Home Education Legalities in Alberta

The law governing education in Alberta is the School Act. Compulsory education is outlined in section 13:


Compulsory education

13(1)  An individual who

                                 (a)    is eligible to be enrolled in a school,

                                 (b)    at September 1 in a year is 6 years of age or older, and

                                 (c)    is younger than 16 years of age,

shall attend school.


The section governing home education in Alberta is section 29:


Home education program

29(1)  A parent of a student may provide, at home or elsewhere, a home education program for the student if the program

                                 (a)    meets the requirements of the regulations, and

                                 (b)    is under the supervision of a board or a private school accredited under section 28(2).

(2)  If a parent resides in unorganized territory, the Minister shall act as a board under this section.

(3)  The Minister may make regulations respecting home education.


You’ll find more information on the laws and regulations governing home based learning in Alberta in the Education section of the Alberta government’s website.

In the organization of the various educational options, the Alberta government includes Online Learning separately from Home Education.

The following is reproduced with permission from the Alberta government’s main webpage on Home Education (as retrieved on 2019-04-18):

Overview

A publicly elected school board has the responsibility to serve all students whose parents reside within the board’s boundaries, including those students whose parents choose home education. School authorities may also choose to offer a shared responsibility program.

Parental responsibilities

Parents have the responsibility to notify a school board or an accredited private school operator of their intent to home educate their children. The school board can be the local school board or any other willing public, separate, or Francophone school board. The private school operator can be any willing funded and accredited private school operator. Parents choosing home education have the primary responsibility for planning, managing, providing, evaluating, and supervising their children’s courses of study.

School Authority responsibilities

The school authority (either a public/separate/Francophone school board or a funded, accredited private school operator) that accepts the parents’ notification is called the associate school authority. It has the responsibility to provide the parents with support, if asked. Together with the parents, the associate school authority must ensure that the child meets the parents’ educational goals in accordance with the Home Education Regulation.

Shared Responsibility Program

A parent of a student providing a home education program to the student and an Alberta funded school authority may agree to share responsibility for the student’s education. Two conditions must be met for this to occur:

  • The school authority portion of the agreement must consist of a program where an Alberta certificated teacher, employed by a school board or an accredited funded private school, is responsible for planning, resource selection, instructional delivery, assessment and evaluation of student progress in selected courses that follow the Alberta programs of study or locally-developed courses. The school authority must be responsible for at least a minimum of:
    • 50% of the student’s program in Grades 1 to 9; and
    • 20% of the student’s program in Grades 10 to 12.
  • The home education portion of the agreement must consist of a program provided by a parent under the authority of the School Act and the Home Education Regulation. The parent is responsible for developing, administering and managing the home education program as outlined above.

School boards or accredited–funded private schools are not required to offer shared responsibility programs. The offering of shared responsibility programs is optional.

Resources

Standards for Home Education Reimbursement (PDF, 143 KB)

Home Education Handbook (PDF, 896 KB)

Home Education Notification Form (DOC, 147 KB)

ECS to Grade 12 Guide to Education (PDF, 1.85 MB)

Regulations and more information

Home Education Regulation

Funding manual

Contact

To connect with Alberta Education’s Field Services branches:

Phone: 780-427-6272
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)