Manitoba Education

Schools in Manitoba

Non-Funded Independent Schools


In Manitoba, there are two kinds of independent schools: Funded Independent Schools and Non-Funded Independent Schools. Funded Independent Schools implement provincially mandated curriculum, hire Manitoba certified teachers, and meet other provincial requirements. Non-Funded Independent Schools are not required to meet these conditions.

Reference to Non-Funded Independent Schools in The Public Schools Act

262 (b) 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.

Common Curricula in Non-Funded Independent Schools

  1. Church of God in Christ
    The Church of God in Christ is a Christian Anabaptist group. A national curriculum committee prepares a document which sets out every aspect of the school's operation. This document sets forth a timetable and series of books in each subject area. It also includes notes to teachers on how to teach the proposed materials in every grade and for each subject. Each Church of God in Christ School chooses from the books and materials proposed in the national curriculum document.

  2. Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.)
    Accelerated Christian Education publishes mastery-based and modular Christian curriculum. The curricula are self-directed with twelve levels that correspond approximately to the grades in public schools. Students work through the booklets with the help of guiding adults who have been trained to implement the curricula. Originally developed in the United States, some of the curricula have been adapted to include Canadian content. The A.C.E. distribution centre for Canada, School of Tomorrow, is located in Portage la Prairie. French translations are in the process of being developed and are currently available up to Grade 3.

  3. Christian Light
    Christian Light curricula are produced in Virginia for Mennonite Christian schools. These curricula are modular and are presented in twelve levels which correspond roughly to public school grades. There are five main subjects at the lower levels: Bible, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Elective courses are available for students in Levels 9 to 12. Schools may complement Christian Light curricula with books and programs from other publishers.

  4. Other Publishers
    Other curricular materials being used by Non-Funded Independent Schools include A Beka, Saxon, Pathways, Rod and Staff, Montessori, and Manitoba provincial curricula.


Schools in Manitoba

For a list of current non-funded independent schools in Manitoba, refer to the Schools in Manitoba book (see section on Non-Funded Independent Schools) or conduct a Schools in Manitoba Search.


Commonly Asked Question and Answers

What is the role of Manitoba Education in Non-Funded Independent Schools?

Manitoba Education monitors and supports Non-Funded Independent Schools to determine that children enrolled in these schools receive an education which is equivalent to that provided in a public school.

What are the main differences between a Funded Independent School and a Non-Funded Independent School?

A Funded Independent School must hire Manitoba certified teachers, implement the provincially mandated curriculum, and meet other provincial requirements. A Non-Funded Independent School is not required to meet these conditions.

What financial support is available for Non-Funded Independent Schools?

Non-Funded Independent Schools may request a $60 per student Curricular Materials Grant. These funds are available as a credit to be redeemed from the Manitoba Textbook Bureau. The school is not limited to the materials listed in the Manitoba Textbook Bureau catalogue but can order books and materials of their choice through the Manitoba Textbook Bureau.

How does a group start a Non-Funded Independent School?

A group begins the process of becoming a Non-Funded Independent School by indicating its intention to Manitoba Education. The space chosen for the Non-Funded Independent School must be suitable for teaching and learning, convenient, sound, well lit, and has passed a building and fire inspection. The Non-Funded Independent School must be able to demonstrate concrete plans to deliver an education which is at least equivalent to that of a public school. Non-Funded Independent Schools are visited annually and must complete and return any forms required by Manitoba Education.

What is the role of the Liaisons for Non-Funded Independent Schools?

The Liaisons for Non-Funded Independent Schools determine that students in Non-Funded Schools receive an education which is equivalent to that of a public school. They provide support for administrators, may assist teachers to find books and materials which enhance the quality of education for the students, and may meet with Board members on request.


Non-Funded Independent Schools Provincial Support Contacts

General Enquiries
Independent Education Unit
Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning
1567 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3E 3J5
Phone: 204-945-7948; Toll free (within Manitoba): 1-800-282-8069, ext. 7948
Fax: 204-948-3870

Other Contacts
Manitoba Text Book Bureau
Box 910, 130-1st Avenue West
Souris MB R0K 2C0
Telephone: 204-483-5040
Toll-Free: 1-866-771-6822
Fax: 204-483-5041
Distance Learning Unit
Independent Study Option (ISO)
Grade 9-12 curriculum based courses

555 Main Street
Winkler MB R6W 1C4
Telephone: 204-325-1700
Toll-Free: 1-800-465-9915
Fax: 204-325-1719
French Support Services
Direction des ressources éducatives françaises
Éducation Manitoba
200, avenue de la Cathédrale, local 0140
Winnipeg (MB) R2H OH7
Tél. : 204-945-1342/8594
Téléc. : 204 945-0092
Courriel :
Manitoba Education Library
Main Floor - 1181 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3G 0T3
Telephone: 204-945-7830
Toll Free: 1-800-282-8069 ext. 7830
Fax: 204-945-8756


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