Personal relationships are the background for success at Poudre School District Global Academy (PGA), located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Since its foundation in 2009, PGA has grown from an enrollment of 22 students and three staff to 194 students and 30 staff. Over the years, they have changed their instructional model. Originally, PGA was a virtual school, using FuelEd instructors teaching online courses for students in grades 6 through 12. In 2017, PGA embraces a blended model where students in grades K–12 attend on-campus classes two days per week and work online three days per week, with their local classroom teachers using both the FuelEd curriculum and courses developed by PGA teachers.
While much has changed from 2009 to 2016, the one constant is the importance PGA places on personal relationships. This case study summarizes each school year, the challenges they faced, and their focus on continuous improvement, especially with respect to their relationships between and among teachers, students, staff, and parents.