Connection Days and Grad Prep Fridays were built into Denver Online High School as a way to enhance each student’s overall education, with activities that happen in-person at Smedley Learning Center. Students receive credit for attending these in-person days. Connection Days are for 9th/10th/11th graders where students meet once a week. Grad Prep Fridays are two Fridays a month, made for 12th graders and all other students taking Concurrent Enrollment College Courses. During these days, students are able to connect with their teachers, advisor, peers, and a plethora of opportunities. Students can participate in credit-earning workshops, such as science experiments or the Art from Ashes poetry workshop. The days also include college and career readiness events, like the College Application Day where college representatives help students complete college applications while waiving the application fee. Denver Online High School also uses this time to participate in service learning projects. For example, student teams work to organize and lead out multiple service projects with Children’s Hospital Colorado throughout the year. Students receive credit for attending these Connection Days and Grad Prep Days. However, if outside obligations keep students from attending these in-person events, exemptions may be granted with differentiated coursework to make up participation points.