General and Enrollment FAQs

What grades are offered by Destinations Career Academy of Colorado (CODCA)?

Destinations Career Academy offers grades 9–12.

Is Destinations really tuition free?

Yes. Because we are a public school, we operate under the same state guidelines as traditional public schools. This means we receive the same funding as a traditional school, and no tuition is required.

Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?

Yes. All instructional materials are provided to students to ensure they're successful in the program. Computer systems will be loaned to students who are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program. However, common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper are not provided.

How many students are accepted into the school?

Destinations Career Academy of Colorado is a public school, thus all students who wish to enroll are admitted subject only to the enrollment requirements listed on our How to Enroll page. Enrollment applications are date/time stamped and processed in the order in which the forms are received.

What if my child is behind on credits or failing classes?

Destinations develops an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to assist students with recovering credits and moving forward toward high school graduation. However, we do not have an extensive credit recovery program for students who are more than one year behind in high school credits. If this is a concern, please check out one of our partner schools, Pikes Peak Online School (PPOS), a public school that does have a broader credit recovery program for students.

What are the location and age restrictions?

Students must be residents of the state of Colorado and must be 20 years of age or younger when they enroll. Students who turn 21 while enrolled and need additional education in order to receive a diploma may remain enrolled until they meet the graduation requirements or the end of the school year in which they turn 21, whichever occurs first. Students must also be able to demonstrate completion of the sixth grade through official transcript or homeschool portfolios.

Can students enroll and begin classes at any time of the year?

Students can apply once enrollment for the school year is open and up until enrollment closes at the end of August. Once approved, they will begin at the start of the next school year.

I've been expelled. Will I get into Destinations Career Academy of Colorado?

Each case will be reviewed based upon records from your current or former school district. Colorado state law prohibits schools from enrolling students who are currently under district or school expulsion. Approval for CODCA enrollment of previously expelled students will not be granted until the case is reviewed by our enrollment team.

What is your Data Privacy Policy?

In this age of data-driven decision making, data is foundational to the success of the process. Whether discussing student-achievement, program monitoring, education funding, accountability or any other education-related conversation, data is at the center of the discussion. Colorado Destinations Career Academy is required by state and federal law to collect and store student and educator records. 

Colorado Destinations Career Academy takes seriously its obligation to protect the privacy of data collected, used, shared and stored. To view the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) website dedicated to the Student Data Transparency and Security Act, click here, or go to; https://www.cde.state.co.us/dataprivacyandsecurity.

Colorado Destinations Career Academy collects Personal Identifiable Information (PII), as identified as on CDE data dictionary, for the- normal day- to- day school management and operations of student services as also listed on the CDE data dictionary fact sheet.  Colorado Destinations Career Academy shares these Personal Identifiable Information (PII) data points, as identified as on CDE data dictionary, to the following third party in order that it can provide the day- to -day management and operations of student services to Colorado Destinations Career Academy.  The CDE data dictionary can be found at https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdereval/whatstddataiscollected.  

Agreement Title Attachments Date Approved Purpose of Agreement
K12, LLC K12 ESPA 8.13.2008 K12 provides a variety of products and services including teaching and support staff, curriculum, online and learning management systems and student management systems.

 

What Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Does the Colorado State Department of Education and School Collect?

Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

Per Colorado law, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is required to provide a Data Dictionary with a list of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) collected within our student data system. The Dictionary must include definitions of the data elements and information about the legal mandates to collect that data. [C.R.S. 22-16-104 (a)]

What is contained in the Data Dictionary?

The Data Dictionary contains a list of CDE’s collections, which are the primary groups of data CDE gathers from school districts, Boards of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) and Administrative Units (AUs) throughout the year for specific purposes. Under each collection, you will be able to see the detailed data elements that are collected as well as the related legal mandates.

CODCA

Under the same law, Local Education Providers (LEPs), such as CODCA, are required to post clear information on their website explaining the PII that they collect and maintain.

CODCA will collect the following student data. All student data will be collected and maintained in the student's cumulative record:

  • Student Name
  • Birth Certificate US or Country of Origin/student's age, per state guidelines
  • Proof of Residence, per state guidelines
  • Immunization record, per state guidelines
  • Free and Reduce Lunch Status, per state and federal guidelines
  • Home Language Survey, per state and federal guidelines
  • Military, Migrant, and Foster Care information, per state and federal guidelines
  • McKinney Vento information, per state and federal guidelines
  • School behavior record, including suspension and expulsion records (as appropriate)
  • Special program information (as applicable), including:
    • an individualized education plan (IEP);
    • evaluation information, as defined under IDEA and state guidelines
    • Section 504 Plan; or
    • English learner plans

CODCA will collect the following optional data, based on individual student need:

  • School Transcripts
  • Promotion, Grade Placement, and Retention History
  • Attendance history
  • High School course credit history
  • Report Cards
  • Academic testing results such as ACT, USATestPrep, ACCESS, and interim assessments
  • Court Documents signed or stamped by the Judge, Magistrate, or deputy clerk
  • Court Orders
  • Proof of legal guardianship, per state guidelines
  • Department of Child Services Documentation
  • Medical and social developmental history, as necessary to ensure educational access and programming
  • Evaluation reports, such as cognitive and achievement data, as necessary to ensure educational access and programming
  • Vision and Hearing Screenings

A list of School Service Contract Providers [PDF], including the contract with each entity, and On-Demand Providers (ODPs) [PDF] that the school currently utilizes are located here. Upon request, CODCA will assist a parent in obtaining an individual ODP’s data privacy policy. For assistance with this request, please contact Kimber Podsedek at kpodsedek@k12.com