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What’s the difference between homeschooling and enrolling in the CHEC Independent School?
In Colorado, you have three options to homeschool (learn more about all three on this page). When you enroll in the CHEC Independent School for a school year, your homeschool program is governed by our policies as we operate under the Non-Public School Law. You’re still responsible for all aspects of homeschooling – curriculum, teaching, record keeping, and assessments. You just report to the CHEC Independent School as a private school student instead of to the local public school district as a homeschool student.
Do I need to submit a Notice of Intent to the school district if I enroll?
No. If you enroll in the CHEC Independent School, you are NOT subject to the requirements of the Homeschool Law and should not submit a Notice of Intent.
Oops! I already submitted a Notice of Intent, but I’d rather enroll in the CHEC Independent School. What can I do?
If you intend to join the CHEC Independent School and have already filed a Notice of Intent, you must withdraw your Notice of Intent by sending a letter to the school district.
If I filed a Notice of Intent (under Homeschool Law), can I file test scores with you?
How do I enroll?
We’re glad you asked! You can enroll here.
Who can enroll?
Enrollment applications are accepted from all students and families. In the event of truancy, suspension, parents with disputed educational authority, or other similar situations, the application may need to be reviewed by CHEC’s Executive Director.
When is enrollment open?
The CHEC Independent School year runs from August through July, but enrollment is typically open from June through April 30th. Enrollments are good from the date noted on the enrollment confirmation letter through July 31st.
Is there a deadline to enroll?
Enrollment closes after April 30th. Families may enroll anytime prior to that for the school year. There is not a summer deadline for enrollment.
Please note: Make sure you are following the compulsory education law by having your students enrolled for the full school year; we recommend August through the end of the year. If you apply to enroll after September, you will be considered a transfer/partial year enrollment.
Enrollments do not run on a 12 month period based on when you enroll, but end on July 31st of that school year.
How much does it cost to enroll?
Enrollment fees are per family, not per student. Enroll online by August 31st for the upcoming year $50 (save $10!); or, regular enrollment from September-April is $60. (Submit a paper application for an additional $25.) Enrollments are good from the date noted on the enrollment confirmation letter through July 31st. These fees are not prorated for partial year enrollment.
Please note: The CHEC Independent School does not receive any government funding.
What are the benefits of enrolling?
- Pay one fee to cover their whole family for that school year
- Begin schooling immediately upon accepted enrollment — no 14-day waiting period
- Submit their records to be confidentially held by the CHEC Independent School
- Have minimal oversight of their homeschool program
- Are not required to do an average of 4 hours of school per day (although we encourage this as a good average)
- Choose their own curriculum
- Have more assessment options than when homeschooling under the Homeschool Law (Notice of Intent)
- Receive year-round support from the CHEC Independent School staff
- Receive discounts on HSLDA membership, student/teacher ID cards, and a high school diploma.
Learn more about the CHEC Independent School purpose and benefits here.
What is required of members?
Check out the policies of the CHEC Independent School for more information.
Where are my student’s records stored?
All records are stored electronically on our private secure network.
How can I submit my student’s records?
What do I need to know about assessments? When are they due?
Click here for more information about assessment options & requirements for members of the CHEC Independent School.
Assessments are due in odd-ending school years (i.e. for the 2016-2017 school year).
How do I know which grade I should enroll my student in? (Click to view the Age/Grade Chart)
When you submit an application, you will select a grade for your student either according to our listed Age/Grade Chart (included below) or as a modified grade. (More information about the modified grades is located on Policies page; scroll down to “Grade Level Assignment or Changes”).
My family is currently enrolled. How can I update my records with a new address, etc.?
Click here to update your records with us.
How can I add a new student to my family enrollment? Does it cost?
Enrollment in the CHEC Independent School is based on family, so additional students within the same family are included in the registration fee.
To add a new student, go here to complete the form.
Does CHEC provide curriculum for members of the CHEC Independent School?
Parents are free to select and use the curriculum of their choice. Curriculum is not included in the enrollment fee. Most curriculum suppliers have websites to sell their curriculum. Check out our Curriculum resources page for more information.
Can my student participate in public school extra-curricular activities if my family is enrolled in the CHEC Independent School?
Yes. Students taught at home under the CHEC Independent School are considered private school students, but they are still eligible to participate in public school extracurricular activities if the public school district allows. For more information, view our policies.
How do I withdraw my student?
Complete this form to withdraw your student. Near the bottom of the form you’ll find a list of what is required at withdrawal (including attendance for the school year to date).
Help! I’m not very computer-savvy. What are my options?
No problem! You can download hard copies of the application or attendance forms, then print and mail to us. (Please note, mailed forms incur a separate document handling fee). Check out the forms here.