Colorado Online School FAQs
What grades are offered by Colorado Preparatory Academy?
Colorado Preparatory Academy offers full-time enrollment for grades K–12. To be eligible for the program, kindergarten students must be five years old and first grade students must be six years old before October 1 of the enrolling year.
What subjects will my child study?
Kindergarten students receive math, language arts, and one other course. Language arts, math, science, history, music, and art are the core courses for most grades. There are also other courses in the appropriate grade levels, such as world languages. High school students also have access to AP® courses, as well as numerous electives.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly.
Will I have the opportunity to meet my teachers?
Yes, all students are required to attend a face-to-face enrollment conference before starting with CPA. This provides an excellent opportunity to meet teachers and staff.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law.
What happens if my K–8 student completes a course mid-year?
When a student completes a course, the Colorado Preparatory Academy will send him or her to the next level up until March 31 of any school year. After April 1, courses cannot be ordered again until the next fall. Teachers work closely with students to help pace the curriculum to meet the student's goals for advancement.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
In the younger grades, many of the online lessons include offline work. Students in grades K–2 spend about 30–40 percent of their time on the computer, while students in grades 3–5 spend about 50–60 percent of their time online. Screen time increases in middle school, and by high school, most of the school day is online.
Are there any face-to-face instructional options?
CPA understands the importance of face-to-face instructional opportunities and we offer options for in-person instruction, which may range from enrichment programs for advanced learners to interventions with students who may be struggling.
Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office, and we will put you in touch with our special education team. Please consult Stacy Altman at firstname.lastname@example.org, for any questions regarding Child Find and refer to the Falcon School District Special Education Policies for specific information regarding Child Find and students with IEPs.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my advanced learner?
The beauty of our program is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. So, for example, if your fourth grader is doing math on a sixth-grade level and reading on a fourth-grade level, we can tailor your curriculum and lesson plans to meet his or her abilities.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We also are exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the internet. The online Family Directory provides a way for families to network with families in their region of the state. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography but on shared interests.
Will this program intrude into my home
There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no cameras or any other intrusions into your home. This school was created to help your child obtain a first-class education and serve your family's needs. If you ever feel that it is not right for your family or your child, you can withdraw at any time.
How do I enroll my student?
Where can I find the most recent Colorado state school report cards?
Under the ESSA, beginning with information from the 2017–2018 school year, report cards must be posted annually on district websites. (ESEA section 1111(h) (1) (A), (B)(iii) and (h)(2)(A), (B)(iii)). At the core of the Colorado School Report Cards is the belief that all students can grow, and all schools can improve. While no student report card tells the full story of a child, no school report card tells the full story of a school. Education is far more than a single score or letter grade, but it is important that families and communities can see both strengths and areas that need support and improvement. Please find the state school dashboard here.
What is your data protection policy?
In this age of data-driven decision making, data is foundational to the success of the process. Whether discussing student achievement, program monitoring, education funding, accountability or any other education-related conversation, data is at the center of the discussion. Colorado Preparatory Academy is required by state and federal law to collect and store student and educator records.
Colorado Preparatory Academy collects Personal Identifiable Information (PII), as identified as on CDE data dictionary, for the normal day-to-day school management and operations of student services as also listed on the CDE data dictionary fact sheet. Colorado Preparatory Academy shares these Personal Identifiable Information (PII) data points, as identified as on CDE data dictionary, to the following third party in order that it can provide the day-to-day management and operations of student services to Colorado Preparatory Academy. The CDE data dictionary can be found here
PUBLIC NOTICE: In accordance with the Colorado Student Data Transparency and Security Act, C.R.S. Section 22-16-101 et seq., please be advised that if Education reEnvisioned BOCES and Colorado Preparatory ceases using or refuses to use a School Service On-Demand Provider pursuant to C.R.S. 22-16-107 (3) (c), Education reEnvisioned BOCES and Colorado Preparatory shall post on its website the name of the On-Demand provider, with any written response that the on-Demand Provider may submit, and will notify the Colorado Department of Education, which will post on its website the On-Demand Provider’s name and any written response.