Colorado Homeschool Law (Non-public Home-based Education)
“Non-public home-based education program” means the sequential program of instruction for the education of a child which takes place in a home, which is provided by the child’s parent or by an adult relative of the child designated by the parent, and which is not under the supervision and control of a school district. This educational program is not intended to be and does not qualify as a private and non-profit school.
File a Notice of Intent (NOI) CRS 22-33-104.5(3)(e)
A Notice of Intent is a document the parent must file annually with a school district in the state of Colorado. It must be filed 14 days prior to starting the home education program and should include:
- the student(s) name and age
- the student(s) address
- the number of hours of attendance
- the parent’s signature
- the student(s) address
Additional information that may be included on the NOI: You have the option of submitting your test/evaluation results to an Independent or Parochial school in the state of Colorado. If you prefer this option, the name of the Independent or Parochial School must be included on your Notice of Intent.
- Click here for a Sample Notice of Intent
- Click here for the full text of the Colorado homeschool law
Compulsory Attendance Age CRS 22-33-104.5(5)(a)(b)
The Colorado compulsory attendance law requires students from ages 6 (by August 1) to 17 to attend public school. If not enrolled in a public school, all children within these ages must be enrolled in a non-public school (private, parochial, or independent) or abide by the home-based education law. Under the home-based education law, the following exceptions apply:
- The NOI must be in place for students who are age 6 by August 1st, but teaching does not need to begin until age 7.
- The NOI does not need to be submitted once a student reaches 16 years of age.
Maintain Records CRS 22-33-104.5(3)(g)
Records for each child must be maintained on a permanent basis by the parent. These records should include, but are not limited to:
- attendance date
- test and evaluation results
- immunization records
Attendance Requirement CRS 22-33-104.5(3)(c)
Homeschooling students must be educated for 172 with an average of 4 hours per day. (To obtain an average, add up the total hours and divide by the total days.)
Assessment Requirements CRS 2-33-104.5(3)(f) and CRS 22-33-104.5(5)(a)(I, II, III)
Home educated students must either be tested or evaluated at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th grades or be evaluated by a qualified person (see CRS 22-33-104.5(2)(c) for definition of “qualified”). These test/evaluation results must be submitted to the school district where the NOI was filed or to an independent or parochial school that holds test scores.
Students must achieve a composite score above the 13% on a nationally standardized achievement test or receive an evaluation that shows the child ia making sufficient academic progress according to his/her ability.
Curriculum Requirements CRS 22-33-104.5(3)(d)
A nonpublic home-based educational program shall include, but need not be limited to, communication skills of reading, writing, and speaking, mathematics, history, civics, literature, science, and regular courses of instruction in the constitution of the United States as provided in section 22-1-108.
Assigning a Grade Level
A grade level does not need to be included on your Notice of Intent, nor do you have to notify the district if you change your student’s grade level. It is not uncommon for a home educated student to span more than one grade or to move through more than one grade level in a single school year. However, when selecting a grade, take into consideration:
- the reading level of the student
- the grade at which most of the subjects are being taught
Sports and Extracurricular Activities CRS 22-33-104.5(6)(b)(I)
Homeschooled students have the right to participate on an equal bases as public school students in any extracurricular or interscholastic activity offered by their school district of residence (where the NOI was filed) or a private school (at the private school’s discretion). In a district with multiple schools, the district has the authority to decide where the student will participate. The student will also be subject to the same rules of any interscholastic organization or association of which the school is a member. The district shall not require the student to enroll in a course or to complete any course credits as an eligibility requirement, unless the extracurricular activity is an extension of the course.
Part-time Public School Programs CRS 22-33-104.5(6)(a)
Homeschooled students may attend classes at a public school for a portion of the school day and the district may count this student for the purposes of determining pupil enrollment.
Truancy CRS 22-33-104.5(3)(b)
Be sure to read this section of the home-based education law to understand special rules that apply to students who have been charged with truancy.