Homeschooling in Colorado thrives, but options in Fountain are lacking
Last updated 11/15/2022 at 1:27pm | View PDF
Since January 2020 homeschooling in Colorado has increased from 3.4% to 8.7% (Nationally the average has increased 5.5% - 11.1%). With widespread access to the internet, hundreds of curriculum options, in person meet up groups, and publicly funded enrichment programs, homeschooling has become more attainable than ever before.
Throughout Colorado Springs there are programs specially for children to explore the outdoors, take care of horses, and homeschool geared dance - gymnastics - karate classes, but the opportunities here in southern El Paso County are non-existent. We have no support from our local schools, no good meeting space, no co-ops (cooperative classes), no extracurricular classes, and no places for middle and high school kids to be with other kids their age.
Just earlier this year, I tried to start a Homeschool Club at the Fountain Library (our ONLY free public meeting place) and had to scrap it because the meeting room was being used for voting for 5 weeks.
For kids ages 10 on up (Homeschool or Traditional School), they have told me they have a difficult time meeting other kids their age because there is nowhere for them to go hang out.
As Fountain expands and as the type of families who homeschool changes and grows, we need our area to change and grow with this community.
* A public meeting place; in an ideal world this would be a rec center with a meeting space and activities for all ages
*More activities for our pre-teens and teens: Mini Golf, Bowling Alley, Family Friendly Restaurants, Soda Bar...
*An expansion of the D8 School District to include a homeschooling option (Such as D2 - D20 - D49 currently have)
*Credits to help with the cost of homeschooling (materials/supplies) - In the 2019-2020 school year the average cost for a homeschooling family in the USA was $1,500, while taxpayer publicly funded education spent $12,000 per student.
Home education has changed drastically over the last few years, I know for me personally I NEVER saw my family taking this route until 2 years ago. It's definitely a struggle at times, but the freedom that homeschooling has given every aspect of our life has been worth all the ups and downs. My hope is that continuing to work within the Fountain community we can achieve a rich homeschooling environment with a wealth of possibilities for our kids.
If you would like to participate more in the Fountain Homeschooling community, check out the Facebook Groups: Colorado Springs Homeschoolers Adventure Club and Fountain Valley homeschoolers. We meet all over town, but our main meetup is every Friday from 1:00-3:30 at Fountain Valley Baptist Church.