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K-12
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Northglenn, CO

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11990 Grant Street, Suite 402
Northglenn, CO 80233

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(303) 255-7044
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January 18, 2013
This is an amazing school because the teachers really do care, they are always striving to keep students involved and keep parents involved, they have various clubs and school activities aside from school work itself. No school is easy, so I'm not sure why one person is bickering on the work load. This school is amazing because students are entitled to a flexible schedule that works personally for them, while even if they miss out on class meetings they can still view recordings of them. Teachers and staff here work very hard to help students become the best they can be whether that be through k-mails or phone calls, they really do genuinely want the students to succeed.

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2013
My children have been enrolled at COVA for 9 years. The curriculum is rigorous and challenging and will give your child an excellent education - but it takes hard work on the part of the child and the parents. In the last two or three years and now that my kids are in high school, the staff has tried to be much more hands on and group participation is required. This is not our style so we will be looking for something else next year. If you put some effort in and are willing to work within the rules - your child will get a superior education at COVA.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
COVA is by far the best choice when reviewing virtual schools in Colorado. Do not be confused or fooled by the statistics reference above, as a majority of kids (like mine) choose to attend COVA when they have tried making it work their regular school. What these websites should post is the number of times my son was bullied, beat up, or came home from school in tears last year compared to this year now enrolled in COVA. I can tell you, you'd be reading a very different overview of what this school continues to do for families like mine. My son is not afraid anymore. He enjoys interracting with his classmates. You should be ashamed of yourselves if you support the requset to deny a supporting charter, as you are denying the 4600 students who came to COVA for situaions like my son's. In addtion, I'd totally agree with those who state "you get what you put in". For High School students who are used to easier open book multiple choice exams, this isn't comparable. The curriculum is rigorous, and challenges both my son and I on a daily basis - in a good way.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
After doing this school with 2 of my sons, one in middle school and one in high school, I can tell you it is NOT going to provide them an education. It will give your student an excessive workload, and basically prevent them from getting an A in anything because of faulty test questions that you have to complain to the teacher about to get the grade corrected (if you get lucky enough to have a teacher who will take the time and has the cognitive ability to review the question for correctness - good luck with that). Did this happen once? Yes at least once on EVERY quiz and test. This school is not for anybody.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
This is my first year with COVA, and so far, it has been a major disappointment and an overall headache. I am a junior in the program and I can honestly say that this is one of the worst schooling programs that I have ever been involved with. I have been to private schools and public schools, as well as being homeschooled, and COVA is at the bottom of the heap. All throughout high school, I was an A student. I was in honors classes, I was excelling, and I genuinely loved school. This all changed when I started COVA. The teachers are not helpful, let alone friendly, and the majority of them seem to not even know what they're teaching. Many of the "computer scored" tests are faulty and the Spanish language program is an absolute joke. This curriculum has caused more grief between my parents and me than anything else in my life. I went from straight A's (and one B) to mostly B's. The workload is stifling. This is especially bad because this is my junior year and this is the year that colleges are looking at. I pray that this all works out. Please go with some other program, I beg you. I would NOT recommend COVA to anyone. This is absolutely my final year.

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2013
I am a Junior at COVA, and I would like to share my experience with you. I have always been a top student (graduating my freshman and sophomore years with a 4.0 in other online schools), and I have always enjoyed school. COVA has changed all that. I start school at 7:30, and work until around 4-4:30. I submit quality work, but I have found that it is almost impossible to get constantly good grades. I study, and work very hard, but it all seems for not. The workload is ridiculous. Countless times I've looked up from a project and thought "Why am I doing this? This isn't benefiting me". COVA is a freight train. If you fall behind, or miss a day, you're lost. And it's almost impossible to make up what you've missed, and even if you do, you get heavily penalized for being late. The social events aren't good. I have no COVA friends. And worse of all, at the end of the day, there's no time for your non-school related passions. And if there is, you're too depressed or worried about school to enjoy doing it. Find a Co-op near you, or do Sonlight. This is really not good. And you can't leave COVA without an "F" on your transcript, no questions asked. Please think about something else!!

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2012
I agree with the parents who say that you get what you put into it. We are very happy with COVA & my daughter says she is learning more now than when she went to regular public school. We end our school day way earlier than regular public school & have more time for family time & fun activities. It also allows for her to get ahead in subjects she excels in & spend some quality time working through the subjects she needs extra help in. The teacher is there for contact if you need help, though we haven't needed much. Love it. Love it. Love it.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2012
As a student I hate this school a lot, it's nice that you don't have to go anywhere/get up really early, but the teachers seem like they love getting you into trouble. I don't think I've ever gotten into anymore trouble at any other school more than COVA, because I've always been a decent student/person. I also find it is making me a little depressed that I am missing out on making new friends, getting very little socialization with anyone but the teachers. I haven't even had my first relationship with anyone yet, which makes me a little worried seeing as all my other friends have. The learning is there, but it's not as good as traditional school.

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2012
After four weeks of school, my son did not have the laptop they promised at enrollment--or even a teacher. Additionally, we weren't called and emailed when we were told we would, and when we did receive communication it was largely inaccurate. COVA blamed K12 and K12 blamed COVA, but no one wanted to help solve any of the problems. As a parent, I'm terribly disappointed. As a taxpayer, I'm outraged.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
Is there a way to give zero stars? They should make that option for COVA. The only thing we liked was the organized way the lessons are planned, but we never got a teacher to help us when there were questions or problems...and boy were there questions and problems! I would say they were mistaken about a lot of things, but when it happens that often, it feels like they're just downright lying. I think they're only in it for the money.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
Awesome! You get out of it what you put into it, just like life. If you do the work, it is hard not to excel. Teachers always willing to help. Just like every school, I'm sure there are going to be a few bad apples.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2012
We love this school! We have tons of help from the teacher and she is always available. I have been able to talk to the administration about several issues and they have been super responsive. We will be attending next year!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
This school is horrible!!!!!!! No support at all they throw you in and it's sink or swim. If your child falls behind they don't offer you any help. There are way better schools out there. If you enroll your child here you will regret it.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
This school is a nightmare they are disorganized. When you ask the teachers for help they act like it is a difficult task. Heaven forbid you child need special ed. No matter how much work my child does his % never go up. When I asked why haven't they offered us any resources they replied " I don't know what kind of resources you are asking for?" Hello shouldn't a school administrator know when a child is falling behind due to a learning disability. This school make me SICK they should be shut down.

- submitted by a community member
December 06, 2011
We have been in COVA nearly four years. It is much deteriorated the past year. It has been an ongoing nightmare of 1) teachers violating COVA handbook grading policies to penalize students. Both of my students had teachers doing this, there is no accountability for teachers and retaliation for students requesting the handbook be followed, uncaring teachers, incompetent and narcissistic principal who bumbled the CSAP testing in 2010 which made them null and void (By the way the CSAP taken in March 2010 the results have still not been sent out) Young incompetent guidance counselors for high school, pass the buck attittude of teachers and principals, workload is overwhelming. Kids will definitely be made to feel uncared about, Both of my kids were honors and advanced students when they entered COVA. Now, both are behind and hate school.definitely not good for gifted students.School makes parents do all documentation of gifted-talented. COVA will not even send for records form previous school. You will have to fight, fight, fight. It was a good elementary school option but bad for middle and high school. Foreign language program is a joke. Parent involvement is greatly discouraged.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
The one thing I have noticed is that COVA is having to be very reactionary to the State of Colorado's scrutiny and position towards charter schools. This has resulted in a mix of issues, some positive and some negative. . Its easy to get caught up in the humdrum and negative when change is occurring, but sometimes it takes a step back perspective to appreciate the system versus alternatives, even with its faults. Things to consider: This is hands on by the Parent - as a learning coach there is a significant time commitment The curriculum is easily 1 year ahead of our local brick & mortar. It will be difficult. You will find great teachers and okay teachers, its up to you to develop those relationships and make sure your getting the most of the education COVA is an alternative, it gives kids who are being held back a chance to excel and for special needs it helps invoke an environment that provides fundamentals and a positive learning experience. COVA is not a babysitter, it requires lots of parental interaction COVA is not perfect, K12 is a great curriculum but there are aspects that we groan over. As a parent I can extend teachings and *have* a say in what they are learning.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2011
High school--bad teachers, worse curriculum. Ambiguous test questions on computer graded tests. On quizzes, your student can see the computer mistakes and you can request the teacher correct the grading. But you cannot see unit test questions, so you don't get to find out what was graded inaccurately, nor challenge bad questions/computer grading. "Teacher graded questions" on the unit tests are also a nightmare, especially Biology where you can never find out what you were graded wrong on from the teacher. Too much homework, not enough real education, very low-level Freshman algebra--equivalent to middle-school pre-algebra of the 1980s. I have found pro-global warming, pro-communist ideology taught (i.e., Geography class teaches command economies are more equal and fair than free market economies). In the mandatory "Reaching Your Academic Potential" class for freshman an exercise lets you click on certain academic choices for an example student, so you may direct his academic choices and see the results. When he dropped out of college to play in a band he became a rock star. When he pursued sports in college, he was injured and only became a low-paid high school sports coach.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
I fully agree with everything that was posted by the parent who has been doing k12 for the past 5 years with COVA and CAVA. This is my 4th year with COVA and the change between this year and the past three years is like night and day. They are completely disorganized. The k12 curriculum on its own is quite challenging, which is why I enjoy it. My kids are both in the Barton Reading Program for Dyslexia, however, and our support staff has been completely taken away. We have enjoyed wonderful support the past 3 years, and this year due to "restructuring" they are unable to provide the one teacher we had to support that program. Very unhappy this year with COVA.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2011
I have been doing K12 for 5 years now, 2 with COVA and 3 with CAVA. I have in the past greatly enjoyed both schools. This year, however, they are extremely disorganized, teachers keep changing on us, books have not been shipped on time, they made us change our daughter's math class telling us it was no longer a supported class, and there are a lot of class connects, face to face meetings, and study island requirements. As a mother of 3 it is very difficult to keep up with the children, their different schedules and all the demands being placed on them this year. I still love the K12 cirriculum and would recommend it, I just am having trouble with the demands upon the Learning Coach and the students this year by COVA.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2011
We had our son go through 6th thru 9th grades.When it came to the ninth grade things changed. My son did all the lessons every day an passed the daily quizes, the same as he did the previous 3 years, but for unknown reasons the teachers failed him in most of the classes an he got a C in History an a D in Physcial Science. He made up the classes he didn't pass in summer school at Aurora Central High an was admitted for the next year for 10th grade every year he had a 4.0 grade average he graduates this Monday the 16th of May because Cova failed him he was just 1.7 fro m getting the high honors awards.We constantly were telling the teacher at Cova that he is doing the work an passing the Art, Math,an English classes it was like talking to a brick wall.We are so glad we had him go to a regular school. Cova was a grave mistake.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
I think this school is great, and far and away better than many other schools. My friend with two children is the reason I looked into COVA. Her children are so far advanced, it shocked me. This is my first year coming to a close and I am still very impressed with the programs, teachers, resources made available to the parents and the overall experience. My child is doing so far above my expectations! I do not regret my decision to place my child in this school. Anyone saying otherwise has to have the common prejudice of online or home schooling. If these had there own child in the school they should have nothing but good to say about it. The only reason I can see anyone would be truly dissatisfied is if they started this program not knowing what schooling your child at home was really about. If you didn't know what you were in for, is that really the schools fault? That is just a matter of not counting the cost ahead of time.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2011
"Well, where to start" is the beginning of a weird, false, ridiculous non-review. Oh, and mentions nothing of his/her actual student. I have 2 children in COVA, finishing up their first year. Not only have my children excelled at COVA, they are more than a year ahead of their peers in the local brick and mortar schools (schools that have high marks here, and on other rating sites). My children have made MORE THAN AYP, which is better than I can say for the years at those same local schools (where they were made to hide their skills, to "fit in", and learned nothing new). COVA is a school that allows children to move at their own pace. Kids that need extra attention get it. Kids that are advanced are not locked into some arbitrary mold where they are taught that mediocre is good enough, and excellence is frowned upon. My gifted children love the freedom of pacing themselves. Now, all doors will be open to them. Something "everyone in the state knows" is NOT happening at "regular" schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
Well - where to start. COVA has not met AYP in over three years - the teachers do not do any of the teaching, so that might explain things. The PARENTS do all of the teaching for K-8. Tax dollars are used to line the pockets of K12 - the "management company" for COVA. They went public several years ago and made their share holders rich by paying their teachers low salaries and hiring know-nothing administrators (who, BTW, can't seem to figure out even the most basic of procedures like how to administer the CSAP). In essence, this is a for-profit school masquerading as a charter school. Everyone in the state knows that COVA would love to claim that this close-to-privatized model is working, especially those at the Independence Institute, but it is only making K12 rich and the students are receiving a sub-standard education. If it was working, you'd wouldn't have the high turnover rate of teachers, low to mediocre test scores, an unhappy teacher workforce, and a district (Adams 12) that wants nothing more than to sever ties with this failing charter school that is more of a liability than an asset.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2011
Dynamic school that fits the needs of a diverse population of students! Teachers and school leaders are focused on meeting the needs of students who are entering an increasingly competitive work force.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2011
This is our first year with COVA and we are so happy we made the switch from the brick and mortar school to COVA. The program is challenging and highly enriching for my son (and me as learning coach, too!) The program allows him to work at his own pace, and receive accelerated math, and a far richer history and science curriculum than he was getting at his regular public school.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2010
COVA is perfect for our family. We wanted to school at home, but aslo have direction and support. This is our third year with COVA and every year gets better! My girls are reading way above grade level. We love the support from thier teachers. Every question I have had had been answered within 24 hours. With that said, this is not for lazy familys. It takes at least 6 hours per day to complete our daily plan. If your willing to put in the time, this is wondeful option!

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
After 2 years with a frustrating, uninterested, inadequate (despite supposedly being the "top school in diistrict 70") school and leadership, COVA is a refreshing change of course. All promises are kept, my children move at their own pace, and they are finally loving school. Far more important, they are actually LEARNING something this year; the last 2 years in our neighborhood school had my daughter in tears of boredom, waiting for the rest to catch up. This is a school for ALL learners, as long as the parents are willing to do their part. You cannot work half-heartedly and expect to be successful. My kids work hard, I work VERY hard, but we have tons of fun, and can see immense progress. No agendas here; just a common goal for success and true education. We have a local booster club and co-op for field trips, and have a teacher available to us any time, who responds very quickly. And the curriculum is far superior to what my child's former classmates are doing right now.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2010
Flexibility . Fieldtrips ,clubs ,etc.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2010
Advantages: All materials are free and it is easy to ship back and forth. Keeps you organized as the "learning coach". You never have to wonder if your child is learning appropriate grade level material (not too easy, not too hard). The curriculum is comprehensive and my children really enjoy it. You have teachers available for any questions. Disadvantages: Depending upon the teacher, sometimes you won't get a response to a question for days. Attendance is a big issue, especially this year (2010). It is easy to get behind, not easy to catch up. Lots of busy work, if you're not careful. Not flexible if you travel a lot or have an unpredictable schedule. HARD to use if you have more than 1 child in COVA. All subjects are tailored to the grade, no learning together allowed in any subject. Won't be doing COVA again for this reason.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2010
Extremely unhelpful teachers. Our child enrolled to start this year. She is significantly ahead in math but COVA has arbitrary rules that don't allow kids to take courses beyond the level the school "suggests". We have transcripts from a Colorado public school which shows an A in algebra and a letter from her previous teacher which states our child is ready for geometry. Despite this, COVA insists that my child takes pre-algebra. COVA is not for gifted children.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
For the most part teachers have been helpful and supportive. At times however, their "availability" has been very limited, and their help just hasn't been there when needed.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
This is a great option for those who are fully committed to their child's education. The program is not rigorous - it just requires time. Just because your child is in the 5th grade, for example, doesn't mean that they don't need help. If that were the case there would be no need for teachers in public schools. If you have the time, you will see that your child is learning above the grade level of your local school. Like it was stated before by another review, this is not an option if you need a 'nanny school' aka someone to babysit your child while they learn so you can do other things. I have been with COVA for 3 years and I wouldn't have it any way!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2010
I been with COVA for 4 years. I have to say in the begining everyone was so helpful. We had a great teacher, who actively participated in my childs education. K12 is an excellent program, but it is very rigorous. It is very easy to get behind if you have any situation happen and they are not very understanding. I am very dissappointed in the direction they are taking, the focus is testing. They used to be about learning. For anyone looking at this program know it takes alot of parental time and unfortunately you will have very little support. Also your children are graded on getting it done not on the quality of what they are doing. I would never recommend COVA again.

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January 22, 2010
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- submitted by a student
December 14, 2009
Great school, if your willing to put in the work as a learning coach. Isnt that true with everything though? The curriculum is 1-2 years above our local school district, and is by far superior. If your looking for a nanny school then this just really isn't the right option for you. If your looking to educate your children and want to make a commitment to their learning, then you will excel and enjoy everything about COVA and the K12 curriculum, its that simple.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2009
Great experince for my 5th grader last year!

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August 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
This is an excellent cyberschool with a very rich and exciting curriculum. Coming from CA public schools, I am so happy that my child has this option. In CA, my children had almost no science or social studies in the elementary grades, but were drilled to death on anything pertaining to standardized testing. With COVA, by contrast, my daughter has wonderful history and science classes. The science is very experiential and hands-on. The language arts curriculum is particularly good -- imaginative, but in-depth. I see the evidence of a great curriculum in my daughter's accelerated development.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
I have been with COVA for 5 years with a son in 6th grade. He has some learning challenges and having the one on one as well as the support services provided by COVA he has been able to learn at his true potential. The materials handling this year has not been good, it is the exception and will improve I'm sure.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
Headaches. Books not shipped out (still waiting for them), computers are low end junk, the log on system is always down for maintenance, testing was inaccessable for us, too much adminstrative work for parents. Teachers are pretty much worthless, they don't do anything but send out newsletters. The curriculum is ok, but it seems like a bunch of nonsense busy work to get the point across.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 16, 2008
Excellent curriculum provided by K12... all FREE! This IS the homeschool choice for the parent that feels overwhelmed just with the thought of taking on the challenge. COVA has everything to simplify the experience of making the homeschool choice... they provide qualified teachers to help support parent and student, administer state testing, and evaluate writing and math samples that the student is required to submit quarterly. COVA is fun, organized, supportive and just the BEST choice available to the homeschool family.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
I've had my son in COVA since 6th grade; he's now finishing 8th. All the courses are great, challenging yet adaptable, but the English course is worth it all. There's no way he could have read as much literature or improved his writing skills in a brick and mortar public school as he has with COVA. The self-direction and self-motivation requirements have added greatly to his sense of responsibility. The adapt ability has given freedom to work on his strengths and weaknesses as needed.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2008
This is our first year with Colorado Virtual Academy (COVA) and we all love it! The website is user friendly and very interactive for my kindergartener. She is scoring high on all her benchmarks. We are very happy with our decision of homeschooling and working with COVA.

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June 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 27, 2006
The curriculum is outstanding. I chose to school at home because I wanted my children challenged and COVCS helped me reach that goal. My oldest daughter is now reading two grades ahead of where she was reading when we started. I also wanted a well rounded education that included the arts, science an history (not just social studies). In a brick and mortar school my kids wouldn't have learned as much in these subjects as they did last year. The teacher support is excellent! We wil stay with COVCS as long as we can. My daughter wants to go to College at home too.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
The quality of the academic programs is exceptoional. My child was learning things that were normally way above her school level. However, sometimes it is too above the regular school level, especially in Science. It seemed that she was required to do so much that she was not able to retain much of the information. Although the academics of the program are wonderful, it takes a long time to get through the school day. It is easy to get burned out on this program.

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