D11 will launch a new online academy this fall

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COLORADO SPRINGS – After a year of challenges brought on by the pandemic, a local school district is offering Colorado families a new approach to online learning.

Spark Online Academy opens in August and welcomes students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 who want a personalized, high-quality approach to learning.

Academy Director Julie Johnson says they started this school because a lot of students say they prefer online learning. Many students are very successful after switching to virtual learning. It also gives families on the go a lot of flexibility.

Principal Johnson says it’s also a way to address the enrollment issues that every district has now been experiencing since the start of the pandemic.

“It is important that the students apply what they have learned. There will be a part of their day where they really learn out of curiosity and inquiry,” Johnson explained.

Teachers from District 11 participated in the training of learning materials for this academy. Educators started working on Spark Academy last summer. Johnson says the possibilities are endless when it comes to online learning.
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“If a student wants to know more about bee colony collapse, we can find experts all over the world, so that’s the beauty when you’re in an e-learning model,” Johnson explained. .

In five years, the academy hopes to serve all students from kindergarten to grade 12.

You don’t need to live in District 11 to apply for this school, you just need to be a resident of Colorado. For more information, click here.


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