Since the 1988 landmark decision of the Colorado Court of Appeals in People in Interest of D.B., 767 P.2d. 801 (Colo. App. 1988), many Colorado families have enrolled their children in independent schools. This case acknowledges the practice where children are “enrolled” in an independent school but pursue their studies at home under the guidance of their parents. These schools are sometimes known as umbrella or satellite schools and have proven to be successful in providing a quality education for their enrolled students.
As an alternative to the homeschool statute, many Colorado families have enrolled their children in an independent or satellite school while continuing to teach them at home. In this article, HSLDA provides members with a detailed explanation of the independent school laws mentioned in Part 1 of our Colorado Law Series, giving you the legal foundation and requirements for this option.