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Self-Designed Home Education High School Diploma (Home Education Regulations Section 6)

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SECTION 6 Home Education Regulations: "On the recommendation of a school principal, a student receiving a home education program that follows the Alberta Programs of Study is eligible to receive high school credits if the student achieves the course standards and outcomes prescribed by the Minister."

Most people think they have to cram a child into a rigid, structured government on-line course in order to get credentials in high school courses. This is not true. Most teens can find what they need to learn in high school subject areas, outside the government education system. The internet provides a vast, credible, free, resource of information in print, video or multimedia for math, sciences, English studies, geography, history, art, cooking and many other topic areas. Teens can learn deep or shallow depending on their interest level. In order to get grade 12 credentials, all teens have to do is write diploma exams at age 19 or the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Tests). Without a course mark, the diploma exam mark will stand for 100% of the final course mark and can be presented for post-secondary applications.

Most of the major universities and colleges across Canada do not require a diploma for entrance application. Most programs require marks in 5 grade 12 core courses. Some programs, such as engineering, require 6 or 7 courses. It's best to check with the particular institution your child is interested in, and find out what they require.

In self-designed high school, the student designs a course by naming resources, outlining a method, and checks off the course's Alberta Programs of Study outcomes, as concepts are learned. They then submit the portfolio of work to the school principal in order to get a course mark approved and credits awarded by the school authority. The school may request a proctored final exam for courses that are not grade 12 diploma exam courses. These marks and credits are reported on the official high school transcript issued by Alberta Education. They do not appear any different than marks resported by an online course teacher.

The advantages of home education in high school is that children can sleep late to enhance their brain development. Parents report that the more sleep their child gets, the less grouchiness occurs. Teens can discover their passions and may have a better idea of what they want to do for life's work, because they have had time to play. Yes, teens play! Homeschooling teens have 12 more hours per day of free time (than do teens that go to school) to work at jobs, on projects, write, create, volunteer, research topics of interest, build family and peer relationships, travel, build skills, ponder, play and basically discover who they are. Many homeschooled teens read about 50 novels in a year!

To begin self-designed high school, it is best to find a school authority that will supervise a Section 6 (Home Education Regulations) home education high school program. You will register your child as traditional home education and fill out a Home Education Notification form to deliver to your school. Self-designed courses are designed by you as the parent, or by your child, and can be very flexible to your child's unique learning needs. Each course will require a Course Proposal and a Course Summary which is a detailed plan for the courses named in the general education plan.

Sample English 10-1 Course Proposal

Sample English 10-1 Course Summary

Any resource can be chosen to meet the outcomes although some parents like to use the school curriculum (see textbooks below) to ensure they are not missing any essential concepts.

Suggested Textbooks

If your child has been attending a regular school, they "own" your child for the rest of the year until June 30th. You do not have to find another school to register with until the next Fall. Just submit the Home Education notification form and a basic education plan (templates below), and begin self-study at home. Since the school has received your child's funding, they are obligated to share the resources such as textbooks that your child has been using in school, so it enables your child to continue study at home under home education.

Home Education Notification form

Some School Authorities Willing To Supervise Self-Designed Portfolio Based Home Education High School for Diploma

  • Bearspaw Christian School (Faith-based)
  • By Design, a program of Summit West Independent School SWIS (Secular)
  • E2@Home, a program of E2 Academy(Secular)
  • Hope Christian School (Faith-based)
  • Koinonia@home, a program of Koinonia Christian School (Faith-based)
  • T.H.E.E, a program of Elk Island Catholic Schools (Faith-based)
  • Willow, a program of Third Academy (Secular)
  • Wisdom, a program of Trinity Christian School (Faith-based)

School Board Contact List 2019-2020

All home education families have the opportunity to access Section 6 of the Home Education Regulations regardless of the school authority they are registered with. Technically, all school authorities should honor Section 6 of the home education regulations, however, many choose not to. If your current school authority does not wish to supervise a self-designed home education program, keep your child's portfolio and submit the following Fall when you choose a new school authority to evaluate the portfolio and report the marks and credits to Alberta Education.

The alternative is to wait until your child is age 19 and can write the diploma exams without a course mark. Their diploma exam mark will stand for 100% of their course mark credential for applying to post-secondary schools.

Self-Designed Course Textbooks

These textbooks will meet the Alberta Education Core Course Outcomes

Suggested Textbooks

As well, The Key, workbooks are excellent overviews of the concepts required to meet the course outcomes.

The Keys

Self-Designed Sample Education Plans

These are sample plans to help you design a high school course load

Grade 10 Self-designed course credit sample education plan

Grade 11 Self-designed course credit sample education plan

Grade 12 Self-designed course credit sample education plan

Grade 10, 11 or 12, no diploma sample education plan

Grade 12 AGE 19 Self-designed course credit sample education plan

Grade 12 Over AGE 20 Adult Self-designed course credit sample education plan

For individual course proposals and summaries please contact us.

Alberta Education High School Programs of Study Outcomes


Reference Documents

Provincial High School Course Equivalents

High School Planning Chart (Black/White)

High School Planning Chart (Color)

4 Year Typical High School Program Plan

How To Set Up A High School Course Co-op

Homeschooling High School in Alberta Recorded Webinar 2019-2020

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Wondering how to home school your high school aged child? Your child can take on-line courses, or do Parent/self-designed high school and still acquire a diploma. This session is not sponsored by any school authority. Register for the 90 minute recording and find out everything you need to know! Presented by Judy Arnall, Homeschool parent of 4 High school graduates and Scholarship recipients and 3 who have graduated university.

This session is not sponsored by any school board so we can have a frank discussion.

Fee: $29.00 includes 90 minute recording, course proposals and summaries, and 15 minutes live consultation.

Homeschooling High School

Topics covered are:

The future of education

How high school works in Alberta

Choices in homeschooling high school

How to do Parent/self-designed high school course by course

Course descriptions

What is university like and what is the real scoop on homeschooling acceptance?

Special needs in high school

Brain development and motivation

How to access resources for Parent/self-designed courses