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Application for the Certification of Multi-district Online Schools

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.


  • 2019 Application Instructions and Guide-Coming soon, please check back.
  • 2019 Review Rubric for Certification of a Multi-district Online School-Coming soon, please check back.

The next opportunity for certification will be January 2, 2019.

Amendments to Certification are accepted January 2, 2019 through April 2, 2019.

  • 2019 Amendment to Certification (DOC)-Coming soon

*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 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, 2019.

Application of Recognition for Single-district Online School/Program (DOC)

All applications should be sent via email to:

Renee Martinez at

Application Support and Assistance:

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Early Warning Systems, September 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm.
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2017 Webinars

2017 Student October Count Webinar Recording
Webinar held on May 24, 2017 at 10:00 am

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Past webinars: Recorded 2015-16

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