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What’s the difference between filing an NOI and enrolling in the CHEC Independent School?
In Colorado, you have three options to homeschool (see illustration below or learn more about all three on CHEC's website).
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.
Additionally, there are different assessment requirements between these two options (see illustration below).
Do I need to submit a Notice of Intent to the school district if I enroll?
Oops! I already submitted a Notice of Intent, but I’d rather enroll in the CHEC Independent School. What can I do?
If I filed a Notice of Intent (under Homeschool Law), can I file test scores with you?
How do I enroll?
Who can enroll?
When is enrollment open?
Is there a deadline to enroll?
How much does it cost to enroll?
What are the benefits of enrolling?
What is required of enrolled families?
Where are my student’s records stored?
How can I submit my student’s records?
(Please note: our post office has been known to misplace mail, and families records that were mailed never made it to us. The free and safe option is to upload.)
What do I need to know about assessments? When are they due?
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 the policies page; scroll down to “Grade Level Assignment or Changes”).
Here is the chart for the 2022-2023 school year. (Click to view a larger image.)
My family is currently enrolled. How can I update my records with a new address, etc.?
How can I add a new student to my family enrollment? Does it cost?
Does the CHEC Independent School provide curriculum for enrolled families?
Can my student participate in public school classes, extracurricular activities, or sports?
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. Read below for details, and for more information, view our policies.
Public School Classes: Contact your school of residence to see if they allow private schooled students to take classes on a part-time basis.
Extracurricular Activities: These are non-academic activities like Chess Club. Contact your school of residence to see if they allow private schooled students to take participate in extracurricular activities.
Sports: CHSSA governs high school sports and they have stated that, as a private school enrollee, your student can play for their school of residence (district authorities can determine which high school within that district) or their school of “attendance” (the district where the independent school is located).
Read the full policies from CHSSA in their handbook.
How do I withdraw my student from the CHEC Independent School?
Help! I’m not very computer-savvy. What are my options?
Can I enroll if I am out-of-state or out-of-country?
You must follow the homeschool laws for the state or country that you live in.
If your state or country allows for a family to be enrolled in a private school located in Colorado/the U.S. and teach their children at home, then you can enroll in the CHEC Independent School.
Click here for the International Application form to begin your enrollment process.
HSLDA has all homeschool laws on its website:
- United States homeschool laws
- International homeschool laws (for countries in which it is legal to homeschool)
If your family is US military and living on base, then U.S. laws apply.
Is support offered for single homeschooling moms?
Yes! The Casterline Scholarship is offered for your enrollment in the CHEC Independent School (select “Yes” to the Casterline Fund under the “Donations and Misc” section). You can learn about more ways our parent ministry, CHEC, supports single homeschooling moms by clicking here.
What if a biological parent lives outside the home?
In cases where biological parents share educational authority, but one lives outside the home (e.g. due to separation or divorce), a Shared Educational Authority Form must be filled out by the party who resides outside the home. Then you must include the completed form when you submit your enrollment application. (Your application will not be processed without this completed form on file with the CHEC Independent School.)
If sole educational authority is claimed by the enrolling parent, but the other party professes to share educational authority, we will require the official parenting plan (signed by the judge) to be submitted.