Colorado Virtual High School Launches

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Colorado's Julesburg School District has partnered with Insight Schools to launch a new online virtual public high school that's being offered tuition-free to students throughout the state. The new virtual school, Insight School of Colorado, will launch its first semester in August, with course selection taking place this month.

The Insight School of Colorado is a full-time, diploma-granting online high school targeted particularly to students who have not been successful in traditional learning environments or who are served better in non-traditional environments. According to Insight, these include advanced learners; home-schooled students; full-time wage earners; students with health or physical challenges; and those who may have struggled socially in a traditional school.

It's also targeted toward students who are homeschooled or have barriers to attending physical school, such as those live in remote areas or have disabilities. It's also aimed at those looking to fast track courses or make up for lost credits.

The school is offering more than 120 courses online initially, from remedial to AP-level courses. It's also offering an "iMentor" program, 24-hour support, tools for parents, and various interactive features for students to chat, meet, and otherwise socialize online and in person. (In person activities include traditional field trips and school dances.)

Laptops are being provided by the school.

Information sessions are being held throughout the state May 15 through May 22. Course selection begins this month, and the fall semester starts Aug. 25. Insight Schools serve about 2,500 students presently in California, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin. Further information about the Colorado school can be found here.

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