Home Education in Colorado
Be sure to submit a Notice of Intent to the local public school superintendent 14 days before homeschooling and annually thereafter. Christian Home Educators of Colorado has more guidelines and information to help you get started.
NOTE: The information provided is a guideline. It is important for all parents to understand the statutes, procedures, policies, and/or guidelines in their home state and do what is necessary to comply with them. Find out the law in your state.
Home Education Resources and Support Groups
Families have been educating their children at home for years. You don't need to start from scratch!
Start with our Home Education Resources where you'll find links to curriculum, materials, teaching methods, answers to common questions about home education, step-by-step suggestions and creative options, and links to national organizations. Our goal is to share some of the best and most popular materials and resources.
You are not alone! There are many home education support groups in your area who have suggestions for teaching individual subjects, outlines of teaching methods, special needs links, activities, events, and much, much more.
We also have links below to the major home education organization in Colorado. You can find more support groups at their website.
Use the National Center for Education Statistics to find a private school in your area - just enter your city! This useful database has many ways to search, provides stats such as grade levels of schools, student population, contact info for schools.
Laws and Standards
For the best understanding on the law and how to read it, we recommend National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD). Once you read their site, you'll know why they are your vanguards of true legal freedom. Here is an excerpt from NHELD:
Parents educate their children for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways. However, there is one thing that is crucial for all parents, the need to be free so that they are able to educate in the manner in which they choose in the best interest of their children. Together, we can and must retain this freedom; without freedom, there is only one choice: government schooling. That is not acceptable.
We also have links to the laws regarding education (from the CHEC website) and educational standards (from Developing Educational Standards).
If you feel that your group is not properly represented below - or if you know of a group that should be listed in one of our categories - or if you find a broken link - please let us know. Thank you!
You may want to start with the main home education organization in your state.
Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC)
10431 South Parker Road, Parker, CO 80134
Phone: (877) 842-2432
We offer state and regional conferences, state qualifying Spelling Bee & Geography Bee, Speech and Debate tournaments, state graduation ceremonies, introductory seminars and more.
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E-GROUPS, CHAT GROUPS, POSTING GROUPS
Agape Family Schools
It is a forthright Christian organization established for the purpose of providing support, encouragement and information for homeschooling families. This pertains to homeschooling, and organizing activities for home schooled children including field trips, park days, momís night out, and educational services. $25 annual fee.
Area: Loveland and surrounding area
Aurora, Colorado, Eclectic (ACE) Homeschoolers
The primary focus of this group is as a social and educational outlet for parents and children. We plan weekly get-togethers and field trips.
Area: Aurora, Centennial, Greenwood Village, DTC, Green Valley Ranch and surrounding areas
Calvary Chapel Homeschool Group
A Christ-centered support group. We meet once a month for a support group meeting, fellowship pot luck lunch and prayer. For the children we offer weekly co-op classes and special events. Membership is required to participate. $20 annual fee.
Area: Boulder and Gilpin Counties, from Jamestown to Black Hawk
Central Denver Homeschool Group (CDHG)
The primary focus of this group is as a social and educational outlet for parents and children. We plan weekly get-togethers and field trips. Our goal is to provide a safe, friendly environment for our children to socialize and develop friendships.
Area: Central Denver
Colorado Classical Educators
We welcome anyone interested in the classical approach to education (emphasizing literature, particularly the classics; reading, writing, narration and Latin or Greek). Afterschoolers are welcome to join us. All faiths are welcome. We meet once a month for an evening coffee or meal, without our children. Field trips and other family activities are planned as inspiration dictates. We stay in touch and provide ongoing support via e-mail.
Area: South Metro Denver
Colorado Community for Homeschool Family Support (CCHFS)
Colorado Community for Homeschool Family Support (CCHFS) is an inclusive group of families seeking educational alternatives for our children. We offer park days, field trips, monthly teachers' nights out, co-ops, opportunities for presentations and other activities. We are an open, inclusive group, and we encourage cooperation. We schedule social and educational activities and provide support for new and veteran families alike. $12 annual fee.
Area: South Denver area
Colorado Springs Unschoolers
Contact: Jo Ann Schneider Farris
We discuss anything related to homeschooling/unschooling, we talk about meeting one another and getting together once in awhile, we talk about how we unschool, and we also encourage one another. This is a place where we can share the joy of child led learning!
Area: Colorado Springs
Denver Northwest Homeschool Community (DNHC)
Our members practice a variety of learning/teaching styles. We are not religiously oriented. We do not discriminate against anyone, and we have no particular ideological focus. DNHC members seek creativity, diversity, authenticity and fun in the homeschooling lifestyle for ourselves and our children.
Area: North and West Denver.
Diocese of Colorado Springs Homeschool Community
This is an informational group designed to share notes, plans, ideas, and concerns regarding the Catholic homeschooling community; to support and promote Catholic homeschooling. This group is not sponsored by the Diocese. There are no fees for participating in the group.
Area: Colorado Springs
Eclectic Homeschoolers of Colorado Online (ECHO)
This list is made up of homeschoolers from all walks of life. Amongst us you will find stringent homeschoolers, radical unschoolers, Christians, Pagans, Atheists, and everything else under the sun! We welcome diversity, and view it as an opportunity to learn. This is a discussion list, with no off limit topics!
Front Range Independent Educators North of Denver (FRIEND)
FRIEND is an all-inclusive group comprised of a variety of families with many learning styles. Our goal is to provide a safe, friendly environment for our children to socialize and develop friendships. Everyone is encouraged to plan activities and provide input into group direction. We plan weekly activities which might include field trips, park days, crafts and educational-based experiences, momís night out. We also have a co-op.
Area: North of Denver
Grand Junction Homeschoolers
This site is a resource/encouragement for ALL homeschoolers.
Area: In or near Grand Junction
Home Educators of La Plata (HELP)
Contact: Traci Bliss, (970) 769-0740
A Christian homeschool support group operating to bring together homeschoolers and provide a forum for fellowship, education, and information.
Area: La Plata County and surrounding area
Homeschoolers of Windsor (HOW)
Contact: Tina Schinner, (970) 674-9920
Area: Between Ft. Collins and Greeley
Homeschoolers Under God
Phone: (970) 225-3011 (message line)
HUG is a Christian support group for homeschooling families. Our purpose is to provide support, encouragement, information, and group activities to member families. We operate under the HUG Statement of Faith. Annual Dues are $25.
Area: Fort Collins
Littleton Support Group
We get together for a wide variety of activities, co op classes, park days, holiday parties, camping, biking, swimming, etc.
Mile High Homeschoolers Support Group and Cooperative
We are an inclusive group with no political or religious affiliation and we offer a co-op open to all metro-wide homeschoolers as well as a homeschool support group offering activities such as park day, volunteer opportunities, special needs support, and a sharing of homeschool resources. $10 annual fee.
Area: Metro Denver
Mountain Area Home Schoolers
Contact: Matt Emmons, (303) 674-5763
The Mountain Area Home Schoolersí members are parents who, for a variety of reasons, have chosen to educate their children at home. The main purpose of the organization is for members to share resources and ideas, provide classes and organize other events in order that our children benefit directly from those activities and from the accompanying social interaction. $20 annual fee.
Area: Evergreen, Conifer, Bailey, Pine, Kittredge, and Golden
Northern Colorado Homeschool Association
Contact: Susan, (970) 217-8505
Email: April or Kristina, email@example.com
We meet as a large group once a month for a business meeting, planning activities and trips, and discussion. We also meet in smaller interest-based groups throughout the month for activities such as field trips, children's book groups, singing classes, craft workshops, poetry workshops, demonstration days. $12 annual fee.
Area: Fort Collins and surrounding area
Northern Inclusive Colorado Home Educators (NICHE)
NICHE is an eclectic and inclusive association of families who homeschool in the Boulder county area. There are park days, field trips, seasonal activities, moms night out and more. We are a growing and active group! Membership is free.
Area: Boulder County and surrounding areas
Parker Area Homeschool Coalition
This is an inclusive, non-directed, homeschool group. Our focus is to offer many exciting get-togethers like weekly park days, field trips, craft days, science experiments and mom's night out.
Area: In or near Parker or anyone who does not mind the drive
Parker Christian Home Educators (PCHE)
We are a homeschooling support group which offers wholesome, educational and social activities for our homeschooled children, provides parents with support, information, and encouraging fellowship for the homeschooling journey, and promotes Christ-centered, non-government funded, home-centered education. $15 annual dues.
Pueblo Home School Association
Contact: Dee Waite, (719) 547-8435
We are a group of families who believe in homeschooling our children or grandchildren. $15 annual dues.
Rocky Mountain Homeschoolers
Contact: Nancy, (970) 206-9569
We offer field trips, social time, family game nights, a non-competitive science fair, a recital, and more. We have a monthly meeting for planning activities. Each month we alternate Show and Tell and Science Exploration at the end of the meeting. No membership fee.
Area: Fort Collins
Secular Homeschool Support Group
This group caters to the diverse community we live in and all homeschooling families are welcome. We are a non-directed group. Meaning, all members are welcome to plan activities, fieldtrips, etc. The Yahoo files, database, links and calendar are available for members to share resources. There is no fee involved and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Area: Based in Colorado Springs, and providing on-line support throughout Colorado
Southeast Aurora Eclectic Learners
This is an all inclusive (everyone is welcome no matter what religion, race, etc.) secular (no religious affiliation) homeschool group. It is the goal of this group to foster the love of learning in a child, to nurture it and watch it grow; to support one another in the choices we make as parents and teachers as well as to give helpful advice to one another. This is a non-directed group, so feel free to plan park days, field trips and outings.
Area: Southeast Aurora
Southern Colorado Homeschool
The CSHSG has always been about support every family's right to educate their children at home in Colorado, and to provide connection and support for those families.
Area: Colorado Springs.
Springs First Home Educators
We offer two 12-week semesters of enrichment classes each year. We usually have classes available for ages 2 through high school. For non-participants in our enrichment program, website membership is $10/year and gives access to field trips and other special calendar events, newsletters, forums, classifieds, and more.
Area: Colorado Springs
U.S. Highway 285 Homeschool Network
This group serves as an electronic bulletin board to facilitate communication among homeschool families living along the U.S. Hwy 285 corridor. Membership is restricted to local residents, please indicate your location by subdivision (or landmark) when applying for membership. We are an eclectic group of homeschoolers and are not directly associated with any local homeschool coops or organizations.
Area: Colorado front-range communities of Morrison, Evergreen, Conifer, Pine, Bailey and Fairplay.
Washington Park Homeschoolers
Secular homeschool support group kids and their parents who already home school or who are just thinking about it. Some of our activities include a science/art group, bookclub, park days and field trips. This is also a place for people to talk about homeschooling and to ask questions and share information about homeschooling. Our members use all different styles of home school including Calvert, unschooling, Well Trained Mind, Classical and Eclectic.
Area: Central Denver
West Side Tweens Homeschool Support Group
Contact: Penny, (303) 564-4542
We are an open minded, eclectic and diverse group of tweens (9-15) and their siblings on non-mainstream paths. We offer friendship and support with a full weekly activity schedule.
Area: Golden and the West Metro Denver Area
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Last updated June 28, 2010