Home School Education
Home schooling is deregulated in the state of Colorado, therefore, parents take on all of the responsibility for their student's education including acquisition of books, supplies, tests, and maintaining permanent records.
A parent who intends to establish a nonpublic home-based education program is required to:
- Provide written notification of the program to a school district within the state when the child is six years of age;
- Establish the program when the child reaches seven years of age; and
- Continue the program and provide the notification until the child is sixteen years of age.
How do I get started, what do I do first?
A parent who wishes to home school must provide written notification of their intent to home school to the Superintendent’s Office 14 days prior to establishing the home school program and every year thereafter that the program is maintained. The notification must include the name and age of the child, the address where the home schooling will take place, and the number of hours of attendance of each child enrolled. State statute requires a minimum of 4 hours a day for a minimum of 172 days per year. Records to be maintained include but are not limited to attendance records, immunization records, and assessment records. Students must be tested using a national standardized test or by being evaluated by a qualified person starting with third grade and every other year thereafter. The results of this testing/evaluation must be submitted to the school district to which notification was given.