D49 Public Charter School | Located in Forest Meadows

Character Development is a priority at GPA

7036 Cowpoke Rd

Colorado Springs, CO 80908

School Hours

8am - 4pm

Summer Hours

Mon - Fri 8am - 12pm



Nicole Parker | Principal

My name is Nicole Parker, and I’m so excited to be a part of the GPA family! I was born into a military family and had the chance to live in Mississippi, Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina before moving to Colorado in 1998. I have been in the education field since 2006 and hold a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Colorado as well as a Master’s degree in Leadership and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. I am married to a ballroom dance instructor, and we have 2 boys – Dawson and Rush. For fun, I love going on vacation to the beach, working outside in my flower garden, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. Here’s to a successful year full of learning, growth, and smiles!

Caitlin Casai | Assistant Principal

Hello everyone! My name is Caitlin Casai and I am thrilled to be your Assistant Principal at Grand Peak Academy. While I have spent the last 20 plus years in colorful Colorado, I originally grew up in Australia. My family and I moved to Colorado Springs after I finished primary school and we have loved every minute of our time here in our beautiful state. I attended Colorado State University and earned my BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I then earned a MA in Education from the University of Phoenix and my principal licensure from Lamar University. I have been a science educator at both the middle and high school levels since 2007. I am married to a wonderful man who grew up in Michigan and together we have two children, Malachi and Emilia. Our favorite places to visit are anywhere with a beach and when we aren’t able to travel to the ocean, we spend our time on the nearest body of water stand-up paddle boarding, or kayaking. Our family also enjoys being outdoors whether it be hiking, playing at a playground, or going for a bike ride. I am honored to be a part of the GPA family and I can’t wait to support the growth of our school!

Amanda Ralston | Dean of Students

Hello! My name is Amanda Ralston and I am so grateful to get to be the Dean of Students at Grand Peak Academy. I was born and raised in Colorado Springs.  I have also spent some time briefly in TX, WA, GA, and NE. I attended high school here in the Springs and then moved to Fort Collins where I attended Colorado State University. I earned my degree in Human Development and Family Studies. My husband is also a Colorado Springs native and we have three beautiful girls that attend GPA. In my free time I love to work out and also love being in my kitchen cooking and baking. Our family loves movie nights and playing games together. I am so glad that my path has led us to Grand Peak Academy. It truly is a second home for us and we love the community that we are surrounded by. I am proud to call this school our home and I look forward to all the amazing things to come!

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