Pathways 100% Online Option

Detailed Information on 100% Online Learning Option

2020 - 2021 School Year




The GWSD understands that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health concerns, some families may wish to pursue a fully online schooling option.   Fortunately, we are pleased to offer a 100% online learning option through our district Pathways Program.  This online learning option is open to students in grades K - 12 and is free for students.  Students enrolled in the online learning option can complete coursework independently from home or any location that has an adequate internet connection.


The Pathways Program has been in existence in the school district since 2016 and it enables students to pursue classes in nontraditional settings.  Throughout that time we have successfully guided students through online courses and other blended learning opportunities.  Courses taken in the online format enable students to gain the skills and competencies necessary to master grade level information, pursue personal interests, and accrue credit to meet all necessary graduation requirements.


With our experienced and dedicated Case Managers, who are also certified teachers, we are confident that we can partner with families to help students experience success in this online learning format.  This online learning option is designed for families who:

  • Have COVID-19 related health concerns.
  • Are unable to follow the GWSD COVID - 19 Protocol.

Below is more detailed information regarding the online learning formats for both elementary and secondary students.


Secondary Online Option:

At the middle school and high school levels, we utilize Apex Learning to deliver content. Secondary program specifics include:

  • Apex is utilized for curriculum delivery in districts across the country.
  • For more detailed information regarding APEX, visit Apexlearning.com
  • Courses in all content areas are available through this robust learning platform.
  • This includes many elective courses.
  • Local, certified teachers will case manage individual courses for students and provide a personalized connection with students.
  • Case Managers will grade written work, provide supplemental instruction, and set due dates for student work to be completed.
  • Students will complete coursework independently.
  • Pathways also offers several courses through regional community colleges for our high school students.
  • In pursuing this online only option, students will be expected to meet with their Case Manager at minimum once a week either in person [at the Pathways Center in Gunnison or the High School Library in Crested Butte] or via live, video chat technology such as Google Meet.
  • To pursue this online only option, please contact your school counselor by the dates listed below.

Elementary Online Only Option:

In the elementary grades, students will be able to pursue courses through Colorado Digital Learning Solutions [CDLS].  Elementary program specifics include:

  • CDLS is state sponsored and financially supported though the Colorado Governor’s Office to help support local school districts.
  • CDLS utilizes several academic resources to deliver content including both the Colorado State Standards and the Florida Virtual School. 
  • For more detailed information regarding CDLS, visit https://www.coloradodls.org
  • All CDLS courses will be facilitated by a Case Manager, who is a certified teacher and who will create a personalized connection with students.
  • Students will be expected to meet with their Case Manager between 1 to 5 times a week either in person or via live, video chat technology, such as Google Meet.
  • Students will be expected to meet with their Case Manager between 1 to 5 times a week either in person or via live, video chat technology, such as Google Meet.
  • Case Managers will grade written work, provide supplemental instruction, and set due dates for student work to be completed.
  • Students will complete coursework independently.
  •  To pursue this online only option, please contact your school counselor by the dates listed below.

Additional Information:

  • All students pursuing the distance learning option will be officially enrolled as a student within the Gunnison Watershed School District.
  • Due to the logistical and staffing requirements of this online only option, students must commit to the online only option for a full semester at minimum.  Families can re-evaluate this status at the end of each semester.
  • Any student or family wishing to pursue this online learning option will need to apply and discuss their intent with their school counselor by August 7th for the fall semester.
  • If you have additional questions, please contact:
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