Your Guide to Public School Alternatives in Colorado


If your family is new to homeschooling, researching the laws for Colorado can be intimidating. It’s only natural that navigating uncharted waters would be difficult, so Enlightium Academy would like to serve as a guide to help you understand the homeschooling laws in Colorado state.

Students enrolled at Enlightium Academy, though instructed at home, are considered attendants of “an independent or parochial school which provides a basic academic education” (Colorado Department of Education). As such, it is a non-public school, over which neither the State Board of Education in Colorado nor any local board of education has jurisdiction. This is good news, as the requirements of families homeschooling in Colorado through EA are lessened.

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In Colorado, parents must ensure to enroll their child in a school every year that their student is between the ages of 6 and 17. If a student turns 6 after August 1st, the parents may wait until the following school year to begin enrollment. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) mentions that parents intending to homeschool have the option of waiting to begin actual instruction until their student is 7 years old, albeit they must still submit a notice of intent by August 1st of the school year that the child turns 6.

Homeschooling Requirements

Educating your student from your home can take a variety of forms. In Colorado, Enlightium Academy students are considered enrolled in an “independent school”.

According to HSLDA, the definition of homeschooling with an independent school is that “parents teach their children at home under the independent school’s supervision.” The supervision provided by Enlightium Academy meets this requirement, by providing the following:

Withdrawal Procedures

When withdrawing their child from another school to Enlightium Academy, parents should contact their student’s previous school and adhere to all withdrawal policies. Parents who have questions for Enlightium Academy during the transfer can contact the Admissions Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 866 488 4818 option 2.

Helpful Resources for getting started with homeschooling and online private schooling in Colorado:

Enlightium Academy Enrollment Steps

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  1. To become familiar with the enrollment process at Enlightium Academy, you can watch this short video.
  2. Consider chatting with an Enrollment Consultant to see which teacher support and involvement tuition package would be best with our online curriculum. This will also give you an inside point of contact for questions and comments about our school.
    1. Toll-free phone number: (866)488-4818
    2. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Once you’re ready to enroll, you’ll need to pay the enrollment fee by visiting here and clicking on the blue button near the top of the page.
    1. Complete the enrollment form. Here you can elaborate on your student's needs, desires and preferences for the counselor.
    2. Our admissions team will contact you to discuss the next steps. You’re invited to reach out to us (at the number above) if you have questions at any time.

For any other questions about Colorado homeschool laws (or online school education in general), please call (866) 488-4818, or visit Enlightium Academy is an accredited alternative education option for educating your child from home. Our program offers the comfort of a homeschool education environment and the quality of a private school education curriculum. Enlightium Academy is a private Christian school that offers a Bible-based, flexible, accredited, teacher supported, and affordable education. Enlightium Academy meets all accreditation and state education requirements for the State of Colorado, while neither using the state curriculum or Common Core.

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