Frequently Asked Questions

What does Homeschooling involve or How does Homeschooling work?

Homeschool laws vary from state to state.  In Colorado, it essentially requires 172 days of instruction a year, averaging 4 hours or more a day.  Required subjects include, but are not limited to, reading, writing, speaking, math, history, civics, science, and Constitution of the United States.  Adequate records must be kept and there is required testing or evaluation starting in 3rd grade, and then each odd year thereafter.

For more specific information regarding Colorado Homeschool  Law, visit Homeschool Facts here

Can you attend if you do not live within the district?

YES, you may enroll!  There are no geographic boundaries for this school as it is an open enrollment program.

Who teaches the classes? 

Our wonderful teachers are all licensed and certified in the State of Colorado as well as passionate, creative, and adept in the areas they teach.

Can you be enrolled in both COVA or Connections Academy and Options?

No.  Both COVA (or other programs like them) and Options are public school funded programs. You need to choose one or the other.

When can I register my child and how do I do it?

Registration opens in March of each school year.  Please contact one of the coordinators to inquire about a visit and filling out a preliminary enrollment form.

I missed the start of the year, can I enroll my child at any time?

Please contact the site coordinator for information on enrollment deadlines and to determine if space is available.

Do I need to file a Letter of Intent to Homeschool?

Yes. You can fill one out right here.

What supplies do my child need?

See the Supplies List under the Additional Information tab.  

My child has/had an IEP or 504 can I still enroll?

As an enrichment program, Options schools do not have the special education staff to implement an IEP.  However, we strive to meet the needs of each homeschooling family.  Please visit our Options Counseling website for more information.

What are the fees?

NONE! There are no fees required to participate in our program!  

There may be a cost for optional field trips and activities. We encourage you to collect BoxTops for Education or sign up for King Soopers Community Rewards to help us reduce these expenses. 

BoxTops are now collected digitally by scanning your grocery receipts in the app.  More information here:

You may register your King Soopers Shoppers Card for Community Rewards here: 

Once logged into your account, you can search for Aurora Public Schools Options Program either by name or JG243 and then click the Enroll button. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a loyalty card.

Is there a volunteer requirement?

Yes, please! We need everyone to help with lunch duty at twice per school year.  

How/Where do I order the books for classes?

Books for individual classes (if required) are provided in class the first day of school.  However, you have access to a vast library of curriculum to use at home for the other days of the week.  Items are checked out and returned at the end of the year.  Visit Options Books to review curriculum choices and to schedule an appointment at the Aurora Office (curriculum\headquarters) to browse through the various curriculum choices in person!