How It Works

Curious about how online learning works?

With online learning, your child can learn at home or wherever there’s an internet connection while enjoying the benefits and support of Carolus Online Academy’s (COA’s) school program. They’ll complete a mix of online lessons and offline activities using K12-provided books and materials.* Licensed teachers provide live instruction in virtual sessions called “Class Connects.”

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At COA, we host virtual Q&A sessions, where parents can engage directly with teachers, gain insights, share concerns, and foster a collaborative approach to supporting their child’s education.

What to Expect

COA Programs

COA uses quality curriculum from K12 designed to let students find the learning style that works best for them, enabling them to find their own path to success. Each online classroom offers engaging and relevant lessons that build real-world skills based on your child’s interests and abilities. Plus, starting in 6th grade, students prepare for their future with career exploration courses.

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What’s my role as a parent?

As Learning Coach, you’ll be able to take an active and vital role in your child’s education. Plan to:

  • Provide academic support, motivation, and guidance throughout the school year
  • Ensure your child is on track with assignments and coursework
  • Communicate with teachers
  • Report daily attendance

If you or your child’s legal guardian cannot fill this role, you may choose a family member, friend, or another trusted adult to serve as Learning Coach.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to attend COA?

What does it cost to attend COA?

Because COA is part of the public school system, it’s tuition-free. We provide licensed teachers and instructional materials.* Students and families are responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper). Our enrollment consultants can help address your technology and computer questions and needs.

How much time will my child spend online?

In the younger grades, many of the online lessons include offline work. Elementary students spend about 50–60% of their time online. Screen time increases in middle and high school. COA staff works with students individually to create a schedule, including live class session requirements, tailored to their needs to help set them up for success.

How do students interact socially?

Students spend time with classmates online and through clubs, school outings, field trips, and other activities. In addition to school-based clubs, K12 online national clubs help connect students with like interests and passions.

*Course materials vary by course. Please check with school staff to see what offline course materials are provided.