CHEC Independent School FAQ Sheet

What are Independent Schools?

An independent school is a private school which offers off-campus enrollment to families whose children study at home.  The school provides a legal option for meeting the mandatory school attendance requirements in Colorado. The legality of enrolling in a private school has been based in Colorado case law, dating from the Bohls decision in 1988.

What is the CHEC Independent School?

Christian Home Educators of Colorado is a statewide ministry which maintains a fulltime office in the Denver Metro area.  CHEC is a 20+-year-old homeschool support ministry, and is operated by an active board, an executive director, and a paid office staff. The CHEC Independent School is a service CHEC offers homeschooling families in Colorado.

What are the benefits of enrolling with an Independent School?

  • We have a Christian worldview
  • We are homeschool friendly
  • We are a legal alternative to filing a Notice of Intent with a public school system
  • Our experienced staff of homeschooling veterans is a year ’round resource to answer questions and provide encouragement and support for your home school
  • We accept enrollment all year
  • We have the resources to help get your home school started and organized
  • We can help you plan for high school and graduation
  • We can help you choose curriculum, but parents decide what they want to use in their home school
  • We require minimal oversight of and paperwork from your homeschooling program
  • Our rates are reasonable and cover an entire family, not just an individual student
  • We offer to keep your test results only (no enrollment in the school required) for a one-time fee
  • We are here so that you do not have to home school all on your own, but can have peace of mind and be excited about the adventure of home schooling

What are the services provided by CHEC Independent School?

  • Academic Counseling – informal or by appointment
  • Personal Support
  • Record Keeping
  • Periodical News Magazine
  • Annual Statewide Bible and Spelling Bees
  • Parent Seminars: Introduction to Homeschooling and High School and Beyond
  • Graduation Ceremonies in May
  • Annual Statewide Homeschool Conference

What are the costs for enrollment?

  • Basic Family Package – $60 per year
  • Includes:
  • One-Year Registration
    Basic Record Keeping
    Phone Consultation (as needed)
    HSLDA Discount – savings when you purchase an HSLDA membership using our Group Discount number

What is the process for enrolling with CHEC Independent School?

    Step 1  – Click here to access the application form. The application is a pdf document and includes sections pertaining to course of study, the required number of schooling days, information on the Independent School’s testing policy, and the inclusion of immunization records or exemption forms. Please complete the form, include payment and any other pertinent documents, and then either e-mail it to us or print and mail it to:

    CHEC Independent School

    10461 S. Parker Road

    Parker, CO 80134

    At any point, feel free to call our office at 720-842-4852.

     

    Step 2 – CHEC will review your application and, if accepted, will send you an acceptance letter by email.  We will only mail acceptance letters if you don’t have access to email.  (If not accepted, your payment will be refunded).  If you plan to transfer your student from a conventional school into homeschooling under the CHEC Independent School, you will need to submit a notice of withdrawal form letter to your school district, announcing your intentions (Form provided ONLY upon request after accepted).

     

    Step 3 – Once you have been accepted, you will want to access the attendance hours form from our web site.  You can either print it and fill it in during the year, or you can download the form to your own Excel program and keep running attendance all year long.  

    Note: The CHEC Independent School is no longer requesting for these records to be sent at the end of the school year. Parents initial the section of the application that states that sufficient records will be kept and will be produced in the case of those records being needed.

     

    Step 4  -  All new homeschoolers are encouraged to attend a comprehensive, six-hour introductory seminar.  You may register for this event by calling 720-842-4852 or by visiting the Introductory Seminar page.  These are sponsored by CHEC, and are available every two or three months through-out the state of Colorado.

     

    Step 5 – Organize your plans for the year and purchase curriculum. If you need recommendations, please call us or visit the CHEC Family Bookstore located in our Parker office.

     

    Step 6 – Start your homeschool.  Maintain the necessary records according to instructions in the acceptance letter.

     

    Note: The CHEC Independent School has a no refund policy.

     

What if I only want to file test scores?

The CHEC Independent School is able to hold test scores for those families who have filed a notice of intent and are looking for a place to file the tests.  For a one-time fee of $25.00 we will create a file for your family and add test scores as you submit them to us.  Please print and mail the Request to Hold Test Scores, copy of test scores and payment to:
CHEC Independent School
10461 South Parker Rd.
Parker, CO 80134