In Manitoba, parents may choose to have their child(ren) educated in one of three ways:
Parents may choose to homeschool their child(ren) or homeschool a group of students from more than one family. In other words, the person(s) providing the education can be the parent(s) or someone the parent(s) have designated.
The 2012-13 Homeschooling Notification Package is available below. You may open the link and print the forms or contact the Homeschooling Office at the address below to have the package mailed to you. Please contact the Homeschooling Office for any further information.
Toll Free: 1-800-282-8069 ext. 8138
Parents may choose to follow one of three different options or combine these options to create a unique program:
Parents who choose a child-centered approach elect to use print and non-print materials from a variety of sources. They often supplement their teaching with a variety of experiences and activities that enhance their child(ren)'s learning. Some elect to use Manitoba curriculum guides which can be obtained from the Manitoba Text Book Bureau (toll-free
There are a number of Christian-based curricula being used by homeschooling parents (e.g., A Beka, Alpha-Omega, School of Tomorrow). Most programs are laid out in a lesson-by-lesson format. Some programs offer external marking services, while others do not. Parents who are interested in discussing this option further may contact the Homeschooling office, the Manitoba Association of Christian Home Schools Inc., or Hearth Families Inc.
Grades 1-8 Provincial Curriculum Aligned (PCA) homeschooling resources are available in print and online through the Province of Alberta. For grades 9-12, Manitoba Education offers core area, compulsory courses as well as many optional courses required for graduation with a Manitoba high school diploma. These print-based courses may be purchased from the Distance Learning Unit as lesson-by-lesson courses with marking services or as resource packages without marking services.
|Manitoba Education Homeschooling|
|Homeschooling Regional Office (Winnipeg)
Alan Schroeder, Liaison for Homeschooling
Winnipeg and Eastern Manitoba
1567 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3E 3J5
|Homeschooling Regional Office (Brandon)
John Shaw, Liaison for Homeschooling
Western and North-Western Manitoba
B1H - 340 9th Street
Brandon MB R7A 6C2
Telephone: 204-726-6972 or 204-945-8138
Toll Free: 1-866-550-4818
Provincial Curriculum-Aligned Courses
|Manitoba Text Book Bureau
Manitoba Curricula and Support Documents
Box 910, 130-1st Avenue West
Souris MB R0K 2C0
Toll Free: 1-866-771 6822
|Instructional Resources Unit
Main Floor - 1181 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3G 0T3
Toll Free: 1-800-282-8069 ext. 7830
|French Support Services
Lynette Chartier, directrice
Direction des ressources éducatives françaises
200, avenue de la Cathédrale, local 0140
Winnipeg (MB) R2H OH7
Tél. : 204-945-8594
Téléc. : 204-945-0092
Courriel : email@example.com
|Homeschooling Support Organizations|
|Event Horizon Planning
28 McGurran Place
Winnipeg MB R2J 4B6
|Hearth Families Incorporated
Winkler MB R6W 4V4
of Christian Home Schools Inc. (MACHS)
P.O. Box 13, RPO So St. Vital
Winnipeg MB R2N 3X9
at Home (MASH)
P.O. Box 26091, 676 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3G 3R3
Yes. The rights and responsibilities of parents to homeschool their child(ren) are laid out in sections 260, 260.1, 262 of The Public Schools Act. See the Summary of Legislation below. Parents, legal guardians, or any person designated by parents or legal guardians may homeschool.
There is no legal requirement for parents to notify their school division and/or neighbourhood school. If the student is currently attending a school, it is suggested that parents notify the school of their intention to homeschool.
There is no charge to enrol as a homeschool. Costs vary according to the curriculum selected, the subjects taken, and the grade level of the students.
There are no government funds available for homeschooling. However, students under the age of 18 who are not registered in a school and are unable to attend school for medical reasons are not required to pay course fees. The Distance Learning Unit of Manitoba Education will provide Provincial Curriculum-Aligned courses to students (between 7 and 18 years) who meet the course fee exemption criteria.
A homeschooling student may enrol in a public or funded independent school provided the school agrees to this arrangement. Most often, parents make such arrangements so that their child(ren) can take specific courses (e.g., Music, Physical Education, Computer Studies) or courses that parents feel that they cannot adequately teach (e.g., Physics, Senior Years Mathematics, foreign language).
Parents may choose to use Manitoba curricula as one of the three options described above, but there is no requirement to do so.
Students are not required to write provincial exams, but they may do so. If parents choose to have their child(ren) write these exams, they should make arrangements with their local school well in advance so that accommodations can be made.
What are the steps to homeschooling?
There are four steps to homeschooling in Manitoba: NOTIFYING, PROCESSING, ENROLLING, AND REPORTING.
You can request a Homeschooling Notification Package from the Homeschooling Office by telephone (204-945-8138) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you may download and print the package from this site.
You can download and print all of the forms, including:
You will be asked where you live as our Homeschooling Liaisons are assigned by geographical area. The Liaison will go over the steps to homeschooling and answer any questions you may have.
What factors are likely to lead to successful homeschooling?
The most important factors are:
This decision is made by the receiving school. For this reason, it is recommended that the parent(s) select samples of the student's work over time (sometimes referred to as a portfolio) to demonstrate what their child(ren) learned and how well they have achieved the goals of their homeschooling program. Students who register in high school and who have performed successfully in advanced senior years courses (i.e., at Grade 10, 11, or 12) may be given retroactive standing for prerequisite courses.
Notification to the Minister
When notification to take place
Information to be provided to Minister
Periodic progress reports
Exemption from liability
Jurisdiction of school attendance officer
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The school leaving age has been raised from 16 to 18.