Homeschool offers alternative to attending public school
Colorado law recognizes homeschool as an alternative to classroom attendance in public school. Homeschool or non-public, home-based educational programs are subject to the minimal state controls applied to other forms of non-public education.
- Parents or guardians are required to file their Notice of Intent to Homeschool with the Office of Student Outreach 14 days prior to establishing their home-based program. The Notice of Intent may be a letter or statement containing the required information. Notices must be submitted to the Homeschool Office:
- By Mail to 2540 Laporte Ave., Ft. Collins, CO. 80521
- Faxed to 970-490-3402 or
- E-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- All evaluation results, as required under C.R.S. 22-33-104.5, must be filed with the Office of Student Outreach unless filed with an independent or parochial school in which the district must be notified of the location of the results.
- The parent or guardian is responsible for all record keeping associated with the home-based educational program.
- PSD does NOT provide any curriculum, textbooks, tests, etc. for any Homeschool courses. This is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
- Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) must be enrolled in school on at least a part-time basis to be eligible to receive services from the district.
- Homeschool students shall be subject to Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) rules to qualify for athletics and activities.
- Homeschool students wishing to enroll in their attendance area school may do so on a space available basis. Students must enroll and attend the required hours sufficient for the district to receive at least 0.5 FTE for the student as determined by the school's schedule.
- Students wishing to enroll in the district after participating in a homeschool may be assessed by the district. K-8 students may be evaluated for the purpose of placing in the proper grade. High School (9-12) students may be required to complete subject specific district summative assessments for the purpose of accepting non-accredited homeschool credits. Non-accredited graduation courses taught in middle school will not be accepted. Grades for accepted non-accredited courses shall be recorded as "S" (satisfactory) and "U" (unsatisfactory) for transfer of credit.
- It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian establishing the non-public home-based educational program to know and follow all statuary requirements found in C.R.S. 22-33-104.5 as well as any revisions to this statute.