What is FACE School?

FACE School is a private school that exists solely to serve homeschooling families.  We offer services like record keeping, consultations, transcripts, and diplomas that help you on your homeschool journey.  You are in full control of your student(s) curriculum, we're just here to support you in that.

I am NOT in Colorado.  Can I still enroll?

Absolutely!  We have students from other states and countries.  Whether you're a homeschooler in a lax law state but want a private school diploma, road schoolers looking for a consistent place to report to, or in another country right now but want a US diploma and transcript for your student we're happy to chat with you.  Please note.  It is impossible for us to know if what we offer meets your local laws on homeschooling.  While we're happy to hold your records and even issue your diploma, there may be additional requirements levied by your state or country that we cannot meet.  It is up to you to determine if we are sufficient for your state or country and if not, how to satisfy the remaining requirements.

I AM in Colorado.  What is different about homeschooling with you vs filing a Notice of Intent?

When you enroll in FACE you are removing your family from the homeschool law and putting your family under private school law.  You will need to follow our requirements, not the homeschool law requirements. 

 

  1. You do not send a notice of intent.  (You're a private schooler now!)

  2. We do not require testing. (See below for why.)

  3. We do not ask for your health or vaccination records.   That's between you and your doctor.  

 

What we do require is:

  1. Your family enrollment form:  This tells us who belongs to you, how to reach you, and what service level you want to enroll with.

  2. Each student's curriculum plan:  You are enrolling in a highly customized private school where each student has their own unique curriculum pathway determined by the parents.  We still need to have a record of what that curriculum pathway is though.  This is submitted using the academic record.  We need your plan by September 1st or within 30 days of enrollment, whichever is longer.   You are welcome to only list spine books and make any changes you need to during the year at your discretion. Changes can be made easily when you do your report cards as you will use this same form to report grades and attendance. (Unschoolers, contact us if you need help.  We know this can be a tricky one.)

  3. A report card in January and May:  K-8 may use Pass/Fail, Excellent/Satisfactory /Needs Improvement, or A/B/C/D/F.  High Schoolers are required to use the traditional A/B/C/D/F scale.​​

What is the same homeschooling with you vs using a notice of intent?

  1. You are free to use the curriculum you have determined is best for your students.  We do not control your curriculum.  

  2. You are free to set your schedule based on what works for your family.  Traditional, calendar year, year round, summers off, Thursday - Sunday, Monday - Friday, evening school, whatever works for you is fine by us.

  3. You are free to use the homeschool method that works for you.  Unschoolers, traditional schoolers, ecclectic, Charlotte Mason, classical, whatever works.

There are two legal areas where the requirements are pretty much the same requirement whether you're homeschooling with a notice of intent or with a private school.

  1. Education in the legally required subjects: How you cover these is entirely up to you but every student in the state has to cover them somehow.

    • 22-33-104 (2) (b) C.R.S. requires that a sequential program of instruction shall include, but not be limited to, communication skills of reading, writing, and speaking, mathematics, history, civics, literature, and science.

    • 22-1-106 C.R.S. requires information concerning the honor and use of the flag to be taught.

    • 22-1-108 and 22-1-109 C.R.S. requires the United States Constitution to be studied.  Instruction shall begin no later than the seventh grade and continue in high school. (You do not need to do a class in the constitution every year to meet this.)

  2. Adequate academic attendance:  Every student has to hit these minimums somehow.  They're not hard to do.   

    1. Kindergarten: 172 days of schoolwork per year, 2 learning hours on average per day. Estimating is fine. *note* this does not mean we think your kindergarteners should do 2 hours of bookwork per day.  That will just make everyone miserable.  Art, singing, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, imaginative play, active play, reading together time, all of that is very important!!! 

    2. ​1st - 8th grade172 days of schoolwork a year with an average of 4 hours of learning for 1st - 8th graders. *NOTE* Much like for our kindergarten friends, please don't only count bookwork!  Parents tend to forget P.E., Reading time, Art, Projects, Imaginative projects (i.e. writing and starring in puppet shows and plays in your living room), home ec, shop class, field trips, sports teams, and therapies.  If you think you're going to be short on hours it's likely you aren't counting all the learning they're really doing.

    3. High schoolers: These need to complete a set number of credits to earn a diploma.  Each credit equals 120 hours of work.  Additional high school information may be found on our high school page. For help with figuring out what is a credit please see: HSLDA Credit determination help.  

Wait... Why don't you require testing?

Private schools are free to choose what if any tests they require.  We have chosen to make them optional.  If you choose to do testing we will happily hold your records for you.  

Testing makes a lot of assumptions, particularly in the younger grades, about order of instruction and method of instruction.  Some curriculum teaches things in a different order or uses different vocabulary (math is a great example).  Some kids lack the concentration required to do well until they're older.  Some kids just develop the ability to do things in a different order.  Testing becomes pretty useless in all these scenarios.   Rather than have you teach to a test we want to empower you to teach the kids you have in the way that best fits those kids.   You will know where they need extra support and where they excel pretty quickly.  They're your only students!  

Testing is a skill and we do suggest you introduce it before your student needs to take big consequence tests in high school and beyond.  The ASVAB, ACT, SAT, or PSAT isn't a great first standardized test.  If you even think your child 'might' need these it's a good idea to introduce test taking strategies and some low consequence standardized tests at least by their Freshman year.