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Colorado (CO) State - Homeschooling Laws and Regulations

Homeschooling is legal in every American state.  The Department of Education states, "Parents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have the option to home school their children" (Department of Education, NCES). School attendance is compulsory for all children; however, parents have the legal right to withdrawal their children from government schools to enroll them in qualified private schools or to educate their children at home.  This is only proper considering the fact that the duty and the right to educate the next generation were appointed by God to parents even before God created governments.

Each state has laws that govern matters such as how parents are to declare their intention to homeschool and what topics must be included in your home-education program.  Some states require periodic standardized tests and more formal records be maintained. One of the great benefits of homeschooling is the liberty of homeschooling parents to choose their own curriculum.  GETTING STARTED CAN FEEL OVERWHELMING, BUT MULTITUDES OF PARENTS ARE HOMESCHOOLING AND SO CAN YOU!  It is my pleasure to help your research efforts.  Below are links to key government and non-government pages.

Colorado:  "The parent or guardian must provide a written notification to the local school district office 14 days in advance, explaining his or her intent to home school. All costs of home education are assumed by the parents. The only requirement for the instructor of a child being home schooled is that the person be a parent, guardian, or adult relative. The home education program must be a minimum of 172 days and include communication skills (reading, writing, and speaking), mathematics, history, civics, literature, science, and the Constitution of the United States. The parent must keep records of attendance, test and evaluation results, and immunization records. The child needs to be tested or evaluated every two years beginning at the third grade. There is no state diploma and a district's diploma is given only to those who complete the public school program. Parents may present a diploma to their student upon completion of the home school program. Home schooled children may take the GED as an option. Colo. Rev. Stat., Article 33, ?104.5." (Source:  "State Regulation of Private Schools," Colorado, by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Non-Public Education (2000).)



Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the timeliness nor the completeness of the links or legal information posted.  These homeschooling laws and legal information are being provided free of charge.  Postings of rules and regulations are subject to change.  Seek the advice of other home-educating parents or homeschooling organizations in your area for more help or contact your county superintendent of schools.  Plan to file a Notice of Intent to homeschool with your county superintendent or child's current principal.  (This document may also be known as an Affidavit of Intent, a Letter of Intent, a Notification of Intent, or a Declaration of Intent.  Sample from Tennessee.)   

Homeschooling Conventions in Colorado (CO)
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