In Alberta, all children 6 years old or older must attend school until they turn 16. 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. Options for home educating include traditional, aligned, fully aligned, and online learning. Funding is available when you register your child before the end of September each year. (There is no need to register for Kindergarten as this is not mandatory and there is no funding for Kindergarten). Funding is not available if you register after the end of September. (See links below for more information).
Parents have the responsibility to notify a school board or an accredited private school of their intent to home educate their children. This can be the local school board or any other willing board. Parents choosing home education have the primary responsibility for managing, delivering and supervising their children’s courses of study.
The school authority which 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.
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