A variety of options
PSD is dedicated to offering a variety of educational environments for students who may need a non-traditional setting. These non-traditional educational programs include alternative high schools featuring shorter terms called "hexters", an expulsion school for students who have been expelled, and a teen parenting program. PSD also offers homeschool and foreign exchange programs, as well as homebound services.
Alternative high schools
Centennial High School serves high school students who are looking for a change, are interested in a different approach to school and a path toward graduation that includes small classes, inclusive culture and a focus on personal accountability. CHS is a small, student-centered, diploma-focused, alternative high school with an approach grounded in the core values of relationships, high expectations and personal accountability. For more information about CHS and to hear student perspectives, watch the CHS new student orientation video on YouTube.
Poudre Community Academy is an alternative school, serving grades 8-12, that provides students with a small supportive environment in a closed campus setting. Poudre Community Academy has a small pupil-teacher ratio and extra support staff, providing successful academic experiences through improved academic and social skills. Students have access to FRCC programs, dual enrollment opportunities on and off campus, athletics and other school activities.
Pathways After Hours is a program for students to earn high school credits in grades 9-12. Placement in the program requires a counselor or administrator's recommendation. All coursework is self-paced and skills such as work ethic and consistent attendance are emphasized throughout the program.
The GED program is for anyone, age 17 or higher, in the community wanting to earn his or her GED. The class is free and there is scholarship money available to help with the testing fees. The class is available on Monday - Thursday, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. The GED program may be taken after the Pathways After Hours class if a traditional high school schedule is not feasible for the student.
Opportunities Unlimited is a re-engagement program housed in both Poudre High School and Fort Collins High School, which caters to students who are off track for graduation or have dropped out of a high school in PSD. OU students are able to work towards their diploma (if the student has 30 credits or less to earn) or GED while concurrently enrolled in Front Range Community College courses. This three-semester program covers students' tuition, books, and GED costs if they earn a C or higher in FRCC courses.
Program eligibility: Students listed in the PSD drop out statistics or students that are at risk of not completing the graduation requirements of 240 credits.