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Home Education
 

Parents select home education for a variety of reasons.

There is no "one-size-fits-all" philosophy for home education. Douglas County School District provides a number of programs to support parents choosing to be the primary educators of their children. 

We support our parents' commitment to home education by providing a variety of options:

OPTION 1: Full-time Home Education

With this option, the family provides 172 days of instruction, averaging 4 hours per day. The home-based program should include (but not be limited to) reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, history, civics, literature, science, and instruction in the Constitution of the United States. For more information please visit the Colorado Department of Education Home School website.

The District wishes to assist parents as needed through the process of establishing a home-based educational program. Please contact the Home Education office if you have any questions about your letter of intent, testing requirements, or need instructional support.

The first step in beginning a home-based educational program for your student is to provide notifice to the District.  This Notification of Intent to Home Educate is required by Colorado State Law (C.R.S. 22-33-104.5).  Please use the District form and return it to the Home Education Office prior to the start of your school year. The District will assist parents with the home schooling process. See the links under Related Items for helpful information.

 
 
  

OPTION 2: Dual Enrollment

With this option, the District receives part-time funding to provide 180 hours of instruction in a public school setting (2 course minimum). The home education family provides the remaining hours of instruction in their home-based educational program. If you are interested, please contact the school you wish to attend part-time and complete a Dual Enrollment form. This form must be completed and signed by both the neighborhood school principal (or designee) and the Home Education Specialist before the student can begin attending classes. Students may only dual enroll at the beginning of a grading period. Students must be in attendance a minimum of 90 hours per semester.  Please see application on right hand side of this website.

 

OPTION 3: Home Education Enrichment Programs -Cloverleaf Enrichment School, Academy Charter and Platte River Academy

Cloverleaf Home Education, Academy Charter School and Platte River Academy. With this option, the District receives part-time funding to provide 180 hours of instruction in a public school setting. The home education family provides the remaining hours of instruction in their home-based educational program. If you are interested, please contact the school or program you wish to attend part-time: Cloverleaf Enrichment School (K-12), Academy Charter School Platte River Academy (K-6), PRA Classical Academy (6-8)​.

Home Education Testing

According to  Colorado Home School Law, “Each child participating in a home-based education program shall be evaluated when such child reaches grades three, five, seven, nine, and eleven. Each child shall be given a nationally standardized achievement test to evaluate the child’s academic progress, or a qualified person shall evaluate the child’s academic progress . . . If test results submitted show that a child participating in a home-based education program received a composite score on said test which was above the thirteenth percentile, such child shall continue to be exempt from the compulsory attendance requirement.”

Contact Us

Kristin Wagner
Home Education Coordinator
303-387-9545 - phone
312 Cantril Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
 
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