Denver Online is an innovative online middle school and high school serving 6th-12th grade students in Denver Public Schools. The school was established in 2003, originally serving only high school students. In 2021, the school expanded to include both middle school and high school options. Denver Online is designated as a Pathways school and is home to roughly 800 students with a common need for a flexible learning environment.
Our motto is, “DO MORE,” because we believe that online education allows the time and location flexibility for students to pursue more in their academics, communities, and lives. Denver Online best serves motivated students who desire a personalized education plan that enables them to break outside the walls of a traditional classroom and DO MORE.
We have intentionally designed a learning environment that focuses on three main areas: strong connections, asynchronous course material, and synchronous live learning sessions.
We know that the connections we make with our students is the first most important thing that we will ever do. Our students deserve to be known, seen, and heard. To build trusting and supportive relationships, students meet daily with their Mentor Teachers in Google Meets. Students are able to consistently grow their connections with their Mentor Teacher and other peers in these small groups. Denver Online also has an extreme focus on community building. There is a plethora of face-to-face and virtual opportunities for students to connect with each other and their communities, including clubs, field trips, volunteer opportunities, and other social events.
Asynchronous Course Material
Our courses utilize Schoology, an online learning management system. Courses are built by our teachers and modified to meet student needs. The courses encompass what students would experience in a brick-and-mortar school, including writing essays, reading novels, engaging in discussion, completing science labs, and more. Schoology holds all primary course material, with students able to access content 24/7 and from anywhere internet is available. Students have the flexibility to complete school work during the school day, on the evenings, and during weekends from anywhere they choose. Students also always have the opportunity to revise their work in the pursuit of mastery.
Synchronous Live Learning Sessions
Live learning sessions use Google Meets, a video conferencing system that allows teachers to meet with students for live instruction. These live class sessions support course material and foster a sense of community, allowing for teacher and peer collaboration.