Are you one of the thousands of Colorado parents who have decided that the best school for your children is a homeschool, or perhaps you’re interested in homeschooling but don’t know where to begin to gather information on curriculum and enhancement activities for your children?
With such a large population of homeschool families in Denver the choices of socialization and recreation options are ample. Along with those options, we are also very lucky to have an abundance of resources to support families along their homeschooling journey. Take advantage of some of these top homeschooling resources throughout the Denver Metro area.
- CHEC (Christian Home Educators of Colorado)- Their website offers an abundance of information on homeschool laws and the steps to take to begin homeschooling. CHEC offers a variety of events throughout the year including the big Rocky Mountain Super Conference. They also offer an Independent school that functions as an umbrella school for homeschooling kids. Search their website for local homeschool support and play groups.
- Two Roads Charter School- Originally started as a homeschooling co-op that evolved into a program called HOPE, they now have two locations in Arvada and Littleton. After creating their own full time charter school as an umbrella for the homeschooling program their name changed to Two Roads. Funded through the Jefferson county school system, the program offers the option for homeschool students to attend 3-5 classes one or two days a week. High school students have more options to choose from along with the ability to take concurrent enrollment classes through the school.
- CHESS (Colorado Heritage Education School System)– CHESS operates as a private umbrella school offering a high school diploma for homeschoolers, an on-site enrichment academy, along with standardized testing and evaluations.
- Connections Academy and Colorado Virtual Academy– Both of these options are for those who want more of a “Public school at home” rather than homeschooling option. A teacher is assigned to your students and is responsible for giving out assignments and grading work but all school work is done at home.
- Classical Conversations– This is a national group with several different local communities. Based on a classical education model, the program offers several different groups based on the grade level of your child. The groups typically meet once a week and each community has trained parent-tutors that model skills and facilitate the activities. You can search on their website to find a community near you.
- Crossroads Christian Academy– This program focuses on offering supplemental classes for high school age homeschoolers. Students may choose from the available classes taking one or many. The group meets on Mondays and Thursdays near Broadway and C470 and they also provides service projects, field trips, transcript assistance, and a graduation ceremony.
- Homeschool Science Colorado– Many times science is one of the hardest subjects to teach at home. Homeschool Science Colorado is the solution to that problem. The group participates in the Science Olympiad and offers study sessions and other events leading up to that.
- Woodrow Wilson Academy– A free K-6 program, this academy offers classes to supplement the homeschool environment. Performing arts, music, art, physical education, science, and creative writing are some of the options. Students meet once a week at one of their three locations in Westminster, Evergreen, or Lakewood.
- PEPlus– P.E. is a great group class that can be difficult to do in a home environment. For this reason PEPlus offers group homeschool physical education classes. They have many different meeting locations around Denver and also focus on incorporating character building into the fun.
- Academy Charter Homeschool Program– A tuition free program, Academy Charter focuses on offering homeschool students science and Spanish classes, two subjects difficult to teach at home. They currently have three locations in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock and Parker.
What resources in the Denver Metro area have you found to be the most helpful?
The Colorado Code Club offers a really great coding class for homeschoolers in Highlands Ranch. It’s for ages 6-12. Their website is ColoradoCodeClub.com.
THANK YOU for putting out this great website, which will be a real encouragement to my son’s wife who wasn’t homeschooled herself, and appreciates creative help envisioning what the homeschooling lifestyle is like! (besides what my son tells her!!) I live in NJ, but they are in Denver, and it’s good to know there’s so much support for homeschoolers there!
This is a great collection of resources for homeschool families. Colorado Homeschooling is another resource I’ve created that families can use to help meet legal requirements through evaluation and testing. There are so many fun and educational opportunities in our state!
Platte River academy Classical Academy of Homeschoolers is another great resource. They meet at Horizon Community Church on Dad Clark in Douglas County (Highlands Ranch). They have 2 identical programs, one on Tuesdays and Thursday and the other Wednesdays and Fridays.
This is a good list of resources for Denver. Homeschool Treasury is one that I created that provides resources if you’re looking along the Front Range area, anything from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs. There’s so much to do in Colorado and such great support from our communities.
This is a great list! We homeschooled up to second grade, and used some of these resources. I also knew families that participated in school district programs where their kids went to school one day a week. I’ve also been intrigued by things like Colorado Virtual Academy.