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. As I write this, Alberta students have the choice of registering as “Traditional" (parent-directed program), “Aligned" (teacher or school board directed home-based school program), or “Blended” (a combination of the two). Aligned students are required to follow the Alberta Program of Studies (yes, the very same one you took your children out of). Traditional students have more flexibility in what they cover. The onus is on the parent to “raise a good citizen”. Blended students pull from both the Aligned and the Traditional choices. 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
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.
High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0
School Division Office: 1-800-523-3337
Lead Facilitator, Golda David: 780-219-2119
What makes our school board special?
APL is Northern Alberta's newest Home Schooling provider, offering parent-directed, teacher-directed and blended learning for children throughout Alberta. APL strives to provide home schooling meeting the unique needs of each child in a caring and respectful manner.
Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?
APL takes advantage of the many supports available to students in High Prairie School Division, including Literacy and Numeracy professional support for parents and students, career coaching for secondary students, and social-emotional counselling for students at all grade levels. APL also organizes field trips, extra-curricular sports and more. Programming options are chosen by the parent. Become a part of this quality home school.
Name of Supervising Board
HIGH PRAIRIE SCHOOL DIVISION
|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|
|Red Deer, AB, T4N 7B6|
|Contact:||Kathy & Daryl Snider|
|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
|Address:||201, 2 Athabascan Avenue|
|Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8A 4E3|
|What makes our school board special?||The Home Education Exchange (THEE) offers to our home educating families expertise in a wide variety of learning methods and resources and have been doing so since 1992! Home educating parents receive support from fellow home educators who have "been there, done that" or are "there" now with their own children.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?||At The Home Education Exchange (THEE), home educating parents are in full control of their educational choices for their children. We support the many different choices that parents have, ranging from "traditional" home education to blended education to unschooling to online learning. Parents will find education support from grade 1 to 12, help through the high school years, academic counseling, and curriculum selection.|
|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.
|What makes our school board special?||Golden Hills offers traditional and teacher directed programs with a focus on the family throughout southern Alberta. We have recently added online science and social studies programs for upper elementary students.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?||We offer home learning services with program choice, competitive reimbursement and exceptional teacher support.|
|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.|
|Address:||320 - 19 Street SE|
|Calgary, AB 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 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:||P.O. Box 68098 Crowfoot PO|
|Calgary, AB T3G 3N8|
|What makes our school board special?||Roots is a traditional homeschooling program serving Calgary area evangelical Christian families. Our parent-directed program enables Roots to provide a strong community of support for our families.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?||While recognizing the right of parents to take responsibility for homeschooling their own children, the rich support and encouragement from local Christian homeschooling parents and staff enables Roots families to benefit from a wealth of experiences and opportunities. For example, through the efforts of the Roots volunteers and staff, Roots provides a homeschooling lending library, monthly support group meetings, a newsletter, google-group, fieldtrips and special events.|
|Address||5212 Railway Ave|
|Vermilion, AB, T9X 1C2|
|Toll Free:||1-888-350-HOPE (4673)|
|Address||3 510-77 Avenue SE|
|Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1C3|
|What makes our school board special?||Willow Home Ed offers a professional, non-denominational, independent home education, serving students and families in every community across Alberta. We respect and support families in their home education choice. We also offer a self-directed high school for credit option. We take pride in going the extra mile for our families.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school board?||Willow Home Ed supports Parent Choice. We respect that you know what is best for your children and we are here to assist you in providing the best home education program possible in Alberta.|
|Derwent Alberta, T0B 1C0|
|What makes our school administration special?||WISDOM is a traditional home education administration that supports parental primacy. We understand home schooling from the inside-out, as our support staff and facilitator team are either home schooling parents or graduates.|
|Why would a home education family want to register with our school administration?||Home educating families can expect full support as they find and achieve their unique vision for each child. WISDOM will assist parents from elementary through high school and into post secondary, with individual support from facilitators and ongoing access to office staff and Parent Advisory Council members. We offer workshops, courses, camps and publications that encourage and educate our families as they journey together.|