We are very excited to welcome you to the Cherry Creek Options Program! If you are a homeschool family, we have a great opportunity to share with you. The Cherry Creek School District has developed a part-time homeschool program for students in grades K-12.
The Options Program is designed to support parents who choose to school their children at home. Parents remain the primary instructional provider, with the school supplementing their efforts. Families participating in the program get limited instruction and educational materials at no cost. This is possible because, as a public school, Options receives a portion of the PPOR (Per Pupil Operating Revenue) distributed at the state level for each enrolled student. This money is used to pay salaries, for curriculum and other costs associated with running the program.
Contact Time & Records
In order to receive funding, each registered student must spend a minimum of 90 hours per semester with a licensed teacher hired by Options, for a minimum of 180 hours per school year. This is approximately 5 - 6 hours per week. These hours must be regularly scheduled. High school students may be eligible for up to two (2) pre-approved classes per semester at a community college/university. The Options Program will pay the tuition. However, parents are responsible for fees and texts. Class time is counted for contact hours.
Curriculum is available for annual check out at no cost, except for consumables. Parents may order cost-effective, reusable curriculum, which is non-religious in nature. Items must be returned at the end of the school year. Parents can schedule an appointment with the main office staff to view curriculum. The staff will assist parents in choosing materials from a variety of subjects. In the spring, nationally standardized testing is offered at no charge for Options students.
The Options Program is part of the Cherry Creek School District and is open to students in grades K-12 and is designed to support parents who choose to school their children at home. Parents remain the primary instructional provider, with the school supplementing and complementing their efforts. Families participating in the program receive instructional and most educational materials at no cost. This is possible because, as a part of the public school system, the Options Program receives a portion of the Per Pupil Operating Revenue (PPOR) distributed at the state level for each enrolled student. This money is used to pay salaries, to purchase textbooks and curriculum, pay site rental and other cost associated with running the program.
What are the expectations for students?
It is necessary for students who enroll in the Options program to spend a minimum of 90 hours per semester with a licensed teacher hired by the Options Program, for a minimum of 180 hours per school year. This is approximately one day (five to six hours) per week. These hours are regularly scheduled. Contact hours may be obtained through Options Program classes for home-schooled students and college classes.
Students in grades 9 through 12 may become eligible for Concurrent Enrollment at a community college or university with pre-approval from an Options administrator. Options pays for tuition but parents are responsible for fees and textbooks.
Why would a parent choose the Options Program?
Parents choose to place their children in Options because their children can be a part of a classroom experience. They value the opportunity for students to share academic time with their peers. Also, science labs, art, music and other types of classes may be difficult to offer at home. Students are able to participate in group activities such as field trips. Parents encourage the opportunity for their students to experience the rigor of regular classroom setting and the accountability that comes from deadlines and the need to demonstrate organizational skills. Teachers are encouraged to develop on-going communications with parents to ensure school and home work together as a team toward excellent education for each child.
Another important aspect is that through enrollment with Options, parents have the availability of textbooks, curriculum and testing, paid through Options. Curriculum is available to parents for their home use for annual check out, at no cost except for consumables. Parents are able to order cost effective, reusable curriculum, which is non-religious in nature. Many of the curriculum choices are those that are in popular homeschool catalogs. Items are returned at the end of the school year.
What is the partnership between Options and Homeschooling?
Parents connected with the Options program consider home schooling their primary means of educating their students. State law relating to homeschooled students requires that each child participating in a non-public home-based educational program be evaluated when the child reaches grades three, five, seven, nine and eleven. Each child must be given a nationally standardized achievement test to evaluate the child’s progress (or a qualified person will evaluate the child’s academic progress). The test or evaluation results, is submitted to the local school district of residence. The purpose is to evaluate the education progress of each child.
All students should be registered with their home district as homeschooled. Since students in the Options program are homeschooled more than 50% of their time, Options provides students the opportunity to take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to fulfill this requirement. Options students are not required to take TCAP or ACT since they are homeschooled for their primary education.
Benefits of the Options
- Organizational and planning resources for your home school
- Free Curriculum
- Classes with Licensed Teachers
- Hands-on Activity Classes
- College Credit Courses
- Career Counseling
- Academic Testing
- Nationally Standardized Testing
- Transcripts for Options classes