Umbrella Schools in Colorado



An umbrella school, also called a cover school, is a type of private school for homeschoolers. Instead of submitting records to the school district, the homeschooling family enrolls with an umbrella school of their choice and submits records to them. Even though they are being educated at home, they are then considered private schooled students.

The purpose of many umbrella schools is to help you comply with your state's compulsory school attendance, record keeping, and testing laws. In some cases, there is no actual school building and the decision on curriculum, how and when children are taught, is still yours. Other umbrella schools do take more of an active role in a homeschooling family's education. Some offer field trips, scholarships, report cards, or diplomas, have a full curriculum, and an actual school building.

Before registering with an umbrella school, make sure you understand the school's requirements and that it matches with your family's needs.


Front Range Christian School
FRCS offers record keeping, one hour of homeschool coaching/curriculum consultation, transcript help, access to curriculum coaching and advice from an experience homeschool parent. A Homeschool Enrichment Program is also offered through FRCS if near Littleton.

High Country Christian Academy
HCCA is incorporated as a private school and children enrolled are considered off-campus students. They are not under the homeschool law, but under the private school regulations, which is a legal option to homeschool in the state. HCCA also offers testing using the Terra Nova test (and it is also a Test Repository as well).

West River Academy
Minimal oversight over educational activities while still being covered by an umbrella school. Families may use the curriculum of their choice or not use a curriculum. Run by Peggy Webb, a veteran homeschooler/unschooler, and her daughter Karen Abe, a grown unschooler, West River Academy provides educational freedom to homeschooling families worldwide.

Spiral Academy
Minimal oversight over educational activities for homeschool families. Their sole intent is to lend support for academic excellence that is always conducted in the spirit of religious and cultural tolerance. Religious and political beliefs are not part of Spiral Academy's identity or purpose. Curriculum is not regulated and testing/evaluations are not required.

CHEC - Christian Home Educators of Colorado
A Christian umbrella school with minimal oversight of your homeschool program. You are still responsible for record keeping, curriculum, teaching and assessments, but you report to CHEC instead of the school district. A high school diploma can also be purchased. CHEC is a statewide homeschool support organization; in addition to the Independent School, CHEC also offers seminars and conferences to equip new and current homeschoolers, as well as other family events through the year.

FACE School
FACE School is a Christian umbrella school. Though they hold the belief of Christianity, they do not exclude anyone on the basis of their religious beliefs. They also offer a homeschool enrichment program.

Concordia Youth Academy
Concordia Youth Academy is an umbrella school set up for unschoolers. You can email Debra for more information.

CHESS
The Colorado Heritage Education School System is a private school offering umbrella services to homeschoolers. You can still choose your own curriculum and schedule. CHESS also offers an enrichment program for those in the Greeley area.


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