What is Home Education?
Home education began in 1923 with a request from an isolated farm family who wanted to provide an education for their children. This bridging of the gap between students and teachers was called distance education. It has evolved to what it is today; a very flexible and personalized program. Parents have the opportunity to have control over their children's education in a home setting with the assistance of certified teachers.
This program allows the parent to decide which resources their children are to be using. Many families use the Alberta Distance Learning materials which follow the Alberta Education Program of Studies. In this type of home schooling, assistance, marking and evaluations are provided through certified teachers. Students access the teachers via telephone (toll free), email, and regular mail. Other families will choose their own resources which enables them to tailor the program to meet individual needs and Alberta curriculum standards. The parents are the child's primary educator and are responsible for developing their child's curriculum and assisting their child through their studies while monitoring and evaluating them on an on going basis. It is strongly recommended that a student enroll in a distance learning program only if the child and the parents are prepared to make a sound commitment to these studies in both time and effort.
Registration and Fees
All registrations for home education programs must be made no later than September 30 through the Central or Sub office. There are no fees charged if students register prior to Sept. 30, however after that date a fee will be charged for courses and materials Parents are responsible for the mailing costs of lessons to ADLC (if applicable).
High School students who are registered after Sept. 30 will pay full registration fees along with a deposit fee for books. These fees will be refunded when the course is successfully completed (with a mark of 50% or more) and the books have been returned.
Elementary and Junior High students whose parents have removed them from school after the Sept. 30 deadline will pay the tuition fees for correspondence courses and a cautionary fee for materials loaned to them.(75% of the cost of replacing the materials) The cautionary fee will be refunded when the books are returned in good order.
Alberta Program of Studies
The Alberta Program of Studies is a provincial government document which outlines the skills and objectives for each subject and each grade.
For more information
Please contact the Central Office or the Sub office to speak to someone about this program. If you wish further information about online or correspondence courses please visit the Alberta Distance Learning Centre web site.
See PAVE (Peace Academy of Virtual Education) for information about our Virtual School.