Home School Resources
What is Home-Schooling?
Home-Schooling is the education of students in an at-home setting, primarily by the parent or appropriate tutor. Home-schooling is quickly becoming an alternative to public, private and charter school attendance. According to the CDE Website, "The parent or guardian is taking on all of the responsibility for the student's education including, but not limited to, the acquisition of books, supplies, tests, and maintaining permanent records."
Colorado Department of Education
For specific questions in regards to Colorado law, please visit the CDE Website
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to report to the district or state that my child is homeschooling?
The parent or guardian of the intended home-schooler will need to submit a letter to the school district in which they reside 14 days before they begin their homeschool program.
How many days/hours must I school my student in an academic year?
Students must attend a minimum of 172 school days, with a minimum of four hours of instruction per school day.
What subjects do I have to teach?
Subjects to be included in your homeschool curriculum must include but are not limited to: reading, writing, speaking, literature, mathematics, history, civics, science and the Constitution of the United States (after grade 7).
Do students need to be tested?
Students need to be tested by a nationally standardized test or evaluated by a qualified evaluator at the completion of 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades.
Where do I get the curriculum to use for Home-Schooling?
Parents use a variety of resources for their curricula: online resources, library books, local home-school bookstores, and enrichment program offerings.
Trive HSA offers a large curriculum lending library, available to all enrolled students. The library is constantly updated with new materials, but if there is something you are not finding in our library, we offer an allotment to all of our enrolled families to order curriculum through us.
What is Thrive HSA in relation to Home-Schooling?
Thrive HSA is a one-day a week enrichment program for students who are home-schooled. Our goal is to provide an environment where students can experience opportunities that may be unavailable at home, ie. dissection, cooperative group work, ceramics, and staged presentations, among other options.
While students at online schools, like Colorado Calvert Academy, appear to be home schooling, in actuality, online schools are state-sanctioned, home-based learning options. The distinction must be made between home-based education, where the public school/charter school is in control of the curriculum, and homeschooling, where parents are in charge and control of their student's educational program and curriculum.
Does Thrive HSA offer credits or transcripts?
As an enrichment program, Thrive HSA does not record grades, offer credits or transcripts. Higher education credits are available through our Pikes Peak Community College Concurrent Enrollment Program.
If my high school student attends Thrive HSA, will they graduate?
Our program does not offer a diploma or credits towards graduation, in the traditional sense. Colorado home school parents determine graduation requirements and can issue their own diplomas. Students may also test for their Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED) or attend PPCC courses, which will allow for transfer credits to most universities.