About Our Colorado Online School

Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA) is a tuition-free public K–12 online school in Colorado that students attend from home. ColoCA brings a fully accredited public education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Colorado.

Learn About Colorado Connections Academy Online School

Hear what some of our Colorado online school students, parents and teachers have to say about their online learning experience at Colorado Connections Academy.

Authorized by State Law with the Mapleton Public Schools

ColoCA is authorized under state law as a contract school with the Mapleton Public Schools. The district representative for this school is Jackie Kapushion, 303-853-1000. The school is operated by the Mapleton Public Schools through a contract with Connections Academy, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services.

The Colorado Connections Academy Online School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. ColoCA’s full-time virtual school program helps students build on their individual strengths and interests in a setting that is both safe and connected to a larger community.

Below are a few of the driving forces behind this unique approach:

Free Education, Outstanding Curriculum

At ColoCA, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our virtual school classes meet and exceed all national and state standards while also integrating the best texts, materials, and resources available to create a curriculum that keeps students engaged in new and creative ways.

Exceptional Teachers

The teachers are the foundation of the Colorado Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in Colorado because they care about kids and believe that personalized one-on-one instruction really works.

Individual Attention

Each and every student has unique abilities, and all students perform better when they receive individual attention in a nurturing learning environment. These guiding principles are the foundation of Connections Academy’s Personalized Performance Learning® approach. Using this method, teachers get to know the learning style, skills, and interests of each online student so they can give every student the best opportunity to excel. This approach also allows students to accelerate learning in areas of strength or receive extra attention in areas of weakness.

Parent-Supported Learning

When parents take an active role in education, students prosper. As Learning Coaches, parents can be closely involved in their children’s daily education. They’re able to see real progress every day and work with dedicated teachers to keep their students on track. Parents say this involvement is one of the most gratifying aspects of the virtual school program.

Easy-to-Use Technology

Connections Academy’s user-friendly system, Connexus®, lets students access a welcoming and collaborative learning experience anywhere they have an Internet connection. Parents love how easy it is to schedule lessons and access grades, too!

Socialization, Community, and Friendships

Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Even in a virtual setting, students meet regularly in online LiveLesson® sessions and have opportunities to share ideas, compare experiences, and have fun learning together. There are even chances to attend in-person gatherings, activities, and field trips. And the flexibility of the program allows plenty of opportunities for students to pursue and explore other extracurricular activities outside of Colorado Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!

Chaille Hymes

Meet the Principal

Chaille Hymes

Chaille Hymes has been in education since 2001. She was an elementary classroom teacher at a bricks-and-mortar school for four years, and joined the Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA) teaching staff in August 2005 as an elementary teacher.

In the summer of 2008, the Colorado Department of Education honored Ms. Hymes as the first Online Teacher of the Year. That summer, she joined the school support team for Connections Academy.

After completing her master’s degree in administration, Ms. Hymes returned to ColoCA as an assistant principal. She is very passionate about supporting the families, students, and staff of ColoCA and is looking forward to leading the school as it grows in the coming years.

Ms. Hymes spends a lot of her spare time with her family. She is married and has three stepchildren ranging in age from 23 to 14, plus two young sons who keep her on her toes. Her busy family life does not allow for many other hobbies, but when she does find time, she enjoys reading memoirs and scrapbooking.

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