What is ColoradoEd?
ColoradoEd is a family of tuition-free, online public charter schools for students. Elevate Academy is one of ColoradoEd’s schools serving students in grades 7-12 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 an online public school, Elevate Academy provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability and state testing required of all public schools.
What Does It Cost to Attend a Elevate School?
Elevate Academy is FREE. Since we are an online public charter school, 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 Elevate Schools?
Elevate Academy is open to students in grades 7-12 who reside in the state of Colorado.
Is Elevate Ideal for all Students?
Since Elevate Academy is an online public charter school, we accept students in grades 7-12 who reside in Colorado. Although our educational program may be ideal for many, it is not the perfect solution for everyone. The students who benefit the most from Elevate Academy are those who are dedicated to academic achievement, 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 their education on a daily basis. Success at Elevate Academy, as in life, takes drive, determination, and hard work, but the return on your investment is invaluable.
What Schools Does ColoradoEd Have?
ColoradoEd is a family of online public charter schools that combines the best in quality, state-of-the-art education with the personalized learning and flexible scheduling. We offer three educational choices for students:
  • Colorado Digital Academy Elementary School (K-6)
  • Colorado Digital Academy Middle School (7-8)
  • Colorado Virtual Academy (9-12)
  • Elevate Academy (7-12)
What is the Difference Between the ColoradoEd Schools?
  • For students in grades K-8, Colorado Digital Academy offers the K12 curriculum. Our 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 because it offers 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 three to four classes at any given time to allow for a narrowed focus of learning. The school uses the 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.
  • For students in grades 9-12, COVA currently offers the K12 curriculum. Our 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.
What Subjects do Elevate Schools Offer?
Elevate Academy offers students in grades 7-12 many courses in the six core subjects of English, mathematics, science, social studies, health and physical education, and world languages, as well as numerous electives, including:
  • Business Keyboarding
  • Career Research and Decision Making
  • Creative Photography I
  • Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Learning Strategies
  • Reading
  • Spanish 1 & 2
For a full list of K-8 courses please visit our K-8 Curriculum page. High school students at Elevate Academy have more than 40 different courses available to them in the six core subject areas as well as 30 different elective and Advanced Placement courses. For a full list of all high school courses, please visit our course lists at the respective school curriculum pages.
Do Elevate Schools 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 877-586-9458.
Does My Child Need a Computer and Internet Access to Attend Elevate Schools?
Since Elevate Academy is an online public charter school, 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:
    The minimum hardware recommendations for computers with a MAC operating system:
  • 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. ColoradoEd has 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 Elevate Academy’s online materials. As such, a computer that meets the minimum system requirements outlined above must be used.
How Will My Child Interact with Teachers?
Depending on grade level at Elevate Academy, 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. ColoradoEd offers two high school options that are Colorado public charter schools, Elevate Academy and COVA. 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 in grades 7-8 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?
Elevate Academy 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, Elevate Academy also understands that computers do not replace a solid education. Computers only help facilitate that education. As such, Elevate Academy 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 grades 7-8 students, on average, no more than 25% of their time is spent on the computer. Once students move into high school, computer time may be slightly higher depending on the student’s courses.
Can you Accommodate the Accelerated Learning Needs of my Gifted/Talented Child?
Elevate Academy is the ideal educational environment for students who need to have a narrower and more concentrated focus. All of our grades, with the exception of math and world languages, move at a relatively quick pace and students complete a semester’s worth of work in the six week block. This helps eliminate much of the frustration with six to seven classes at one time that students can often experience in traditional school programs where classes are forced to advance together at the same pace. Elevate Academy’s high school programs offer students courses in two different academic levels including Honors and Advanced Placement (AP).
How do Students get the Social Interaction they Need?
Throughout the year, Elevate Academy encourages students to participate in school outings, field trips, picnics, and other social events, including trips such as:
  • Museums
  • Zoos
  • Dances
  • Clubs
  • Skate parks
  • Student government activities
  • Graduation ceremonies
Elevate also urges students and parents in local communities to get together on a regular basis in their regions. Elevate 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 Elevate events, please visit our News and Events page.
Will Elevate Intrude in my Home?
Elevate Academy 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?
Since Elevate Academy is an online, public charter school, 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 Elevate Academy, 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 Elevate Academy is right for you and your child. We encourage you to call us at 877-586-9458, 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.