How to Homeschool in Colorado and Colorado Homeschool Laws

By Dr. Jon

State laws change from time to time and though we try to keep the laws up-to-date at all times please check with the department of education for any changes that may have occurred.

Congratulations on making the decision to considering home school in Colorado. You have made a great decision coming here. We will set you up with resources to move forward, and we will try our best to inform you of the Colorado home school laws. We want to help you answer any questions you may have about homeschool in Colorado. We want you to have success in the journey of homeschooling, and we know that you can succeed at it. If you have any questions Healthy Family Home School Fun has a lot of lot of information to help you in your search, and we add more information, as well as resources all the time. If you have questions that you cannot find the answers to leave us a message and we will do the best we can to answer your questions. Let’s get started by going over the amazing state of Colorado. Use the infographic and video below to create a homeschool that thrives.

Homeschool in Colorado

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Homeschool and Colorado State

Colorado has some of the most beautiful scenic land around. There is a lot of diverse land in the state, such as the flat land of the plains, and the beautiful alpine mountains. For over 13,000 years Colorado has been known for being inhabited by Native Americans. That fact alone will allow for a lot of study of the history of Colorado, for students to study when it comes to homeschool in Colorado.

Because of the diverse weather, such as the cold of the mountains, and the heat of the desert getting outside to teach the history of the state may depend on the weather, but there is a lot of information to teach in the regards to the history of Colorado.

You could include facts such as the fact that there is a point in Colorado where it is possible to be able to stand in four states at one time, because New Mexico, Utah Arizona and Colorado all share that same point. Get the children outside and find that spot. It would be a lot of fun for them to know they are standing in four states at one time, and that is a fact of history they would not forget.

Colorado Homeschool Laws

Now we discuss the homeschool laws in Colorado. If you have a state teacher certification there are no requirements to teach your children. Since most do not have that certification, it is important to know the Colorado homeschool requirements and follow them.

Parents have to file written notification of the intent to homeschool with a school district at least 14 days before they begin to homeschool, and they must do this every year. The written notification needs to include the name, address, age, and the number of hours of planned attendance, for each child they will be teaching.

There must be 172 days of instruction for each child, this average out to four hours per day of instructional contact. Subjects that must be taught are writing, reading, math, history, civics, speaking, science, the U.S. Constitution and Literature. Parents have to keep record that show attendance, tests and evaluations results, as well as immunization records. If the superintendent has any reason to believe the homeschool is out of compliance, these records must be produced.

Colorado homeschool laws require that homeschooled students must be either evaluated of tested at the end of grades 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. If a student tests below at or below the 13th percentile, of if their evaluation find that the student is not making required academic progress, the school district will require that the student must attend either a public or private school until the next testing period. First, they will be allowed the chance to be retested.

Colorado Homeschool Friendliness Grade

Colorado gets a C when it comes to homeschooling. Colorado wants to make sure that all the students in the state are educated. Colorado does not make it hard to start to homeschool your children. They do have a lot of requirements that must be met by the students, and the parents to continue to homeschool. Parents must be attentive when homeschooling their children. However, Colorado is a great state to homeschool in, you can be sure your homeschoolers will have the education they need.

Conclusion

Homeschool in Colorado is a great way to educate your kids in the environment of your own home and in the way you feel most comfortable. As we have discussed the diverse land of Colorado, and the history of the state is a great way to teach your kids the history of Colorado. Using the tips and sites provided here can help you on your way to homeschooling your kids.

Resources

http://www.responsiblehomeschooling.org/policy-issues/current-policy/

http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/09/homeschooling-in-colorado.html Confessions of a Homeschooler is a site that was set up by a mom who has been educating her kids at home since 2009. This blog gives you a lot of information, such as printables, resources and ideas for homeschooling. They also offer a community forum where homeschoolers can discuss all issues of homeschooling, or just vent when days are tough.

http://chec.org/ This is a Christian organization offering help and support to Colorado homeschooling families

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