The CHEC Independent School was established by Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) under the Non-Public School Law, functioning as an “umbrella” for enrolled Colorado home educating families.
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 (learn more on CHEC.org). Our policies may be similar to the Homeschool Law in some areas but are distinct.
Note that Colorado Law has three options for homeschooling, and this website is for 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 on CHEC.org of the options. Other Independent Schools may have different policies.
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 birth date 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.
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 prior to beginning homeschooling. (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 12th 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 calendar days between August 1st to July 31st.
- Submit our attendance record by August 31st (available here) demonstrating at least 172 calendar 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 1st through July 31st. Enrollment for the school year is typically open from late June through April 30th.
You can begin your enrollment online here by creating an account or logging in.
Things to note:
- Enrollments are good from the date noted on the enrollment confirmation letter through July 31st. (Note: enrollment dates can’t be backdated to a day prior to the date payment was made on the application, or, for previously enrolled families, prior to end-of-year records being submitted, reviewed, and accepted, or prior to the beginning of our school year on August 1st.)
- Enrollment is subject to application approval. Your application must include contact and student information as well as payment.
- Enrollment fees are per family, not per student. Enroll online by August 31st and save $10. (Paper applications are also available, but please note, many of the All-Access Benefits aren't available with paper applications.)
If your family does not have a U.S. residence, and the country you reside in allows enrollment in a Colorado/U.S. based private school as an exemption from compulsory public school attendance, you will find our international application here. (Families living on a U.S. military base follow U.S. laws.)
Compulsory Attendance Ages
Families enrolled in the CHEC Independent School are required to:
- Provide academic instruction to their student(s) for 172 calendar days between August 1st to July 31st. (Your school year and grade level do not have to correspond with those dates, but you must provide 172 calendar 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 Record (available here). The completed record should demonstrate at least 172 calendar days by July 31 (the end of the school year), and must be submitted by August 31. You may begin counting days as enrolled in the CHEC Independent School (on the calendar portion of the CHEC Independent School Attendance Record) beginning with the enrollment date on your enrollment confirmation letter. For days completed prior to enrollment, see next point.
- 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 (beginning with August 1st) towards the required 172 calendar days (in the Previous School section of the CHEC Independent School Attendance Record), fill in the name of the school and the number of days completed before enrollment in the CHEC Independent School).
- The attendance form must be a record of completed school days only (do not include future planned days).
- If you withdraw from the CHEC Independent School mid-way through the school year due to a move or transfer to another school, you must inform the CHEC Independent School immediately by filling out the Update Student Information form (found here), and 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 Record, available here.
Record Keeping (Attendance, Curriculum, & Immunizations/Exemptions)
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.
The CHEC Independent School does not require immunization records. We recommend that you maintain your records, and if you choose exemption from some or all immunizations, you maintain a statement of exemption. A simple statement is all that is necessary; click here to view & download a sample form. (We recommend that you do not use the CDPHE immunization exemption form.)
Required records may be uploaded to your online account directly here. Or, mail them to us and we’ll upload them for you (include a check for the $15 document handling fee).
All records are stored electronically on our private secure network.
The CHEC Independent School accepts results from these three assessment options:
- Approved nationally standardized achievement 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–12th 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 (e.g. 2022/2023, 2024/2025). 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 policies 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 (different than the grade based on age according to the CHEC Independent School 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.
Looking for curriculum? Find some options on CHEC's website here.
The CHEC Independent School does not require or provide curriculum because we believe parents should have the flexibility to choose the best resources for their child's individual needs.
Looking for curriculum? Our parent ministry, CHEC, does provide an extensive list of recommended resources here, and CHEC also publishes some curriculum (available here). You're also invited to visit the CHEC Homeschool Discussion Facebook group and discuss potential options you're interested in with our community to find out how it works for others.
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 from our parent ministry, CHEC, here.)
Check out high school support on CHEC's website for more information.
Participation in Sports, Interscholastic, and Extracurricular Activities
(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 said public or private school as long as (1) you identify yourself as a private schooler and NOT a homeschooler (2) you do not fill out a Notice of Intent in order to participate (3) the parent(s) control, direct, and are actively involved in the child(ren)'s education. (For more information, see CHEC’s position statement on home education.)
Enrollment of a Truant Student
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–12th 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
Shared Educational Authority
If you do not have sole educational authority for the students you are enrolling (i.e. if the parents are separated or divorced and the court has not formally removed these rights from the other party), a Shared Educational Authority Form must be filled out by the other party. 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.