Guidance for potential schools and Authorizers regarding the application process as well as resources for the existing professional online community
- Application for the Certification of Multi-district Online Schools
- Single-district Online Programs and Schools
- Trainings, Events and Webinars
- CDE/Calendar of Events/Conferences
Legislation and Rule direct the Office of Blended & Online Learning to develop and implement a process for certifying multi-district online schools. Only multi-district online schools and their relationship with the authorizer must be certified by the Office of Blended & Online Learning .
- Certification is not required for a single-district online school or program.*
- Certification is not required for supplemental online programs.
- Online schools that serve a student population drawn from two or more school districts must apply for certification.
- Application Instructions and Guide (DOC)
- Application Instructions and Guide (PDF)
- Review Rubric for Certification of a Multi-district Online School (PDF)
The next opportunity for certification will be January 2, 2016.
Amendments to Certification are accepted January 2, 2016 through April 1, 2016.
- Instructions and Requirements for Amendments to Multi-District Certification (PDF)
- Instructions and Requirements for Amendments to Multi-District Certification (DOC)
Certification is not required for single-district online programs or schools. However, prior to beginning operations a proposed program must submit an Application of Recognition to the Office of Blended & Online Learning, which will determine whether or not the proposed program meets the CDE definition of an "Online School or Program." A program that meets the definition will be "recognized" as an "Online School or Program" in the state of Colorado.
Additionally, a district that wishes to operate a single-district online school must apply for a school code, operate with its own administrator, a separate budget and a complete instructional program. An online school is responsible for all state and federal reporting requirements and accountability processes. Any online program with one hundred or more students shall be considered an online school.
Applications of Recognition must be received by June 1, 2016.
All applications should be sent via email to:
Renee Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Support and Assistance:
- Visit our Frequently Asked Questions section
- Contact Renee Martinez at 303.866.6864 or by email at email@example.com
Kindergarten Readiness in Online Settings Webinar
The Office of Blended and Online Learning and the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness held a webinar regarding Kindergarten Readiness assessment in online settings. To view the recorded webinar from September 15, 2015, click here.
Q&A/Office hours will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm. This will be an opportunity to bring questions and share thoughts. To attend the Q &A Office Hours forum on 9/25 please click here.
Recorded 2015-16 Webinars
- Online Authorizer Assurances Webinar Recording August 7, 2015
- 2015 Student October Count Webinar Recording: May 19, 2015
- Statement of Residency Affidavit Webinar Recording March 10, 2015
Office of Online & Blended Learning Best Practices Webinars:
- PBIS-Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Webinar Recording-September 19, 2013
- MTSS-Multi-Tiered System of Supports-Session 1 Webinar Recording-April 26, 2013
- MTSS-Multi-Tiered System of Supports-Session 2 Webinar Recording-May 10, 2013
- SB 10-191 Webinar Recording-January 25, 2013
- READ Act Webinar Recording -November 16, 2013
Colorado ACT-Online Schools:
For information about the 2015 Colorado ACT for Online Schools, please visit the following webpage:
Colorado ACT for Online Schools
- To view the recorded webinar from November 5, 2013 please visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/coact-training
Professional Development offered by the Response to Intervention/Positive Behavior Support (RTI/PBS) Office:
UIP (Unified Improvement Planning Resources) Training Opportunities:
CDE/Calendar of Events/Conferences