FAQs Home Education
What is homeschooling?
What are the types of homeschooling?
Is Home Education legal?
Alberta Education recognizes Home Ed in Alberta and provides the choice of whether the parent decides to educate under a school authority and receive funding or educate not with a school authority and the parent will not receive funding. Proper documents must be filled out to register the student such as the 2023-2024 Home Education Registration Form.
I am not a teacher, can I homeschool?
How much time is needed to homeschool?
Will homeschooling stunt socialization?
What about university or college?
What if my child has special needs?
Your special needs child can be well-served by the choice of homeschooling. Here you can adjust your schedule, your curriculum, and your pace to what best suits your child. Hope Christian school's regional authority is Prairie Land School Division. At Prairie Land, our contact for help regarding a child with special needs is Ellen Vanderkolk, an excellent resource for information. We are more than eager to set up a conversation between Mrs. Vanderkolk, the principal and you. Be encouraged, as a parent of a special needs child, you already know your child better than anyone else. Also there is a special needs program supported by Alberta Education through a grant agreement with AISCA, who, in turn, has contacted Khan Communications to partner with AISCA to provide these services. Pleaes see the link Special Needs Supports for more information. Homeschooling is an excellent vehicle for your child's individual needs to be addressed.
How can I afford to homeschool?
How can I afford to homeschool? If you registered for Home Education before September 29th of the school year you wish to attend, you are eligible for $901.00 per child in funding from Alberta Education. This funding is available for you to use for any costs that you incur because you are homeschooling. This can include your curriculum you choose, school supplies, music lessons, internet costs used during the school year, to name a few. Please see our Funding Page for more information. Kindergarten is also a funded program where parents have access to $450.50 in funding.
Where do I start?
The first decision to make is finding a school that offers Home Education. In this matter, we can assume that you choose Hope Christian School. The next step is to complete the Home Education Regulation Notification Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a valid form of Canadian identification - including a Canadian Birth Certificate, or a Permanent Resident Card or a current Canadian Passport, or a Citizenship Certificate/Card. After submitting this registration, you will be a assigned a Teacher Monitor (Facilitator) that you will have access to by text, phone or email for help with curriculum and any other questions you may have. Next, out of courtesy, please let the school that you are currently with know that you will not be returning the next school year. Finally, you can do a little research regarding curriculum by searching the links at the bottom of our Home Education page. You can contact the office at anytime and we will be please to help you in any way we can.