Alternative High Schools

Recognizing that not every student fits into a traditional classroom, Poudre School District offers several alternative high school options to help students find a program that fits their needs.

Poudre Community Academy

Poudre Community Academy is an alternative high school program for grades 9-12 that provides students with a small supportive environment in a closed campus setting.   Poudre Community Academy has a small pupil-teacher ratio providing successful academic experiences through improved academic and social skills. Students have access to FRCC programs as well as dual enrollment opportunities. Most PCA students remain in the program through graduation.

Centennial High School

Centennial High School is a nationally recognized, exemplary alternative public school in Poudre School District. We feature a learning environment based on self-empowerment. Each year many school officials from around the nation come to visit our school. The Centennial model of education is now in place in 150+ schools and eight states.

Pathways After Hours at Poudre High School

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.
Contact:  970-488-6090 | Jenny Dermyer

Opportunities Unlimited at Poudre High School

Opportunities Unlimited is a re-engagement program housed in Poudre 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 presently listed in the PSD drop out statistics or students that are at risk of not completing the graduation requirements of 240 credits.
Contact: 970-488-6176 | Elizabeth "B" Lewis

GED at Poudre High School

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.
Contact:  970-488-6090 | Jenny Dermyer