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
Quick Overview of Requirements
Compulsory Attendance Ages
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.)
All records are stored electronically on our private secure network.
Submission of Assessment (Testing/Evaluation) Results
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
Participation in Sports, Interscholastic, and Extracurricular Activities
Part-time Public (and Private) School Programs
Enrollment of a Truant Student
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.