How to Homeschool in Colorado

The beautiful state of Colorado is a great place to start homeschooling your children. The state provides some flexibility in how you choose to homeschool, but it's important to understand what requirements your family must follow. In this article you will find the following:

  • An overview of Colorado homeschool laws
  • An introduction to homeschool groups in Colorado
  • A description of how Moving Beyond the Page can help you get started

* This page does not contain legal advice and is not an endorsement of any homeschool groups listed. (see disclaimer)

Colorado Homeschool Laws

All students in Colorado must attend school (public, private, or home school) between the ages of 6 and 16 for 172 days per year. Classes must include reading, writing, speaking, math, history, literature, science, civics, and U.S. Constitution. Beyond these basic requirements, however, parents can choose among three options for how they wish to homeschool their children.

Option 1: Umbrella School
Your children can be enrolled in an independent private or religious school (also called an umbrella school) and still be taught at home. The school itself must keep some records, but families homeschooling under this option are exempt from requirements involving school district notification, attendance, testing, and evaluation. To learn more about some available umbrella schools, visit this webpage.

Option 2: Traditional Home-Based Program
Under this option, parents are not affiliated with an outside school. You must file a homeschool letter of intent to any state school district at least 14 days before homeschooling begins (and annually thereafter) for all children between the ages of 6 and 16. This notice should include children's names and ages, place of residence, and children's hours of attendance. This option also requires the following:
  • Students must be tested OR evaluated in grades 3, 5, 6, 9, and 11. Students can either take a standardized test (and score above the 13th percentile) or be evaluated by a qualified individual (such as a certified teacher or licensed psychologist) who can show that a child is making sufficient academic progress. These results must be submitted to the school district.
  • Parents must keep records of attendance, immunization, and testing/evaluation results.
Option 3: Certified Teacher
If you or someone else is a Colorado state-certified teacher who is teaching your children in your home, you are free to homeschool as you choose and are exempt from requirements including attendance and testing/evaluation.

Homeschool Groups in Colorado

Homeschooling your children is a daunting task, but there are many groups and organizations in Colorado to help you out. Here are some organizations you may want to look into.

Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC)
The state homeschool organization in Colorado, Christian Home Educators of Colorado serves Colorado homeschoolers and beyond by providing information, leadership, and resources, including the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference, the CHEC Independent School, Homeschool Intro Seminars, the High School and Beyond Seminar, Homeschool Graduations, and legal watches for homeschool freedom issues. Learn more at CHEC.org.
Northern Colorado Homeschool Association
This secular, inclusive homeschool support group reaches out to all homeschoolers in the northern Front Range area. They offer support meetings, family activities, field trips, mom's night out, and more. This group will help guide you on your homeschooling journey and provide activities for your children to get to know other homeschooled children.
Rocky Mountain Education Connection
The Rocky Mountain Education Connection homeschool group focuses on the relaxed and unschooling methods of homeschooling. They provide assistance understanding homeschooling laws and easing families into the world of homeschooling. Their website contains a variety of helpful articles and links.
Colorado Homeschooling
Colorado Homeschooling supports all Colorado families on their homeschool journeys through low stress, quality evaluations, testing, and consulting services. We also provide free basic assistance via email to start homeschooling and understand homeschooling laws in Colorado.
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NOTE: You can find a wealth of local and state groups offering homeschooling advice and support on sites such as Facebook and Yahoo Groups. You can search by city or county, religious preference, homeschooling philosophy, and more. You will need a free account on these sites to join one of their groups.

A Homeschool Curriculum for Colorado

Moving Beyond the Page is a homeschool curriculum that exceeds the requirements for homeschooling in the state of Colorado. All of the Moving Beyond the Page packages cover science, social studies, and language arts, and we offer a range of math programs as well. The Colorado legal requirements are only a starting point, and our curriculum utilizes a range of educational strategies that are designed to foster a love of learning in children including:

  • Hands-on activities,
  • Differentiated options, and
  • Independent projects.

Moving Beyond the Page encourages critical thinking and creativity while encouraging your child's unique learning style like no other curriculum on the market. If your child is a hands-on learner, a gifted learner, or a creative free-thinker, then you should look into Moving Beyond the Page for your child.

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Disclaimers

Any information about the laws in your state is provided to help you understand your legal requirements to homeschool in your state. It should by no means be interpreted as legal advice. This information was not compiled by a lawyer. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws that you will be homeschooling under. If you have questions, you should seek the advice of a lawyer that operates in your state.

Moving Beyond the Page does not endorse any of the homeschool groups that are included in these pages. They are provided only for your benefit. You should research any group to ensure that they align with your family's goals and philosophies.