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British Columbia Home School Laws

British Columbia Educational Code For Homeschooling

This is not intended to be legal advice and is distributed for information purposes only. Check for updates at your public library. These regulations came from Division 4 of the British Columbia School Act of 1996

 


Compulsory attendance – 5 on or by December 31 (I could not locate an upper age limit in the School Act. If you know of a verifiable link that has this age, please send me the link.)

 

 


Division 4 – Home Education

 

Home education


12 A parent of a child who is required to enroll in an educational program under section 3

(a) may educate the child at home or elsewhere in accordance with this Division, and

(b) must provide that child with an educational program.

Registration

13 (1) A parent of a child who is required under section 12 to provide the child with an educational program must register the child on or before September 30 in each year with

(a) a school of the parent’s choice that is operating in the school district in which the parent resides,

(a.1) if the child is an eligible child, a school referred to in paragraph (a), (b) or (c), or a francophone school of the parent’s choice that is operating in the francophone school district in which the parent resides,

(a.2) if the child is an immigrant child, a school referred to in paragraph (a), (b) or (c), or a francophone school of the parent’s choice that is operating in the francophone school district in which the parent resides but only if the francophone education authority responsible for that school permits the parent to register that child,

(b) a distance education school providing services to the school district in which the parent resides or with the minister if no distance education school provides services to that district, or

(c) an independent school operating in British Columbia.

(2) If, in accordance with subsection (1), a parent is entitled to register his or her child with a school or, in the case of an eligible child or immigrant child, with a francophone school,

(a) the board that has jurisdiction over the school must ensure that the principal, vice principal or director of instruction responsible for that school registers the child, or

(b) the francophone education authority that has jurisdiction over the francophone school must ensure that the francophone principal, francophone vice principal or francophone director of instruction of that francophone school registers the child.

(3) A school or francophone school that registers a child under this section must provide the child with access to educational services in accordance with the regulations.

(4) A person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence.

 


 

Power to report

14 (1) A person who believes that a child who is required to be registered under section 13 is not so registered may report that belief to the superintendent of schools for the school district in which that child resides.

(1.1) A person who believes that a child who is being educated in accordance with section 12 is not receiving an educational program may report that belief

(a) in the case of a child registered under section 13 with a francophone school, to the chief executive officer of the francophone education authority for the francophone school district in which that child resides, and

(b) in the case of a child registered under section 13 with a school, an independent school or the minister, to the superintendent of schools for the school district in which that child resides.

(2) On receipt of a report under this section, the superintendent or chief executive officer must take such action as is required by the orders of the minister.

(3) No action lies against

(a) a person making a report under subsection (1) or (1.1), or

(b) the superintendent or chief executive officer in respect of an action taken under subsection (2)

unless the report is made or the action is taken maliciously.

 


 

Other Resources for Homeschool Laws

Division 4 – Home Education
School Act of 1996

Home School Examination Policy
Home schoolers have the option to write provincial examinations and may register for and write them at the school where they are registered. Schools should register home schoolers by faxing the ministry a completed 1004 Form for Grade 10 courses or a 3008 Form for Grade 11 and 12 courses (see Appendix A). Please make sure to indicate “HS” for home schooler in the grade category. The ministry reports only exam percentages to home school students, unless a school grade has been reported. A school should not report a school grade to the ministry unless the student has been assessed by the school in the applicable subject area. See Handbook page 34.

Homeschooling
Ministry of Education. Additional responsibilities of other institutions toward homeschoolers.

Independent School Distributed Learning (DL) Program
Ministry of Education

Home Education in BC: The Law
BCHLA encourages all home educators to register. Not doing so places you outside the law.




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