Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use whatever curriculum I want?
Yes. You can choose to use a pre-existing curriculum or create your own. This will be captured in your Home Education Plan. You have a great amount of flexibility in your plan; however, it does need to be approved by the school.
Do I have to follow Alberta Programs of Study?
No. You can choose to use the Alberta curriculum, but this is not mandatory.
What is the Home Education Grant and how do I access it?
As per Alberta Education, all families registered in Home Education are to be provided with no less than 50% of the funding allocation provided by Alberta Education. For the 2019-2020 school year, Connections for Learning is providing families with $840. The Home Education grant offered to parents is intended to defray the costs of educating a student at home in the school year for which the grant is made available.
How do I access the Home Education Grant?
To access the Home Education Grant, complete and submit the Grant Funding Notification Form.
What can I use the Home Education Grant for?
You can use the Home Education Grant for educational resources, learning activities or educational experiences. The items that are submitted for claim must be directly related to supporting a student’s program for the duration of that school year. Parkland School Division has a high degree of accountability to Alberta Education for the use of public funds to support education, so guidelines will be followed closely.
What is unschooling, and can I unschool my child in this program?
Unschooling is a general term for a form of home education where education happens without the use of a schedule, curriculum, testing and grades. You may unschool your child as long as your program plan meets the requirements of Alberta Education's Learning Outcomes for Students:
- A basic education must provide students with a solid core program including language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
- Students are expected to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will prepare them for life after high school. A basic education will allow students to
- read for information, understanding and enjoyment,
- write and speak clearly, accurately and appropriately for the context,
- use mathematics to solve problems in business, science and daily life situations,
- understand the physical world, ecology and the diversity of life,
- understand the scientific method, the nature of science and technology and their application to daily life,
- know the history and geography of Canada and have a general understanding of world history and geography,
- understand Canada’s political, social and economic systems within a global context,
- respect the cultural diversity, the religious diversity and the common values of Canada,
- demonstrate desirable personal characteristics such as respect, responsibility, fairness, honesty, caring, loyalty and commitment to democratic ideals,
- recognize the importance of personal well-being and appreciate how family and others contribute to that well-being,
- know the basic requirements of an active, healthful lifestyle,
- understand and appreciate literature, the arts and the creative process,
- research an issue thoroughly and evaluate the credibility and reliability of information sources,
- demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills in problem solving and decision making,
- demonstrate competence in using information technologies,
- know how to work independently and as part of a team,
- manage time and other resources needed to complete a task,
- demonstrate initiative, leadership, flexibility and persistence,
- evaluate their own endeavours and continually strive to improve, and
- have the desire and realize the need for lifelong learning.
Can my child write Provincial Achievement Tests?
Students in Grades 6 and 9 have the opportunity to write Provincial Achievement Tests. Please contact the Home Education Facilitator at CFL by mid-February to register for June exams.
How many times am I required to meet with the Home Education Teacher?
We encourage a minimum of three meetings: one meeting for the initial program plan approval, and two subsequent meetings in the middle and at the end of the school year to evaluate student progress.
How do you manage students that have IPPs?
Home education students don't typically have IPPs, as it is the teacher's role to make modifications to program plans and learning more accessible to students. We can work with you to modify and create a program plan that will meet your child's needs.
How many hours should I homeschool on a typical day?
Home school hours depend on each family and student's needs. Most families have an in-class portion in their daily schedule from 9am-12pm. This does not take into account other learning that would happen throughout the day. Typically, a family can cover more curriculum at a faster rate at home due to the one-on-one attention the student receives.
Can my child graduate doing homeschooling?
Homeschooled children do not receive credits, and therefore would not be eligible for a high school diploma.
How can I spend my funding?
Spending is based on the Standards for Home Education Reimbursement Form.
How do I submit my receipts?
Receipts are submitted using the Educational Expenses Reimbursement Request Form.