Welcome to homeschooling in Saskatchewan.
Homeschooling regulations in Saskatchewan are set by the province, however registration, documentation, and files are maintained by each school district. Each district appoints a homeschool administrator who serves as the contact individual for homeschooling parents and who collects information coming from parents regarding homeschool registration, plans, outcomes, etc…
The Registration Process
Each year a registration form must be filled out and an educational plan for each child submitted. Following your educational year, you will need to submit student outcomes.
For new homeschoolers, at least 30 days’ notice must be given to the school district prior to beginning a home education program. Specific requirements for what must be included in educational plans and student outcome reports, and deadlines for each, will differ depending on the school district in which your children are registered. Registration forms are available from each district office or website. In addition, a cumulative file of student outcomes must be kept. This file may include items such as summative records, a portfolio of work completed, and test results.
Saskatchewan’s School Districts
If you are unsure which district you are residing in, check the provincial government map of school districts. Most school districts have information on their individual website regarding regulations for homeschooling in the district, as well as links to government forms and information. Here is a list of all the school districts in Saskatchewan.
Districts also vary with regard to remuneration of educational expenses. Information regarding your district policy can be obtained from your local district homeschool administrator. In addition, services provided to homeschool students also differ between districts. Your administrator will be able to inform you regarding any assistance you may receive with regard to curriculum materials, access to school facilities and programs, special education testing or additional supports etc.
Provincial contact information:
Independent Schools and Home-based Education Unit
4th Floor, 2220 College Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 4V9
Telephone: (306) 787-1843
Fax: (306) 798-0457
Homeschooling in Saskatchewan: Important Links
- Provincial homeschooling webpage: http://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/prek-12-education-early-learning-and-schools/home-schooling – This webpage provides a link to the Home-based Education Parent Handbook for Saskatchewan homeschoolers, as well as facts regarding home-based education in Saskatchewan, ministry responsibilities with regard to home-based education in Saskatchewan, and information regarding secondary level credits.
- Saskatchewan Home-Based Educators (SHBE): https://shbe.ca/ – This support group comprised of Saskatchewan homeschooling families across the province provides information and links regarding homeschooling in Saskatchewan and Canada, as well as a listing of smaller regional homeschool support groups located around the province. They also provide a ‘getting started’ guide in both written and audio versions to assist new homeschoolers, school division contact information, government regulation information, post-secondary helps, and lists of additional resources of interest to Saskatchewan homeschoolers. SHBE holds an annual homeschooling conference in Regina or Saskatoon each year, hosting homeschooling and educational speakers, as well as curriculum and post-secondary institution representatives. This is often a great place to make contacts as well as become familiar with homeschooling resources and options.
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This post was originally submitted by Sheri Vincent in 2012. A homeschooling mom who left her profession as a full time marriage and family counselor in order to homeschool her children, two of whom are both adopted and have special needs. Homeschooling allowed her to provide her children with an education that suits their needs, lead and executed by the individual most invested and interested in their success (herself!). This post was updated in 2020.
14 thoughts on “Homeschooling in Saskatchewan: How to Get Started”
How much for homeschooling for a grade 3 – an 8 year old?
Homeschooling costs are dependent on the method and curriculum options you choose. Some people are able to homeschool essentially for free while others choose to spend large amounts of money by purchasing elaborate kits filled with lesson plans and books. It’s really a matter of personal choice.
We have been looking at relocating to Saskatchewan…. We are in Ontario now and home school……. Reading all of this, it seems extremely intimidating. Any insight from veterans would be appreciated.
It probably sounds more complicated than it really is! I recommend connecting with SHEB – they will have lots more helpful and specific information that will help you out!
How do I get all 7 of my children into homeschooling do to the Covid 19 i do not want to risk there health but Id like to continue there learning
go to the Saskatoon school board site and apply to have children learning at home you will have to fill it out for each child. I am not sending my children either
My ex wanted to homeschooling because of covid, she asked me and I said yes but only agreed to 1 year of homeschooling. She said she agrees with the one year. She gave me a paper and I signed it without fully reading it. I’m now worried that she is gona want to keep them out of school. Do we have to agree on this every year or did I sign my rights away
This would be a legal discussion that I’m not able to advise on. However, I would recommend that you consider looking more into homeschooling and why you might be concerned that they aren’t in a school setting. Homeschooling is a valid and usually wonderful education option.
how can my child transition from Grade 9 home school to grade 10 physical?
I think your first step is to connect with your local school and see what they will require.
do you have any examples of what I’m supposed to send in at the end of the year the verbiage on the sit is pretentious it makes it hard to understand what they are actually asking for .
they are asking for these and i dont even know what they really look like
1) a periodic log; and
2) the following for each of the broad annual goals:
a. a detailed summative record;
b. sufficient samples of work; or
c. a summative record and samples of work
I’m not personally in SK, so I can’t give you first hand experience for advice, but I found this on the SBHE website. Hopefully it can give you some ideas: https://shbe.ca/reporting/#annual-progress-report
SHBE.ca (not .info) is the most helpful, up-to-date information and contact for home education in Sasktatchewan. They have templates for written education plans, annual progress reports, etc., as well as copies of notice of intent forms. The province is divided into zones and their contact page shows who to contact in your area who will understand your local school division. If you’re planning to homeschool in Saskatchewan, SHBE.ca should be your first stop.
AWesome. Thanks for the updated website link. I’ve fixed in on the post now 🙂