Colorado

Compulsory Attendance Ages: Between the ages of 6 (on or before August 1 of each year) and under 17.

Required Days of Instruction: 172 days, averaging four hours per day.

Required Subjects: Including, but not limited to, Constitution of the United States, reading, writing, speaking, math, history, civics, literature, and science.

Home School Statute: Yes.

Home Schools have three options:

  • Instruction in a non-public home-based educational program may be provided by a parent, guardian, or an adult relative designated by a parent.
  • Parents can enroll their children in a Colorado “independent school” but teach them at home.
  • If a home schooling parent or other person is certified in Colorado to teach, the home school in which they are providing instruction is exempt from all other requirements, including testing.

Teacher Qualifications: None, unless a child is taught by a private tutor, who must be certified.

Standardized Tests: Children enrolled in a home-based educational program must be tested or evaluated in grades 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.

For more information, please see the HSLDA website.