Calhoun Online Learning Academy

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.  Serving students in grades Pre-K-12, COLA (grades 6-12) and COLA Jr. (grades PreK-5) are 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.  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 program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction. A successful blended learning course leads to using more participation and student-centered learning activities.  Blended learning in the classroom will benefit Calhoun City School students by providing opportunities with the following:

  • More interaction with teachers and peers.
  • Use and availability of up-to-date resources in all content areas on the web.
  • Immediate and more frequent feedback from online coursework.
  • Enhances critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Promotes time management skills.
  • 24/7 access to courses and materials online.

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.  

COLA adheres to a rolling admission process in which applications are received throughout the school year.  As space becomes available, an administrative team reviews applications for potential student placement.  All applications are submitted online via the COLA or COLA JR. Application page.  Questions should be directed to Monica Pierson by email: or phone: 706-602-6619.  

Below are links to Calhoun City Schools three COLA Learning Sites:  COLA Hybrid (traditional COLA), COLA Jr. (Grades K-5) and COLA Sr. (Grades 6 -12). COLA Jr. and Sr. are both home-based learning opportunities that were offered due to COVID-19 concerns.  Moving forward to the 2021-22 school year, all COLA students will be under one umbrella with a  rolling application in place for the upcoming school year.  

The links below contain information including: 

  • COLA Handbooks relating to the type of COLA placement student is using.
  • Links to Instructional Support and Technical Support pages.
  • Contact information, resources and announcements.


Grades Prek - 5th



Grades 6th -12th