Colorado Public Online Education

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can my child attend a public online school from home?

Are there public online schools where my child can go to a computer lab to do his work?

Who may enroll in a public online school?

Can students who homeschooled or attended a private school in the previous year enroll in a public online school?

Is a public online school the same as homeschooling?

Will my child be working on the computer all day?

What if we don't have a computer at home?

Where can I read the Colorado online learning law?


How can my child attend a public online school from home?

Several school districts offer tuition-free online public schools. When a student is enrolled in an online school, the program is delivered through the use of a computer and the Internet, allowing the student to complete course work at home. The student receives support from the school's teachers via e-mail, phone, and sometimes in-person visits. Younger children need supervision and assistance from a parent or guardian.

Some schools have programs that only serve students who live in the school district. Other schools have programs that serve students who live anywhere in the state. Some programs may also have a physical location where students can go to complete course work.

Click here to see Colorado's home-based public online schools.

Click here to see Colorado's site-based public online schools.

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Are there public online schools where my child can go to a computer lab to do his work?

Some public online schools have a physical location (sometimes called Learning Centers) where students may come and do their online work with the assistance of a mentor or teacher.

Click here to see Colorado's site-based public online schools.

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Who may enroll in a public online school?

Public online schools are available for Colorado children in grades kindergarten through 12 (including former homeschool and private school students). Many schools offer online programs for students living anywhere in the state. A few schools only serve students who live in the school district.

Click here to see Colorado's home-based public online schools.

Click here to see Colorado's site-based public online schools.

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Can students who homeschooled or attended a private school in the previous year enroll in a public online school?

Yes. As of 2008, students who were previously enrolled in a homeschool or private school may enroll in a public online education program.

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Is a public online school the same as homeschooling?

No. Students enrolled in a public online school are not under homeschool law and must meet attendance and testing requirements expected of any public school student.

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Will my child be working on the computer all day?

How much time is spent online depends on the program. The coursework is not always completed online; many assignments involve physical materials and books read away from the computer, especially in the early grades.

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What if we don't have a computer at home?

Most public online schools will supply a computer and reimburse you for the cost of an Internet connection. Please check with individual schools for details.

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Where can I read the Colorado online learning law?

Please visit the Colorado Department of Education's Online Learning page for legislation and rules regarding online learning.

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