Colorado Homeschool Laws

Instructor: Cara Rogers
If you live in Colorado and are interested in educating your child at home, the following article is for you! Below is an outline of the rules, regulations, and curriculum standards for homeschooling your child in the state of Colorado.

Homeschool Laws in Colorado

Colorado requires all children who are age 6 (by August 1st) to attend school until they're 17. One exception lies with the home-based education option, which requires students to attend a homeschool program between the ages of 7 and 16. This homeschool regulation also allows for parents or guardians to teach their children in a home setting, regardless of their educational background.

If you pursue this home-based education option, make sure you submit the child's name, age, residence, and attendance hours to the local school district to let them know of your plan to homeschool your child. You will need to submit this notification annually at least fourteen days prior to beginning your home-based educational program. Be sure to keep a record of this notification along with all lessons, tests, and attendance records collected in order to provide evidence of your child's progress.

Required Curriculum

In Colorado, homeschool students are required to complete 172 days of school per year, with each school day lasting an average of four hours. The curriculum must include such subjects as literature, writing, speech communication, mathematics, social studies, history, science, and reading.

To help you meet these requirements, offers a variety of self-paced homeschool courses. Take a look at the table below to see a few examples.

Elementary Level Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science
Middle School English Language Arts, American Literature, World History, U.S. History, Geography, Life Science, Earth Science, Mathematics
High School AP English Literature, World History, U.S. History, Biology, Physics, Geometry, Algebra I, Algebra II

Assessments and Evaluations

If you plan to instruct your child in a home-based education program, you will need to assess his or her progress every other year, starting in 3rd grade, with a standardized test. Students who score well enough will be allowed to remain in their home education program.

Parents can also meet assessment requirements by having a state certified teacher or other qualified professional evaluate their student's progress. This person will assess the documentation provided by the parent to determine whether the student is obtaining an appropriate level of education.

Results for both assessment options must be submitted to a private school of your choice or the local school district.

Homeschool Law Exemptions

If you are certified to teach in the state of Colorado or elect to have your child taught at home by a certified instructor, you will be exempt from the curriculum and testing requirements mentioned above.

You can also partner up with an independent school that meets the basic curriculum requirements and allows students to be taught from home. With this option, you do not need to notify a local public school of your intentions to homeschool or conduct standardized tests. However, an independent school needs to educate two or more homeschool families in order to be eligible for this status. The instructors and administrators may be comprised of parents or guardians, and the students are considered private school students by law.

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