Calhoun Online Learning Academy



Welcome to the home of the Calhoun Online Learning Academy (COLA).  COLA was established in the summer of 2013 and is currently in its eighth year as a thriving academic extension of Calhoun City Schools.  COLA serves students from 1st through 12th grade using innovative approaches to student learning in which an individualized plan is created for each and every participant.  Students 6-12 can be served in our lab setting at the new STEMWorks building at the CMS/CHS campus, from home, or through blended learning and hybrid opportunities.  Students Pre-K-5 have full home placement opportunities with a once a week in person session at the COLA building.  The primary goal of COLA is to deliver an individually tailored educational model which meets the diverse needs of 21st century learners. 


In addition to providing individual students with a customized educational plan, the COLA program also offers blended learning opportunities to classroom teachers.  Blended learning is an educational model in which a student learns through a blend of traditional and online delivery of content and instruction. A successful blended learning course leads to using more participation and student-centered learning activities. All Calhoun City Schools students who meet eligibility requirements are allowed to participate in extra-curricular programs and athletics including those who are enrolled in the Calhoun Online Learning Academy.  


Calhoun City Schools utilizes COLA to meet the diverse need of students through its Online Learning Academy.  The Calhoun Online Learning Academy appoints a COLA Advisory Board consisting of school administrators, counselors, school literacy leads, and at least one parent or community member.  The Advisory Boards meets monthly to review student progress, COLA admission procedures, policies, and new applications.  They also assist with planning for the following year.  The primary goal of COLA is to deliver an individually tailored educational model which meets the diverse needs of 21st century learners.


COLA adheres to a rolling admission process in which applications are received throughout a first and end of the school year.  As space becomes available, an administrative team reviews applications for potential student placement.  All applications are submitted online via the COLA application page.  Questions should be directed to Melanie Harwell by email at or by phone 706-602-6653  




Grades Prek - 5th



Grades 6th -12th