What does it mean to Home School / Home Educate?

March 4th 2016 -edited May 31, 2016

What does it mean to home educate under the Home Education Regulation?

In Alberta, there are a couple different ways to legally educate your children at home.

The first way is to Home Educate under the Home Education Regulation 145/2006 . Home Ed RegulationThis regulation outlines the responsibilities and recognizes the parent's primary role in developing, monitoring and evaluating the program plan for their child(ren). A parent must notify of their intent to home educate using the form set out by the Minister http://www.thewise.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Home-Education-Registration-Form.pdf and a teacher from their board must conduct at least 2 evaluations of the progress of the student (according to the outcomes described in the parent's program plan) per year. The parent may develop their own plan using the Learning Outcomes for Students as the basis of the plan, or may follow the Alberta Program of Studies. A parent may receive reimbursement to defray the costs incurred by the parent, up to a maximum amount set out in Alberta Education's funding manual.

The second manner of educating at home consists of providing a school authorized program at home (sometimes inaccurately referred to as 'aligned'). With this method, a school allows the parent to provide the program of studies at home, but the school maintains the authority for all components of the child's education. The expectations on the parent will vary depending on the methods a school uses to manage a teacher directed program in the home. The material used may vary, but the Alberta Program of Studies must be followed. In addition, in a school at home program, the school authority maintains ultimate authority for the program, monitoring and evaluation, and as the authority responsible for the education of the child, they place requirements upon a parent and student as they deem fit. There is no legislation in place which allows for educational resource financial reimbursement to parents, but school have often have done so in the past. Effective August 31, 2016, Alberta Education has indicated that "The only provision that currently permits school authorities to pay families directly is with regard to home education. As per the Home Education Regulation.

A blending of these two types of educating at home may also be done.

Children are being educated at home in both home education and school authorized programs at home, but there are significant differences. The parent is the responsible party when the child is educated under the Home Education Regulation 145/2006. The school is the responsible party in any other form of educating at home.

It is important for parents to understand the differences.

Patty Marler

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