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Overview

Home education is an approach to educating a student in Grades 1 to 12 at home or elsewhere in which the parent is responsible for making key education decisions. Home education programs must be supervised by one of the following willing groups:

  • a public, separate, or francophone school board
  • an accredited funded private school

Parents can choose curriculum resources and methodology consistent with the family’s beliefs. If a parent designs a program that does not follow the Alberta curriculum, the parent must declare, and the supervising school authority must confirm, that the program is consistent with the Home Education Regulation.

Beginning September 1, 2020, a parent or guardian may choose one of two home education programs:

  • Supervised and funded: A home education program supervised by a school board or accredited-funded private school. Receives funding from Alberta Education.
  • Unsupervised and non-funded: a home education program not supervised by a school board or accredited-funded private school. Not eligible for funding.

Getting started

A parent may start a home education program at any time but should consider looking for a supervising school authority in the spring before the next school year. This timing helps parents explore their options and make a decision that best supports the needs of the student.

Parents looking to start or refine a home education program should refer to the Home Education Handbook.

The handbook includes information on:

  • planning the child’s education program
  • understanding legal rights and responsibilities
  • following through with a home education plan
  • planning supports and services
  • ending a home education program
  • planning for transitions

Government is revising the Home Education Handbook and will post the updated handbook online when it is available.

Parental responsibilities

Each year, parents have the responsibility to notify their supervising school authority or the Minister of Education (if the parent is choosing not to be under the supervision of a school authority), of their intent to home educate their child.

Parents choosing home education have the primary responsibility for planning, managing, providing, evaluating and supervising their children’s courses of study. They must develop a home education program that enables the student to achieve appropriate learning outcomes, and submit this program plan to the supervising school authority. If the plan is accepted, the supervising school authority must conduct 2 evaluations of student progress during the school year. Certificated teachers must conduct these evaluations.

Parents choosing to home educate without supervision of a school authority do not submit their program plan to the Minister. In home education programs that are not under the supervision of a school authority the parent has the responsibility to evaluate student progress.

School authority responsibilities

When a parent has chosen to offer a home education program with the supervision of a school authority, the supervising school authority that accepts the parents’ home education program is called the associate board or associate private school.

If a parent requests it, the associate board or associate private school must provide assistance and advice to improve student learning.

The associate board or associate private school must also arrange for certificated teachers employed by the associate board or associate private school to conduct at least two formal evaluations of each student each school year.

These evaluations include:

  • a review of the student portfolio
  • recommendations to help students make improvements

Together with the parents, the associate school board or associate private school must ensure that each student meets the parents’ educational outcomes in accordance with the Home Education Regulation.

Funding considerations

In order to receive funding for home education when a parent has chosen to offer a home education with the supervision of a school authority, a student must be registered in a home education program as of September 30.

Students are not eligible for funding if they register for a home education program after September 30. This includes situations where a student changes from an online or regular program to home education after September 30.

School authorities are not permitted to provide funding to students or families if the student is enrolled in an online or regular school program.

Resources

Contact

Connect with Alberta Education's Field Services branches:

Phone: 780-427-6272
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)