Important Questions to Ask When Looking for a Home School Supervising Agency
- Are all your facilitators home educators? If not, what qualifications do your facilitators have that give them a good understanding of home education for Grades 1 through 12?
- What approaches of home education do your facilitators support and oversee?
- Will your facilitators be able to provide us with advice and suggest-ed resources in the various subject areas?
- What can we expect during the two visits with the facilitator that are required in the Alberta Home Education Regulation?
- Are home visits with our facilitator compulsory or are there other places where we could meet?
- What are the expectations of the facilitator at these meetings? What do they expect to see in a home education program and portfolio?
- What is your perspective regarding the role of the school board or private school in evaluating a student’s progress (e.g., testing, as-sessments)? Will my children have to write the Alberta Student Learning Assessments or Provincial Achievement Tests? What hap-pens if they don’t?
- What is your perspective on report cards for home educated students? Are they necessary? If so, who prepares them: the parent or the facilitator?
- Are your facilitators able to recognize special needs in students and suggest resources and methods to assist parents in teaching such students?
- What is my recourse if, during the year, my facilitator and I don’t agree?
If you are uncomfortable with the answers, shop around.
It is important that you know you have specific rights within the Alberta Regulations on Home Education, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and precedence set by the Supreme Court of Canada.
Home Education Administrations of Alberta Private School Authorities
Trinity Christian School
in association with WISDOM Home Schooling
Address: Box 78, Derwent, AB, T0B 1C0
Description: WISDOM was established in 1995, and was founded for home schoolers, by home schoolers. Our facilitators and support staff are all home educating parents and/or homeschooled graduates, and wholly committed to this method of education. WISDOM offers traditional, parent delivered home education, and fully supports parents as you choose the methods and resources that work best for your unique children. Some optional extras for your family include: a classical online program, parent training in mediated learning, Dynamic Assessment, family camps, workshops, an annual high school conference and much more. We help families navigate the many paths through high school, and support families in whichever direction you go, whether that is a WISDOM diploma, a parent-verified transcript, the Alberta High School Diploma or another option. Our bi-monthly magazine and monthly e-newsletters keep you informed. Our Parent Advisory Council works hard to advocate for the right of families to choose the home school lifestyle.
Morinville Christian School
in association with THEE (Traditional Home Education Experts)
Address: 201, 2 Athabascan Ave, Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 4E3
Description: THEE (Traditional Home Education Experts)
We offer a home education program which emphasizes the traditional approach to home education where the parent is in full control of the learning program at home. We fully support the parents’ right and responsibility to establish the form and function of the home education program, whether that be through a structured approach or an unschooling approach or anything in between. Our facilitators are veteran home educators who are your personal consultants and who can ask the right questions; they will not try to prescribe nor pressure any learning resource or method onto the parent’s plan. We do not offer a Blended program, nor do we try to buy your patronage by offering additional funding amounts through questionable programming that has a creative name such as “Aligned”, “Fully Aligned”, or “Teacher Directed Home Education”.
THEE facilitators conduct the two required evaluations for each home educating child, and these evaluations may occur in the home (if the parent permits it) or at a nearby restaurant or coffee shop. The facilitator will be evaluating the child for “progress and achievement” relative to the parent’s authored Program Plan. These evaluations are hopefully a “No Stress” event that soon turn into a fun “Show and Tell” opportunity for the home ed child to show off what he/she has accomplished to an adult other than mom and dad! To learn more about THEE, please visit our website at www.thee.ca.
Morinville Christian School
in association with ROOTS Homeschooling
Address: 28 Laneham Place SW, Calgary, AB, T3E 5C5
Description: Roots is a home education program of Morinville Christian School. By the grace of God, Roots mandate is to support and encourage Christian home education parents within the Roots community as they strive to raise their child “in the way he should go.” As a community of home education believers, Roots provides opportunities for parents to support one another, as well as find support through staff who have either home educated their children or been home educated themselves.
Roots parents are our home education experts. While recognizing God’s authority, Roots acknowledges and respects the parents’ role in their home; our goal is to help parents meet their goals. Parents choose a wide variety of curriculum and find schedules and goals that meet their children’s unique needs. Parents have the opportunity to share their experiences and insights while learning from one another through support groups, field trips, google-groups, newsletters, and Christian Worldview or PE programs.
For more information on Roots, visit the Roots website at www.roots-homeschooling.com or contact the Roots office at 403-616-1381
Cherry Coulee Christian Academy
in association with 40 Mile Christian Education Society
Address: Box 119, Milk River, AB, T0K 1M
Description: 40-Mile Home Education is the home education division of Cherry Coulee Christian Academy (CCCA) in Bow Island. Craig and Gwynne Funston have been the principal supervisors for CCCA for the past fifteen years, now entering their sixteenth year. They are veteran home educators, having homeschooled all nine of their children (and down to their last two), and now seeing their grandchildren being homeschooled.
They are committed to the model whereby the parents are the teachers, either through the parent-directed or or parent-delivered model. They make every visit as a husband and wife team; and thereby come into the home to assist and advise (only when called upon by the parents to do so). Supporting the family in their call to home education is their chief mandate.
Bearspaw Christian School
Address: 15001 69 Street Northwest, Calgary, AB, T3R 1C5
Description: Bearspaw Christian School - BCS@Home offers parent directed home education because we recognize the central role of parents in the education of their children. Colossians 1:28 says, “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.” BCS@Home would love to support your family as you pursue excellence in mind, heart, body and soul for the glory of the Lord!
BCS@Home offers many opportunities for home schooling students and parents to experience support and community through our field trips, special events, parent support sessions and community classes. Additionally, we open up the wider social fabric of the campus school for those homeschooling students that want to take part in athletics, theatre, clubs, school field trips, service projects, chapels, special events and much more. Home Education families register with us because they desire to be with a private Christian School who supports home education through great facilitators, connected community, and opportunities to integrate into the life of Bearspaw Christian School.
Clinton Weening, Principal of BCS@Home
Flexible Learning.....Community Connection
Harvest Baptist Academy
in association with Education Unlimited
Address: Box 90, Kingman, Alberta T0B 2M0
Description: Please visit our site at www.educationunlimited.ca for all our info!
in association with E2@Home
Address: 14907 45 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
Description: Coming Soon!