The CHEC Independent School was established under the Non-Public School Law, functioning as an “umbrella” for enrolled Colorado home educating families. Check out all the benefits of enrolling with the CHEC Independent School here.
It is important to understand that if you are enrolled in the CHEC Independent School, you are not subject to the requirements of the Colorado Homeschool Law. Our policies may be similar to the Homeschool Law in some areas but are distinct.
Note that Colorado Law has three options for homeschooling. This page covers the policies of the CHEC Independent School, which falls under the Non-Public School Law. Make sure this is what you’re looking for by checking out this breakout of the options. Other Independent Schools may have different policies.
Quick Overview of Requirements
When you enroll with the CHEC Independent School, you agree to fulfill the following requirements. (This is a quick summary. Scroll and click each area for complete details.)
- Submit an enrollment application and pay the enrollment fee for the school year in which you wish to enroll. (Enrollment for the August-July school year is typically open from June through April.)
- Submit assessment results in all odd calendar years (due August 31st) for students once they reach 3rd grade through 11th grade. (Also required if a grade has been modified UP to 3rd grade OR if modified DOWN but student’s age is at 3rd grade level within our data parameters.)
- Provide academic instruction to their student(s) for 172 days between August 1st to July 31st
- Submit our attendance record by August 31st (available here) demonstrating at least 172 days for each student.
- Fulfill these subject requirements including, but not limited to:
- Communication skills (reading, writing, and speaking)
- US Constitution beginning in 7th grade and continuing through high school
- Honor/use of the flag (Order a Flag Etiquette workbook online here.)
- Personally maintain detailed written records of attendance and course of study throughout the year. Attendance records must be submitted to the CHEC Independent School. Course of study records do not need to be submitted, but must be accessible in the event of a legal dispute.
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.
You can begin your enrollment online here by creating an account or logging in.
Enrollment is subject to application approval. Your application must include contact and student information, an immunization record or exemption (available here) for every student being enrolled, and payment.
The CHEC Independent School requires a parent, legal guardian, or adult relative to provide at least 50% of their student’s education; this means parents must have sole control over the curriculum and teaching for 50% of core subjects.
After being reviewed by our Director, an exception may be made for special cases. However, in these situations, an annual (rather than biennial) assessment will be required and the CHEC Parent Evaluation will not be accepted.
Compulsory Attendance Ages
Because of Colorado’s compulsory attendance law, students homeschooling through an independent school must have an enrollment in place the year they turn 6 (by August 1st) through age 17.
Families enrolled in the CHEC Independent School are required to:
- Provide academic instruction to their student(s) for 172 days between August 1st to July 31st. (Your school year does not have to correspond with those dates, but you must provide 172 days of instruction within those dates.)
- Maintain a regular record of attendance throughout the year.
- Submit an attendance record for each student on the CHEC Independent School Attendance Form (available here). The completed record should demonstrate at least 172 days by July 31, 2017 and must be submitted by August 31, 2017.
- If you are transferring to the CHEC Independent School mid-way through the school year, you may count the days attended at your previous school towards the required 172 days.
- If you withdraw from the CHEC Independent School mid-way through the school year due to a move or transfer to another school, please fill out the Update Student Information form (found here). You must submit a record of the days completed in the CHEC Independent School prior to the move/transfer.
You must use the CHEC Independent School Attendance Form, available here.
Throughout the year, you must personally maintain a detailed attendance record (as described above under Attendance) and records of your course of study reflecting the subject requirements (as described below under Subjects). In the event of a legal dispute, these records must be accessible and ready to produce.
If substantial changes are being made to your home education program (e.g. grade change, address change, change in educational authority such as custody), they must be reported to the CHEC Independent School. Update your student’s information here.
Immunization records (or exemption records) must be kept on file with the CHEC Independent School.
All records are stored electronically on our private secure network.
The CHEC Independent School accepts results from these three assessment options:
- Approved standardized tests (a composite score above the 13th percentile is required)
- Professional evaluations
- Parent evaluations
Learn more about assessments and requirements here.
Submission of Assessment (Testing/Evaluation) Results
Every student whose date of birth places them in 3rd–11th grade (according to the CHEC Independent School age/grade parameters), or has been modified up to 3rd grade or above, is required to submit results from an approved assessment at the close of school years ending in an odd calendar year. Results must be submitted by uploading them to your online account no later than August 31st.
The assessment must be taken no earlier than halfway through the grade in which they are being taught.
See the assessment information page for more information on these exceptions:
- Student receives more than 50% of their teaching from someone other than a parent, guardian, or adult relative
- Student is in a modified grade level (not according to the CHEC grade calculator/chart)
As an Independent School, our subject requirements are governed by the Non-Public School Law:
- 22-33-104 (2) (b) C.R.S. requires that a sequential program of instruction be provided by an independent or parochial school. Such program shall include, but not be limited to, communication skills of reading, writing, and speaking, mathematics, history, civics, literature, and science.
- 22-1-106 C.R.S. requires information concerning the honor and use of the flag to be taught. (Check out the Flag Etiquette workbook available from CHEC.)
- 22-1-108 and 22-1-109 C.R.S. requires the United States Constitution to be studied. Instruction shall begin no later than the seventh grade and continue in high school.
Each family may use the curriculum of their choice as long as it covers the required subjects.
Grade Level Assignment or Changes
On your application, the student’s grade will be automatically calculated by their birthdate.
We realize that might not be the same level at which your student is working, so parents are encouraged to modify grades if needed. If you choose to modify your student’s grade, please consider these things:
- the reading level of the student
- the grade at which most of the subjects are being learned
If you would like to change your student’s grade level during the school year (after your initial application), you may fill out the Update Student Information form here and submit it to the CHEC Independent School.
Modifying to a grade level below the calculated age grade?
We require documentation explaining the reason why the student’s grade is modified below their calculated age/grade. This documentation will give added credibility to your family file and, in the event that your homeschool is ever called into question by authorities, the documentation will provide extra proof of your student’s struggles and what is being done to address them. This documented statement must be submitted when you apply.
Required documentation depends on the number of grades you are modifying:
- Modifying 1-2 grades below (e.g., 4th grade down to 3rd or 2nd grade): Documentation must include a thorough explanation written by the parent.
- Modifying 3 or more grades below (e.g., 4th grade down to 1st grade or below): In this case, more substantial documentation will be necessary, including a statement from a specialist explaining the cause of the student’s academic struggles. This specialist would need to be well acquainted with your student’s case and/or be the provider of any additional tutoring or therapy your student may be receiving. (The statement from the specialist should include the name and birthdate of the student, the grade at which the student is functioning, the reasons for them progressing behind their age grade, and the name and qualifications of the specialist.) (For ideas on what specialist would be appropriate in your child’s case, contact us.)
Please note: Modified grade level enrollments received without the appropriate documentation mentioned above will not be processed until that information is received.
High School Graduation
Because you are overseeing your child’s education, you set the requirements. Once your student has met your set requirements, you graduate them. This means you sign the diploma – but don’t panic! It’s no different than a private school issuing and signing a diploma. (You can order a diploma here.)
Check out high school support for more information.
Participation in Sports, Interscholastic, and Extracurricular Activities
Although not clearly spelled out in the Non-Public School Law, the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) has stated that private schoolers may participate in public high school sports programs at their school of residence OR at the school designated by the district where the private school is located (Douglas County RE-I for the CHEC Independent School). Please be aware that public schools can charge up to 150% of any activity fees that apply.
Beyond high school sports, families enrolled in the CHEC Independent School may contact their school of residence and ask them how private schoolers can participate in extracurricular or interscholastic activities. We will do our best to support you in providing verification of enrollment, etc.
(Please note that some school districts may not allow private school students to participate in any of these activities, and the law does not require them to..)
Part-time Public (and Private) School Programs
CHEC Independent School students may participate on a part-time basis in public and private school programs (including public-school-at-home programs) at the discretion of the other school as long as at least 50% of the core academic subjects are still being taught privately at home.
Enrollment of a Truant Student
The CHEC Independent School accepts students with truancy charges on a case-by-case basis.
Upon withdrawal of enrollment, students must submit an attendance record listing the number of days schooled with the CHEC Independent School. Assessment results are required for students in 3rd-11th grade who were enrolled past April 1st in an odd calendar year. These records must be submitted through your online account by the August 31st deadline.
Failure to submit these records will nullify your entire school year and you will be disenrolled.
Complete this form to withdraw enrollment.
Policy on the Family
The CHEC Independent School seeks students from families which are conforming to the biblical pattern for family found in Scripture and specified in the various position statements of this organization. The CHEC Independent School will accept applications from families led by a husband and wife (man and woman) or a single parent, though exceptions may be made at the CHEC Independent School staff’s discretion.