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:
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.
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.