Homeschooling



Homeschooling is an alternative method of teaching where the parent delivers an educational program to children at home. The School Act, (section 12) provides parents with the statutory right to educate their children at home.

Homeschooling allows students to work at their own pace and parents to blend family, life and schoolwork into their own schedule. Homeschooling is the full responsibility of the parent, is not supervised by a British Columbia certified teacher, is not required to meet provincial standards, and is not inspected by the Ministry of Education.

Distributed Learning (DL) should not be confused with Homeschooling, for more information on DL programs and the differences between the two, please review Distributed Learning versus Homeschooling information.

Information for Parents

Information for Registering Schools

 

Information for Parents

Parent Responsibilities

Parents of registered homeschooled children are responsible for the complete education of their children. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide and supervise the educational program.

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Registering Homeschooled Children

Parents must register homeschooled children at one of the following schools in the province by September 30th each year:

Note: Children in Grades 10, 11, or 12 may enrol in a distributed learning course offered by a public or independent distributed learning school, as well as being registered as a homeschooler.

Registration shall be recorded by the registering school on the Ministry of Education Student Data Collection Form (1701), which is used to collect data for all students in the school and submitted to the Ministry of Education for reporting purposes.

Parents choosing to homeschool their children, but failing to register them as homeschooled, commit an offence.

Homeschooling Support Groups

 

Information for Registering Schools

Description of Responsibilities of Registering Schools

Responsibility of Public Schools and Public Distributed Learning Schools

  • The principal must register the child of any parent who wishes his/her child to be educated at home.
  • The school principal shall offer to the homeschooled child or the parents free of charge:
    • evaluation and assessment services to determine the child's educational progress in relation to students of similar age and ability, and
    • the loan of educational resource materials that are authorized and recommended by the Minister, and which, in the board's opinion, are sufficient to enable the child to pursue his/her educational program.

Note: The parent and/or homeschooled child is free to accept or reject evaluation/assessment services or the loan of learning resource materials that have been offered by the school.

  • The school has no authority to approve or supervise the educational program of a homeschooled child.

Responsibility of Francophone Schools

  • The principal must register the child of any parent who wishes his/her child to be educated at home.
  • The school principal shall offer to the homeschooled child or the parents free of charge:
    • evaluation and assessment services to determine the child's educational progress in relation to students of similar age and ability, and
    • the loan of educational resource materials that are authorized and recommended by the Minister, and which, in the board's opinion, are sufficient to enable the child to pursue his/her educational program.

Note: The parent and/or homeschooled child is free to accept or reject evaluation/assessment services or the loan of learning resource materials that have been offered by the school.

  • The school has no authority to approve or supervise the educational program of a homeschooled child.

Responsibility of Independent Schools and Independent Distributed Learning Schools

  • The authority may determine if the school will register homeschooled children.
  • The authority may also set a fee for the registration of a homeschooled child.
  • An independent or Independent Distributed Learning school may register a homeschooled child who resides anywhere in the province.
  • The school principal shall offer to the homeschooled child or the parent(s) free of charge:
    • evaluation and assessment services normally offered to the students at that independent school.
    • may loan to the parent(s) of homeschooled child(ren) educational resource materials, which the school believes are sufficient to enable the child to pursue his/her educational program.

Note: The school may require a deposit for the loan of such materials.

Funding Grants for Home Schooled Children

Provincial funding grants are sent to the registering school; no funding is sent to parents. The provincial funding grant amounts are as follows:

  • Public schools receive $250 for each registered homeschooled child.
  • An independent school authority holding a certificate of group 1 or group 2 classification receive $175 for each registered homeschooled child. Ministerial Order 383/03 (M383/03) (PDF, 25KB).

Protection of Homeschooled Children

Anyone who believes that a school-aged homeschooled child is not registered, or is registered, but not receiving an educational program, may report this belief to:

  • The superintendent of schools of the school district in which the child resides.
  • The directeur général of the francophone education authority for the francophone school district in which that child resides.

Please refer to Investigation By Superintendent Order, Ministerial Order 151/89 (M151/89) (PDF, 54KB).

No action lies against the superintendent or directeur général in respect of an action taken or against the person making such a report, unless the report is made maliciously.

The Superintendent's and Directeur Général Responsibilities

On receipt of a report, the superintendent, or directeur général are required to investigate the complaint.

In the event that the superintendent, or directeur général determines that the child is not registered, and the child's parent refuses to comply with the law, the superintendent, or directeur général must inform the police.

In the event that the superintendent, or directeur général determines that the child is not receiving an educational program and that the child is in need of protection, the superintendent, or directeur général must report their belief to the Ministry of Children and Family Development.