Parent-Directed Program

The Parent-Directed program is defined as having the ability to educate your child within the home.  Parents select methods and resources to teach their child.  Students follow an Educational Program Plan (EPP) designed by their parents and approved by our experienced facilitators. Learning is focused around student interests as well as dynamic family values, beliefs, lifestyles and faith, resulting in productive and inspired individuals within our global community. Support is available to parents and students through our facilitators who are also parents and teachers!

French and German immersion options available.

Notification Form

Ed Program Plan Template

Home Education Handbook

Why choose a Parent Directed Program?

  • Completely personalized programs
  • Allows parents to take over instruction for all subjects 
  • Allows for more flexible scheduling and programming subject to student need and interests 
  • High school students can earn an Alberta high school diploma necessary for post-secondary programs.  This is done by following the Alberta Program of Studies and completing Course Challenges.
  • Access resources from New Myrnam School (classroom libraries, the school & public library, textbook and other course materials, computers and printers, and much more)
  • Access to a career counselor to help with post-secondary and/or career planning
  • Students can work at their own pace but still have accountability
  • Attend field trips and school events (ski trip, holiday celebrations, talent show, swimming lessons, etc.)
  • Access specialized technology and equipment during organized fun days (CNC router, woodworking tools, 3D printers, Cricut, and so much more)
  • Be on the New Myrnam School sports teams and compete in individual sports (cross country running, volleyball, basketball, curling, badminton, track and field)

Parental Responsibility

  • Topics and curriculum are selected by parents. Parents may choose to follow the Alberta Program of Studies or select their own using the learning outcomes listed below.
  • Parents locate and select resources and determine instructional methods (how they will learn material and what they will use to teach it).
  • Parents select assessment methods (how students will show what they know).
  • Parents design Educational Program Plans (EPP) for core courses (English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social) and optional courses which interest the student.  Parents meet with the MOHC facilitator early in year to discuss their EPP. ​

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Facilitator Responsibility

  • Facilitators are here to support parents and students on their educational journey.  We work hard to ensure students have successful school experiences gaining the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for life after high school.
  • The facilitator meets with your family at least two times throughout the year to discuss EPP’s and how parents will assess their child and evaluate student progress towards curricular outcomes.  They are available for questions and support between meets.
  • The facilitator can provide assistance with locating teaching/learning resources and assessment materials.

Learning Outcomes for Students Receiving Home Education Programs That Do Not Follow the Alberta Programs of Study (Grades 1-12)

A basic education must provide students with a solid core program including language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Students are expected to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will prepare them for life after high school. A basic education will allow students to:

(a) read for information, understanding and enjoyment,

(b) write and speak clearly, accurately and appropriately for the context,

(c) use mathematics to solve problems in business, science and daily life situations,

(d) understand the physical world, ecology and the diversity of life,

(e) understand the scientific method, the nature of science and technology and their application to daily life

(f) know the history and geography of Canada and have a general understanding of world history and geography,

(g) understand Canada’s political, social and economic systems within a global context

(h) respect the cultural diversity, the religious diversity and the common values of Canada, 

(i) demonstrate desirable personal characteristics such as respect, responsibility, fairness, honesty, caring, loyalty and commitment to democratic ideals,

(j) recognize the importance of personal well-being and appreciate how family and others contribute to that well-being,

(k) know the basic requirements of an active, healthful lifestyle,

(l) understand and appreciate literature, the arts and the creative process, 

(m) research an issue thoroughly and evaluate the credibility and reliability of information sources,

(n) demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills in problem solving and decision making,

(o) demonstrate competence in using information technologies, 

(p) know how to work independently and as part of a team,

(q) manage time and other resources needed to complete a task,

(r) demonstrate initiative, leadership, flexibility and persistence,

(s) evaluate their own endeavours and continually strive to improve, and

(t) have the desire and realize the need for life-long learning

*Taken from the Home Education Regulation

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