School Choice

Home Education / Blended Programs

In Alberta, all children 6 years old or older must attend school until they turn 16. A publicly elected school board has the responsibility to serve all students whose parents reside within the board's boundaries, including those students whose parents choose home education.

Parents have the responsibility to notify a school board or an accredited private school of their intent to home educate their children. This can be the local school board or any other willing board. Parents choosing home education have the primary responsibility for managing, delivering and supervising their children's courses of study.

The school authority which accepts the parents’ notification is called the associate school authority. It has the responsibility to provide the parents with support, if asked. Together with the parents, the associate school authority must ensure that the child meets the parents’ educational goals.

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Strengthening Home Education in Alberta

On August 1, 2006, a new Home Education Regulation came into effect, furthering government's commitment to home education.

Here are the highlights of the updated regulation.

  • Home education roles, such as the associate school board's or associate private school's responsibility to support parents and the parents' responsibility for their children's education programs, have been clarified.
  • Parents will continue to have flexibility in designing education programs, including methods used for evaluating the performance of home-educated students. For example, parents will continue to choose how to evaluate the performance of their home-educated students.
  • Parents will continue to be able to choose whether or not they wish to have their child write provincial achievement tests in Grades 3, 6 and 9, since home-educated students can follow different programs of study.

Associate school boards and associate private schools will continue to evaluate the performance of home-educated students based on the education programs planned and provided by parents. Home-educated students will continue to be visited at least twice each year by a teacher from the associate school board or associate private school. These teachers will measure progress by reviewing samples of the students' work and by observing students while they perform learning tasks. Information gathered at these visits will be shared with parents.

School choice is a key strength of Alberta's education system. The updated Home Education Regulation will ensure home education in Alberta continues to be a meaningful option for students and their parents.

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