About Peyton Online Academy

Peyton Online Academy (POA) currently serves students in grades 5-12.  Our Elementary campus for grades 5 and 6 is located on the campus of Peyton Elementary School.  Our Secondary campus for grades 7-12 is located at Peyton’s Career Technical Education Facility (CTEF).  Our programs focus on an individualized approach to learning so students succeed at the highest academic level possible as they prepare for their future.  POA courses are online and available 24-7 though many students work on campus to receive assistance from our staff and to collaborate with other students.  Additional opportunities include attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities at Peyton Elementary  and Junior-Senior High schools.

OUR MISSION

To prepare our students to be competitive in their post-secondary futures.

Peyton Online Academy’s Elementary School currently serves students in grades 5 and 6.  By keeping our class sizes very small, we are able to provide individualized instruction to our students.  Our classrooms are an inviting place to work and receive assistance from our staff.  In addition, being located on the campus of Peyton Elementary School allows our students to attend brick-and-mortar courses, such as Music, Band, Orchestra, and PE.

Peyton Online Academy’ Secondary School serves students in grades 7-12.  It  is a tuition-free, diploma-granting online school that uses an individualized approach to learning so students succeed at the highest academic level possible as they prepare for their future. POA courses are self-paced and available 24-7. While POA students are free to work from their home or other internet access point, most students come into our brick-and-mortar classroom to receive help from staff and to collaborate with other students. Students also can receive support via internet chats, video conferencing, and/or email. Opportunities are provided for students to attend classes (including Art, Automotive, Band, Choir, Orchestra, and Woods Manufacturing) and to participate in athletic and extracurricular activities at Peyton Junior-Senior High School.

Assessment Information

Peyton School District follows the guidelines established by the Colorado Department of Education. For more information about CMAS, PARCC, PSAT and SAT, visit the CDE Assessment page.

Enrollment Process

  • Complete the appropriate Peyton Online Academy Application:  POA Elementary Application or POA Application – Grades 7-12
  • Application will be reviewed by staff.
  • Upon receipt and review of application, parent may be contacted by school staff to set up a tour and interview.
  • For enrollment questions email or call:

POA Enrollment flowchart

Why Peyton Online Academy?

  • Students use tuition-free online curriculum provided by Peyton Online Academy
  • Individualized approach to learning:
    • Students receive the most appropriate education based on their individual needs.
    • Self-paced and flexible learning options
    • We use a customized learning solution that has flexibility to meet students’ needs and career pathways
  • Peyton Online Academy students receive feedback from district provided assessments
  • Curriculum available 24-7
  • Each student has access to a highly-qualified Colorado licensed teacher
  • Access to help from staff in our online brick-and-mortar classrooms
  • Learning Management System support/training for parents and students

What are the Peyton Online Academy School Options?

  • Full-time online enrollment – minimum of 5 and maximum of 7 courses
  • Part-time online enrollment – minimum of 2 courses
  • Opportunity to take classes at Peyton Elementary and Peyton Junior-Senior High School

Why our students chose Peyton Online Academy

I chose Peyton Online Academy for one on one learning with better teachers and less high-school students around. Plus you can work from home in pajamas so that’s neat
~MD

I enjoy the Online Academy because I can take my classes at my pace and really understand what I’m learning. And I get a great amount of one on one time with my teacher
~DT

I enjoy the Online Academy because I can work at my own pace. I also can do work at home so I am able to leave early and go to work. I also get the help I need.
~MH

I chose Peyton Online Academy because it is easy to get your school work done without the distractions of others, along with being able to work at my own pace making it easier to get help when needed. Also it helps to set your own schedule for your day.
~CB

The Peyton School District is committed to academic excellence and strives to facilitate academic growth in all students. Gifted students are not an exception. Gifted Students need additional challenges, accelerated curricula and changes in learning environments to meet their diverse needs. Working in cooperation with the Pikes Peak BOCES and under the guidelines from the Colorado Department of Education, the Peyton School District has processes for referring, identifying and meeting the academic and emotional needs of gifted students.


Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services Gifted Website


The Foundation for Colorado Gifted and Talented

Cherylin Peniston Scholarships – These scholarships are intended to assist current Administrative Unit GT Directors/ Coordinators for the purpose of fostering exellence within gifted education and providing financial assistance in meeting the requirements for GT qualification.

Concurrent Enrollment Grants – These grants are intended to assist GT High School students (9-12) in meeting additional tuition costs incurred, beyond district reimbursement,when taking concurrent classes at an institution other then the local community college.

Classroom Mini-Grants – These Mini-Grants are available to CAGT members for a specific GT oriented classroom project or activity

Gifted Education Scholarships – These scholarships are intended to assist current teachers to become qualified in gifted education by endorsement or advanced degree in gifted education.


Gifted Education Coordinator – Elementary

Rachel Senrick

Gifted Education Coordinator – Secondary

Annette Mosbarger

Coming soon.

Back-to-School Checklist


Exemptions from School-required vaccines

All non-medical exemptions submitted between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, expired June 30, 2017. Parents/guardians wishing to exempt students from school-required vaccines for the 2017-2018 school year will need to submit a new non-medical exemption on or after July 1, 2017. Medical exemptions remain valid as long as no information has changed.

More info about vaccine exemptions can be found at www.colorado.gov/vaccineexemption.


Illness Guidelines: When to Keep Your Child Home

  • Children with severe cold symptoms should not attend school.

Cold symptoms may include:

  • nasal or lung/chest congestion
  • coughing that is constant or persistent
  • recurrent sneezing that is not allergy related
  • Do not send a child to school with an abnormal temperature-any temperature over 100 degrees F.
  • A child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Do not send a child to school that has been vomiting within the last 24 hours.
  • Do not send a child to school that has had diarrhea in the last 24 hours.
  • Flu symptoms: fever over 100 degrees (usually high) or one or more of the following: body aches, sore throat, cough or headache. Do not send your child back to school until he/she has had no symptoms for at least 24 hours.

Guidelines on keeping your child healthy

  • Wash hands before eating, after using the bathroom, after playing outside or after using a tissue.
  • Wash hands using soap and warm water for 15-20 seconds (sing the ABC song once)
  • Cover cough /sneeze into your sleeve. If a tissue is used, throw away tissue and wash hands.
  • Sleep 8+ hours per night
  • Healthy eating habits

You may obtain more detailed school illness guidelines and information at www.cdphe.state.co.us/dc/Epidemiology/manual/School_Guidelines.pdf

Thank you for helping us keep Peyton students and staff healthy!


Important Health and Wellness Information and Forms

Physician’s Authorization for Administration of Medication by School Personnel

Immunization Rules for School Entry

Child Care and School Immunization Rates Guide

Certificate of Immunization

Non-medical Immunization Exemption Form

Well Child Flyer English

Well Child Flyer Spanish

Courtney Gatti graduated from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a Bachelors of Arts in History in 2007, and University of Phoenix with a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education in 2009. While attending UCCS, Courtney worked providing housing for low income families through a non-profit organization. Soon after, she spent time working at Wasson High School tutoring students. Courtney found her love for elementary education as she started volunteering in primary classrooms through her masters program. As alumni of Peyton Schools, Courtney excitedly joined the 4th grade team at Peyton Elementary School in 2013. Currently Courtney serves on the Building Accountability Committee for the Elementary School, and the Multi District Online Committee for the school district. Her and family reside in Peyton. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have a daughter who now also attends Peyton Elementary School. During any free time she has, Courtney can usually be found crafting, cooking, or horseback riding.

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