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Schools in Manitoba

Homeschooling

Educating Your Children at Home

In Manitoba, parents may choose to have their child(ren) educated in one of three ways:

  • public school
  • private school
  • homeschool

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.


Homeschooling Notification Package

The 2014-15 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.

2014-2015 Homeschooling Notification Package (Adobe PDF 299 KB)

Homeschooling Office
Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning

Telephone: 204-945-8138
Toll Free: 1-866-626-4862 ext. 8138
Fax: 204-948-3870
Email: homeschooling@gov.mb.ca

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Curriculum Options for Homeschooling

Parents may choose to follow one of three different options or combine these options to create a unique program:

  1. Child-Centered Instruction

    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 1-866-771-6822). Parents who are interested in this option may wish to contact the Regional Homeschooling Offices in Winnipeg or in Rivers.

  2. Christian-Based Curricula

    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.

  3. Independent Study Option

    Grades 1-8 Provincial Curriculum Aligned (PCA) homeschooling resources are available in print and online through the Alberta Distance Learning Centre. For grades 9-12, Manitoba Education offers core area, compulsory courses as well as many optional courses required for graduation. 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. For more information about the Independent Study Option parents may call toll-free at 1-800-465-9915.

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Provincial Homeschooling Contacts and Supports
Manitoba Education Homeschooling
Homeschooling Office
1567 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3E 3J5
Telephone: 204-945-8138
Toll-Free: 1-800-626-4862 ext. 8138
Fax: 204-948-3870
Email: homeschooling@gov.mb.ca
Homeschooling Liaisons:

Alan Schroeder, Winnipeg and Eastern Manitoba
Telephone: 204-945-6853
Toll Free: 1-800-626-4862 ext. 6853

John Shaw, Western and North-Western Manitoba
Toll Free: 1-866-550-4818
Manitoba Education Library
Main Floor, 1181 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3G 0T3
Telephone: 204-945-5371
Toll-Free: 1-800-282-8069 ext. 5371
Fax: 204-945-8756
Manitoba Text Book Bureau
Manitoba Curricula and Support Documents

Box 910, 130-1st Avenue West
Souris MB R0K 2C0
Telephone: 204-483-5040
Toll Free: 1-866-771 6822
Fax: 204-483-5041
Email: mtbb@gov.mb.ca
Provincial Curriculum-Aligned Courses
Manitoba Education (Grade 9 – 12)
Independent Study Option (ISO)

555 Main Street
Winkler MB R6W 1C4
Telephone: 204-325-1700
Toll Free: 1-800-465-9915
Fax: 204-325-1719
Email: distance.learning@gov.mb.ca
Alberta Distance Learning Centre
Product and ordering information is available at:
Toll-Free: 1-866-774-5333
Fax: 780-674-7593
Email: information@adlc.ca
French Support Services
Éducation Manitoba
200, avenue de la Cathédrale, local 0140
Winnipeg (MB) R2H OH7
Tél. : 204-945-8594
Sans frais : 1-800-667-2950
Téléc. : 204-945-0092
Courriel : dref@gov.mb.ca
Computers for Schools
75 Terracon Place
Winnipeg MB R2J 4B3
Telephone: 204-988-1790
Fax: 204-988-1799
Homeschooling Support Organizations
Hearth Families Incorporated
Box 1555
Winkler MB R6W 4V4
Telephone: 204-362-2455
Fax: 204-331-3297
Email: hearthfamilies@yahoo.com
Manitoba Association of Christian Home Schools Inc. (MACHS)
PO Box 13, RPO So St. Vital
Winnipeg MB R2N 3X9
Telephone: 204-488-8361
Email: info@machs.ca
Manitoba Association for Schooling at Home (MASH)
Telephone: 204-477-5338
Email: info@manitobahomeschool.com
Westman Homeschool Connection
Telephone: 204-571-1430
Email: westmanhsconnection@gmail.com
Facebook: Westman Home School Connection
Twitter: @Westman HS

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Questions and Answers About Homeschooling

  1. Do parents have the right to homeschool their children?

    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.

  2. Do parents have to notify their school division or neighbourhood school?

    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.

  3. What does it cost 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.

  4. Is funding available to parents to homeschool their child(ren)?

    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.

  5. Can parents homeschool their child(ren) and also enrol them for some courses in the public school?

    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).

  6. Does a home schooler have to follow Manitoba curricula?

    Parents may choose to use Manitoba curricula as one of the three options described above, but there is no requirement to do so.

  7. Does a student have to write the Manitoba Education provincial exams?

    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.

  8. What are the steps to homeschooling?

  9. There are four steps to homeschooling in Manitoba: NOTIFYING, PROCESSING, ENROLLING, AND REPORTING.

    STEP 1: NOTIFYING
    Parent(s)/Guardian(s) complete and submit a Student Notification Form (Adobe PDF 122 KB) for EACH school-age child every year they are homeschooled.
    • Adult Learners, please contact the Adult Learning and Literacy Branch at 204-945-8247 or toll free 1-800-282-8069 ext. 8247.
    • First Nations (FN) parent(s), whose children are band-funded, please contact your FN Education Director or an Education Officer at INAC at 204-983-4928.
     
    STEP 2: PROCESSING
    Manitoba Education processes the Student Notification Form.
    • Homeschooling liaisons may contact parent(s) to clarify information.
    • A Student Notification Form for any student who has been previously enrolled cannot be processed until the June Report from the previous year has been received.
     
    STEP 3: ENROLLING
    Manitoba Education mails a confirmation of enrolment letter to parent(s) as soon as possible after Student Notification forms are processed.
     
    STEP 4: REPORTING
    Parent(s) complete and submit a January (Adobe PDF 121 KB) and June (Adobe PDF 133 KB) Progress Report for each student.
     

  10. Where do I obtain a Homeschooling Notification Package?

    You can request a Homeschooling Notification Package from the Homeschooling Office by telephone (204-945-8138) or by email (homeschooling@gov.mb.ca) or you may download and print the package from this site.

  11. What if I lose my forms or need another copy?

    You can download and print all of the forms, including:


    or you may call the Homeschooling Office and new forms will be mailed out.


  12. What happens when I make contact with the Homeschooling Office?

    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.

  13. What factors are likely to lead to successful homeschooling?

  14. The most important factors are:

    • Having a well thought out plan for the education of the child(ren).
    • Having adequate and appropriate resources and teaching materials for each child, whether these are programs that have already been developed (e.g., the Independent Study Options or correspondence courses, or Christian curricula) or the materials and activities necessary to deliver a student-centered approach.
  15. If a parent decides to re-enrol their child(ren) in the public school, who decides at what grade level the student will be placed? Will the student get any credit for learning which has taken place at home?

    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.

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A Summary of Legislation Regarding Homeschooling

 

Notification to the Minister

260.1(1)
The parent or guardian of a child who is a pupil in a home school shall, in a form approved by the minister, notify the minister of the home school.

When notification to take place

260.1(2)
The parent or guardian shall, in a form approved by the minister, notify the minister about the home school when it is first established and on or before September 1 in each year.

Information to be provided to Minister

260.1(3)
Within 30 days after a home school is first established and on or before September 1 in each year, the parent or guardian shall provide the minister with the following information:
  1. the name and birth date of each pupil in the school;
  2. the name of the school or school division each pupil would otherwise attend; and
  3. an outline of the education program and grade level for each pupil.

Periodic progress reports

260.1(4)
The parent or guardian shall provide the minister with periodic progress reports on each pupil in the home school. The reports must contain the information and be provided according to a schedule determined by the minister.

Exemption from liability

262
No person is guilty of an offence...for failing or refusing to ensure that his or her child attends school if
  1. the child is in regular attendance at a private school, as defined in The Education Administration Act;
  2. the field representative certifies that in his opinion the child is currently receiving a standard of education at home or elsewhere equivalent to that provided in a public school;
  3. the child is unable to attend school by reason of sickness or other unavoidable cause or is excluded from attendance under subsection 261(2);
  4. the child is absent from school on any day regarded as a holy day by the church or religious denomination with which the child is affiliated.

Jurisdiction of school attendance officer

264(2)
For the purpose of this Part, every school attendance officer has jurisdiction over each child who is a resident of or a pupil in the area for which the school attendance officer is appointed or designated, and over all other children within that area.

Powers of field representative

265
A field representative has all the powers of a school attendance officer.

The Preparing Students for Success Act

The school leaving age has been raised from 16 to 18.

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