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Homeschooling in Canada

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Learn how to homeschool in different Canadian provinces with this article. Check out the registration, curriculum and testing regulations and get information about educational resources for your child.

Homeschool Options in Canada

Each province in Canada has individual regulations governing homeschoolers. These rules include:

Alberta

Each year, homeschoolers in Alberta must submit a notice of intent to the local school board or a private school.

When developing your child's curriculum, you may choose to use the Alberta Program of Study, which can be found on the website for Alberta Education (www.education.alberta.ca). If you choose to create your own program, you will need to provide the school with information about:

  • Your instructional resources and teaching methods
  • Options for evaluation
  • Activities your child will participate in
  • Any individuals who will educate your child, besides yourself

You will need to keep samples of your child's educational progress for assessment purposes as well. Your child also has the option of taking the provincial achievement test in third, sixth and ninth grades.

British Colombia

If you wish to homeschool in British Colombia, you will need to register as a homeschool by September 30th of each year. There are no requirements on what you teach your child. You are also not required to complete any assessments.

Manitoba

In Manitoba, you will need to submit a Student Notification Form every year that you homeschool your child. You can find this form on the website for Manitoba's Education and Advanced Learning Division (www.edu.gov.mb.ca). You'll also need to provide an outline of what you will teach and submit reports on your child's progress in January and June of every year that you homeschool. Be aware that your program outline must cover core topics, including:

  • Mathematics
  • Language arts
  • Science and social studies

Manitoba also recommends that your child learns about:

  • Physical education
  • The arts
  • Additional languages
  • Career development

New Brunswick

New Brunswick requires homeschoolers to submit an Annual Home Schooling Application form. You will need to provide instruction in:

  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Health and physical education
  • French
  • Music and art
  • Career development

You will need to keep a portfolio of your child's academic work in this province.

Newfoundland and Labrador

To homeschool in this province, you will need to complete a Home School Application Form and submit a curriculum annually. You will also need to meet with a representative from the school prior to beginning instruction for at least 2 years. Additionally, the first year you homeschool you will need to submit 3 evaluations of your child's educational progress. The second year you will need to complete 2 evaluations, and your child will need to be evaluated once a year from then on.

If your child would like to obtain a high school graduation certificate, he or she will need to go to your local public school to complete midterms and finals.

Northwest Territory

If you homeschool in the Northwest Territory, you will need to register your child. Your child's educational progress will be assessed by the principal of your local school or a different individual assigned to the task in this province.

Nova Scotia

You can homeschool in Nova Scotia by completing a Registration Form for Home Schooling. You can find this form on the website for Nova Scotia's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (www.ednet.ns.ca). You must complete this form annually. You will also need to submit a progress report detailing your child's education every year in June.

Nunavut

In Nunavut, you are required to register your child with a school prior to homeschooling. You will also be subject to some form of assessment by the local educational district.

Ontario

You can homeschool your children in Ontario without submitting any forms if your child never attended another form of schooling. If your child has attended public or private school, you will need to withdraw them and submit a notice of intent to homeschool. You are not required to keep any records in this province.

Quebec

In order to homeschool in Quebec, you will need to provide your child with instruction in:

  • Language arts
  • Social sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Science and technology
  • Arts
  • Personal development

You will also need to complete an Application Request for Home Schooling every year, as well as submit a homeschool education plan. You child will need to be evaluated annually as well. This evaluation can involve the submission of a student portfolio review or the completion of exams.

Prince Edward Island

To homeschool on Prince Edward Island, you will need to submit a notice of your intent to homeschool along with information about the education you intend to provide to the education minister.

Saskatchewan

You can homeschool in Saskatchewan after submitting a notice of intent and an education plan. You are allowed to request at least one standardized assessment of your child per year in Saskatchewan. Additionally, you must keep a portfolio that represents your child's academic growth and provide the state with a yearly progress report.

Homeschool Resources

No matter what province you live in, you can find useful educational resources for your child online. These homeschool courses allow your child to develop a solid understanding of various core subjects. Courses are available for different grades, and each one features easy to understand video lessons and quizzes that let kids test what they're learning. Topics of instruction include:

SubjectCourses
English9th Grade English
10th Grade English
11th Grade English
12th Grade English
AP English Literature
AP English Language
MathematicsHigh School Algebra I
High School Algebra II
High School Trigonometry
High School Precalculus
AP Calculus
ScienceMiddle School Physical Science
Middle School Earth Science
High School Physical Science
High School Physics
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Physics C
Social ScienceHigh School Psychology
AP Macroeconomics
HumanitiesAP Music Theory
HistoryMiddle School World History
High School World History
AP World History
AP European History

If your child is younger, you can check out these courses in science, social studies, language arts and math.

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