The Colorado Homeschool Law “In A Nutshell”
When you want to begin homeschooling in Colorado, the first thing to do is read our Homeschool Law CRS 22-33-104. But then, the inevitable question comes: what does all that mumbo jumbo mean?
I’m here to answer that for you.
Please remember I’m not a lawyer, but I was trained to understand and explain Colorado’s home school law by the best: the homeschoolers who fought so hard to make it legal and then actually sat down with former Governor Bill Owens and wrote it.
Homeschooling is an “exception” to Colorado’s Compulsory School Statute (the mandates for public schooled students). Meaning we have our own requirements — which, despite a few fuzzy, grey areas, are pretty easy — as long as we all follow the rules. Just a couple of renegades is all it takes for busybody politicians to step in and add more regulations.
What Questions Does The Nutshell Answer?
— What are the two legal homeschooling options?
— Which Colorado law are we exempt from, and which law do we have to comply with?
— What ages does the law apply to?
— Where do I send my NOI?
— What information am I required to include?
— Do I need to file a new NOI every year?
— I just moved to Colorado. How soon do I have to file?
— I just pulled my 5-year-old out of school. She’s not ‘compulsory school age’. Do I still have to file an NOI?
— Do I have to fill out the school district’s form?
— Does my homeschool year begin and end at the same time as the public school?
— Can my child take outside classes?
— Can someone else homeschool my children for me?
— What’s an ‘umbrella school’? How do they work? Why are they called ‘umbrellas’ anyway?
— What subjects do I have to teach?
— At what grade level do I have to teach each subject? How many hours do I need to log? What materials am I allowed to use?
— When does my child graduate?
— How does my child get a high school diploma?
— Am I allowed to issue a diploma myself?
— Where do I get an achievement test? Can I administer it myself?
— What’s an “evaluation”? Is it preferable to testing? What happens during one?
— My child’s been suspended from public school. Can we still homeschool?
— My child’s been declared “officially truant”. Can we still homeschool?
— Can my child take sports, sing in the choir, play in the band, attend the prom at a public school?
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