Why Goal


Developing Productive Members of Society


Helping all students achieve their full potential in a caring, supportive, and personalized environment

GOAL High School - Why is GOAL Special?

With nearly 6,000 students, GOAL High School is not only the largest high school in Colorado, it is also the premier model for online education. Combining proven online learning platforms with in-person support at comfortable student drop-in centers staffed by highly-qualified academic and social-emotional educators. GOAL has been pioneering and perfecting this model for over fifteen years. GOAL’S mission — to develop productive members of society focuses not only on successfully earning a diploma, but also on career readiness pathways for post-high school success. GOAL’s vision to ensure an environment which is personalized, caring, and supportive is what every parent and student desires. GOAL is a free PERFORMANCE rated high school which partners with Microsoft and Lenovo to provide cutting edge technology. Our forty student drop-in centers statewide provide students with one-on-one learning opportunities along with social programming activities, student government, movie nights and proms.  Andrew Campanella may have said it best in his recent book, The School Choice Roadmap, that “GOAL combines rigorous online education with in-person communications,” truly the best of both worlds! Call to take a tour of a GOAL site today!


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Concurrent Enrollment

The Concurrent Enrollment Program has been designed to provide an opportunity for qualified high school students to experience academic work through regular college courses that contribute to the broad academic preparation of the student.

GOAL Academy encourages students to take advantage of concurrent enrollment opportunities. Students are advised by our counselors on an individual education plan that will chart your courses and to determine when college courses can be started.

GOAL’s concurrent enrollment program covers the cost for tuition and fees. In addition, GOAL provides support for books and supplies needed for the college courses.

Academic Offerings

GOAL High School’s academic offerings are designed to support each student achieve their goal of earning a high school diploma, as well as their first steps into their post-secondary and/or workforce experience. We offer 2 plans of study that result in a high school diploma: GOAL 22 and Senior Recovery. Detailed course and credit requirements for each can be found in our current Course Guide on our website.

All GOAL courses are developed using Backwards Design and Universal Learning Design to ensure quality student learning experiences. Each course is aligned, where applicable, to the Colorado Academic Standards, as well as post-secondary and national industry standards. In addition to our standard core classes within English, Math, Science and Social Studies, we also offer a wide variety of Electives through our CTE department including classes in Business, STEAM, Information Technology, Health Sciences, Criminal Justice, Military preparation, and Construction Trades. A complete list of current course offerings can be found here.

Career and Technical Education

Within GOAL’s Career and Technical Education Pathway Program, we have the hope and desire to help all students explore potential career options and develop the knowledge and skills they will need to obtain a successful career path after high school. One of the main objectives of GOAL’s Career Pathway Program is to act as a tool for career awareness, exploration and preparation. We want to help our students identify various occupations within each of the Career Pathways matching their interests and aptitudes to act as a steppingstone or bridge for future career development. GOAL’s Career Pathways offer students the chance to obtain technical skill, industry certificates, and college credit.

GOAL Pathways offered:

    • STEAM, Information Technology and Art and Design – Express Yourself in STEAM, Informational Technology, and Arts & Design Students who enjoy fixing things, tinkering on computers, and learning the “whys” of how things work may have found their match here. This pathway is also for students who are creative and enjoy solving problems or who are interested in web design, computer application creation or IT support. There are also industry certifications to be earned within this pathway! Example career options for STEM, Arts and IT: engineer, computer technician, game designer, programmer, commercial artist, sound engineer, theater technician, data management, web designer.


    • Business, Marketing and Public Information – If you are a student who likes to take charge, has ideas on how to solve the world’s problems or is creative and likes sharing your ideas and leading the way, this might be the pathway for you. Why work for someone else when you could be the boss?! The skills and knowledge learned in this pathway lay a firm foundation for almost all other industries. Technology, finance, customer service, marketing, organizational behavior, and management are just some of the topics you’ll get to explore. Example career options for business, marketing and public administration: real estate agent, accounting, social media marketing, sports and entertainment marketing, business management, financial planner, retail buyer, sales, business owner. Business and Marketing

    • Skilled Trades and Technical Sciences – Interested in designing, developing, manufacturing, fixing and building solutions to address society’s problems and needs? Solve problems, connect people and places, and make the world run in the diverse career opportunities available in this pathway. Example career options for the skilled trades and technical sciences: carpenter, construction work, welder, machinist, hair stylist, nail technician, automotive service technician, plumber.

    • Health Sciences, Criminal Justice and Public Safety – If you are a student who enjoys helping others or have a natural response to civic duty, this may be the pathway for you. Whether it’s health, medicine, public safety, research or something else this pathway prepares you for making a difference in the community you live. Example career options for the health sciences, criminal justice and public safety: nurse, police officer, parole officer, phlebotomist, prison guard, firefighter, emergency medical technician, physical therapist, sports medicine, doctor.

    • Hospitality, Human Services and Education – Are you a humanitarian at heart? Do you have a passion for volunteering and helping those in need? Do you find travel, food and planning/organizing appealing? Or, maybe you love sharing your knowledge with others. In this pathway, serving others and working on a team are part of your daily work. Some of the careers that fall under this pathway are culinary and hotel operations, education, legal and protective services, social sciences, human services and many more! Example career options for hospitality, human services and education include: teacher, chef, hotel management, social worker, event planner, travel specialist, flight attendant, counselor, psychologist.

    • Agriculture and Natual Resources – Are you a naturalist at heart? Do you see solutions to the world’s problems or enjoy spending time outside and taking advantage of nature’s beauty? If so, this may be the pathway for you. Careers in this pathway cultivate, use, analyze, manage, and sustain natural resources. This pathway offers opportunities to make the best use of natural resources in order to meet the basic needs of the world’s population. Example career options for agriculture, energy and natural resources: outdoor leadership, landscape designer, greenhouse manager, horticulturist, wind turbine technician, solar energy technician, hunting guide, park ranger, zookeeper, veterinary technician. Agriculture, Energy & Natural Resources

    • Alternative Cooperative Education/Senior Recovery – Senior Recovery is a program for re-engaging students motivated to enter the workforce and become a productive member of their community by earning a high school diploma. The diploma is earned by developing the knowledge, skills, and competencies to promote employability and post-secondary learning, while showing competency in core academic areas. Senior Recovery provides students multiple work-based learning opportunities.


Senior Recovery

Senior Recovery is a program for re-engaging students motivated to enter the workforce and become a productive member of their community by earning a high school diploma. The diploma is earned by developing the knowledge, skills, and competencies to promote employability and post-secondary learning, while showing competency in core academic areas. Senior Recovery students

Students entrance requirements: 12th grader, 8.0 GE STAR MATH on most recent test in current school year, 8.0 GE STAR READING on most recent test in current school year

Competitive eSports Program

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GOAL is proud to offer both a recreational and a competitive eSports program! Are you a gamer? Would you like to become one? Are you a serious competitor, or do you just like to tinker around in a game? No matter what you are interested in, GOAL has the program for you. eSports is quickly becoming one of the world’s largest spectator sports and has multiple career opportunities for everyone! Come join the 2019 HGL Mountain Champions and 2019 National HGL Runner-up and become an eGladiator! We offer the technology, the team, the gear, and the friendships to dominate in the virtual arena!

GOAL competes in Overwatch, Valorant, Rocket League, League of Legends, and many more! We have recreational opportunities in those games, as well as Minecraft, D&D, Magic the Gathering, Fortnite, and many more!

Students who join the eSports program can use the latest in technology through our partnerships with Lenovo Legion and Microsoft!

And don’t forget the gear! GOAL eGladiators have uniforms, bags, hats, hoodies, and so much more!

Come be an eGladiator!

Microsoft Showcase School

Microsoft Show Case School badgeGOAL Academy is a proud Microsoft Showcase School! This prestigious designation is reserved for those schools who truly blend the best in education and technology. GOAL is one of only 500 schools in the world to receive this designation and the ONLY online Alternative Education Campus in the world to receive this honor! A Showcase School is a school committed to using technology to engage students in creative ways. This use of technology allows GOAL to accommodate our students’ need for flexibility and still deliver the high-quality content we are known for. Our partners at Microsoft have recognized GOAL as a true leader in education, a school that is committed to workforce and future skills readiness, educational transformation, staff and student relationships, and digital equity for all. GOAL is leading the revolution in technology in education!

Goal Ventures

GOAL Ventures is GOAL High School’s experiential learning program. Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience.

Currently we offer 7 experiential courses that are centered around trip experiences ranging from 3 days to 10 days. We take a community and environmental approach to learning core content concepts in the field.

Current Experiential courses

  • Southern Discovery
  • Northern Discovery
  • Moab Outdoor Orientation
  • Winter Orientation
  • Desert Orientation
  • Canyon O Goblin Valley
  • Black Hills and Beyond

Technology Offerings

GOAL Academy is proud to be a leader in educational technology. We prioritize the successful use of technology and using creative methods to increase student achievement. We provide all students with a state-of-the art computer and a hotspot through our cellular partners at Verizon and T-Mobile. We are proud to partner with Lenovo and Microsoft to bring an enhanced laptop experience to our students. GOAL refreshes our laptop fleet on a regular basis, ensuring that our students always have access to the best technology. And it’s not just laptops! GOAL also offers technology-based solutions for other programs as well. Our partnership with Microsoft allows GOAL to offer real technology-based curriculum and industry recognized certification pathways!

Exceptional Student Services

The Exceptional Student Services Department at GOAL is comprised of four separate programs. These four programs include Gifted Education, School Health, Section 504, and Special Education.

Gifted Education

GOAL Academy defines gifted and talented high school students as those whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs.

Gifted students also include students with disabilities (i.e., twice exceptional). Exceptional abilities or potential are present in all ethnic and cultural groups, across all socioeconomic strata and in all arenas of human endeavor.

Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of one or any combination of the following areas of giftedness:

  • General or specific intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical, or psychomotor abilities

GOAL Academy believes that gifted and talented students have unique academic and affective needs. Administrators and teachers support a philosophy that emphasizes the need for a challenging learning environment that focuses on high achievement for every gifted and talented student, as well as meeting their unique social and emotional needs.

  • Programming for gifted and talented students must be responsive to individual needs and must recognize the multiple talents, challenges, and cultural and linguistic diversity of the school’s population.
  • GOAL supports researched-based strategies that provide opportunities for optimal learning to ensure that gifted and talented students will perform at levels commensurate with their abilities.
  • Gifted and talented students should be provided dynamic and challenging educational programming at every level throughout their school career.

School Health
Registered Nurses: There are registered nurses at GOAL Academy High School providing guidance and consultation to staff at each site throughout the state of Colorado. These nurses provide support for students with health needs when they are present at a site through training and delegation to onsite school staff. They also consult with staff to provide for health needs when students are participating in school sponsored trips.

Illness Guidelines: If a student becomes ill while at a site, GOAL Academy High School follows the Illness Guidelines from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment/Children’s Hospital Colorado. This document details when a student should be sent home or remain at home due to illness. Document

Please provide the school with current emergency phone numbers and update this information as it changes throughout the year so we can reach you in the case of illness or emergency.

Health Care Plans (HCP): Health Care Plans are developed for students with chronic health conditions such as asthma, severe allergy, seizures, diabetes, or students with health conditions that require monitoring or intervention/medication when they are onsite or on a school sponsored trip. Please contact the school nurse for your region if your student will need an HCP developed. If your student has one of the chronic health conditions listed above and we do not have a HCP on file, a school nurse will contact you to develop a Health Care Plan. Students may not self-carry medication onsite without a Health Care Plan or Medication Order with a doctor signature and parent signature on file at the school site.

Medication Policy: Please be aware that Colorado State Law governs our medication policy. If your child must take medication during school hours (including medications your student may carry with them such as an inhaler, Epi-Pen or over the counter medications), you must provide the following before the student or staff can administer it. This applies to medication administration onsite or during a school sponsored trip such as GOAL Ventures:

  • A written Medication Order or Health Care Plan (including drug name, dose, route, time, duration of treatment, physician, and parent signature). This includes all over the counter, prescription, and homeopathic medications. The physician may fax Medication Orders and Health Care Plans to the school site or school nurse.
  • If a student will be self-carrying a medication with them while on site, they must also have a Self-Carry Contract completed and on file. This form can be provided by a school nurse or administrative assistant.
  • Medication must be in the original prescription bottle or packaging, complete with label. Medication cannot be taken or given on site if it comes in a baggie, envelope, unlabeled bottle, etc. PLEASE NOTE: The pharmacy label applied to the medication bottle will not suffice for a Medication Order.

Immunizations: All students must have an immunization record on file per Colorado law. An immunization compliance review will be completed for all newly enrolled students. You will be contacted by a school nurse if there are any immunizations out of compliance, meaning your student has not received the appropriate number of immunizations and/or has not had the immunizations appropriately spaced. The nurse will provide information on immunizations needed to be compliant and have the maximum protection and immunity to disease. If your student requires a series of immunizations over time to reach compliance, you may submit a Process Plan from your student’s doctor stating the plan for bringing your student into compliance.

The law also allows for parents to opt out of immunizations for personal, religious, or medical reasons. For a medical exemption, a Medical Exemption Form must be completed and signed by a physician and submitted one time upon enrollment. For a personal or religious exemption, a Non-Medical Exemption Form must be completed by the parent/guardian annually at the beginning of each school year per Colorado law.

All exemption forms can be found at this link. You may also ask the administrative assistant or a school nurse for an exemption form. Non-medical exemption forms can be completed by a parent/guardian and a copy provided to your student’s school site so your student’s records can be updated. This requirement can also be met by providing a written or emailed document indicating your student’s name, DOB, type of exemption (personal/religious), immunization(s) you are choosing to exempt, and your signature to the administrative assistant or school nurse at your student’s site. Please note that personal/religious exemptions expire annually on June 30. These exemptions must be renewed annually.

Vision and Hearing Screenings: We are required by Colorado law (C.R.S. 22‐1‐116 School Children Sight and Hearing Tests) to perform screenings on all 9th grade students, new students, students being evaluated for an Individual Education Program (IEP) or students referred for screening by a parent or school staff. Parents or guardians shall be informed when a deficiency is found. The parent/guardian may choose to opt out of screenings based on religious or personal grounds. If you choose to opt your student out of the screening, please notify the administrative assistant or school nurse for your site and a waiver will be provided for you to sign. Also, inform your student so they can refuse any vision or hearing screenings offered.

All documents and School Health forms mentioned above can be located here. Click on the link to obtain the appropriate form:

Please contact the school nurse for your region for any questions regarding your student’s health needs.

Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) is a civil rights statute that protects persons with disabilities from discrimination. It states that:

“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) contains similar prohibitions against discrimination.

Under Section 504, school districts are required to make their programs and activities (including non-academic and extracurricular programs and activities) accessible to all individuals with disabilities and to provide students with disabilities a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). Section 504 is a program that is administered within the context of the other regular education programs of a school building.  GOAL Academy High School staff members and parents work cooperatively to develop a Section 504 Plan that will help the student benefit from the educational program and activities of the school.

GOAL’s process of determining a student’s eligibility includes:

  • 504 staff receive concerns from teachers, parents, nurses, counselors, students, or others.
  • The 504 Specialist convenes a group of persons knowledgeable about the student to collect and review information about the student from a variety of sources.
  • A team works together to review the data and determine if the student has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits a major life activity. The team then decides whether the student’s educational needs are being met as adequately or less adequately as the needs of non-disabled students.
  • When the team determines a student is eligible, a 504 plan is developed, and accommodations are decided based on the student’s needs as they relate to the identified impairment.
  • Information about differently abled students is only shared with relevant instructional staff and in a confidential manner for the purpose of ensuring accommodations are being provided.

Please reach out to the 504 Specialist at GOAL if you have questions or need support. As a charter school authorized by Falcon 49 School District, further information about the district’s procedures for Section 504 Plans can be found here

Special Education

GOAL High School welcomes students with disabilities whose needs can be met in this alternative educational setting. Students at GOAL who have an Individual Education Program (IEP), Section 504 Plan, or Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) for being identified as gifted, are general education students first and afforded the same rights and care as any student. All students work on courses individually, and all students have general education teachers to help them be successful. Information about differently abled students is only shared with relevant instructional staff and in a confidential manner for the purpose of ensuring accommodations or modifications are being provided.

Special education teachers and related providers support students within and outside of general education classes based on their individual needs listed on their IEP. Some of the offerings may include, but are not limited to:

  • Curriculum at adjustable instructional levels within general education courseware to better meet the individual academic needs of students.
  • English and Math fundamentals courses to address IEP goals and helping students close the gaps between their abilities and their chronological grade level in school.
  • Transition curriculum to ensure post-secondary planning, research, and activities can be completed with students.
  • Social Emotional support through affective needs instruction which supports students with long-term or circumstantial challenges in various areas of behavior and/or emotional needs.
  • Modified courseware in core subjects such as Health, Social Studies, and Science for students whose IEPs identify the need for modified curriculum in a more restrictive environment.
  • Individualized services from a related service provider which may include but are not limited to, a Speech Language Therapist; a Mental Health Provider; an Occupational Therapist; a Vision Specialist; or a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Specialist.

Student Support Services

GOAL believes in supporting the whole student, from graduation to basic needs to total physical and mental wellness. Our Student Support Services Department is committed to helping every student at GOAL. Whether it is helping students with graduation, post-secondary options or assistance with basic needs our dedicated team is here to help. We have established many community partners across the State to assist our families. In addition, we also provide group or individual support to help students who maybe experiencing a difficult or unique situation. The Student Support Services Department is here to help every student become a productive member of society.

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