The School Act permits parents to provide an educational program for their children at home. They have to register the child as a Home Schooler by September 30 of each year at any school in the district where the child resides, if the parent knows before September. During the school year if a parent chooses to home school their child they must let the school know their plans.
The Home Schooler can borrow text books from the school with a deposit and the student and parent may also use the school library in the child's catchment. However, the Home Schooler is not entitled to attend part-time classes or participate in any school activity. There are no assignments or assessments from teachers while the parent is the primary educator. Testing can be provided at a fee for service.
Often the term "Home Schooling" is confused with "Distance Education" (formerly "Correspondence Education).
If parents wish to follow the provincial curriculum, in a more structured educational program delivery, they should contact the Vancouver Learning Network located at John Oliver Secondary School at (604)713-5520.
More detailed information on Home Schooling can be obtained from the Ministry of Education website.
There is a Home Learners program at Beaconsfield Elementary.
For more information on home schooling options please contact:
Education Coordinator, VSB Learning Services
Tel: (604) 713-4594