What is ColoradoEd?
ColoradoEd is a family of tuition-free, online public charter schools for students in grades K-12 who reside in the state of Colorado. We use state-of-the-art technology and curriculum to deliver individualized learning plans customized to each child’s own unique learning requirements. In addition, as online public schools, ColoradoEd schools provide the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and state testing required of all public schools.
What does it cost to attend a ColoradoEd school?
ColoradoEd schools are FREE. Since we are online public charter schools, there is no tuition. However, families are required to pay for are a few simple consumable materials, such as ink or toner for your printer and paper.
Who can enroll in COVA?
COVA is a public school and is open to students in grades 9-12 who reside in the state of Colorado and meet the enrollment criteria.
Is COVA Ideal for all Students?
Although our educational program may be ideal for many, it is not the perfect solution for everyone. The fast pace and accelerated curriculum is perfect for students who are dedicated to academic achievement, will attend classes regularly, complete all assignments on time, and have a parent or family member that is able to spend several hours actively engaged in the student’s education on a daily basis. Success at ColoradoEd schools, as in life, takes drive, determination, and hard work, but the return on your investment is invaluable.
What is the difference between the ColoradoEd schools?
The primary difference in our schools is the curriculum offerings for each of the schools. Our Colorado Digital Academy schools and Colorado Virtual Academy schools offer curriculum from K12/FuelEd. The curriculum incorporates two tracks with varying levels of difficulty. Hence, we are able to select the best track for your student’s learning capacity. Students have different styles of learning, and this curriculum allows us to combine traditional studies with experiential learning. For students in grades 7-12, Elevate Academy contrasts traditional education by offering a high-quality online program that is set in a block format. Students take a math course throughout the school year, while taking two to three additional classes every six weeks. That means a student has two to four classes at any given time to allow for a narrowed focus of learning. The school uses FLVS Global School curriculum where students can work with teachers and peers from around the world to help realize their potential. All courses are aligned to meet state and national standards and are supported by highly qualified teaching staff.
What subjects does COVA offer?
High school students at COVA have more than 40 different courses available to them in the six core subject areas as well as over 20 different elective and Advanced Placement courses. For a full list of all high school courses at COVA, please visit our course lists at the respective school curriculum pages.
Does COVA provide curriculum for children with special needs?
Yes. Depending on a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), we can tailor our curriculum to meet his or her specific needs. For more information, please contact us at 877-586-9456.
Does COVA provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
COVA provides all of the textbooks and instructional materials needed to complete each course. To make it easy and convenient for students and parents, each COVA family receives boxes of all the materials needed to complete each course delivered right to their door, at no cost to the family. These materials include textbooks, CDs, DVDs, videos and other hands-on tools and resources needed. Some materials provided are digital while others are physical, depending on the grade level the student is in. These materials complement the interactive online elements of our program, ensuring that students receive instruction using the best method for each subject  
Does my child need a computer and internet access to attend ColoradoEd schools?
Yes. Since ColoradoEd schools are online public charter schools, students are required to have a computer system that meets the minimum system requirements as well as broadband Internet access. Minimum PC specifications:
  • Intel 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent).
  • 1GB or more of RAM.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 or Chrome 17.0 or higher.
Minimum MAC specifications:
  • PowerPC G4 1 GHz or Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor
  • 1GB or more of RAM
  • Firefox 10.0 or Chrome 17.0 or higher.
  • Please note: Safari is not supported.
What computer skills are required?
While our software is very intuitive and user-friendly, learning coaches/parents must have at least basic computer skills. Use of the computer is a vital part of our program. In early grades, typically it is the learning coach/parent who must interact with the computer the most. As students progress, they are required to use the computer more often. We have also found that high school students are most successful if, at a minimum, they have basic computer skills.
Can my child use a mobile device to attend?
Unfortunately, most portable devices such as tablets, smartphones and eReaders do not support the software products required to access ColoradoEd schools’ online materials. As such, a computer that meets the minimum system requirements outlined above must be used.
How will my child interact with teachers?
At COVA, depending on grade level, all students interact with one or more state-licensed teachers and communicate regularly with teachers through e-mail, telephone, and online meetings. This provides them ample opportunity to ask questions and collaborate with their teachers.
Will my child have the same graduation opportunities as students in traditional public schools?
Yes. Upon successful completion and mastery of course content, students earn a diploma through their high school and Byers School District 32-J . This diploma meets or exceeds all state and federal educational requirements. ColoradoEd also provides high school students the help of a highly knowledgeable staff of career and college prep advisors to aid them with their post-secondary plans. At the conclusion of their senior year, the students, families and faculty gather together at a formal commencement ceremony.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
In order to ensure students achieve at least a minimum of a year of academic growth in a year’s time, courses are structured to achieve that. While a student may work at differing times/days, the student must complete a year’s academic growth during the normal academic school year. Students who meet expected engagement and appropriate growth goals can earn “flexibility,” and once the specific performance standards have been met, students are allowed more flexibility in pacing and scheduling.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
ColoradoEd believes in a balanced approach towards education. Computers help us provide effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools for students and their learning coaches/parents. They can also serve as powerful tools to motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. Despite this, ColoradoEd also understands that computers do not replace a solid education. Computers only help facilitate that education. As such, ColoradoEd employs a unique multimedia approach that balances computer time with a number of different hands-on instructional materials, including well-written and engaging textbooks, workbooks, CDs, and videos. For K-8 students, on average no more than 25% of their time is spent on the computer. For high school students, computer time may be slightly higher depending on the student’s courses.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
ColoradoEd is the ideal educational environment for accelerated students. All of our K-8 courses are mastery based, enabling students to learn and advance at a rate that is optimal for them. This helps eliminate much of the frustration or boredom accelerated students can often experience in traditional school programs where classes are forced to advance together at the same pace. Our high school programs offer students courses in six different academic levels, including Honors and Advanced Placement (AP).

ColoradoEd schools have an outstanding gifted and talented program (GT). GT is an optional program that focuses on meeting the academic, emotional, and social needs of accelerated students.

How do students get the social interaction they need?
Throughout the year, encourages students to participate in school outings, field trips, picnics, and other social events that may be offered, including trips to:
  • Museums.
  • Zoos.
  • Dances.
  • Clubs.
  • Skate parks.
  • Student government activities.
  • Graduation ceremonies.
COVA also urges students and parents in local communities to get together on a regular basis in their regions. ColoradoEd is also constantly exploring new ways for students, parents, and teachers all across Colorado to interact socially through technology, including online discussions and forums which are based on shared interests. For more information about upcoming ColoradoEd events, please visit our News and Events page.
Will COVA intrude in my home?
COVA does not require any home visits as part of our program. In addition, our program doesn’t use any sort of web camera or other recording device that might jeopardize your right to privacy or otherwise intrude in your home.
What other information should I consider before enrolling my child in a ColoradoEd school?
Since COVA schools are online, public charter schools, we adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Byers School District 32-J. Please visit the District’s website at http://www.byers32j.k12.co.us/ourdistrict/

At ColoradoEd, we are committed to being your partner in providing your child with the quality education they deserve. Our teachers, administrators, and staff are here to answer any questions, address any concerns, and help you to determine if is right for you and your child. We encourage you to call us at 877-586-9456, or send us an e-mail to learn more about our wonderful program and how we can help you give your child the bright future they deserve.