Welcome to Homeschooling in Prince Edward Island.
“Cradled on the waves” of the Northumberland Strait, Prince Edward Island is the smallest and most beautiful province in our country (I’m a little biased). Not only is it a great place to live, it is also a great place to homeschool. Why is that?
Homeschooling in Prince Edward Island: How to Get Started
Homeschoolers in Prince Edward Island enjoy a huge amount of freedom when they choose to educate their children at home. There is no requirement to report back to the provincial government. All the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development asks is that you submit a simple form called “Notice of Parent’s Intention to Home School” (available here: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/home-education ) stating that you intend to homeschool your children. You are completely responsible for all curriculum, record keeping, and testing.
You can, however, choose to use the provincial curriculum. Contact the Department for more information on that. However, most homeschoolers prefer to use one of the multitudes of curricula available that complements their lifestyle, philosophy, and moral/religious beliefs.
There are always lots of activities going on in the homeschool community: sports like swimming and skating, ceilidhs (kitchen parties) and other musical events, outings to farms, sugar bushes and cultural centres, and much more.
I am blessed to live in this province where home education is a relatively straightforward venture and where there is a vibrant community of like-minded people to support you. Homeschooling on Prince Edward Island is an exciting opportunity and a privilege!
Homeschooling in PEI: Important Links
- The PEI School Act, if you wish to read it: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/sites/default/files/legislation/s-02_1.pdf
- The Department’s website: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/home-education
- PEI Government Curriculum Outcomes: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/home-education
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This post was originally posted by Jacqueline MacGregor in 2015. Jacqueline lives near Montague in eastern Prince Edward Island with her husband, their two children (who are both educated at home), and a Netherlands Miniature rabbit named Euphemia. She enjoys making cards, baking, reading, and gardening. This post was updated in 2020.