An online school with ties to Pueblo West has received positive press in a new parenting book just in time for National School Choice Week Jan. 26-Feb. 1.

GOAL Academy which stands for Guided Online Academic Learning, gets some praise in “The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child,” by Andrew Campanella. Campanella spotlights a variety of inspirational schools across the nation, including GOAL Academy which has schools in Pueblo West, at the Pueblo Mall, in Canon City, La Junta and Lamar.

In the book, GOAL is praised for its design to meet the unique needs of students in different situations.

“I included GOAL Academy in this book because the school’s leaders, teachers and students inspired me,” said Campanella, who also is the president of National School Choice Week. “Too often, we hear about virtual and online schooling and don’t get a full picture of the benefits that these types of environments offer to families.”

“GOAL is a school that combines rigorous online education with in-person communications. The school’s leaders are always working to expand their offerings for students and their connections in different communities across Colorado.”

At the school, teachers are not just educators, they are also mentors.

“It is not all online - it is a truly blended school,” Alan Van Norman, principal for the GOAL High School at 279 S. Purcell Blvd. in Pueblo West, told the Pueblo West View last year. “Kids say that the thing they like the best is the one on one learning time with their teachers.” 

According to Campanella, more parents in the United States are actively choosing schools or learning environments for their children than at any other time in history. Approximately one third of parents now decide between traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online public schools, private schools and homeschooling.

The School Choice Roadmap provides an objective look at all of these options and does not encourage parents to choose one type of school over another. Learn more at

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