Canadian Home School Boards
Many home education families in Canada ask for information on how to contact school boards in their province. You will find a list of Alberta & British Columbia Home School Boards below
Before approaching a school board it is helpful to write out your family's educational philosophy. When you check with the board you are interested in you will then be better able to ascertain if their educational philosophy matches yours. If you need help in clarifying your own educational philosophy check Canadian Home Education Parent Resources for some great home education parent resources.
Alberta has “Willing Non-Resident Boards” located throughout the province. You are not restricted to the location of the school board, instead you can choose whichever board meets your family’s needs. Alberta students have the choice of registering one of three ways. In a HOME EDUCATION PROGRAM a parent has decided to retain responsibility for educating the child. (Formerly know as a “Traditional" or parent-directed program). Students have more flexibility in what they cover. The onus is on the parent to “raise a good citizen”. In a SCHOOL AUTHORITY PROGRAM a parent has chosen to give a school authority responsibility for educating the child. Students are required to follow the Alberta Program of Studies (yes, the very same one you took your children out of). In a BLENDED PROGRAM a parent has decided to share responsibility for educating the child with a school authority. Blended students pull from both the School Authority Program and the Home Education Program. The closer you follow the government’s curriculum the more money you receive from the government. Read the information on the Alberta Government website to become informed as to how these will affect your home school. Also check with HSLDA (Home School Legal Defence Association) to see what the legalities are.
What is the difference between Distributed Learning and Homeschooling in BC?
Homeschooling families register with a school as homeschoolers and are free to educate their children at home as they wish. Depending on the school, homeschoolers may receive a little funding for books and a few other limited services. Distributed Learning students also learn at home under the supervision of their parents, but they are enrolled with a school that is funded by the province to provide the student with textbooks, resources, and the guidance and support of a certified teacher in order to meet the learning outcomes required by the Ministry of Education.
Learning outcomes vary from province to province, and while it's important that our children are always learning, it's not always important that they learn according to learning outcomes. However, if you're looking for guidance, or if your schoolboard requires it, knowing what the learning outcomes are in your province can be helpful as you navigate the diversity of curriculum available. Below are a couple of links to PDF files that you can use to compare learning outcomes for Social Studies and Science in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. If you are looking for the most up to date information on the subject, or further learning outcomes in other subjects, you can do an internet search for the Program of Study for your province.
|Address:||15001 - 69 St. N.W.|
|Calgary, AB T3R 1C5|
|What makes our school board special?||BCS@Home offers traditional home education as well as blended programming and online classes. We recognize the central role of parents in the education of children and aim to fulfill the schools mission of "Joining with the family to realize personal academic excellence and Christ-like character in each student" What set's BCS@Home apart is the Christian community and support that we offer. We offer many opportunities for home schooling students and parents to experience community through our community classes, field trips special events and support groups. Additionally we open up the wider social fabric of the campus school for those homeschooling students that want to take part in athletics, theatre, clubs, school field trips, service projects, chapels, classes on campus and much more.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?||Home Education families register with us because they desire to be with a private Christian School who supports home education through great facilitators, connected community, and opportunities to integrate into the life of Bearspaw Christian School.|
|Okotoks Mailing Address:||P.O. Box 137|
|Okotoks, Alberta T1S 1A4|
|Okotoks Physical||109 Southbank Blvd|
|Address:||Okotoks, Alberta T1S 0G1|
|Edmonton Physical||#100, 10634-178 Street NW|
|Address:||Edmonton, Alberta T5S 1H4|
|Registrar:||Jo Appleby email@example.com|
|Linda Marchand firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Address:||P.O. Box 90|
|Kingman, Alberta, T0B 2M0|
|What makes our school administration special?||For many years, we have successfully faciliated only traditional home education programs without using provincial accreditation or blended programs and consistently demonstrated principled leadership in home education both at home and abroad. We equip parents by providing them with the knowledge and tools we have gained through our experience and expertise in education with the objective of helping parents to lead their children to responsible adulthood.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?||We believe in keeping things simple, and freeing parents to simply be parents. We enable parents to home educate by helping them understand the requirements of provincial regulations and their own rights as home educators, while at the same time greatly simplifying the required paperwork for registration and funding. We encourage parental authority in home educating by establishing the foundational principles for educating children within the family created by God, and by reminding parents that these principles do not change with time.|
|Name of Supervising Board:
||Harvest Baptist Academy|
|Milk River, Alberta T0K 1M0|
|School Office Phone:||403-545-2107|
|School Office Address:||Cherry Coulee Christian Academy Attn: Craig|
|Bow Island, Alberta T0K 0G0|
|What makes our school board special?||Lead by committed homeschoolers with 25 years homeschooling experience. Husband and wife team for every visit.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our board?
||We believe the parents have the prior right to teach their children at home. We support the parents as teachers.|
|Name of Supervising Board
||Cherry Coulee Christian Academy
|Head Office Address||6014 57 Ave|
|Red Deer, Alberta T4N 4S9|
|Program Director||403 226-2174|
|What makes our schoolboard special?
||Our name, Koinonia, means "Christian community". We exist to assist parents in the spiritual and academic development of their children through private Christian educational choices. The Koinonia @ Home program is committed to offering personalized education for each student through all of the home-based program choices available in Alberta as well as the opportunity to blend with campus school programs. Koinonia @ Home families enjoy a rich variety of learning experiences. Koinonia community connections occur through picnics and hikes, field trips, co-ops, athletic teams, track and field events, community service, chapels, science labs, virtual collaboration and tutoring, graduation celebrations, world travel and missions, drama and musical productions, band and choir and many other experiences parents may request. Our experienced teachers, award-winning digital learning space and connection to our larger Koinonia family of schools look forward to serving you.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?||Since 1981, Koinonia schools offer fellowship between parents, teachers and students in a Evangelical Christian private school learning community.
Visit our website to explore the possibilities that can benefit your family : Why Choose Koinonia@Home.
|Phone:||403-934-5179 ext 7017|
|Contact:||Daralee Pedersen (Elementary lead teacher and Homeschool coordinator)|
|What makes our school board special?||
The Learning Academy is a school with strong family values here to support you every step of the way as you embark on your school journey. We will always strive for academic attainment and personal wellbeing, for creating a supportive and inclusive community whilst also celebrating individual successes. Our challenging and innovative curriculum combined with cutting-edge technology will produce competent 21st Century Learners.
We offer a variety of nonfaith based programs including Tradition Homeschooling (parent-led), Program of Studies (teacher-led) and Blended (a combination of parent-led and teacher-led).
PROGRAM OF STUDIES
We welcome you to view our video, website (www.goldenhillslearningacademy.com) or give us a call at (403)934-5179.
|Golden Hills Elementary Learning Academy Video|
|Address:||Box 2220 103 1001 20 Ave|
|Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0|
|Toll Free:||877 335-1171|
|What makes our school board special?||We offer three different programs to educate children at home. An online program - teacher directed and taught fully accredited, Individualized learning - a program that is tailored to suit each student specific needs this program is aligned, and a traditional program. We are an evangelical christian school that specializes in helping parents to educate their children at home in a way that best suits family beliefs and values.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?||Parents register with NSA because we are an evangelical christian school and our teachers really care about their students, not just that the student is successful at their education (regardless of the program ) but that the student grows and matures in their faith as well.|
|Connections for Learning Address||4300 - 43 Street|
|Stony Plain, Alberta T7J 1J4|
|Website:||pds70.ab.ca/Traditional Home Education.php|
|What makes our school board special?||Be in control of your child's education with the support of our Home Education Program! In Alberta, families can choose to educate their children entirely at home. Parents can choose curriculum, resources and methodology consistent with the family's beliefs. We encourage parents to set a curriculum that aligns with families' values and provide learning opportunities specifically designed for their child.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?||There are a number of benefits to choosing Connections for Learning as your school to partner with you on Home Education. We recognize that every student is unique and that every Home Education plan is different. We aim to partner with parents and their children in a supportive role to provide as many opportunities as possible for families to choose to access.|
320 19 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 6J6
|What makes our school board special?||We were created by homeschoolers for homeschoolers! We also have a physical location in Calgary that offer unique "in-the-Scene" classes, Kindergarten and more! K-9 This allows students to experience individual, small and large group activities. We also hosts many field-trips, workshops and events. you can download our program guide from the website.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?||
We support choice in education, whether home education, blended education, unschooling or online learning. We also are open to all homeschool families.
|Address:||4702- 51 Street., Grimshaw, AB. Box 380 T0H 1W0|
|Name of Coordinator:||Golda David|
|Home Education Coordinator Phone:||780-219-2119|
|What makes our school board special?||We are a public school division offering support for families who have chosen to home educate their children. We support both secular and religious programming and can offer support for all forms of home education including; traditional, shared responsibility, unschooling (child directed), worldschooling (for those whose primary residence is in Alberta), distance learning and gameschooling.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?||
We offer one of the only programs in Alberta with support, field trips and social events for families in the north. Northern Albertans now have an option in the Peace River / Fairview / Manning / Red Earth Creek areas (and beyond!) that is local. That combined with very helpful, supportive facilitators makes the PRSD option an attractive one for families. We believe in parent choice and that all families have the right to the very best support that Alberta has to offer, even when they live far away from a major city.
|Address:||PO Box 68098, Crowfoot PO, Calgary, AB - T3G 3N8
|Address:||5212 Railway Ave,Vermilion, AB T9X 1C2|
|Contact Person||Brett Bowers|
|Address||310 Broadview Road|
|Postal Code||T8H 1A4|
|THEE on Facebook|
THEE exists to support homeschooling families in their own unique plans and goals for the education of their children. At THEE, the parents are always in full control of the the learning plans and priorities for their children. THEE can offer as much or as little support as the parent requests. We especially enjoy helping parents who are new to homeschooling get started on their way, and we specialize in helping the parents continue to homeschool through the high school years (to including offering clear options for their son or daughter to earn the high school dimploma with mom and/or dad being the teacher!). We've made available over 50 information videos in our "Video Open House", that explains a wide array of topics related to home education. We'd love to hear from you!
Address:Box 78, Derwent, AB, T0B 1C0 Website:wisdomhomeschooling.comEmail:email@example.comPhone:780-741-2113 What makes our school board special?WISDOM was founded by home educators in 1995 in order to serve home educators. WISDOM staff understand home schooling from the inside out and do not impose an institutionalized mindset. Their staff and facilitators are professionals who are also home schooling parents and/or graduates. The WISDOM team is wholly committed to protecting parental primacy and promoting the best educational interests of each unique child. Healthy society is built on healthy families, and WISDOM exists to build culture through the home education lifestyle. Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?
|Address:||Bay 3, 510-77 Ave SE Calgary, AB T2H 1C3|
|What makes our school board special?||We are a professional, non-denominational, independent home education authority serving Traditional
Home Education students and families in every community across Alberta. We respect and support
families in their home education choice. Our focus is on Flexibility & Service.
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?||
All of our Home Education Managers have home educated their own families. That means they have
experience with curriculum, resources, websites etc.
We believe programming should be personalized and dynamic, and that it takes a whole community in
partnership to raise a child. There are as many effective homeschooling styles as there are children and
building relationships with our families is fundamental to student success.
We work with students of all abilities and learning needs. We accept both secular and families of any
religion. We would love the opportunity to help you and your family meet their educational goals.