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.

ALBERTA PROGRAMS OF EDUCATION
This chart summarizes characteristics of the Alberta Programs of Education

PROGRAM REGULAR SCHOOL TEACHER DIRECTED ONLINE HOME EDUCATION
Regulation School Act School Act School Act Home Ed Regs
Registration Register with school Register with school Register with school Home Ed Notification Form
Responsible for Student School School School Parent
Core courses taught by Teacher Teacher Teacher Parent
Student coding Regular Regular or 612 Shared School Responsible 620 Online 600 or 611 Shared Home Ed Responsible
Relationship Teacher-student Teacher-student Teacher-student Teacher-parent
Resource Funding to parents $0 $0 $0 $835 Direct funding for reimbursement of resources purchased by parents
Education plan provided by School & Teacher School & Teacher School & Teacher Parent, and approved by teacher
Non-core classes (music, phys ed, art) taught by Teacher Teacher Teacher Parent or vendor supervised by parent
Limitations on eligible resources No funding or resources supplied to the family home unless payment from family. If supplied by the school, it stays at school. No funding or resources supplied to the family home unless payment from family. No funding or resources supplied to the family home unless payment from family. Yes. Alberta Education standards define eligible resources and caps on $ amounts for certain resource categories.
Funding tied to student N/A – No funding to parents N/A – No funding to parents N/A – No funding to parents Yes – by student ASN
Resources belong to school Yes. Students can rent and return at school year end. Resources purchased by school must remain at school property. Yes Yes Yes. Must return non-consumables if school requests, but is usually not requested for practical reasons.
Fees charged $200+ Fees for bussing, book rental, workbooks, music rentals, etc, are paid by parents $0 $65+ Fees for book rental, workbooks, and any supplementary learning aids. $0
Assessment Teacher Teacher Teacher Parent, approved by supervising teacher
Daily instruction and interaction provided by Certified teacher Certified teacher Certified teacher Parent
Outcomes Alberta Program of Studies Alberta Program of Studies Alberta Program of Studies Schedule of Learning Outcomes for HE or APS
Liability on field trips and course related excursions School with a supervising teacher School with a supervising teacher School with a supervising teacher Parent

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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