Homeschool Programs

There are only three program choices:

School-based-at-home is also called Virtual School, Distance Learning, Distributed Learning, and Online Learning. APS means the Alberta Program of Studies which encompasses approximately 1400 outcomes per grade. How the school teaches those outcomes depends on which methods (screen text, videos, textbook readings) and materials the schools choose. If you choose distance education, your child will have a teacher that marks their work, and they will have to follow the APS curriculum outcomes. As a parent, you have the same rights and responsibilities as a parent of a child in a physical school. You do not control the classroom-the teacher does! You also do not get funding as you are not providing a home education program.

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
of Traditional or Blended Education Programs

Traditional Home Education
Blended School
Parent-Directed 50% maximum Parent
50% minimum School
Blend can be 20/80% either way in high school
Home-Based Education called “aligned”, online, correspondence, or distance education.

School-Directed

Who plans lessons? Parent Parent on their portion.
School follows Alberta Program of Studies resources on their portion.
School
Who chooses resources? Parent can choose unschooling or anything they wish. Resources do not have to be government approved. Parent on their portion.
School follows Alberta Program of Studies resources on their portion.
School
Who teaches the content? Parent (in parent-directed teaching) or child (in self-directed learning) Parent on their portion.
School follows Alberta Program of Studies resources on their portion.
The online course, correspondence course or school teacher must teach the student. There has to be demonstrated proof of significant pedagogical interaction between teacher and student (ie proof of instruction) that occurs every 7-10 days of the school year. Just like a physical building school, parents are not expected to teach.
Supervision? 2 visits per year 2 visits per year The student must attend the class, whether online or in a physical class, a certain number of instructional hours every year. Parents may meet the teacher through parent-teacher interviews.
Who gives marks? Parents.  If child is seeking high school marks and credits (credits begin in grade 10) the school authority will give the student the final mark based on APS work presented. (Sec 6 of Home Ed Regs) Parent gives marks on their portion.  School gives marks on their portion. School (teacher).  Parents are not certified teachers employed by the government and do not give marks.
Who is responsible for proof of learning to Alberta Education? Parent Parent on their portion.
School on their portion.
School.
Who is responsible to Alberta Education if the child is not learning? Parent.
If the child doesn’t want to do the work, the parent is responsible to the government for the education plan.
School. If the child doesn’t want to do the work, the parent is not responsible. The instruction is between the teacher and child, not the parent and child.
My child needs extra tutor help. Can the board charge me for extra classes and teacher instruction? Yes.  You are responsible for providing your child with an education.  You can pick and choose where you purchase it. Yes, on your part of the blend.

No, on the school’s part of the blend.

No.  The board receives funding for teaching and can’t double dip from the government and the parents.
The program must follow whose rules? Home Education Regulations under the School Act Home Ed Regs on the parent’s portion.
The School Act on the school’s portion.
School Act
Who decides which program I choose? Parent. Parent. Parent. The school may request the parent switches to Home Education, but has no right to enforce it, especially when they received funding for the teaching requirement of the blended program, “aligned,” program or distance education.
Can the school refuse me for the next school year? Yes.  All schools except public school boards have the ability to refuse students. Yes.  All schools except public school boards have the ability to refuse students. Yes.  All schools except public school boards have the ability to refuse students.
The education goals followed are? Schedule of Learning Outcomes (SOLO) for Students Receiving Home Education Programs That Do Not Follow the Alberta Program of Studies SOLO for parent portion.
APS for school portion.
Grade by grade Alberta Program of Studies (APS) Outcomes
The funding a school authority gets for this program? $1670 A portion of the $1670 according to the home ed percent of the blend, plus a portion of the Instructional Grant for the School portion of the blend. $ 5000 – $11,000 depending on whether public board or private school. Online is funded the same as a physical student
The funding a parent gets is? $835.40  or half the amount that the government gives to the school board as per Home Education Reg 7(2) $411 if a 50% blend.  Less funding if parent portion of blend is less. None.  Parents are not entitled to any funding or benefits (direct or indirect) as the school is receiving thousands of dollars per student of “instructional grant” funding to teach the content.  Schools may charge school fees and textbook rental fees.
Which program has highest parental control? The parent has the ultimate authority and responsibility for the child’s education. The parent has control over up to 50% of the subjects. The parent has no control over content, pace, assessment, resources or methods. Parents may choose to sign up or not.

Program Chart #1 
Home-Based Learning in Alberta

Program Chart #2
Different Approaches to Learning at Home

Program Chart #3
Blended Program Options

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