®, and credit recovery. Learning Coach involvement varies based on the student’s motivation and abilities.
What Are Online Lessons Like?
K12-powered online public schools in Colorado use the award-winning curriculum developed by K12's team of experienced educational professionals. We invite you to explore these links to learn more about our outstanding, engaging curriculum and to try out some of our sample lessons:
What Is A Typical Online School Day Like?
Our website A Day in the Life is a fun, engaging place to meet three real K12 students and find out how they go through a standard school day. Through videos, images, and timelines, you'll see what individualized online learning looks like on an average day for Zachary (5th grade), Elayna (7th grade), Paola (11th grade), and their parents.
Attend a Live Event to Learn More
K12 sponsors live information events for families so you can talk directly with knowledgeable K12 representatives to learn more about our online school options in Colorado. We offer in-person events at locations around the state as well as live online events.
Other Online School Options
Our School Finder page will help you discover all your K12 online schooling options in Colorado and nationwide, including our private, tuition-based online schools or K12's online public school options in other states.