Homeschool Family Support
District 49 respects and appreciates a parent’s decision to homeschool their own children. We recognize that when a parent chooses to homeschool their children they are taking on the responsibility for totally educating their students while abiding by the state requirements for Colorado listed in the Colorado Homeschool Law (C.R.S. 22-33-104.5). We strive to assist families who have undertaken this endeavor.
General Homeschool Information
Colorado Homeschool Law Basics
- Find a complete copy of the law under the Homeschool Resources section.
- Parents need to send in a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Homeschool to the school district of choice 14 days before they begin their homeschool program for any student between the ages of 7 and 16 years old (find an NOI template under Homeschool Resources section).
- Students are required to receive at least 688 hours (172 days at 4 hours per day) of instruction per year.
- Subjects to be included in your homeschool curriculum must include but are not limited to: reading writing, speaking, literature, mathematics, history, civics, science, and the Constitution of the United States (after grade 7).
- Students need to be tested with a nationally standardized test or evaluated by a qualified evaluator at the completion of 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th grades (find lists of both qualified local evaluators and nationally standardized tests under Homeschool Resources section).
Different Homeschooling Situations
- Traditional Homeschool -- parent is completely responsible for the curriculum, enrichment, and extra-curricular activities for their students. There is no outside support unless the parent seeks it out.
- Private Homeschool Co-op -- usually organized around a particular community organization, educational belief or curriculum used. Homeschool students can take part in as many private homeschool co-ops or groups as they choose. Participation in a private homeschool co-op does not affect student eligibility in a public school-sponsored program.
- Private Online School -- the student is considered either homeschool or private school student. These schools offer different levels of support for the parent and the student. Generally, they charge tuition.
- Public School-Sponsored Program -- connected with a local public school district, supported with Federal education funds, and student enrollment in the particular district is required. This can include enrichment programs, concurrent enrollment or career and technical options, sports participation, or specific classes at your local public school. Homeschool students can only be enrolled part-time in one public school district each school year. (see table below for options within District 49)
- Public Online School -- the student is a public school student and expected to adhere to the guidelines of the school. These operate with Federal Education Funds and are generally free to students. The school traditionally provides the curriculum and occasionally the required materials. With some schools, the student's district of residence does not matter.
- The Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) offers valuable resources, programs and events for homeschool parents and families.
- PPLD Homeschool Hub has links and information for homeschool families.
- School Choice for Kids is a website that focuses on helping families in Colorado know and understand their educational options.
Submission of Required Documentation
Homeschool students in Colorado must be tested or evaluated at the completion of 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th grades.
To submit test results to District 49, choose one of the following options:
- Scan and email to iConnectZone@D49.org
- Mail to 3850 Pony Tracks Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80922, attention D49 Homeschool
- Drop off in person to D49 Registration Office at 3850 Pony Tracks Drive, Colorado Springs CO 80922
There are several options for submitting your Notice of Intent to Homeschool (NOI) to District 49 depending on your student’s current situation:
- Withdrawing student(s) from D49 school:
- submit your NOI directly to that school along with your completed withdrawal paperwork
- Current part-time student of a D49 enrichment program (FHEP, FHAP, RMCA Homeschool, Falcon Aerolab, etc.)
- Submit NOI directly to the enrichment program registrar
- Existing homeschool student, new to D49, withdrawing from another school district or other situation not listed:
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the Colorado Homeschool Law the test used must be nationally standardized, meaning that the test is administered in the same manner for all test takers, graded in the same manner and is given to students across the nation. Many tests meet this criteria. Refer to the list of tests in the Homeschool Resource section. Parents should check the details about any test they are interested in to make sure it meets this requirement.
Homeschool students are required to be tested or evaluated at the completion of 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th grades.
Parents are required to submit a Notice of Intent to Homeschool each school year when their students are between the ages of 7 and 16.