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.
Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) Testing Opportunity
D49 provides an optional opportunity for Homeschooled students in grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 to take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) at the Falcon Homeschool Academic Program. This test meets the Colorado State Homeschool Law requirement as a Nationally Standardized Test. Traditionally the testing takes place over Spring Break. More specific information and a link to register will be posted once details are determined.
D49 Homeschool Graduation Ceremony
Do you have a homeschool student who will be ready to celebrate the completion of their homeschool high school journey at the end of this school year? Invite friends and family and come join with us to mark this milestone in the educational journey of these inspiring young people.
District 49 Opportunities for Homeschool StudentsWithin the district, we have several opportunities that homeschool students can choose to participate in. Some of the programs are part-time and allow your student to maintain their homeschool status; in contrast, some programs require the student to enroll full-time in the district. I have attached a complete list, under the homeschool resources section, of these options along with more detailed descriptions and contact information. The programs you will find on the spreadsheet are:
- Homeschool Liaison Support
- Falcon Homeschool Program
- Enrichment Program (FHEP) -- K-7th grades
- Academic Program (FHAP) -- 6th - 12th grades
- Concurrent Enrollment (CE) -- 9th - 12th grades
- Area Vocational Program (AVP) -- 11th - 12th grades
- Rocky Mountain Classical Academy Homeschool Program -- K - 12th grades
- Pikes Peak Early College (PPEC) -- 9th - 14th grades
- Power Technical Early College (PTEC) -- 6th - 10th grades (16-17 school year)
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- Taking Courses at Your Local School
Basic Information From Colorado Homeschool Law
You can find a complete copy of the law under the Homeschool Resources section of this web page.
- Parents need to send in a Notice of Intent (NOI) 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.
- 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.
Support Services Offered by Homeschool Department
- Receipt and filing of NOIs and test results
- All general homeschooling questions and concerns answered regardless of district of residence
- Individual support and guidance with curriculum, high school planning, and transcript writing
- Parent support times held throughout the year at local libraries
- Available to speak to groups and organizations
- Opportunities for homeschool students:
- Take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) in Spring
- Participate in the Homeschool Graduation Ceremony in May
Homeschool Notice of Intent
The district enrollment office would prefer that you submit your notice of intent directly to the homeschool department. This will help make you aware of the homeschooling support available through District 49 and create a more streamlined document handling process. There are several options:
• Scan and email it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will get an electronic receipt in return
• Mail it using your local post office to the homeschool building at 3850 Pony Tracks Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80922
If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact Theresa Klinitski, District 49 Homeschool Liaison, at 719-357-7674 (call or text) or email@example.com.