About Peyton Online Academy

Peyton Online Academy (POA) is a well-established online school that serves students in grades K-12.  Our Elementary campus for grades K-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’s self-paced 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.


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

Peyton Online Academy’s Elementary School is currently on hiatus due to low enrollment.  If you are interested in attending, please complete and submit the application.

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, whether it be going directly into the workforce, military, or college. POA courses are self-paced and available 24-7. While POA students are free to work from their home or other internet access point, many 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, and Woods Manufacturing), to participate in athletic and extracurricular activities at Peyton Junior-Senior High School, and attend college classes at PPCC.

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 Peyton Online Academy Application
  • 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: Jenni Esser or call 719-749-2330

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 highly-qualified Colorado licensed teachers
  • 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
  • Opportunities to take classes at Peyton Elementary and Peyton Junior-Senior High School
  • Opportunity to take college courses

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

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

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.

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.

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


Gifted Education Coordinator – Elementary

Rachel Senrick

Gifted Education Coordinator – Secondary

Elizabeth Henke

Back-to-School Checklist

How Sick Is Too Sick?

When Children and Staff Should Stay Home from School or Child Care

Evaluation of a sick child must consider which diseases are currently circulating among students, staff, and the community. Known exposure to cases or an outbreak of a contagious disease (including but not limited to those listed here), even without a confirmed diagnosis, may necessitate more stringent return to school requirements.
During Colorado’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, children and staff who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should receive testing, and follow the COVID-19 isolation guidance until testing is completed or if they test positive. If the individual tests negative for COVID-19, the individual should then follow the recommendations for their disease or symptoms using the below guidance.
There are four main reasons to keep children and adults at home:
   1. The child or staff is at risk of infecting others with COVID-19 or another contagious illness, either because of symptoms or recent close contact.
2. The child or staff member does not feel well enough to take part in usual activities. For example, a child is overly tired, fussy or will not stop crying.
3. A child needs more care than teachers and staff can give while still caring for the other children.
4. The child or staff member has symptoms or an illness is on this list, and staying home is required.

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

Video to get Non-medical Immunization Exemption Certificate

Annual Health Update

Standard Health Plan for Allergy-Anaphylaxis

CO Asthma Care Plan

Seizure Action Plan and Medication Orders

Well Child Flyer English

Well Child Flyer Spanish


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