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CHEC Independent School "Frequently Asked Questions" Sheet
Previous Year (2011/2012)
How do I complete the 2011-2012 (last year’s) school year?
To complete last year, please submit by August 31, 2012:
1. The Attendance Days and Hours form from our website.
[Note: If you used any other format to keep track of your days and hours for last year, please print out our form and transfer your information to the Independent School form.]
2. If last year was a testable year for any of your children, please submit the Composite Score to us.
a. The Composite Score may also be called the Total Battery Score, Basic Test Score, or Complete Test Score. This is one percentage that represents all the subtests the child covered.
b. If you used the California Achievement Test and ordered it from Christian Liberty Press, you will need to call Christian Liberty Press and request the Composite Score because they do not include that score automatically.
What if during the 2011-2012 school year we moved out of Colorado, graduated a student, or plan to enroll in a different public or private school?
If you do not re-enroll your child or children for the 2012-2013 school year, you must still submit your Attendance Days and Hours form and the Composite Score if you tested by August 31, 2012. Failure to do so will negate your enrollment for the entire school year and you will be in non-compliance with Colorado law (even if only for a partial year.)
2011/2012 Attendance Forms
This Year (2012/2013)
What do I need to do to enroll with the CHEC Independent School?
To enroll with the CHEC Independent School, you need to fill out the enrollment application for 2012-2013.
What do I need to do if I am withdrawing my child from a public school?
Before withdrawing from the public school, you will need to enroll in the CHEC Independent School. Then you should let the school district know of this change by using our Withdrawl Form, which you will request via the CHEC Independent School Enrollment Form (p. 4), and we will attach to your CHEC Independent School confirmation email. It is important that you identify yourself as a private schooler and not as a homeschooler.
If you do not let the school district know of this change, there is a chance that the district will file truancy charges against your family. If the school district already knows of your intentions to enroll your children in a private school, be sure not to sign anything that they give you, as this will likely be considered a Notice of Intent to Homeschool and you cannot do both. State that you are in the process of enrolling in a private school, and that you will send your Withdrawal Form as soon as you have received it. This is all that you need to turn in to them.
What is the application process?
2. Attach payment for the non-refundable application fee—staple checks/money orders to the application or write credit card information in the payment section of the application.
3. Send it to our office via email, mail, or hand-delivery.
Address: CHEC Independent School, 10461 South Parker Road, Parker, CO 80134
Can I track when CHEC receives our application?
If you would like to know that we have received your application, mail it via USPS and ask for a “Delivery Confirmation” receipt.
When can I expect to receive confirmation, and how will it come?
1. Application processing usually takes 2 to 3 weeks, or longer at peak times (August/September).
2. If you haven’t received a confirmation by the third week, please call us.
4. Call the office if you need a faster processing time due to a quick withdrawal from the public school system.
What if I have questions about the school or the application process?
1. Be sure you have read the cover page on the new enrollment application.
2. Please check the CHEC Independent School web page, reading both the entire page and the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Are there any changes in the 2012-2013 enrollment application?
1. The CHEC Independent School has changed its testing policy for the upcoming school.
2. All enrolled students born before 7-31-2004 must test this school year in the spring or early summer of 2013.
3. CHEC will not offer a group testing this spring.
4. You have three –not just two–options that fulfill this testing requirement:
a. TEST with a nationally normed standardized test such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), the Stanford Achievement Test, the California Achievement Test, or the Terra Nova Test.
b. EVALUATE using a qualified tester.
c. ASSESS using the Parent/Teacher Assessment designed by the CHEC Independent School.
5. Either parent may sign the application instead of both parents being required to sign. The same applies to the required initials.
6. You are required to keep a record on our form of only the days you have taught (not hours as previously required). So you will only need to give an estimate of the days you plan to teach on the enrollment form. This must total at least 172 days to equal a school year.
7. Although we do not require hours, the average of four hours per day is still an excellent guideline to follow for all families.
8. We are no longer able to receive faxes at the CHEC office.
9. We will no longer be able to accept portfolios of a student’s work as an equivalent of a test score. You have three options to test, evaluate, or assess only.
Why did CHEC make changes in the testing requirements?
1. At the recommendation of Home School Legal Defense Association, the CHEC Independent School changed its testing requirements for the upcoming school year.
2. The CHEC Independent School is a private independent school under state law.
3. When a family enrolls with CHEC’s Independent School, they need to follow only the Independent School’s rules.
4. The rules of testing at the end of third, fifth, seventh, ninth, and eleventh grades apply only to parents who have chosen their local school district as their “umbrella” and have filed a Notice of Intent letter with that school district.
What do these changes mean?
1. We will still be requiring testing/evaluating/assessing every two years.
2. In the spring of 2013, all families will test according to the grid we have published on the website and on the application.
3. These are suggestions to remind parents that this coming year, they might need to administer a fourth or sixth grade test to their child. This will be different from the 3rd, 5th, etc., grades parents might be used to.
4. In the spring of 2014, no enrolled children will be required to test. The one-year-on and one-year-off pattern will repeat in the spring of 2015.
5. To use a nationally normed standardized test, your child may not be more than two years behind his/her typical grade level.
6. If a child is more than two years behind his/her typical grade, a nationally normed standardized test is a poor way to assess progress. It is much better, in that case, for a parent to switch to using the other two testing options of evaluating or assessing.
7. This means that every enrolled child needs to have a test, evaluation, or assessment on record with us every two years beginning around the ages of nine or ten. This is true of a child with special needs or a struggling learner.
8. Even though a child may not or may never have completed a third grade academic level, he/she must still be either evaluated or assessed for “progressing according to his or her abilities.”
2012/2013 Enrollment Application Form
Immunization Exemption Forms
2012/2013 Attendance Forms
What Defines a Qualified Evaluator?
1. A currently licensed teacher in Colorado.
2. A teacher who is employed by an independent or parochial school.
3. A licensed psychologist.
4. A person with a graduate degree in Education.
Parent/Teacher Assessment Forms
This 11-page assessment is to be completed by the parent or teacher of a home educated student whose family is enrolled in the CHEC Independent School. [If you are homeschooling under a Notice of Intent (NOI) letter to a local school district, you may not use this form.]
This Parent/Teacher Assessment is one option available to CHEC Independent School parents wanting to determine how their children are progressing in home schooling. Other options include giving a nationally standardized test or having a qualified person submit a written evaluation stating that the child is progressing according to his or her abilities.
Filing Test Scores or Evaluations Only
The CHEC Independent School is able to hold test scores or evaluations for those families who have filed a Notice of Intent with their local school district and are looking for a place to file the tests/evaluation report. For a one-time fee of $25, we will create a file for your family and add test scores/evaluations as you submit them to us. Please print and mail the Request to Hold Test Scores, a copy of test scores or evaluations and payment to CHEC Independent School, 10461 South Parker Rd., Parker, CO 80134.
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