Guidance for potential schools and Authorizers regarding the application process as well as resources for the existing professional online community
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.
Standard form for Memorandum of Understanding between Multi-district Schools and School Districts (DOC) (Used to notify districts of Learning Center intent)
The next opportunity for certification will be April 1, 2014. A digital copy must be received by CDE no later than 4 p.m., April 1, 2014.
Amendments to Certification may be submitted after January 2, 2014 but no later than 4:00 p.m., April 1, 2014.
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 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
Application Support and Assistance:
- Visit our Frequently Asked Questions section
- Contact Renee Martinez at 303.866.6864 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2 Webinar Recording-May 10, 2013
SB 10-191 Webinar Recording-January 25, 2013
READ Act Webinar Recording -November 16, 2013
Student Pupil Count (October Count) for Online Schools Webinar
To view the recorded webinar from May 21, 2013, click the following link:
Student Pupil (OctoberCount) 2013-2014 PowerPoint (PDF)
Colorado ACT-Online Schools:
To view the recorded webinar from November 5, 2013 please visit:
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