Group: Poudre River School - New Families

Do I need to track how many hours we spend homeschooling?

No, you do not.

The law requires that your child receives a minimum of 172 days of instruction per year while enrolled in an umbrella school. You are responsible for providing the required instruction for the number of days reported as planned attendance during enrollment. You do not need to track or report hours.

Homeschooling law requires 172 days of instruction with an average of 4 hours per day. This applies to homeschooling under an NOI and does not apply to umbrella schools.

Does an IEP or a 504 Transfer to PRS?

An IEP only applies to services provided by public schools. A 504 is backed by federal law and only applies to federally funded programs, including public schools.

Neither of these has any relevance if you are homeschooling or enrolled in a private school, such as an umbrella school. The GREAT news is that you also don’t need them when you teach your children at home because you can give them whatever adjustments in curriculum and accommodations that they need without the red tape!

PRS recommends that you keep a copy of all 504 or IEP records for reference if your child ever returns to public school.

Can homeschoolers outside of Colorado enroll in Poudre River School?

Yes, all homeschoolers are welcome to enroll in PRS regardless of where they live. .

Homeschoolers outside of Colorado enjoy record-keeping, official transcripts, and eligibility for a PRS diploma. Enrollment satisfies reporting requirements for Colorado residents only, so those outside of Colorado are responsible for following their local laws. Review your state’s homeschool laws on the HSLDA legal page.

If I enroll in the middle of the school year, can I report past attendance for this year?

No, only report attendance beginning on the date that you register your child.

If your child has accumulated any attendance days for the current year prior to enrolling with PRS, those days will be subtracted from the minimum required attendance days that you must report. Simply enter the number of completed days in the box at the top of the attendance form.

Why does PRS require attendance? What about unschoolers?

Attendance reporting is required to protect the school and all enrolled students legally.

Colorado law requires that private school students receive 172 days of instruction each year. This number is pro-rated for those who enroll in PRS mid-year. To comply with the law, PRS requires that planned attendance is in the system for all students to complete enrollment. If you are an unschooler, it is up to you to determine which days you wish to report as “attendance” days.

The online attendance form is set up to make reporting quick and easy. Simply enter the number of days you plan to complete each month. Once you’ve entered planned attendance for the year during enrollment, you are all set for the year. You will not need to return to the attendance page unless you wish to make changes.

Does PRS require grades? What about unschoolers and others who don’t grade their children?

Semester reporting, consisting of grades or a semester summary, is required to protect the school and all enrolled students legally.

The purposes of this reporting are:

  1. To demonstrate to PRS that you are providing the instruction required by law.
    PRS is required by law to provide a “Basic academic education” which “means the sequential program of instruction provided by an independent or parochial school. Such program shall include, but not be limited to, communication skills of reading, writing, and speaking, mathematics, history, civics, literature, and science.” (ref. C.R.S. 22-33-104)
    If for any reason, the legal operation of the school is questioned, it is possible that I would need to show these records as proof that the requirements are being met.
  2. To provide any future school with records as needed, if you should transfer the kids to another school.
  3. To provide records for any personal legal reasons, such as any charge of educational neglect, etc.

See Required Reporting for more information.

Note: Fall semester reporting is optional for students enrolled with a start date after November 31st.

Does annual tuition cover a calendar year or a school year?

Annual tuition applies to the PRS school year, which is July 1st through June 30th.

Tuition is not pro-rated regardless of when you enroll. For example, whether you enroll in August or January, your annual tuition will apply through June 30th.

Does PRS offer enrichment programs or classes?

No, PRS is a basic records-only program

PRS does not offer any enrichment programs or classes. However, children enrolled with PRS may also enroll in private or publicly funded homeschool enrichment programs.

Some umbrella schools offer in-person classes, social activities, testing services, etc. If you are interested in these services, I am happy to refer you to schools that offer them.

I read that PRS doesn’t require testing or evaluation. Is this true? How do we satisfy the Colorado law that requires homeschoolers to test?

Yes, that is true. PRS does not require any testing or evaluation.

Children enrolled in an umbrella school are not considered homeschool students under the law. Instead, they are private school students and are subject to private school law. Although some umbrella schools do require testing, private schools are not required to test or evaluate students. If you choose to test your child, you are welcome to upload the results in your child’s files.