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We know you want to learn more about the distance and home-based education, so we have provided a list of the most commonly asked questions. If you don’t see the question you would like answered, call or send us an email. We’re here to assist you.

1. What are the costs involved for families registering in your program?

2. Is Home Schooling legal?

3. Will my child miss out on socialization and extra-curricular activities?

4. What qualifications do I need to teach my child?

5. Are students from home-based learning accepted into colleges?

6. Will I have the time for a home based learning program?

7. Will my child listen to me and accept me as his or her teacher?

8. How do I choose and find curriculum?

9. What is the oldest age for home-based learning students?

10. What is the youngest age?

11. Can children skip a grade or fail a grade?

12. Do you have a Kindergarten program?

13. My child has special needs – do you offer a special education program?

14. Do you have an Early Literacy Program?

15. What is the difference between the Vermilion Home Schooling Program and the School of Hope?

16. What type of program do you have for Elementary Students in the School of Hope?

17. What type of program does School of Hope have for Junior and Senior High Students?

18. What teacher assistance do I have when I join the Vermilion Home Schooling Program or the School of Hope?

19. Can I change my Student Advocate, Facilitator or my Teacher?

20. Can I speak with other families about what the joys, challenges, and realities of distance and home-based education?



1. What are the costs involved for families registering in your program?

Joining our programs does not cost parents large sums of money. A nominal E-Learning fee is charged at registration for School of Hope students. Vermilion Homeschooling Program students do not pay the E-Learning fee. Current families may have the fee deducted from their account. Late registrants (After Sept 30) are required to pay the E-Learning fee as well as text rentals and resource charges at the time of registration. Please reference the latest version of the Funding Manual for details regarding expenses and reimbursements.

 


2. Is Home Schooling legal?

Home schooling is legally recognized in the Alberta School Act.

 


3. Will my child miss out on socialization and extra-curricular activities?

Socialization means learning acceptable behavior in various situations and relationships. Children can play in the neighborhood, participate in sports teams, and be involved in all types of community and church activities. The School of Hope and the Vermilion Home Schooling Program offer workshops and field trips for interaction with other students and with teachers.

 


4. What qualifications do I need to teach my child?

Parents teach their children to walk and talk; home education is an extension of basic skills. A formal teaching certificate is not necessary, but patience, time and commitment to teach their children are key to a successful home program.

 


5. Are students from home-based learning accepted into colleges?

Home-schooled children are accepted into many colleges and universities providing they have met the entrance requirements of the institution. Our teachers can assist with program planning. If your student is in high school please ask your Teacher for more information about courses and programs.

 


6. Will I have the time for a home based learning program?

For a successful program at least one parent needs to be with the student during the school time. Considerable time is required to prepare for and assist students at home. Our teachers can assist parents with organizing a schedule. Parents of children in the Teacher-Directed Program are expected to be at home with the student during the school day.

 


7. Will my child listen to me and accept me as his or her teacher?

Home-based programs are most effective when both the parent and the child are involved in planning the educational program and in setting daily goals.

 


8. How do I choose and find curriculum?

Alberta resources are available to rent from our office or you may purchase curriculum from commercial suppliers. Parents, in the Parent-Directed program, may order resources directly from commercial suppliers using our Purchase Order system. Ask your Facilitator for more information.

 


9. What is the oldest age for home-based learning students?

A funded student can be no older than 19 on September 1 of the school year. Adult students can register for high school courses on a cost recovery basis.

 


10. What is the youngest age?

Students must be 6 years old prior to February 28 of the school year.

 


11. Can children skip a grade or fail a grade?

According to Alberta Education guidelines, children need to be registered in a grade. VHSP and SofH work towards the best interests of a child and programs are developed around student needs. Home-based learning allows for personalizing a child’s program to meet specific needs of the student. Individualizing a students program enables enrichment without the limitations of a definite grade level or the stigma of skipping or failing a grade.

 


12. Do you have a Kindergarten program?

Alberta Education is not approving Kindergarten programs for online schools at this time. However we can offer check-lists, advice and recommend resources to assist in a Smart Start for these youngsters. Our elementary teachers have numerous suitable learning activities available as well.

 


13. My child has special needs, do you offer a special education program?

The Special Education Program is available only to families enrolled in the Teacher-Directed program. Alberta Education does not fund Special Education programs for students in the Parent-Directed Program.

 


14. Do you have an Early Literacy Program?

School of Hope has a progressive Early Literacy program designed to encourage successful reading. Struggling readers can enter the Early Literacy program in grades 1 and 2. Parents have access to our Early Literacy Handbook, our early reading resources and can attend workshops to encourage and enhance reading success:

  • Early Literacy Handbook for parents
  • Beginner Reading Resources for students
  • Themed books and activities in special Backpacks to interest young readers

Ask your Teacher or facilitator about these Early Literacy resources, or call the office for more information (888-350-4673).

 


15. What is the difference between the Vermilion Home Schooling Program and the School of Hope?

The Vermilion Home Schooling Program (VHSP) is one of the original Alberta coded schools that accepted students in 1988. Parents are responsible for choosing the curriculum and planning and teaching the Program. We identify this as a Parent-Directed program.

The School of Hope became a coded school in 1996 when Alberta Education brought in the Blended program that was intended to offer students some home schooled courses and some school based courses. Our blended program is known as the Combined program.

Students who register for all their courses with the School of Hope are in the Teacher- Directed program. All of these elementary, junior high and senior high students will be working with teachers via fax, telephone, Hope@Home email, ELive! and instant messaging.

 


16. What type of program do you have for Elementary Students in the School of Hope?

The goal of our elementary program is to meet the unique learning needs of our students. Some students may require regular teacher involvement while other students may work more independently. Although we try to match teachers and students geographically, we are also aware of the uniqueness of particular student learning needs. We encourage parents to share the goals of their educational plan with their teacher to ensure a successful program.

Students have unlimited contact with their teacher by phone, fax, email, ELive!, instant messaging or regular mail. Our elementary teachers look forward to visiting their students (at least twice a year) and meeting students at workshops throughout the province. Frequent teacher-student interaction is a key to student success.

 


17. What type of program does School of Hope have for Junior and Senior High Students?

School of Hope teachers believe that building an effective working relationship with students is integral to student success. Specialists teach subjects in their particular areas of expertise. Teachers are easily accessible through fax, phone, email, ELive!, instant messaging and contact at workshops. Students are expected to maintain contact with their subject teachers and submit assignments regularly.

At the start of the school year, teachers and student advocates initially contact each of their students and are available to guide the students through course planning. Students may accelerate through a course, or they may take more time to integrate concepts.

 


18. What teacher assistance do I have when I join the Vermilion Home Schooling Program or the School of Hope?

All families who join the Vermilion Home Schooling Program are assigned a teacher who will work with them as an advisor called a Facilitator. In the Teacher-Directed and Combined programs, students will interact with a number of teachers. A positive relationship between home and school is essential for a successful home-based program. If you have a concern about the effectiveness of your relationship with your teachers or Facilitator please contact the Administration team.

 


19. Can I change my Student Advocate, Facilitator or my Teacher?

We do respect the needs of the students and the family. If a relationship is not working well, we may be able to make changes. Please contact administration with your concerns.

 


20. Can I speak with other families about what the joys, challenges, and realities of distance and home-based education?

Often the best resource for parents is other parents. The reality is that distance and home-based education isn’t for everyone. But thousands of families have discovered the benefits of learning from home. We maintain a list of families who can share their stories with you, including why they choose the distance education path and the success and challenges they have experienced along the way.

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