Canadian Homeschool Laws: Quebec

Canadian Homeschool Laws: Quebec

As of July 2018, laws and regulations surrounding homeschooling in Quebec HAVE CHANGED. I’m still working on finding someone to help update this post with current and up-to-date information, so in the meantime – please reference AQED’s 2018 Suggestions Guide for Parents. You can download it from the link at the bottom of THIS PAGE.


 

 

 

 

In Quebec the ONLY law for homeschoolers is the following:

Education Act
DIVISION II

COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

15. The following students are exempt from compulsory school attendance:

(4) a student who receives home schooling and benefits from an educational experience which, according to an evaluation made by or for the school board, are equivalent to what is provided at school.

Steps to Homeschool in Quebec:

If you are a member of HSLDA, call them first to make sure you give the School Board only what is neccessary.

If you are already registered in a School Board:
Send a letter to the School Board stating that you are going to homeschool your child and a list of books you will use to school your child.  Do not sign any contracts or any of the School Board documents. Once that is done wait for the school board to contact you and be in constant contact with the HSLDA so they can help guide you throughout the process.

If your child isn’t registered in a school, you have two options:
1. Start homeschooling your child without telling the school board.

2. Send a letter telling the School Board you are homeschooling your child.

As with the first option, if you are a member of HSLDA, call them and be in constant contact with the HSLDA so they can help guide you throughout the process.   Unfortunately, the School Boards in Quebec try to scare parents and use their inexperience in education to get the parents to sign contracts that are not in the best interest of the child. Thus the reason certain parents decide not to tell the School Board.

Because the law is very vague each school board has their own interpretation.  Most School Boards are very hard on homeschoolers and call Youth Protection Services the minute a parent tells the School Board they will homeschool, even though homeschooling is legal.  They usually have higher standards for homeschoolers than for their teachers.  Most school boards have a limited or no knowledge of what homeschooling is and have no interesting in finding out.  This confrontational attitude towards homeschoolers has forced certain homeschoolers to go underground.  There are two small school boards in Quebec who have different attitudes and want to help homeschoolers not control them.  Unfortunately, the majority of school boards still see homeschoolers as a threat to education.  Attitudes are very slowly changing but it is still very much two steps forward three steps back in Quebec.

In Quebec, homeschoolers get no money/educational resources or support from the School Board/Governement.  Yet School Boards want to control everything that the parent does.  This is where support groups and networking are the key.

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Compiled by Amber Lawerence

I am a homeschooling mom of 3, living in Rawdon, Quebec.  I am the founder of the Association d’ Enfants Scolarisés à la Maison (AESM)/Association of Children Educated at Home (ACEH).  Visit our website www.ecolemaisonlanaudiere.org.  We are also on Facebook.  I am in the process of helping my School Board change their attitude towards homeschoolers.

128 thoughts on “Canadian Homeschool Laws: Quebec”

  1. i am interested in home schooling …i dont know where to begin…school board isnt much help. i live in saint-norbert. i am english and my son has always attended french school. do i have to home school in french…i dont know the language well enough to teach .is it possible to have teaching materials in english and student materials in french…my understanding is the school board will give final exams in french to my child. they really have me confused…i need alot of answers…but most importantly is my child deserves his education.

      1. Please help me as I have a child special needs and misses lots of school and without having trouble be able to homeschool gin till he recovers
        He is registered in laval school plz what steps land letter to whom to I have to send

  2. Hi,
    I want to start home-schooling my daughter in English even though I’m in Quebec and French is the main language. The reason for that is that there is a strong possibility that we move to Ontario in the next few years and I want to teach her in a language that I am more comfortable with. I want to know if that is possible or even legal since I studied my whole life in a French school in Montreal (which didn’t help much since I know English better than French) and my husband’s 5 years of elementary school in Ontario don’t really count due to him not having his Canadian citizenship. I don’t even know where to register, which books I need to buy and, basically, I don’t know where to start. I want to make sure I have everything right from the beginning.

    1. Hi Ksenia! Send us an email and we can help guide you through the steps and get you connected with other Quebec homeschoolers to help you. -Lee

      1. Hi
        I am planning to home school my 2 kids and I live in Montreal . My kids are registered with Lester b Pearson schools
        How can I do that
        Thank you

  3. last yr I decided to homeschool my 9 yr old without registering him to any of the school boards. just yesterday the youth protection called me n scaring the hell out of me saying that im breaking the law. my 4th grader is doing his homeschool curriculum and other things and I just dnt know wht to do now. she made it sound really scarry on wht I did tht I didn’t actually signed him on any schoolboard. pls I need sum advice

  4. We have been home schooling our 5 yr old for a year now in MB but just found out my husband is being transferred to Ottawa/Gatineau. We want to live in Gatineau but are concerned about the school board there causing trouble for us as a home schooling family. Anyone know anything about this area?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Barbara, If you are on facebook please join us at Homeschool Swap: Canada and we can set you up with others in the area. -Lee

  5. Hi
    I’d like to homeschool my 6yr old. We live in India now but have Canadian passports, indian residence but canadian nationality. Could I still be eligible for registering for homeschooling in Canada?
    Thanks!
    Megan.

    1. Hi Megan, As far as we know the only way to register as a homeschooler in Canada is to live in the Country itself with an address here.

  6. Hi, im 16 and want to be homeschooled but we dont know how to start or what books and such things to get or where to them. My parents said if i can get the information i can be homeschooled

    1. Hi Caitlin, I have a great contact in Quebec that would be able to help you answer these questions. Please email me for more information. -Lee

  7. Hello,

    First, I commend you on your site and your generosity with the time and assistance you offer to all these families, God bless you!
    I am conflicted with sending my daughter to school next year and have strongly considered homeschooling, there is an English school in Quebec City as she is more comfortable in English; however, I have a problem sending her to any school for that matter because of the way in which children are taught, and of course, there is no instruction in catechism.
    I’m running out of time to make this decision and have no idea where to start in order to prepare for homeschooling and meeting the required law(s).

  8. Hello!
    My family and I are moving to a new region in Quebec. I am 16 years old and I have one year to go to finish my secondary education. For my last year, I would like to be homeschooled and my parents don’t mind. Is it possible? If yes, what shall we do? Thank you in advance

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  10. Hello,

    I have two children, 6 and 8, in the Montreal English School Board. Is it possible to partially home school the children? I want to homeschool them from Christmas Break to March break. This way, we could divide our time between our Montreal home and our Florida home, while still giving the children the benefit of a school community.

    Thank you,
    Gabrielle

    1. Hi Gabrielle, IF you email me I can point you in the direction of someone who can help answer your questions. – Lee

  11. Hi,

    I am a single mom living in the bigger Montreal area and would like to homeschool my teenage son, even though I have a 9 to 5 job.

    We tried regular school and alternative program, but neither seem to be very good for him; he has good grades, but is often sick due to a fragile immune system.

    I have the capacity of teaching him at home (got 2 bachelor’s), but I have been seriously scared by child protective services when I tried to homeschool him from pre-school.

    Can anyone help me? I is doable? Can he still go to cegep and/or university? Furthermore, can I ‘enroll’ him in a French programm instead of the Quebec one?

    Please help!

  12. Hello I started to homeschool my daughter age 7 this year, we live in Shawinigan Qc and the school board and the school told me that they are going to be calling youth protection because I refused to sign a school contract… did I do wrong by not signing the contract… please I am a mom that is getting really nervous… my daughter is dyslexic and I am working really close to my daughter in order to give her the best education possible… what to do now

    1. Hi Linda, SO sorry to hear about that. I have an amazing contact in Quebec who can help you. Please email when you can and I can set you up with her right away. -Lee

  13. Morning Lee,
    We are a Canadian family living outside Canada and planning to go back in Summer 2015. We have a 12yrs old boy with a low level of Down Syndrome. He has been attending a normal scheme school in Kuwait, Middle East, and we were trying to help him live a normal life. He is in Year 6 now. He is very smart and can coop just fine with a normal kind of an environment. Before going back to Montreal in summer 2015, we intend to put him on home schooling next year, if possible. So once we go back, he can continue the home schooling there.
    Would appreciate advising us, or leading us to someone who can, on the norms of such cases, if any.
    Thanks
    Eli

  14. I am really thinking about home school. I am an early childhood educator, so i know id be good up until grade one but would i have to order lesson plans from something like oak meadow? And where can i find the laws for home schooling in shawville quebec?

  15. Hi
    This is a drop off the normal path, but I was wondering if you could help me. If I wanted to keep my child [secondary] home and out of the local schools, aside from homeschooling, would it satisfy Quebec requirements if I enrolled my child in a distance learning program in an accredited US school? He would get a high school diploma via accredited online classes. Thanks for your help !

    1. Hi Jack,
      Thanks for stopping by and your question. That’s a great one. Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer. I do know that Quebec has a lot more challenging a homeschool environment that most of the rest of Canada. To find out an answer, I recommend that you:
      a) connect with the HSLDA. (www.hslda.ca). They are the legal knowledge for homeschooling in Canada.
      b) contact a local homeschool group or quebec homeschool association such as: http://www.aqed.qc.ca/en/ or http://www.acpeq.org/en/index.html

  16. Hello,

    I’m interested in home schooling my son. He’s 7 going on 8 and is having a hard time at school. is there any option in Gatineau for home schooling children?

    1. Hi Jennifer. Homeschooling is legal in every province and territory of Canada (yay!) However, Quebec seems to have the most challenging environment to do so. I recommend the following. First, connect with the HSLDA (www.hslda.ca) as they are the legal force that supports homeschoolers across the country). Next, connect with some homeschool networks in the province – such as http://www.ecolemaisonlanaudiere.org/, http://www.aqed.qc.ca/, or https://www.acpeq.org/
      From there, you can likely find a support group, information on what you need to do to get started, and learn about homeschooling in that province. I also invite you to check out my new ebook – How to Homeschool in Canada – as I’ve put lots of resources in there which might help.
      If you have any other questions, please let me know and I’ll try to help. Good luck and all the best with your homeschooling journey.

  17. Hello
    my child just started grade 5. I am thinking about homeschooling now, we luce in laval. Can anyone point me in the right direction please? I also have a child in grade 2 and a three year old.
    thank you.

    1. Hi Nancy,
      If you haven’t already, I invite you to sign up to get my ebook – it’s got a lot of great information about getting started with homeschool all across the country. For Quebec, here are some great groups to connect with:

      Association Québécoise pour l’éducation à domicile (French site): http://www.aqed.qc.ca/
      Association of Christian Parent Educators of Québec (bilingual site): http://www.acpeq.org/en/index.html
      Association d’Enfants Scolarisés à la Maison (AESM)/Association of Children Educated at Home (ACEH) : http://www.ecolemaisonlanaudiere.org/

      I hope that helps.

  18. We want to take our daughter out of the system and homeschool her (we’ve homeschooled in another province previously) and am wondering why homeschoolers here need to write Ministry exams, especially when the secondary exams won’t result in ‘graduation’?

    1. Hi Monique,

      I popped you a quick email connecting you with a homeschooler in QC who will be better able to answer your question than I can. Quebec is a very challenging province to homeschool in.

  19. I want to start homeschooling my child (I’m a mother of 2 with no diploma ) I only want to homeschool one child because she is getting bullied. I’m a stay at home mom and my spouse works. I live in rouyn-noranda. Do you think I can just do online classes (Rosetta stone , HSLDA)

  20. Hi!
    I’m looking for information about homeschooling my son. We’re english speaking living in Aylmer, QC. I’m not sure what steps to take or how to get started. If you could please contact me I would really appreciate that!
    Regards,
    Monique Manatch

  21. I have a 4 year old daughter who I’ve been teaching at home since she was a baby. She is currently completing Grade 1 math, reads at probably a Grade 2 level, is learning to write, etc, etc. The one subject I am concerned about is french. I want her to learn and be comfortable in french. I plan to homeschool her for all of her school years. However, I have been toying with the idea of putting her in half day kindergarten when she turns 5. There is only full day here, but would just have her be absent every afternoon. As I’m a single mother, I feel its in her best interests to spend the morning in a french environment which we will consider her “french class”, while I can work from home in the morning, and then she’ll have my full attention to homeschool the other subjects in the afternoon. I have been told by many not to put her in school as Quebec is not very homeschooling friendly, and once she’s on their radar, putting her in school for kindergarten is not worth the hassle I will later have. However, I do feel this part time school attendance is in my daughter’s overall best interests. Am I making a foolish decision? Also, does Quebec at all support part time enrolment for certain subjects in future grades. Is there any info on that? For example, if she could go to school in future grades for only the part of the day where they have french class, that would be extremely ideal. Or is it full time enrolment or nothing. Thanks in advance.

  22. Hello, I am the Mom of a 12 year old. We moved here to Repentigny last October. He is in grade 6. He has ADHD and anxiety disorder and his new school here is realy not giving him any support. They keep saying they want to reevaluate him, but we are now almost in February, my son is freaked out with school because he doesn’t get any support and I have to work each evenings at least 3 hours at home to help him. I am seriously thinking of homeschooling him, but I do not have a clue where to start. Could somebody give me a hand please? Thank you soooo much!!!

    1. Hi Valerie,
      Thanks so much for the message. I’ve sent you an email cc’d with a contact in Quebec who will be able to help you. 🙂
      Let me know if you need any more help,
      Lisa Marie.

  23. Hello;

    My wife and I are moving to the val-des-monts/notre-dame-de-la-salette with our year old baby. We are looking for the possibility of a shared homeschooling program for our children with other parents/teaching groups in the area. If there is also an option from these groups for daycare, I would like to discuss options here.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks 🙂

    Andrew

    1. Hi Andrew,
      I’m not sure if you will be able to find what you are looking for, but I’ve sent you an email to my Quebec contact. Hopefully she might have some ideas!
      All the best,
      Lisa Marie.

  24. Hello,
    I’m a mother of two girls in secondary 1 and 3 in Québec. We have decided to homeschool since my daughters are very bright and creative and are not at all motivated within the school system. They are very responsable and do very well in school so I know that they will do fine outside of the system. We live in the Eastern Townships, the girls go to Richmond Regional High School in Richmond, Qc which is part of the Eastern Townships school board. I would like to know if you know anyone in my region that could tell me how to go about the transition (we have not told the school yet) and also where I can find homeschooling material that reflects the Quebec education programme?
    Thank you,
    Monique J.

  25. Natasha Rooplal

    Hello, my son is in his first year of high school and I am thinking about home schooling him. He goes to a French school board and I am not sure of the procedures. I would like to home school him in English. Where do I start? Should I become a member of HSLDA?

    Thanks,
    Natasha

    1. Hi Natasha,

      I would highly recommend at least connecting with the HSLDA to see their recommendation. Also, I’m going to send you an email to connect you with a lady in QC who is very knowledgeable about what steps to take there. 🙂

      Lisa Marie.

  26. I have just emailed you guys, I am at a loss when it comes to homeschooling, but I do think that maybe it will be an option for my daughter. I do hope to get an email soon, it would help in this difficult process.
    God bless and have a wonderful day.
    Sandra – Malartic, Qc, Canada

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  28. Tina Eckerlin

    Hi,
    I have 2 children in the school system right now: my daughter in kindergarten, and my son (who is repeating grade one).

    I am seriously considering homeschooling due to my sons needs for extra help. He was diagnosed with ADHD, speech apraxia, and we fear that there is yet another learning disability. He is quite bright, and he has had some wonderful teachers, but truly requires more 1 on 1 help.

    I am very concerned with the process here in Western Quebec, and don’t even know where to begin despite my research.

    Could you help point me in the right direction?

    Thanks,
    Tina

    1. Hi Tina,

      I can totally appreciate your challenge to find information. I’ve popped you an email to connect you with an awesome homeschooling advocate in QC. Hopefully that will help.

      Let me know if you need any more information. 🙂

      Lisa Marie.

  29. Marivic Miranda

    Hi,
    My son is in Grade 7, and I am considering home schooling him because lately, he is suffering from anxiety. I have trouble getting him ready for school every morning. Can you help me how to get it started?
    I highly appreciate it if you can give me more information.
    Thank you and hoping for your reply.
    .

    1. Hi there.
      I popped you an email to connect you with a friend in QC who is better able to help you directly with your question. I know you will be in good hands!
      Let me know if you need any more help,
      Lisa Marie.

  30. Hi,
    I have a daughter who has just turned 6, i have been homeschooling her so far. The schoolboard here requires the parent to sign a contract that i feel totally corners the parent,that i do not want to sign but I have heard stories so i am all paranoid. Would like to connect with other homeschoolers as well. Thank you for any help and advice in advance

    1. Those are some valid concerns. I’d recommend that you connect with the HSLDA (www.hslda.ca) first of all – they are experts in legal matters to do with homeschooling across Canada. Second, if you are on Facebook, we can help you find some other homeschoolers in QC to connect with. Feel free to join us at Homeschool Swap: Canada if you are. Next, I’ve forwarded your question to a friend in QC who is better able to help you with your provincial questions. All the best on your journey.

  31. Hi! I want to homeschool my daughter she will be in grade 9. I don’t know where to start, Please I need some help!

  32. Hello,
    This is a different question from a different person… I’m in high school, I’m 15 and turning 16 in December, I suffer from anxiety, I’m recovering from an 8 year depression, I have regular panic attacks and I’m transgender (also known as Gendee Dysphoria). All of these together (and more that I don’t need to include; you get the basic idea) make me afraid to go to school, even though I know I’m ‘safe’ there. I’ve been homeschooled in grade 1 for over half of the year since the school had me kicked out because I was bullied (I know… it’s ridiculous) and when I went back to public school the next year, I was in an advanced class.
    I’ve been thinking about going back to homeschooling for a bit over a ywar now, however I don’t know where to get the supplies (textbooks, workbooks/sheets, etc) nor the cost. I was also wondering if there was a possibility of learning at your own pace; as in, if you have the capacity to fit a whole school year in four months, would it be allowed?
    Thank you in advance,
    M.

    1. Hi M

      I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been having a tough time with school. I’ve sent you an email to connect you with my QC contact who should be better able to help you find the answers you need.

      All the best,
      Lisa Marie.

  33. Hi. My children have been attending school in English as we came to Canada with a work permit. We became permanent residents on February of this year and now my children are not allowed to continue their studies in the same schools they have been attending to the past five years. One is going to Secondary Four and the other one to Grade Four. I can’t afford private English school for both. Can you please let me know what I have to do to homeschool my children?

  34. i have two boys. We were first temporary resident and got eligibility to send children in english. My older one passed high school and is in college now. However my younger son 13 was going to english high school till 2014 June. He is diagnosed with ADHD. i applied to school board to extend eligibility as he has other learning disabilities too. Govt wants more and more proof for his disability. i don’t know really what to do. he would not be able to survive in French et all. Please help.

    1. Ugh, I’m sorry to hear that you are having some challenges. Although Im not sure completely if you are looking for help related to homeschooling or if you are more looking for support with the school board, I’ve sent you an email to connect you with my friend, Amber, who might be able to help you find a solution. Good luck with your journey.

  35. Hello,

    Not quite the same questions here, however I’ll ask anyways. lol
    I’ve been ‘home-schooled’ my entire life. From 6 to 17. I feel I haven’t learned anything since my single mother didn’t give me any study matieral, nor taught me. I’ve just realized how much of a problem this is for my future at this age. I know quite a bit by myself of studies but haven’t picked up any school books ever. I’m looking into getting to study everything I missed out on my life but I have no idea. I could hack at science/math from different websites but it seems pointless since I’m missing big gaps.

    I don’t feel like going back to school, I’ll feel like an idiot not understanding basic stuff. I’d rather learn it 8hours a day at home and get diploma by 19. Is this possible?

  36. Hi, My son is 5 and I am debating whether to send him to a special school or home schooling him. He is physically disabled and mentally as well. He needs assistance eating, sitting, ect. He plays with toys that are approximately 6 months to a year, so would not be able to learn a normal curiculum. Ive looked for information everywhere and am not sure what my options are. He is in a wheel chair as well, as he cannot walk. I am very nervous about sending him to a school for these reasons. I know him well, hes not comfortable with new people, or loud noises and the list goes on. I live in St.Hubert , Quebec and would really appreciate being pointed in the right direction. thank you so much.

  37. Hi, I’m thinking about homeschooling my 13 year old daughter. We live in western Quebec. Not sure where to start and the books we’ll need. Any help would be great.

  38. Hi, I am thinking of homeschooling my 3 kids ages 7,9,12. We started the school year in California and then moved to Germany and then back to Boston for awhile. We are now back in Quebec (St-Raymond) and I simply can’t put my kids in yet another school this year so I have decided to homeschool them until the end of the year at least. I have no idea where to start and who I need to talk to and contact. I would really appreciate some help and guidance. Thank you!

    1. Kathleen Hayden

      Hi Nadia,

      I homeschool my child in Florida and we are considering moving to Quebec and we would be neighbors, as we would be in the Lac Sergent area. If you get this message, I would be happy to hear from you. Please feel free to email me. Kathleenhayden1971@gmail.com

  39. I live in Montreal and am interested in homeschooling my 11 year old. She has been attending a French Waldorf private school which we can no longer afford. I am able to put her in English public school, however I feel she would be behind most kids in her grade (in relation to what is taught at public schools vs the Waldorf philosophy). I have no idea what the school board expects her to know by the end of Grade 5 and what the Ministry exams will hold for her. Can I homeschool her for Grade 6 ?

  40. Hi, I live in Gatineau area and my daughter just started grade 3 at commission des draveurs. We are currently having some issues with transportation. The board has cancelled school bus in our area and I had to register her in daycare. However, I know it will be a struggle for our family. I am on maternity leave right now and I would like to try homeschool her for this year. By hearing about the probable reaction of school board, I am feeling scared to initiate the process. Can please someone help me and guide me on the process and tell me more about the evaluation. Thank you

  41. hello, i live in ville-marie temiscamingue and would like to homeschool my son who is having great difficulties at school. heis in the 6th grade and was held back in nd grade. teachers and direction keep suggesting ritalin and iam totally against it but they get childrens aid involved and iam left with no choice. this would probably have them callingchildrens aid also. what are my options? i really believe my son would excel at home. thankyou for any advice

  42. Hello, I am in the greater Montreal area. My son is just 1 year old, but already we know that he is intellectually advanced. My issue with the school system is the incredible amount of time that is wasted in classes designed to suit the general population, not to mention the late age at which we start teaching our children! My son was born in November and so he will be almost 7 by the time he will be allowed to start school, which is unacceptable to me. My issue with homeschooling is that almost all of the information I have found is religion based and almost cult-like to be honest. What I really need is a secular curriculum that I can teach my child or recommendations for schools that think outside the box and can help my son to move through the system more quickly and efficiently. I’m open to suggestions!

    1. Hi Julie-Anne. Thank you for stopping by The Canadian Homeschooler. IT sounds like you are putting a lot of thought into your child’s educational future. Good for you to be proactive. I would, however, caution you to not jump too far ahead too quickly. Children learn so much through non-formal learning and play in the early years. Intellectually advanced or not (and honestly, it’s hard to tell at 1 years old), it’s usually in your child’s best interest to not push formal academics on them until they are older. 7 is actually a well-studied recommendation for best learning start. But – you know your own children best so I will share with you the resources I know of.

      In regards to curriculum, here are a few secular options that you might want to look into:

      Oak Meadow – http://oakmeadow.com/ – It is a sort-of “Waldorf”ish approach to learning.
      BookShark – http://www.bookshark.com/ – using Literature as the main spine of learning

      In the early years, check out Five in a Row. It’s written by Christians – yes, but doesn’t seem to have any Christian teachings inside. It uses a picture book to build a study.

      You can always build your own curriculum through unit studies or even look into unschooling, which allows your child to learn through their own personal interests.

      I hope that helps a little.
      Lisa Marie.

  43. Hi! I have been doing a lot of research about homeschooling and we are leaning very heavily in that direction! We are located in the Eastern Townships where homeschooling is generally not heard of! Can you point me in any direction for further information or resources? Particularly those pertaining to required home evaluations and assessments! Thank you!!

  44. Hello! We have recently moved to the Eastern Townships and having a very hard time with the French secondary schools here. Our kids were homeschooled in the US and we’d like to start again in Quebec. Can you send along your homeschooling contact? Thank you!

  45. Hi, i am interested in homeschooling my 12 year old son and dont know where to start?? some advice is needed please

  46. Hi. We are planning on moving from the States to Quebec this summer. We have a 17 yr old who is finishing his junior year in high school and a 15 year old who is finishing her freshman year. My husband is French-Canadian and I am American. We would like our son to be able to complete his high school diploma since he only has one more year. Would this possible through homeschooling? And we have contacted several secondary schools in Quebec for our daughter and have been told that she would need to take and pass the Sec. 4 Ministry exams at the end of next year. She speaks some French but has done all her schooling in English. Would you be able to provide some guidance for us?

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  48. Vincent Berardinucci

    Howdy!
    I am a teacher and have been thinking about my newborn’s education a lot lately. I would like to home School but am concerned about the lack of social interactions with peers if she isn’t at school. What I would like to know is would it be possible for me to homeschool other students as well, say 4-5 students as well as my own children. Thanks for this site (it’s quite useful) and thanks for taking the time to answer me.

    1. HI Vincent,

      Thanks for the question. I’m going to recommend that you connect with one of the QC homeschool associations for an answer about teaching multiple children, because I don’t really know what QC’s rules are about that. I will say that Quebec is one of the most challenging province to homeschool in, and they are in the middle of doing some reforms to their laws. You might want to try http://ecolemaisonlanaudiere.org/ and see what they suggest.

      BUT, I can address the socializating myth. For some reason, people have this idea that homeschool kids live in a bubble where they never see or interact with other people or kids. It’s not true. At all. There are often homeschool groups you can join to do social things together, you can sign up your kids for sports teams and community clubs like scouting and city run programs. There are trips to the grocery store, the library, the playground. You can take your kids to volunteer at senior’s centres and other places. If you have neighbours, if you have siblings, if you have family nearby, if there are other people somewhere near you that you can talk to or do anything with ….. then your child will be fine.

      School was never really designed to be a social place. And it’s not always a positive one either.

      Anyways, I hope that helps you a little. You can do just fine homeschooling your little one. 🙂 (And you have lots of time to build and connect with a community near you if she is still a baby. 🙂 )

      All the best,
      Lisa Marie.

  49. Hi im a mom of fhree boys only one is in school and he is failing… not because he isnt smart when he is at home he does very well but in school he cant concentrate and always wants to play woth his friends forgets to bring homework home rushes through his work to play… and ive tried EVERYTHING! he is in grade three and he is failing 🙁 i think home schooling would be better for him so he can concentrate .

    1. That sounds like it might be a good solution for you and your excited son. 🙂 I have one like that – he would rather do ANYTHING other than official schoolwork but he’s super smart. I hope you find a great fit.

  50. Hello,
    My kid has been bullied for a while and he’s been coerced into doing some things against his will and it got him into serious trouble. I don’t want him to have to deal with any of that ever again, I can’t trust the school to handle it anymore. I want to homeschool my child for what’s left of the year because we can’t change schools in the middle of the school year and I don’t know to proceed, can you please enlighten me? it’s pretty urgent. Thank you so much.

  51. Hi. I live in gatineau and I plan on homeschooling my daughter. She turns 4 this year. I know it’s early but I want to be ready. Are there resources available for planning a curriculum and meeting up with local homeschoolers?

  52. My family are US citizens who recently (5 weeks past) moved to the island of Montreal, in Quebec for my husband’s job. Despite having the necessary paperwork and approvals to be educated in English, my youngest was put into a French immersion elementary school. He has severe anxiety, and was already having a hard time with the idea of a completely new school. The school principal who has witnessed some of my son’s reactions to this huge change has told me “her hands are tied” when it comes to special services to get him through this emotional crisis. In my husband’s and my eyes, the only good option here is to homeschool. We’re both educated people, and I stay home with the kids so I have the time & resources. Please help me to understand my rights and my son’s rights, and can the HSLDA really help me living in Canada?

  53. Hi, I really do not like the environment at school and it is driving me crazy. I keep begging my mom to home school me and she has been checking out how to do so, but she did not find anything to guide her properly. She is scared that they might take me away if I we do not go through it the proper way. I am 15 years old, can you please tell us what to do? By the way, we live in Montreal, Quebec. Thank you.

  54. I have a 6-year-old who is miserable at school. He is an anxious child and the school does not know how to deal with his anxiety. He keeps getting in trouble instead (becomes he sometimes tries to hide under his desk, or behind a bookshelf, or tries to sing to himself to sooth his anxiety). I have tried patiently, nicely to work with them but they just dismiss me every time I make a suggestion. They tell me what to do, they are not interested in hearing anything I suggest. There is more…..but I am just very sick of it. I want him to be learning and happy. At home he loves to learn and has deep knowledge on many scientific topics (his natural passion). I am a single working parent – I don’t know if it is feasible to home school him. I don’t know if I can help him with French. I don’t know if I can deal with the School Board after experiencing the stonewalling at the school, I dread to deal with the schoolboard on this issue. I feel demoralized by the whole system

    1. I feel like I’m reading the story of my life. I felt like because i’m a single mother, they automatically looked down on me and my situation and started labeling my kids. I think what made things worse is that I became a Flight Attendant 2 years ago and had to be based in an other city for a while so my schedule became really hectic. No matter how much I tried to tell them (the school) that scheduling was the reason why the kids’ homework wasn’t always done on time or that studying for a test was always delayed causing them not to do well, the school always blamed it on behavioral or learning disability issues. I just feel like homeschooling would be a better option for all of us. I literally get anxieties when I bring them to school.

  55. Hello,
    I am searching laws in Quebec that deal with the ADHD issue but so far I have only found one law that is a tax credit return. Do you know if there are others law that address this population?. I am working with a client that is having issues at school and I am new in this area.
    Thank you!
    LM

    1. Hi Luis,

      Is this in regards to homeschooling with ADHD in Quebec or just in general? I’m afraid I don’t know much about law – other than the basics. IF you are looking for information on homeschooling, I’d recommend connecting with an association like AQED which focus on supporting homeschoolers in that province. (http://www.aqed.qc.ca/fr/contactez-nous) – they might have more insight for you.

      Sorry that I’m not more help,
      Lisa Marie.

  56. Hi, my 5 year old is in kindergarten and get’s kicked out of the class on a daily basis because he disrupts the teachers ability to teach others. He is an active and playful child and can’t sit still, he is also smart and doesn’t seem to have any learning disability. We are very frustrated at the school for their lack in finding a solution. This leads us to explore other schools and the possibility of home schooling. We live in the west island of Montreal and any help or guidance would be appreciated. I would also like to explore the possibility of bringing a small group of students (4-5) together to help with expenses.
    Thank you

    1. Hi there,
      It sounds like your son is a typical, active, busy boy. It’s too bad school tends to be a place where kids can’t be themselves. I hope you can find some solutions that work for you and for him.
      I would really recommend connecting with one of the homeschooling associations in Quebec to get a clear picture of the regulations and to find a community close to you. Try AQED – they are a great, knowledgeable group. http://www.aqed.qc.ca/fr/contactez-nous
      I hope that helps.
      Lisa Marie.

  57. I need your help , where to start and what to do 🙁 , i live in Montreal , want to start a homeschooling for my 2 boys . please help

  58. Hello,
    My wife and 7 year old daughter are moving here from the United States because of my job. We’re are here in a work Visa. We may be here for 2-3 years and my wife would like to homeschool my daughter. I understand Quebec recently passed a law that all immigrants must enroll their children in a French immersion school. I am afraid that we won’t be able to home school our daughter because of our immigrant status. Can you guide me to someone that can help us figure out what to do?

    1. Hi Dina,

      Given all the new laws about homeschooling in Quebec, I’m going to highly recommend that you talk to the team at AQED with your question. They will be better able to give you an accurate answer than I am. Here is their website: https://www.aqed.qc.ca/en

      I hope that helps!

  59. Hi, thank you so much for great info. I live in morin-heights and I have 2 children ( 3.5years old and one yr old) I am very interested about home schooling them but I want to start with English Curriculum first, since I speak better English than French.. I moved to Quebec just last year and I was hoping to get more info and help from you. Thank you!

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