Things to Consider:

When creating an educational plan for your child, things to consider are:

     * determining the learning goals and needs of your child

     * deciding on the learning activities to help meet the educational goals

     * choosing the types instructional resources available 

     * determining the methods of delivering lessons

     * responsibility of assessing/reporting of academic progress

     * post secondary preparation and goals

As a parent, you can choose to either lead a:

  • "Parent Directed" program where you will have the ability to have full control of the educational plan that you and your child create.  Student progress is monitored by your home education facilitator through home meetings/visits of at least three times within the school year as well as through standardized assessment tools set out by Alberta Education

  • "Teacher Directed" program where certified teachers carry the primary responsibility of the determining the child's learning, assessing and progress reporting for the purposes of report cards and school transcripts; however, it is encouraged that parents be involved in the choices of activities, resources and evaluations.  Options are limited in order to follow the outcomes of the Alberta Program of Studies.  **Teacher Direction education MUST follow these outcomes.

  • "Blended" program is one where you can select a portion of your child's program to be parent directed while the remaining portion be instructed as teacher directed.  This partnership can give the child the best of both worlds in education.  For a Blended program, a certified teacher must be responsible for at least 50% of the educational program for students in Grades 1-9; whereas 20% for students in Grades 10-12.

  • "Outreach" program is one that has advanced from being a program for students that have difficulty being within the brick-and-mortar style of schooling to one that welcomes ALL students needing timeline/schedule flexibility, upgrading possibilities, course completions, social supports, etc.  Students choose an outreach program to help them learn and achieve while continuing their commitments to employment, extra-curricular activities, family lifestyles, etc.

Promoting Choice in Education