History of Academy Online
Academy Online, a teacher-directed virtual learning community, meets the diverse needs of all students through interactive and innovative learning opportunities in a safe and engaging environment that equips students with the knowledge, character, and life-long learning skills to become exceptional citizens.
Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, Academy Online is evolving to provide students with unique blended, hybrid, and online educational options.
We are launching three programs under the umbrella of Academy Online High School: the The Village, Extended Studies, and Access.
We made changes to our original model in response to the needs of our students and to the dynamic technologies and tools that help support best educational practices. With a foundation built on research for effective learning and guided by instruction from the best and most passionate D20 educators, Academy Online is poised to open the doors to new ways of thinking...not only about what education should be, but also what education could be.
We invite you to learn more by perusing this website, calling us at 719.234.1670, or visiting our offices at the Academy District 20 Education & Administration Center, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.
2008 - 2015
Academy Online High School was founded in 2008-2009 to serve students in Academy School District 20. In 2009-2010, AOHS was certified by the Colorado Department of Education as a Multi-District Online Program. With this certification, AOHS has been able to accept students from all over the state of Colorado during registration windows and within D20 Choice student guidelines. Our first graduating class was the class of 2010.
We made the conscious decision not to purchase curriculum from outside vendors, but instead allow our outstanding, highly-qualified teaching staff to develop curriculum to meet individual student needs. Our curriculum was built aligning with Colorado Academic Standards, and our standards-based reporting system provided specific feedback on student progress towards meeting these standards.
AOHS never deviated from its vision to provide small class sizes (fewer than 30 students per course) and provide students with individualized attention and feedback on their progress. This personalized approach has benefited students and has contributed to significant student-teacher interaction. Teachers used multiple forms of communication to connect with students including e-mail, texts, phone calls, and/or face-to-face meetings.