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Clinton Online Learning Academy (COLA)

Clinton Online Learning Academy (COLA) is a partnership with Barren County Academy of Virtual & Expanded Learning (BAVEL) and is intended to target students with long-term chronic illnesses, unique circumstances, and diverse needs.  The program is open to students in grades 1-12.  Elementary students login to an online classroom for face-to-face instruction.  Middle & High School students complete coursework on their own schedules.  Students have the opportunity to earn KEES money and compete for scholarships. Students receive a Clinton County Diploma!

The Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning (BAVEL) was established in 2004 by innovative minds who envisioned giving parents and their children another educational option outside the walls of a traditional school. BAVEL is a public school recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education. In addition, BAVEL is accredited by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). BAVEL curriculum is provided primarily by Flexpoint Education Cloud, in addition to Dual Credit partnerships with numerous Kentucky colleges and universities.

BAVEL serves a diverse population of students previously enrolled in public, private and home schools. BAVEL students have been identified as everything from gifted and talented to students at-risk. However, BAVEL doesn’t focus on the labels; it focuses on the students to provide a meaningful and challenging learning environment for all BAVEL students outside the walls of a traditional public school.

Beyond fulfilling public school requirements, the flexible nature of BAVEL’s digital learning allows students to customize their schedules by registering for one or more courses from a menu of core content, Advanced Placement (AP), and college dual credit. In addition, some students simply want to accelerate their learning.

For more detailed information about our BAVEL partner, follow this LINK.


What are the REQUIREMENTS  for enrollment?

  • Scores of 25th percentile or higher in reading & math on standardized MAP, STAR, IREADY or similar assessment (grades 1 & 2)
  • Scores of apprentice or higher in reading & math on most recent KSA (grade 3 and up)
  • Scores of 25th percentile or higher on MAP or similar assessment (all grade levels)
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher and passing ¾ classes

What are the ADVANTAGES of enrollment?

  • Students may participate in extra-curricular activities, such as academic team, drama performances, science fair, & after school programs
  • Students may participate in face-to-face classes not offered online, such as Band, Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, & Vocational classes
  • Students may take AP classes, in addition to their regular schedule of courses
  • Students may try out for sports teams

A REFUNDABLE deposit of $100 is required for enrollment.  Students must complete the year on the virtual COLA platform or transition to local in-person instruction in order for deposit to be refunded.  Partial refunds will not be given.

You may rent a Chromebook from the district (if needed) for a $100 technology fee, or $75 per student, if there are multiple COLA students in the household.



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