About Online Learning
How Online Learning Works
With online learning, your teen can learn at home, or wherever there’s an internet connection, while enjoying the benefits and support of a school program. They’ll complete a mix of online lessons and offline activities using K12-provided books and materials.* State-licensed teachers provide instruction in virtual sessions called “Class Connects.”
Pikes Peak Online School (PPOS) uses quality curriculum from K12 that’s designed to let students find the learning style that works best for them, allowing them to find their own path to success. Each online classroom offers engaging and relevant lessons that build on your child’s interests and abilities. Plus, our career and college prep program helps students prepare for life after graduation.
What’s my role as a parent?
You’ll play an active and important role as your child’s Learning Coach. You’ll spend time each day:
- Providing academic support, motivation, and guidance throughout the school year
- Ensuring your child is on track with assignments and coursework
- Communicating with teachers
- Reporting daily attendance
If you or your child’s legal guardian cannot fill this role, you can choose a family member, friend, or another trusted adult to be the Learning Coach.
More About the Online School (OLS)
This easy-to-use platform has the tools you’ll need to access school online. Parents and students use the OLS to:
- Create schedules using built-in planning tools
- Log attendance
- Monitor progress
- Access daily lessons
- Submit assignments
- Participate in live web classes and interactive discussions
- Connect with teachers and reach out for extra help whenever needed
- Join online clubs
- Participate in virtual field trips
- Stay up to date on school news and events
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to attend Pikes Peak Online School (PPOS)?
Any student in grades 9–12 who resides in Colorado and is 20 years of age or younger at the time they enroll is eligible for full-time enrollment. Students must also be able to demonstrate completion of the eighth grade through official transcript or homeschool portfolios.
What does it cost to attend PPOS?
PPOS is a public school, so there is no tuition. We provide Colorado-licensed teachers and instructional materials. Students and families will be responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper). Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
What is the attendance policy?
As Colorado public school students, all PPOS students must comply with the state-required 180 instructional days.
Can our family take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school holidays or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their student’s teacher if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar.
How much time will my child spend online?
We expect students to spend 80+ percent of their school time on the computer in grades 9–12. They will also do hands-on science experiments, read novels, and complete math problems that are done without the computer.
How do students interact socially?
Students spend time with classmates online and through school outings, field trips, and other activities. Local clusters of students and parents often get together in their area to study together, socialize, and have fun. In addition to school-based clubs, K12 online national clubs help connect students with like interests and passions.
*Course materials vary by course and school.