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. 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 595 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) for grades 3–8 to measure students' performance in reading, math, 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 in grade 9–10 also take PSAT, students in grade 11 take SAT and the CMAS science tests.

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 accommodations, collaboration with learning coaches and general education teachers, to virtual direct instruction. Connections Academy can provide the following related services: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Counseling, and Speech Therapy. If you have questions, please contact the Colorado Connections Academy Senior Manager of Special Education, Jordan Churchill, at # 970-633-0391.

During the enrollment process the Colorado Connections Academy Special Education department will review the student’s IEP and most recent evaluation and determination of eligibility. Please upload all documents to avoid a delay in processing. The team will make a decision on if the student's needs can be met in this setting. Because Colorado Connections Academy is not a full continuum of services, some enrollment will be denied.

If the team needs additional information, a pre-enrollment meeting will be held to discuss if the current IEP can be adapted to this setting. 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 may develop and implements Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodation\s. Colorado Connections Academy also provides students with accessibility through resources tailored to each student’s individual abilities and needs, including assistive technologies and individualized support. You can also obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.

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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 coloca-registrars@coloca.connectionsacademy.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 is an applicant for accreditation. Both Colorado Connections Academy schools are a division of Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED.

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