Nonpublic Home School Program Requirements

  • Partial School Enrollment

    If you are home-schooling your child and would like them to attend an Ellicott school for a half-day enrollment, please work with that school to do so. We require that students attend for at least half of the day. We will provide transportation for that student either to or from school, dependant upon if they enroll for AM or PM classes.

    Getting Started-Letter of Intent to Home School

    Pursuant to Colorado law, parents who wish to begin home schooling must provide written notification of the establishment of the home school program 14 days before beginning the home school program to a Colorado school district. The written notification must include the name, age, place of residence, and number of attendance hours for each child that will be participating in the home school program. The Ellicott School District also requests that letters contain the grade level for the student. Written notification must be re-submitted to a Colorado school district each year.   

    Subjects to Teach

    Colorado law states that home school programs must include, but are not limited to, the subjects of communication skills of reading, writing, and speaking, mathematics, history, civics, literature, science, and regular courses of instruction in the constitution of the United States.  The selection of curriculum is at the discretion of the parent who is overseeing the home schooling program. The state cannot offer any guidance in this area, and encourages contacting the district that received the written notification if there are further questions.

    Attendance Requirements

    Home school programs must have no less than 172 days of instruction, averaging 4 contact hours per day.

    Record Keeping

    Records for each child participating in a home school program must be kept on a permanent basis by the parent who is overseeing the home school program.  The records must include, but are not limited to, attendance, test and evaluation results, and immunization records as required by C.R.S sections 25-4-90125-4-902, and 25-4-903.  The records must be produced and provided to the school district that received the written notification, not the state of Colorado, at the school district’s request. 


    Students that are participating in a home school program must have academic progress evaluated in grades 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.  Students can take a nationally standardized achievement test or a qualified person, as described in C.R.S. 22-33-104.5(3)(f), can be selected by the parent to evaluate the student’s academic progress.  The results of the evaluation, whether by assessment or qualified person, must be submitted to the school district that received the written notification. 

    Homeschool students may opt to take the state CMAS assessment but are not permitted to take the state sponsored PSAT or SAT (C.R.S. 22-7-1006.3(9)(b)). Ellicott School District 22 may charge for the time associated with administering CMAS to a homeschooled student.

    Other Things to Know About Home School

    Home school is considered nonpublic and is not regulated by the state of Colorado.  The parent who oversees the home school program is taking on the responsibility of obtaining books, supplies, tests, and is responsible for any costs associated.  Because home schooling is considered nonpublic education, home school is not accredited by the Colorado Department of Education or by a local school district.  

    Additional Resources

    The links below include a copy of Colorado Home School Law, how to get started home schooling your child, and a resources link to home school organizations that provide information on networking, support groups, curricula, and testing.


    All above contect was directly taken from the Colorado Dept. of Education's website.