Distributed Learning – Policy for homeschoolers


Policy name

Distributed Learning – Policy for homeschoolers

Date came into force or revised

Revised July 24, 2012

Status

Current

Policy statement

A child entitled to enrol in Grades K-9 may either enrol in an educational program with a board of education or register for homeschooling at any school in the province, but not both.

A person entitled to enrol in Grades 10 through 12 may register for homeschooling at any school in the province, and also enrol as a student for course(s) in one or more distributed learning schools or programs. However, a person who enrols in a Grade 10 through 12 course offered through a regular school program cannot also register as a homeschooler.

Rationale or purpose of policy

The policy clarifies when homeschooling and distributed learning may be combined. Building upon the flexibility that generally exists in the Graduation Program, students registered as homeschoolers can also enrol in Grade 10-12 distributed learning courses offered by boards of education.

Authority

School Act, Section 3.

School Act, Sections 12 and 13

Policy in full

Homeschooling is an educational program provided to a child by a parent, not under the supervision or direction of a qualified teacher.   This is not the same as distributed learning. Distributed learning programs or courses are taught by qualified persons who are certified by the Ministry’s Teacher Regulation Branch.

Adults cannot register for homeschooling.

For a specific child in any school year, the Ministry will fund only one board (or independent school authority) for homeschooling registration, based on registrations reported in September.

 For children entitled to enrol in Grades K- 9

A child may enrol in one educational program with a board or authority, or register as a homeschooler at any school in the province, but not both.

  • A board enrolling a child in an educational program must satisfy program requirements established in legislation. A board cannot provide only a portion of an educational program to a student in Grade K-9 who is also engaged in homeschooling.
  • A child registered as a homeschooler may attend educational programs offered by a board or authority, subject to any terms and conditions established by the board including the payment of a fee. However, a child does not receive credit for taking instruction in this manner.
  • When a child registered as a homeschooler enrols in a Grade K-9 educational program provided by a board or authority the child loses homeschooling status.

For persons of school age and entitled to enrol in Grades 10- 12

  • A person of school age eligible to enrol in Grades 10-12 can register as a homeschooler and also enrol as a student with a board operating a distributed learning school or program. That board or authority will receive Ministry funding for the courses that student takes under distributed learning funding policy and procedure.  Credit toward graduation is awarded for the successful completion of distributed learning courses.
  • If registered homeschoolers wish to take courses not delivered through distributed learning, they may attend an educational program offered by a board subject to terms and conditions established by the board.  This may include payment of a fee. However, in these circumstances, credit is not awarded for the course. Registered homeschoolers are not eligible to receive a BC Graduation Diploma (Dogwood). 
  • A registered homeschooler who enrols in a course offered through a regular school program, not a distributed learning school or program, becomes an enrolled student and is no longer registered as a homeschooler.

Procedures related to policy

For homeschooling

Parents seeking to homeschool their children

  • register at a public or independent school
  • deliver instruction at home
  • exercise complete independence and control over their children’s education
  • may use any learning resource of their choice, and
  • are not obligated to follow provincially prescribed curriculum.

For distributed learning

Students enrolled in distributed learning programs or courses

  • may learn at home
  • are enrolled in a public or independent distributed learning school
  • are obligated to meet prescribed learning outcomes in Provincial or Board/Authority Approved courses
  • must use only learning resources recommended by the Ministry of Education or approved by the Board or Authority
  • if enrolled in an independent school, may use religious materials as part of their educational program
  • must have a teacher certified by the BC Teacher Regulation Branch leading their educational program, including assignment and assessment of activities 
  • are issued formal progress report cards by the DL school, and
  • participate in provincial assessments (Foundation Skills Assessment and provincial examinations).

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