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Fuel Education

This is your chance to experience the launch of an innovative blended school.

Join the year-long journey as students, faculty, and staff reach for new heights at Pikes Peak Early College (PPEC) in Peyton, Colorado. This newly established grades 9 through 12+2 school uniquely prepares students from diverse backgrounds for college and career through flexible and individualized blended learning, combined with free early college options. PPEC's goal is to increase completion of college courses, Associate's degrees, and certifications, while reducing high school remediation rates. PPEC's faculty and staff members empower students to seamlessly transition from high school to college by facilitating personalized, flexible blended online and traditional pathways emphasizing self-directed learning. They accomplish this using Fuel Education’s broad catalog of online curriculum and award-winning, open technology platform, PEAK.

Tune in to view our Year One Video Blog and see firsthand how the program works from the perspective of students, staff, and administrators. See the successes and challenges that arise during a remarkable first year.


A semester has passed, and life at the newly established Pikes Peak Early College has settled into a routine. This unique blended learning, early college program is having a profound impact on staff, administrators, and especially students as they reach new academic heights and grow personally.

Reaching these new heights takes support from all those around. The tight-knit PPEC community is like a family that permeates all aspects of the educational experience and has emerged as a key aspect that impacts all. The unique rapport between students, teachers, counselors, and administrators creates an atmosphere where everyone flourishes, both personally and professionally.

Look at student, Leigha Kuster, and you will see an inspired new hair design (modeled after passionate math teacher Katrina Craig, but uniquely her own) that speaks to her developing independence. Leigha will tell you that taking responsibility for her academic success has been a rewarding experience that is preparing her for a promising future.

The future-forward atmosphere of PPEC also allows for the exploration of technology. A newly established Makerspace has taken shape under the leadership of Natalie Cummings, PPEC's innovative elective and technology coordinator. Makerspace allows students to use technological tools to tinker, explore, discover, invent, and innovate for the 21st century.

Student, Knowledge Spooner, is relishing the opportunity to gain college credits for free while Dale Bonavita, PPEC's counselor, is finding gratification watching her students explore college courses and find a passion for their future careers.