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Application for the Certification of Multi-District Online Schools

Legislation and Rule direct the Office of Online & Blended 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 Online & Blended 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.


The next opportunity for certification will be January 2, 2015.

Amendments to Certification are no longer being accepted for the 2014-15 school year.  

*Single-District Online Programs and Schools

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 Online & Blended 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, 2014.

All applications should be sent to:

Renee Martinez, Online & Blended Learning Specialist
Office of Online & Blended Learning
Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax
Denver, Colorado 80203

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