Students may take part in home-based education instead of attending a provincially funded or independent school.
Deciding to homeschool is an important decision for you and your child.
As a parent/caregiver, you need to consider several factors including but not limited to:
- Your child's interests and learning styles;
- Your family's beliefs and values;
- Available program options;
- Time available to support your child's education; and
- Legislative requirements.
It is important to have positive and ongoing communication and cooperation between the parent/caregiver directing the home-based education program and the registering authority.
Parents, guardians and caregivers have the right to homeschool their child if they choose. They are responsible for choosing and directing the program and must make sure that the program is age- and ability-appropriate for their child.
The parent(s)/caregiver(s) who are responsible for and directing the home-based education program must lawfully have charge and custody of each student on the home-based education program.
If applicable, explain any circumstances such as guardianship, separation or divorce that relates to the charge and custody of the students on the program.
3. How to Register
- Contact the board of education of the school division in which you are resident of the intent to educate your children on a home-based education program. Send your notice of intent and written education plan to the registering authority (school division).
- Full name, gender and date of birth of each student on the home-based education program.
- If applicable, provide information with respect to the last school which each student attended, the year that each student last attended school, and the grade completed during this year.
- Full name, address and telephone number of the parent or parents who are responsible for and who are directing the home-based education program.
- Philosophical approach and reason for home-based education programs;
- Education activities, instruction methods and learning resources which the parents will use in the coming school year;
- Means of assessing and recording the educational progress of each student; and
- Areas of study and learning outcomes for each student for the coming school year.
Written Plan requirements vary by school division. Contact your local school division for more details.
5. Further Information
School divisions register all home-based educators in their region.
School divisions may also offer a number of supports, including:
- Assessment for students with intensive needs
- Driver education
- Home-based learner assessments
- Distance-learning opportunities
- Access to learning resources
- Support for earning secondary credit