Colorado Homeschool Laws

Below is a summary of Colorado Homeschool Laws to help you ensure your homeschool is compliant.

Note: The information below is not to be considered legal advice. I’m a homeschool mom with an interest in helping you, not a lawyer. I strongly recommend that you contact your state education department if you have questions specific to your circumstances.


Colorado requires a moderate amount of recordkeeping for your homeschool, so make sure you stay on top of it.

Can I Teach?

There is no state requirement for you to meet in order to teach.

Do I Have to Notify the State?

Yes. You must provide a written notification to the school district that you will begin homeschooling 14 days before the start of the program.

The notification must include:

  • Name of each child attending
  • Age of each child
  • Place of residence
  • Number of attendance hours for each child enrolled in the homeschool program.

Additional Records for the State

You must teach the following subjects at minimum:

  • Reading
  • Writing and Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Civics
  • Literature
  • Science
  • Courses of Instruction in the Constitution of the United States

Your child must complete a standardized assessment in grades 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11

You must maintain records of your child’s attendance, test results (i.e. standardized tests), and immunizations.

How Many Days a Year do I Have to Teach?

Your homeschool program must have no fewer than 172 days of instruction, averaging at least 4 hours per day.

Make sure you keep attendance of these school days.

Compulsory Attendance Age

The compulsory attendance age is the age range in which your child must be attending school of some type.

In Colorado, this range is 6 to 16 (if your child turns 6 by August 1).

Public School Sports

Colorado allows equal access to homeschool students for extracurricular and interscholastic activities.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully this summary of Colorado Homeschool Laws gets you started on your homeschool journey with your family!

If you’re just getting started, you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed.

The Home Learning Kit can help!

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