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Alternative Education


Centennial High School (9th-12th grade)

330 East Laurel Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 488-4940
Mike Roberts, Principal
Registrar - Jessica Cromley - ph. (970) 488-4945


Hours/Day Per week: 5 days per week

Entry Requirements: Orientation 1:00 pm - see dates

A nationally recognized, exemplary alternative public high school in the Poudre School District. They feature a learning environment based on self-empowerment. Each year dozens of school officials from around the nation visit the school. The Centennial model of education is now in place in 27 school districts located in eight states.

  • 6 week Hexters/6 start dates
  • Must have 40 credits to appl
  • Closed campus
  • Must complete Discovery Class
  • Health office on site

Polaris Expeditionary Learning School (6th-12th grade)

1905 Orchard Place
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Joe Gawronski, Principal


Hours/Day Per week: Monday - Friday

Entry Requirements: S of C form / space available

Polaris utilizes the 10 Design Principles of Expeditionary Learning to achieve a mission to develop 21st century learners through rigorous academic coursework, high quality adventure experiences, character development, and leadership opportunities.

  • 210 students
  • Expeditionary field Learning
  • 5 days/week
  • Grades 6-12
  • Non-traditional
  • Experintial focus
  • Academics, Adventure, Character, Leadership

Poudre Community Academy (9th-12th grade)

2540 LaPorte Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 490-3295
Troy Krotz, Principal


Hours/Day Per week: 6 Periods per day, 8:00 am start

Entry Requirements: Referral form required

Offers a variety of educational opportunities to high school students in the Poudre School District. An alternative school dedicated to helping students achieve their educational goals.

  • 80 students to community - ELO
  • Mental Health Intern
  • Grades 9-12
  • Janie Wald Counselor
  • Entry-every 3 weeks
  • Referral form required
  • Diverse alt. education

PSD Global Academy (K-12 grade)

703 Prospect Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 490-3086
Cheryl Fenlason, Principal


Hours/Day Per week: Individual/self paced

Entry Requirements: Fill out School of Choice form

Offers high-quality, interactive education for students in grades K-12.  Accessible anytime and anywhere, this virtual classroom addresses each student at his or her academic level and learning pace, while providing relevant skills and knowledge for success in the 21st century.

  • 150 students, space available
  • Must take 4 classes (full time)
  • Self paced
  • 150+ course offerings
  • Counselor - Chriss Haggee - ph. (970) 488-3071
  • Limited Space
  • Start in August or January only
  • Meets PSD state standards

GED Options

GED - PHS Mind Center

201 Impala Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 488-6090, Jenny Dermyer

Hours/Day Per week: Monday-Thursday, 3:30-5:30 PM

Entry Requirements: No cost for tutoring

GED classes are offered from 3:05 pm – 5:05 pm, Mondays through Thursdays in the “Mind Center”, except on Poudre School District holidays. Enrollment is open and free.

GED - Larimer Workforce Center

Youth Services - GED tutoring

GED - College America

4601 S. Mason
(970) 221-2769

$150 fee covered after prep

GED Test Prep - Front Range Community College

4616 South Shields
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 204-8181


Hours/Day Per week:Semester Classes: Fall/Spring/Summer

Entry Requirements: $30 for Reading, Writing and Math prep

The Center for Adult Learning at FRCC offers help with GED work for people 17 years and older. Free Service.

  • GED given at CSU $150
  • CSU GED Testing (970) 491-6498
  • Age 17 and above
  • GED prep books at bookstore

GED Testing/Prep - Job Corps

Denver, CO

Entry Requirements: Diploma or GED

Hands-on & technical training and  mentoring programs available for 16-24 year olds.

GED Testing - Colorado State University

(970) 491-6498

No test preparation, GED testing center. $100 to take GED.

Opportunities Unlimited (17 - 20 years old)

201 Impala Drive

Fort Collins, CO  80521



Hours/Days Per Week: Monday-Thursday, 12-5:30pm. Friday, 12-3pm

Entry Requirements: Students presently listed in the PSD drop out statistics or students that are at risk of not completing the graduation requirements of 240 credits.

Opportunities Unlimited (OU) is a re-engagement program housed in Poudre High School. This program is catered to students ages 17-20 who are off track for graduation or have dropped out of high school. OU students are able to work towards his/her 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. For more information about the program, please visit http://www.phscounseling.org/opportunities-unlimited.html. If you have any questions about the program, please contact:

B Lewis

School Social Worker

Opportunities Unlmited

O: 970-488-6176

PSD does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, age or disability in access or admission to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.