COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – Students in Colorado Springs District 11 will have the opportunity to return to online learning exclusively this coming school year at their Spark Online Academy.
The Academy is now accepting applications for students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. As of Tuesday, the academy had received 250 applications.
District officials said they plan to offer the program to high school students in the coming years, but say it’s important to have options for the younger ones; given that 12 and under are not yet old enough to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Thinking of these young children, officials said they created classes at the Academy to include more hands-on work.
“We have planned a full day of learning for our students,” said Julie Johnson, director of Spark Online Academy. “We’ve included a lot of variety in there. They can have a small group of direct instructions with their teacher, and then they come out of the screen and do some hands-on activities. It’s just a matter of making sure the students don’t stare at their screen all day and do something with their learning. “
Parents at home with multiple children won’t have to worry about different schedules thanks to Spark Online Academy. Officials said they had timed classes for all grade levels to have common breaks and lunches to make it easier for families with siblings.
Students enrolled in Spark Online Academy will also receive new devices this coming school year.
District 11 officials are hopeful that an online option will result in registration in the district. Officials say several students have disappeared from their school lists during the pandemic.
For more information on Spark Online Academy and how to apply, click here.
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