Canadian Homeschool Laws: Alberta

Canadian Homeschool Laws: AlbertaWelcome to Homeschooling in Alberta!

If you want to home educate in Alberta what do you need to do and know?

In Alberta, children who are between the ages of six and sixteen years of age on September 1 must attend school. Choosing to home educate is one of the options as a “school choice”.

In order to be legal and to receive funding (yes in Alberta you can get reimbursed for home education resources you purchase) you need to be registered with a “Willing Non-Resident” School Board by September 30 of the year you are planning to home educate.

What is a Willing Non-Resident School Board or sometimes called an associate board?

A school board that is willing (not all school boards facilitate home education so you need to find one that does, the term that is used for that is “willing”) and non-resident mean it doesn’t need to be in your “school district”, in fact you can register with any board you want to in Alberta. For example if I live in Calgary I could register with a Willing Non-Resident School Board that is out of Edmonton. The newer term for these boards is associate board. Each year you can choose any associate board you want.

In Alberta you also need to know these terms; basic/traditional, blended and fully aligned – and what they mean?

Basic or sometimes referred to as traditional home education is where the parent is fully responsible for the education of their child. That means they are required to use the General Learning Outcomes to determine and deliver their child’s education plan. The board can provide support but the parent delivers (teaches) the entire home education program to their child.

Blended is an option for each individual subject. For example you can be basic/traditional for your entire home education program except for say if you choose to blend Science. By blending Science you agree to follow Alberta’s Program of Studies for Science for whatever grade level you are teaching. The Alberta Program of Studies will detail which topics you are to teach for that grade level and in some cases what curriculum you need to use for those topics, sometimes you can choose but it has to meet all of the requirements stated in the Program of Studies. The law states that the board will deliver the program and may in fact offer “classes” or curriculum for the student to use however parents usually deliver the blended program as well, they just use resources agreed to by the board.

Fully aligned means that you are choosing to follow the Alberta Program of Studies for ALL subjects for whatever grade level you are home educating and that the board will provide the entire program to your child. This could be with printed materials/curriculum or on-line.

To get a better idea of what the General Learning Outcomes and what the Alberta Program of Studies are here is a sample of each?

The General Learning Outcomes is a list (from a-t) that basic/traditional homeschoolers must accomplish over the 12 years (or so) of education of their child. http://education.alberta.ca/media/1225757/home%20education%20handbook%20edit%20april%202010.pdf (page 38). Normally you choose 1, 2 or 3 that you want to work on for the year. For example for one year you may just focus on achieving the a) outcome; reading for information, knowledge and enjoyment.

The Alberta Program of Studies has the same general outcomes but each subject is broken down to more specific outcomes and you are given even more details about what you need to achieve for that particular subject. For example if you are blended for Science there will be 5 specific topics for each particular grade level for Science that you will need to achieve. Here is a link so you can see what that looks like. http://education.alberta.ca/media/654825/elemsci.pdf these are the Alberta Program of Studies for Elementary Science topics.

When you register with your chosen board you will sign the official notification form that you are going to home educate. You will indicate if you are choosing the basic/traditional program (General Learning Outcomes) or if you are blending any particular subject(s) and following the Alberta Program of Studies for those subjects).

Then you are responsible to have a minimum of 2 visits (3 or more if you are blended or fully aligned) with your facilitator (usually these happen at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year).

Who is your facilitator? Your facilitator is a certified teacher who is employed with the board you are registered with. Sometimes she is a homeschooler herself that happens to be a certified teacher. On your first visit of the year it is customary to put together an “education plan” for your child. You can write one up yourself or your facilitator can help you do it. This is a “living” document and you are free to change it anytime along the way as many times as you like. This is simply, a “this is what we plan to do” document. At the end of the year meeting you share what you actually did. Sometimes the facilitator will either take their own notes and/or take samples of your child(ren)s work for their files. Please note this is NOT to be a judgment on their part or is it a test that you fail or pass – they are simply recording what learning took place that year in order to meet the reporting requirements of the government.

Some frequently asked questions …and answers.

How much funding do I get and what can I spend my funding on and how do I get reimbursed? The amount of funding you get is determined by the “program” you choose. If you choose basic/traditional you usually get about $700. Blended is anywhere from $900-1200 and fully aligned you can receive as much $1500.00 per child. Please note that each board is different. Some boards only offer basic/traditional while some other boards don’t offer basic/traditional but offer the others – you really do need to be familiar with these terms in order to choose the program you want. Also each board has their own “requirements” of what they expect from a basic/traditional program and a fully-aligned – you need to have this information clearly laid out so that you know what is expected in order to fulfill their reporting requirements for any particular program. You can use the funding for any resources you deem “educational”, except traveling expenses. Again each board may choose to allow/disallow certain receipts so find this out before you spend the money and submit your receipt.

Do I have use certain curriculum? If you are basic/traditional you can use any resources you feel will met your goals/objectives. If you are blended in any particular subject your board will usually have a list of recommended resources to use for that subject that “align” with the Alberta Program of Studies. If you are fully aligned curriculum is usually assigned to you by the board you are registered with.

What if I want to pull my kids out of the public system during the year (i.e. after the September 30 deadline)? You absolutely can do that but you won’t receive any funding because the school you are currently registered with has received that funding and it’s not transferable. You should still contact a homeschooling board and they will do what is called a “rescue” (I know funny term but that is what they call it). They can still help and guide you with what to do for the remainder of the year and get the school files transferred for the following year if you choose to still homeschool with that board the following year, you are also free to go to any other board each year.

I’ve done all the legal stuff now what do I really need to do to do this thing called home schooling?

FIND a local support group (this is not usually a part of your school board but can be….). The school board should provide a good listing of local support groups for you. I can’t stress this enough – although this has nothing to do with the “legal” part of homeschooling it will mean the difference between a successful homeschooling journey versus one where you struggle on your own. If they don’t provide a listing for you, you can find a good listing here http://www.aheaonline.com/index.php/resources/support-groups or do a search on the internet that is location specific.

Finally please note, the Home Education Regulation http://www.qp.alberta.ca/574.cfm?page=2006_145.cfm&leg_type=Regs&isbncln=0779748387 which is what governs home education in Alberta is due to expire on August 31, 2013 – so requirements could change at that time, especially since a new School Act is being introduced into the legislative at the time of this writing, the School Act oversees the Home Education Regulation.

My opinion being added here…. Finding a support group is THE most important thing you will do in your home education journey. You will need to have a group of people who can answer your questions and concerns and you and your child will have friends to go on this journey with.

Also I usually recommend to new homeschoolers that they choose to go basic/traditional for at least the first year, until you have your feet wet – it gives you the most flexibility with the least amount of “requirements” and gives you time to learn what works for you and more importantly your child, this takes time.

I hope this helps in you having a successful and enjoyable start on your homeschooling journey!

Complied by: Lori Desrosiers

Lori Desrosiers has been home educating in Alberta for 11 years.  She lives in the middle of everywhere and in the middle of nowhere on her tiny acreage with her husband, two boys and several critters.  She supports home education with her various groups and activities and she believes in supporting home educators through the laughter and the tears and always having really good coffee on hand!

121 Comment(s)

  • by Kim Drake Posted September 18, 2012 10:22 pm

    Can I homeschool for the core subjects but have my child attend school for art, P.E. and music?

    • by admin Posted September 20, 2012 10:55 pm

      You’d have to check with the school that is in your area. Some do allow that. I would give them a call and see if they can help you set something like that up. -Lee

    • by May Posted April 25, 2018 8:12 pm

      0My son is registered in kindergarten for September. He is going to go to a charter school. I’m thinking that it might be a bit too strict for him, maybe not. But I was wondering if he doesn’t quite like it after a while. Will I be able to pull him out at any moment and register him for homeschooling for the rest of the year? Or do I even need to register him for kindergarten? Thanks in advanced. 🙂

      • by LisaMarie Posted May 1, 2018 6:20 am

        Hi May,
        As far as I know, you can take your son out of school at any moment you feel it would be best, but if you don’t register for homeschooling by the Sept 30th you won’t be eligible for any funding. I’d recommend connecting with one of the provincial associations or groups to see exactly what they suggest as best for your little guy. Try these: http://aheps.ca/ or https://www.aheaonline.com/
        I hope that helps.
        Lisa Marie.

  • by J. P. Posted October 9, 2012 6:55 pm

    I’m very interested in homeschooling me child. But I would not like to stop when I started. So, for how long will that be aloud homeschooling, I meet be the low. Is there a point or could whe do that for years? Me little one will turn five in two months.
    And second, do I have to be certified?

    • by admin Posted October 13, 2012 5:13 pm

      I think the best thing to do is email us and we can help you better that way. you do not have to be certified. But knowing where you are will help us more.

  • by Shirlene Posted November 19, 2012 4:51 pm

    I am interested in homeschooling my daughter. I need to know what I need to do to get this started.
    My daughter is in grade 4.
    I would like to start teaching her for grade 5.
    How do I go about this.

    • by admin Posted November 20, 2012 2:45 am

      Hi Shirlene. Give me an email at homeschoolcanada@shaw.ca and I will talk to you more about it. Thanks! -Lee

  • by Darcea Posted November 21, 2012 12:50 am

    im in grade nine this year and i am interseted in switching to home schooling… can i do that? and if so how to i go about doing that?

  • by Lisa Posted January 25, 2013 4:16 am

    Hi
    We have has a complicated experiance with public schools. I have been thinking about home schooling for a few years and am now giving serious thought on the matter. You see my son is now in grade 2, he has number of disorders where he needs aid of a professinals. Sadly the public schools can not assist properly with his needs. Infact due to these dissorders he has a major behaviourl problems. So the schools have focused on his behaviour and not his academics. He is now in grade 2 functioning at a kindergarden level. I really want to help my son, is it possible to. take him back to kindergarden through home schooling? The public

    • by Lisa Posted January 25, 2013 4:18 am

      Sorry it would not let me finish my last sentancs. Which was the public schools keep pushing him forward and he is falling further behind. Any advice would be great, thank you.

    • by Lee Posted January 31, 2013 11:19 pm

      Yes Lisa, absolutely. The great thing about homeschooling is you can educate your child at any level that is suited for them. Sometimes I forget what grade my kids are in because we just go with what they are learning and their own individualized level rather then what the government thinks they should be at. You can email me to discuss it more if you’d like.

  • by Charles Posted January 30, 2013 3:56 pm

    Are there standardized tests in Canada either per year or per subject students can take.
    I’d like to have an “official certification” on certain subjets (i.e Biology11) to make sure acceptance in university is not jeopardized.
    Something like distance education for adults or the AP college in US for college level subjects. Thanks,

    • by admin Posted January 31, 2013 11:15 pm

      It depends on where you are located Charles but there are different avenues you can take to make sure getting into University isn’t jeopardized. Lots of Universities welcome homeschool students and offer courses to get what you need to go to University. – Lee

    • by Amy W. Posted November 4, 2013 9:22 pm

      I’d like to know if there are standardized tests for elem. children being homeschooled?

      • by Lee Fisher Posted November 5, 2013 7:03 am

        It all depends on whether you register with a program, school district or choose to go out on your own without any support. If you email me I can match you up with other Alberta Homeschoolers. – Lee

  • by Tarek Posted February 16, 2013 5:18 pm

    I’m living abroad and i want my son to join university of Alberta. Can my son do homeschooling from abroad and get a certificate?

    • by Lee Fisher Posted February 16, 2013 7:12 pm

      Hi Tarek, I am not to sure. You can email me and we can talk about it some more. -Lee

  • by Garth Posted September 6, 2013 5:03 pm

    I am thinking about homeschooling my child. My question is, am I allowed to homeschool other children besides my own? Some of my friends/neighbours might be interested in having their children be homeschooled by us at the same time. They don’t want to quit their jobs in order to do it so might want us to homeschool their kids as well.
    Is this allowed?

    • by Lee Fisher Posted September 11, 2013 9:55 pm

      HI Garth, Anyone can educate your child with homeschooling. As long as all the children are registered as homeschoolers it shouldn’t be a problem.

  • by Tania Posted October 18, 2013 2:50 am

    For health reasons, my husband and I are thinking about spending six months in the southern US and the summer months back in Alberta. Are we able to homeschool our children with the Alberta curriculum while we are done in the US?

    • by Lee Fisher Posted October 18, 2013 5:56 pm

      I would think so Tania. It probably all depends what you will declare as your main resident.

    • by Ann Posted March 3, 2014 5:52 pm

      Hi Tania, just wondering if you did the “snowbird” thing and how it is going as we are considering the same.

  • by Sherri Posted October 24, 2013 3:59 am

    This is an awesome site with some powerful information.
    Thank you.

  • by Yousra Magdi Posted October 29, 2013 9:49 pm

    Hi. Can I still register for homes schooling in Alberta??

    • by Lee Fisher Posted October 30, 2013 7:38 pm

      Yes. You can register at anytime.

  • by Amy W. Posted November 4, 2013 9:20 pm

    I’m a US citizen homeschooling in Alberta (not because I want to but because I’m here on a visitor visa that expires 9/14 and found out a week before school started that my kids can’t attend public school). I’m wondering if I should still register my 4 children with the school board (or if I even can?), just because when I go back to the states I want to be sure they get credit for the year they weren’t in school. Do you have any advice about this?

    • by Lee Fisher Posted November 5, 2013 7:05 am

      I am not sure about this situation, sorry Amy. I am wondering if you have to register with a US Program? There are ones set up for families that do travel and maybe this would be one of those situations. I am surprised you can’t put your children into the public school system there being you are there on a Visa. You can email me and I can see if we can find some more information on this. -Lee

    • by Laura Posted December 30, 2014 8:51 pm

      Wondering if you ever figured this situation out. My husband may have the opportunity to work in Edmonton thru his job. We are US citizens and homeschool. I’m looking to find out what the rules are for non citizens in Alberta. Thanks!

  • by Tammy Posted December 8, 2013 12:21 am

    My 13 year old niece is an AB resident I am a BC resident. Can she do her AB homeschooling if she lives in BC with me for a 6 months?

    • by Lee Fisher Posted December 8, 2013 9:54 pm

      Hi Tammy, Email me and we can chat more. -Lee

  • by Chelsea Posted December 12, 2013 5:16 pm

    I have just decided to home school my son for the rest of grade 2 but I’m having issues finding the curriculum information and where I can buy the books he needs. I would like him to leaarn about canada and the metric system so I don’t want to order from the states. Any ideas?

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  • by Amy Posted January 26, 2014 5:25 pm

    hi i was wondering if i want to home school i alberta can i get someone else to teach me because my parents are working a lot? if possible were could me and my parents contact?

    • by Lee Fisher Posted January 31, 2014 11:42 pm

      Hi Amy,
      Please email us and we can help you further. -Lee

  • by Tina Posted February 4, 2014 6:21 pm

    Hi,

    I have no idea where to begin when it comes to homeschooling. I have been thinking about home schooling my oldest daughter for a while. She’s in grade nine and I believe she is really a a grade seven level. The school just kept moving her on to the next grade regardless of what i wanted. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • by Lee Fisher Posted February 5, 2014 10:01 pm

      Hi Tina, you can email us and I will help you with your questions! – Lee

  • by Heather Wereley Posted February 19, 2014 1:23 am

    Hello my name is Heather I recently moved to Edmonton with my two children because of a family crisis! At the moment I am having a hard time finding a home for us to live so we are currently staying with friends. Due to the unseen circumstances my children have been out of school for about two months! Now they are finding it hard to catch up to where the class is and understand the lessons properly. I was hoping you could give me a number to call so I can get information to start homeschooling them!

    • by Lee Fisher Posted March 7, 2014 9:59 pm

      Hi Heather. I am so sorry to hear of your struggles and sorry it has taken me so long to respond. If you can email me I can get you in touch with some ASAP! Lee

  • by Tonya Posted February 19, 2014 3:45 pm

    Is it possible for a certified teacher to teach our child and other registered homeschoolers at her home. Our alternative Christian program has been removed from our public school, and we would like to pay our teacher to teach from her home. How many children can be homeschooled at once.?

    • by Lee Fisher Posted March 7, 2014 10:06 pm

      Hi Tonya, Can you please email me and I can set you up with an Alberta contact who can answer these questions. Thanks -Lee

  • by Jaime Posted April 7, 2014 4:49 pm

    Due to some family matters and by agreement with his mother , my son is spending the rest of the school year (April-June 2014) with me. He was attending an elementary school in Airdrie -Alberta and he is currently on 3rd grade.
    I AM IN PERU with him, and I DONT WANT HIM TO FALL BEHIND on his education. I know there are about 10 weeks left of school for him. Is there a way that I can home school him so he finishes third grade? Would he be tested on our return to Canada in June? Where would I find the program to be covered for the remaining of the school year?

    • by LisaMarie Posted May 14, 2014 5:55 pm

      I’ve sent you an email with a contact for someone in Alberta who might be able to help. Sorry for the delay.

  • by Melissa Posted May 15, 2014 1:40 am

    Hi my 2 children are currently in the public system but with all the issues we have had with other kids and ours interacting my kids are emotionally drained and they really don’t want to go to school anymore. Is it possible for a parent who barely graduated and one who dropped out to home school effectively? 1 is in kindergarten and the other in grade 2…

    • by LisaMarie Posted May 15, 2014 9:50 am

      I want to encourage you not to look at your own schooling experience as a mark of success or failure for homeschooling. Anyone who is willing to put the effort into homeschooling will be able to do it. 🙂 There’s plenty of resources and support to help you along. Plus! A bonus is that you get to learn right along with your child! 🙂

  • by Christal Posted June 10, 2014 2:50 pm

    I am exploring the idea of homeschooling my child and I have a couple questions about accelerating his learning. What are the rules around accelorating his learning (in alberta if that makes a difference). For example finishing high schiool a couple years earlier than his peers. Also for transcripts for post secondary, are there final exams for him to complete to prove proficiency in the subject, is he still required to take the diploma? I am just wondering how the homeschooling experience looks for an extremely bright child.

    • by LisaMarie Posted June 18, 2014 7:10 am

      Hi Christal,

      I popped you an email with an Alberta connection that might be able to help you find some answers! 🙂

  • by Tracy Cornett Posted June 23, 2014 10:44 pm

    Hi I am a parent to a 3 year old and a 1 yr old – seriously considering homeschooling. The oldest is attending a pre school program – How do I get info about homeschooling from scratch – I’m looking at starting it when the oldest is 5 – as I will have to quit my job to do this.

    Thanks!

    • by LisaMarie Posted June 25, 2014 6:51 pm

      Hi Tracy,

      Thanks for stopping by my site. I’m going to pop you an email with a contact out in Alberta who will be able to give you some more information about how to homeschool in that province.

      Other than that – I recommending looking into what your child needs to learn and enjoy a lot of play based learning! They are still wee little ones. Just spend time reading and playing as much as you can. <3

      • by Tara Posted September 4, 2014 1:11 pm

        Hi Lisa Marie,

        Could you send me the information as well please?

        Thank You,

        Tara

  • by Beaulah G. Posted June 25, 2014 6:39 pm

    OMG, some people are thinking about homeschooling their children, and they can’t even spell or write correct sentences!!! Beaulah G.

    • by LisaMarie Posted June 25, 2014 6:46 pm

      Don’t forget, Beaulah, that what you see in comments isn’t always an indication of someone’s ability to provide an education for their children. I, personally, don’t judge people based on their writing or spelling – because I make typos too and occasionally am using my phone where things aren’t always as easy to type as I’d like to be. Plus – people who struggle with spelling and writing can either a) outsource or b) learn right along with their child.

      Thanks so much for stopping by my site.

  • by Sammi Posted August 23, 2014 9:09 pm

    Hi, I live in Newfoundland with my mom and my dad lives in Alberta. I want to move up there but I do not want to go to a new school, I suggested homeschooling And he said he will look into it and that there is a high chance that it will happen. I was just wondering how would this work, this year I would be starting grade 9. We were looking for an online homeschooling program.

  • by Allison Thomasson Posted September 9, 2014 2:24 pm

    We have two girls supposed to be in Grade 4 an Grade 6 here in BC. My husband works in Alberta and due to the teachers strike we are looking at moving out to him. The job where he is out in Cold Lake right now will be finished in the next few weeks so we are looking at going out to stay with some family in Edmonton until we find out were in Alberta he will be sent to next. Could we enroll in a homeschooling program now and also our children are and have been in French Immersion since Kindergarten, could we do a homeschool program in French Immersion.

    • by LisaMarie Posted September 21, 2014 9:03 am

      Hi Allison,

      I’m sorry – I somehow missed your comment! There are a lot of questions here. I’m going to pop you an email and see if we can find you someone to connect with in Alberta to help you get started!

      Lisa Marie.

      • by Anita Posted June 9, 2015 12:07 am

        I too would like to find out if I could homeschool the French immersion program to my kids. What are the details? Thanks.

        • by LisaMarie Posted June 19, 2015 7:00 am

          Let’s see if my AB contact can help you find your answer. 🙂

  • by sebastian Posted September 12, 2014 2:43 pm

    hello i am not sure if anyone can help me with some answers my wife wants to get her highschool diploma unfortunatly due to some bad experiences in life she was never given thee proper help and attention since she has a very hard time learning we have talked about it and it would be great if i could home school her i am just wondering if that is even possible or if this is something available to people under 19 years of age thank you

    • by LisaMarie Posted September 12, 2014 4:41 pm

      Hi Sebastian,
      Thanks for stopping by my site.
      I think your best option is to look into adult continuing education and see if you can find a distance education or online program that you can do at home with her. I found this website that might help: http://alis.alberta.ca/ep/eps/tips/tips.html?EK=186 and this one: http://www.adlc.ca/ that seems to be the main distance education program site.
      I hope that helps a little!
      Lisa Marie.

  • by val Posted September 18, 2014 3:23 pm

    Hi
    We are considering home schooling. I am somewhat confused as to what the outreach programs are and if they are the same as home schooling or what the differences are?
    As well who do we contact to register and what funding is available?
    Thank you

  • by Jodi Posted September 22, 2014 1:57 pm

    Hi, I have a 15 year old step daughter that chose to leave home and live with her 18 yr old boyfriend…long story.
    She is living on her own, working full-time, but she still wants to get her education( grade 10 currently). We enrolled her two weeks ago in Beyond Walls run by the Prairie Rose Division. I received a call last week from the principle and counsellor at her former school, telling me because she is 15 she must be enrolled in a regular school. I am interested in knowing if home schooling could be an option for us, as she refuses to attend conventional school due to her work schedule?
    Her attendance at conventional school the last 3 years( before we were given guardianship) has averaged 255 missed classes per year. Unfortunately we cannot undo the damage done by her prior living arrangement, but we would like her to be successful from this point forward. Enrollement in conventional school is only setting her up for failure in every area of her life.

    Thank you,
    Jodi

    • by LisaMarie Posted October 7, 2014 8:37 pm

      Hi Jodi,

      I’ve sent you an email to connect you with someone in Alberta who might be able to help your situation. I’m sorry for the late answer!
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Tracy Posted September 22, 2014 5:12 pm

    Hi,
    I am planning to home school my children next year. Will I be able to register all 4 for the same year?
    Their ages range from 11 down to 4.5.
    Thanks

    • by LisaMarie Posted October 7, 2014 8:41 pm

      Hi Tracy,

      I think you are free to take all your kids out whenever you’d like and start homeschooling as you want! However, I popped you an email to connect you with a homeschooling expert in AB.

  • by Maria M. Sulistiantini Posted September 25, 2014 11:42 am

    Hi, I am an Indonesian and my husband is Canadian (he’s from Alberta), we live in Indonesia. We have 2 boys, 5 and 2 years old and they both have Indonesian and Canadian nationalities. I have a desire to do homeschooling in 2015, my oldest is attending a Kindergarten class this year. I am wondering how to do homeschooling with Canadian curriculum from Indonesia. And what support that we possibly can get from here? This is all new to me, I really need help to understand more about homeschooling my kids. Your help will be appreciated… Thank you.

    • by LisaMarie Posted October 7, 2014 9:00 pm

      I’ve sent you out an email with some ideas. Hopefully that will help!
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Tenisha Posted October 7, 2014 3:21 pm

    I have been Homeschooling my daughter through the same Board here in Calgary for the last three year. This year would be year four. I was informed that the last day for returning student to re-enrol for the 2014-2015 school year is September 30, 2014. I attempted to re-enrol my 9 yr. old daughter on September 30th online, but was unable to do so because the “Parent Locker Accounts,” from last year were deactivated too early, as I was informed the following day (October 1st) via email by someone from the technical support Help desk, which I contacted minutes after attempting to access my account. This individual informed me that all I need to do is create a new account online and register my daughter. So that’s exactly what I did. I received a call 5 days later (October 6th) informing me that my child’s registration was not approved because it was created on October 1st, and that the application would be deleted.I was also given contact information for the principal to appeal to. I spoke to the principal today (October 7th) which informed me that they will not accept my daughter back because the registration was completed on the 1st of October. I pleaded with him and explained that it was not my fault the accounts from last year were deactivated too early, but he maintained that there’s nothing he can do. What would you say is the best action for me to take now? Can a School Board refuse to re enrol a child even though we did nothing wrong? I am concerned about my daughter not be “registered.” Any feedback or suggestion would be tremendously appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  • by Tenisha Posted October 7, 2014 6:08 pm

    Thankfully the principal’s assistance just called on his behalf to notify me that my daughter’s registration has now been approved. I am relieved that I don’t have to take any further action at this point to resolve the issue. Thank you for all the help and support you give to those with Homeschooling issues and concerns. I am glad I discovered this site even though my issue was resolved before you had an opportunity to respond. Thanks again!

    • by LisaMarie Posted October 7, 2014 7:26 pm

      Oh Tenisha,
      I’m so glad that you were able to get the situation solved.
      Sorry that I haven’t been around my computer today.
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Wen Posted October 13, 2014 12:57 am

    I see as posted above that a child has to be 6 on September 1st to qualify for funding with a HS board. What happens in the case where a child turns 6 in October or November of the current school year? Do they have to wait until the following school year when they will be turning 7 to start register with a board and begin legally homeschooling? I am in Edmonton Alberta.

    • by LisaMarie Posted October 15, 2014 8:32 am

      Hi Wen,

      I asked about this in our facebook group and got the following answers:

      “Legally you have to register a child if they are 6 by September 1st. If your child doesn’t turn 6 you can wait until the next year to register them (which we did with our oldest) but you can get funding for them if they are registered in grade 1.”

      “Funding is cut off on September 30th by the Alberta government. That is the last day schools will receive funds from the Alberta government for the families enrolled and therefore they will not have further funding to disperse to late registering families. There are no exceptions. I believe children must be 6 years of age by February 28th of the school year to register with a board for grade 1.”

      I hope that helps.

  • by anShantellandrom Posted October 16, 2014 10:19 am

    I am excited to find this page and want to congratulate all of you on your homeschooling decisions. We are in year three of homeschool and love it. My best advice is this: 1) find a good school board. For example, The Centre for Learning at Home is fantastic and very academic based, whereas Argyll is a better fit for those who choose to unschool.
    2) View curriculum if you can, prior to ordering it. It is very difficult to tell online how a program will be set up.
    Happy homeschooling!
    (I am starting a blog: Perfectly Hapy in an Inperfect World on blogspot. Would love to see you there!)

  • by Rhonda Posted October 30, 2014 2:44 pm

    My husband and I are planning on leaving Canada to live and travel the world on a sailboat. We are going to be homeschooling our children during this amazing journey. Where do I start, who do we report to, and how can we accomplish this seeing that home visits/testing won’t be possible?

    • by LisaMarie Posted November 1, 2014 6:33 pm

      Hi Rhonda! AHH! What an amazing sounding adventure! I first of all recommend connecting with one of the Alberta support groups to get their advice. They will know the ins and outs of homeschooling from AB better than I will.
      I also posted your question on my Facebook page and got several responses. Hopefully something here can help too! https://www.facebook.com/thecanadianhomeschooler/posts/801831986529348
      If there’s anything else I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  • by Peggy Posted January 16, 2015 1:14 pm

    Hi my daughter is 7 and is in French emersion school. She is struggling with the class having 31 kids in her class. She needs more one on one help I want to home school her but I’m scared of screwing things up I want her to get the best education possible and where she is, is not receiving it. I don’t know where to start. Please help

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 24, 2015 7:35 am

      Hi Peggy,

      It sure can be scary to think of homeschooling. Have you checked out my “how to homeschool in Canada” ebook? (https://thecanadianhomeschooler.com/how-to-homeschool-in-canada-ebook/) It’s got some information you need about getting started. I’m also going to recommend checking out the AHEA (http://www.aheaonline.com/). I’ve popped you an email to connect you with my Alberta contact. Hopefully between all these options, you’ll get the answers you need. Let me know if you need anything else!
      Lisa Marie. 🙂

  • by Trish Posted January 20, 2015 4:50 pm

    I have been considering home schooling for a few years and would like more information please. My daughter is in half kindergarten and half preschool to fill the week at a public school so I can work. I didn’t jump into it before because I was worried about finances and cost. Could you send more information about this program and who I can contact to get started?
    Thanks for your time,

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 24, 2015 7:27 am

      Hi Trish,

      I’m not actually a program, but a reference website. Homeschooling can be as cheap or as expensive as you choose – there are many many free online resources that you can use, places that you can buy used books, community resources like the library and homeschool groups, and other options if you are looking for a cost-effective way to go. On the other end of the spectrum are boxed curriculum sets that can be very costly but include everything you need. It sure doesn’t need to cost a lot – especially in the early years.

      Since you are in Alberta, I recommend checking out the Alberta Home Education Association (http://www.aheaonline.com/) – they will have all the information you need, or at the very least be able to direct you to it.

      Thanks so stopping by!

  • by Kimberley Posted February 1, 2015 2:22 pm

    HiMy situation has changed and I am considering homeschooling my son who is in grade 2 French but probably for only a short term until I know where we will be living. Can I move him from classroom instruction to homeschool and back within a two-four month time frame

    • by LisaMarie Posted February 3, 2015 7:13 am

      Hi Kimberley, I’m popping you an email. Hopefully we can help you get some answers. 🙂

  • by Kim Posted February 4, 2015 6:13 am

    My 8 year old twin girls were the victims of an a random assult in our neighborhood, and are now too scared to go to school. I don’t want them to fall too far behind at school, but I also don’t wanna push them into going back too soon. I am very interested in homeschooling them asap, but I’m really not too sure where to start! Any help would be great! We’re in Central Alberta.

    • by LisaMarie Posted February 4, 2015 6:54 am

      Hi Kim,
      I’m so sorry to hear about your daughters. I’ve sent you an email to connect you with someone in Alberta who hopefully can help you find what you need. All the best!
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Kristen Kuefler Posted February 11, 2015 1:40 pm

    My daughter currently in Grade 1 is well above everyone in her class and isn’t being challenged. I am interested in alternative schooling for her; I am wondering if there is a way I can hire a certified teacher and she can be homeschooled. I am unsure of how that would work, or if it is feasible.

    • by LisaMarie Posted February 22, 2015 10:02 am

      Hi Kristen,

      I’ve popped you an email to connect you with someone in AB who might be able to answer your question. Let me know if I can help with anything else. 🙂
      Lisa Marie.

  • by kim crocker Posted February 24, 2015 6:58 pm

    Hi, my son is having problems in his grade one class and I think the best thing for him would be to pull him out and home school. Can you send me the information I need to set this up? Thank you.

    • by LisaMarie Posted March 1, 2015 11:06 am

      Hi Kim,

      I’ve popped you an email to connect you with my awesome AB contact. She’ll be able to help answer your question.

      If you haven’t already, I invite you to sign up for my newsletter and get a copy of my “How to Homeschool in Canada” ebook. It has lots of information on how to get started in each province and resources you can use. (https://thecanadianhomeschooler.com/how-to-homeschool-in-canada-ebook/)

      Hope that helps,
      Lisa Marie.

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  • by Don Posted March 3, 2015 6:31 pm

    I have a 4 year old son who is significantly autistic. He can barley make it through 2 of the 3 hours of the EASE program at Aspire, and we worry that he wont be comfortable in a typical classroom setting. He is non verbal, and doesn’t use sign language (May never do either). We are thinking that some form of homeschooling may be best for him. How do we go about that process for a mentally disabled child?

    • by LisaMarie Posted March 4, 2015 8:15 am

      Hi there,

      I’d recommend you connect with someone in the AHEA – the Alberta Home Education Association, as they might be best able to offer insights into what you need in terms of homeschooling there. http://www.aheaonline.com/ – they do have a Facebook page as well.

      In terms of how to homeschool your child with their special needs, you are probably going to have to research what specifically your son is going to need and how you are going to be able to teach that to him. It sounds like your son has significant enough challenges that you might just need to work on developing whatever life skills he needs before you consider any additional education programs.

      Please let me know if there’s something else I can help you with,
      Lisa Marie.

  • by Sarah Posted June 3, 2015 9:57 am

    I am planning on educating my children at home for this one upcoming year, as we are moving mid-year to Alberta. I am considering traditional homeschooling but wondering about requirements for transitioning back into the public school system the year after. What are the requirements or process for re-entry into public system after traditional homeschooling?

    • by LisaMarie Posted June 5, 2015 9:22 am

      Hi Sarah,
      I popped you an email to connect you with my contact in AB who is super helpful!

  • by simona Posted June 4, 2015 11:30 pm

    We live in Edmonton. My son has special needs: down syndrome and autism. I want to homeschool him from September 2015 as he is going to grade 1. Can anyone help us with some ideas about the curriculum and about places for field trips, connecting with other parents? Where do I register him and when is the deadline for registering him in order to qualify for the funding? Thank you
    very much.

    • by LisaMarie Posted June 5, 2015 9:22 am

      Hi Simona,
      I’ve sent you an email to connect you with our AB contact. 🙂 – Lisa Marie.

  • by Sheryl Posted October 17, 2017 4:30 pm

    My daughter is in Grade 8 and we are pulling her for home schooling. She would like to fast-track her education. Is it possible for her to do grades as she’s ready versus following the school year time frame? Thank you!

    • by LisaMarie Posted October 29, 2017 9:00 am

      I’m sending you an email.

  • by Antoniya Panayotova Posted January 14, 2018 8:22 pm

    Hello
    My family lives part time away from Canada because of my husband’s work
    I’m considering homeschooling instead of always being separated during the school year
    Will I need a permanent address here that the facilitator must come and what if we don’t have one and just rent for the few months we are in the country
    And what if we are away from the country when the facilitator wants to schedule a visit , also is there any testing at the end of the year or anything like that , or all the grades are up to the parent ?
    Thank you for your time

    • by LisaMarie Posted January 15, 2018 7:46 am

      Hi there,
      I’m going to pop you an email and connect you with someone in AB who will be best able to help you find an answer to your questions. 🙂

  • by Chrystal Firth Posted February 28, 2018 9:43 pm

    Hi there I live in Calgary Alberta my daughter has just recently shown an interest in online schooling or homeschooling. She has been registered in the public school system since kindergarten and is now finishing up grade grade 8. I would like to arrange online schooling or homeschooling for her for the start of grade nine however i’m not completely certain where to start. If you are able to guide me it would be a blessing. Thank you so much

    • by LisaMarie Posted March 8, 2018 7:15 am

      Popped you an email. 🙂

  • by Jennie Posted March 21, 2018 1:33 am

    I’m planning on homeschooling my daughter this fall. She’d be starting grade 2. She really wants to homeschool 🙂

    How do I get started?

    • by LisaMarie Posted March 28, 2018 8:14 am

      Hi Jennie. 🙂
      I’m going to connect you with someone who is in AB and might be better able to help answer your questions. 🙂

  • by Taylor Posted April 19, 2018 9:15 pm

    I am currently working at a camp and i am to far from town. My son will be starting primary in September. I want to home school him from where we are. Where do I start and what am I suppose to do to get started?

  • by Irina Posted June 28, 2018 8:31 pm

    Hi there, my son just finished public school grade 1, and he really wants to try homeschool next year. What I need to do for start ?

  • by Sageda Elkut Posted August 12, 2018 6:16 pm

    Hi, I’m planning to have both of my daughters do homeschool. They both really want to do homeschool and which seems like a great idea to me since I feel like they’ll focus more on their education then they would going to a public school. I work and so does my husband, so I really can’t stay home and teach them. Is there a service that can teach them? or an online school? I’m also wondering if we choose any online school or the government recommends some. And what do they need in order to homeschool?
    Please help.

    • by LisaMarie Posted August 14, 2018 5:59 am

      Hi there Sageda,

      I am absolutely sure that there are plenty of options for you in Alberta. Sadly, I’m not 100% familiar with all your options, but there are programs like https://www.adlc.ca/courses/ that might work, depending on the grade you need. I’d check out the AHEA website (https://www.aheaonline.com/about-home-education) for more information on what you need to do to get started with homeschooling in Alberta.

      I hope that helps get you started!

  • by Jennifer Posted September 5, 2018 8:46 pm

    My child is currently doing grade 8 online. Would we be eligible to be reimbursed for the cost of buying the computer and other computer accessories we’ve had to purchase?

    • by LisaMarie Posted September 5, 2018 10:38 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      Since I’m in Ontario (where we don’t get any funding at all), I’m not 100% able to answer your question. BUT – if you scroll down to the bottom area on this page from THEE -they have a link to a list of is eligible for reimbursement: https://thee.ca/how-it-works/funding/ – it looks like computers are included.

      However, it would probably be best to contact your homeschooling board or an association like AHEA for the most accurate information. 🙂

  • by Di Posted October 25, 2018 9:51 pm

    My student has complex medical needs that put him at risk in a typical school environment. He currently has access to PT OT and SLP through school. If he is homeschooled is there any funding to access these services in Alberta. The family income is limited since Mom is a single parent and needs to stay home due to the child’s 24/7 care needs.

    • by LisaMarie Posted November 5, 2018 7:15 am

      Hi Di,

      I don’t actually know about the regulations about supports in Alberta, so I’m going to direct you to AHEA. They will have a better idea than me, or should be able to give you advice on where you can get that info! https://www.aheaonline.com/

      I hope that helps!

  • by Jenn Posted December 12, 2018 11:07 pm

    Hi, I would like to pull my son out of public school ASAP, and start the homeschooling process. At this very moment I feel at a loss. He has been struggling since he started and is now in grade 7. Not at his grade level and gets suspended for every little thing. I need help with getting started and how to get the work he needs. Thank you.

    • by LisaMarie Posted December 18, 2018 12:20 pm

      Hey Jenn, I would recommend connecting with AHEA as they will help you find out the steps you need to get started. (https://www.aheaonline.com/)

  • by Sg Posted February 16, 2019 6:27 am

    Have the laws changed since this article has been written? What are the laws now for 2019? Is traditional still an option?

  • by Leslie Posted March 31, 2019 3:15 pm

    Hi. I’m in Calgary. I’m wondering if I homeschool my son in Grade 1 starting in September 2020 when he will be 5 (born March 12 2015), will he be able to go into Grade 2 at a public school in September 2021? Thanks very much.

  • by Me Posted April 7, 2019 8:04 pm

    Can you teach your own program without having to check in with Alberta education?

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