Frequently Asked Questions about Colorado Connections Academy Online Schools
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Who is eligible to enroll in Colorado Connections Academy, the full-time school?
Colorado Connections Academy is a network of tuition-free online public schools in Colorado that serves K–12 students throughout the state. In its first year of operation, Colorado Connections Academy @ Durango served students in grades K-10 and will add additional grades each year thereafter. Colorado Connections Academy @ Mapleton serves all K–12 grades. See the Eligibility section of the website for full details.
How many hours of instruction must be provided in Colorado?
The state of Colorado requires that Kindergarten students receive 550 hours of instruction per school year; full time students in grades 1–5 receive 990 hours of instruction; and full time students in grades 6–12 receive 1,068 hours of instruction. Colorado Connections Academy meets or exceeds this requirement.
What standardized tests are required for students in full-time Colorado online public schools?
Colorado has implemented an assessment system called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) to measure students' performance in science and social studies. CMAS also integrates material from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to assess students' math and English skills. High school students also take the PSAT in 10th grade and the SAT in 11th grade.
What technology is provided at online public schools in Colorado?
For Colorado Connections Academy families with children in grades 1–12, Connections Academy will provide a loaned desktop computer and a reimbursement for Internet usage. Families with only kindergarten students are not eligible to receive technology. See the
Technology section of the website for details.
Does Colorado Connections Academy provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?
For students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) Connections Academy provides virtual special education services that range from consultation, curriculum accommodation and modification, collaboration with learning coaches and general education teachers, to virtual direct instruction. Connections Academy provides students with IEPs with related services that may include virtual speech language and virtual occupational therapy, as determined by the IEP team. During the enrollment process the Colorado Connections Academy Special Education department will review the student’s IEP and most recent evaluation and determine if the student’s special education needs can be met in the environment of our Colorado online school. This review will consider whether the student is able to participate in grade level curriculum. For eligible students with disabilities who do not require special education, Connections Academy develops (as needed) and implements Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodations and modifications.
How does Colorado Connections Academy support students with disabilities?
Federal law requires Colorado Connections Academy to provide its students, regardless of disability, with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. Colorado Connections Academy is committed to providing its students with equal access to its education program. We provide students with accessibility through resources tailored to each student’s individual abilities and needs, including assistive technologies and individualized support. If your student is in need of assistance in order to fully participate in Colorado Connections Academy's education program, please contact the school's principal Chaille Hymes, firstname.lastname@example.org or the school’s 504 coordinator Meredith Yowell, email@example.com. You can also obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.
How do I request a transcript?
Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Download the Official Transcript Request Form and send the completed form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also print the form and fax or mail it to Colorado Connections Academy. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Has any educational organization ever evaluated the program and its curriculum?
Colorado Connections Academy @ Mapleton is accredited by
North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). Colorado Connections Academy @ Durango will be seeking similar accreditation standing. Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED.
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