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): http://www.shbe.info/index.html – 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.