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THE A-to-Z of Homeschooling
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British Columbia Homeschooling

Associations
Events
Field Trips
Distance Education Schools
Legal Information
Online Social Networks
Publications
Resources
Support Groups
Support Lists

Associations

B.C. Home Learners’ Association
BCHLA (Formerly CHEA) was founded to protect the individual rights of parents to choose the home education option and to conduct their child’s education according to their individual choices.

Events

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Field Trips

British Colombia Field Trips
Educational places to visit in British Colombia.

Distance Education Schools

Please note, students enrolled with the government-operated schools are not officially homeschoolers.

Burnaby Online Learning Options Online Program
One of the Burnaby School District’s “Good Places to Learn.”

Collaborative Educational Alternative Program
CEAP is a School District 69 (Qualicum) Grade K-12 program offered to families living in the central Vancouver Island Region.

Distance Education School of the Kootenays
For all students in School Districts 5, 6, 8, 10, 20, 51.

Fraser Valley Distance Educational School
FVDES is a distance educational facility serving school districts in the Fraser Valley, across the Province of British Columbia and around the World. For all students in School Districts 33, 34, 35, 36, 42, 43, 75, 78.

Heritage Christian Online School
We’re a long-established, independent school that has recently added a distributed learning program for homeschooled students. While we do offer online courses, we also offer enrollment to those who are using their own curriculum at home.

North Coast Distance Education School
For all students in School Districts 50, 52, 54, 82, 92.

North Island Distance Education School
For all students in School Districts 47, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 84, 85, and other provinces (except Saskatchewan) and other countries.

Northern B.C. Distance Education School
For all students in School Districts 59, 60, 81, 87, and in the Yukon.

Oak and Orca Bioregional School
The program provides an integrated BC curriculum, a bioregional focus with global perspectives, hands-on, child-centred activities, choices for your child, and full teacher support.

South Central Interior Distance Education School
For all students in Schools Districts19, 22, 23, 53, 58, 67, 73, 74, 83.

South Island Distance Education School
For all students in School Districts 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66 and in Saskatchewan.

… more Options for BC Learners

Independent Schools

Kamloops Christian School
Services families all over the interior of BC – from Terrace to Golden, from Lytton to Valemount, and various points in between. They are willing to register homeschoolers from anywhere in the province.

SelfDesign Learning Center
(Formerly Wondertree Foundation) Our various programs enable authentic self-discovery and reflect respect for the rights of all learners, young and old, to assume responsibility for their own learning paths. Located in Creston, BC.

Vancouver Christian School
An independent school in Vancouver providing Christ-centered education from Kindergarten through grade 10.

Windsor House School
A parent-participation, democratic, academically non-coercive public school with about one hundred and fifty students and ten staff people. Located in North Vancouver.

Legal Information

British Columbia Education Code
AN A TO Z RESOURCE
Not intended as legal advice. Laws for your information only.

Education Options in British Columbia
We offer information about home-based, public or independent school enrollment options as a public service and to help clarify the difference between home-based learning options currently available in BC.

Distributed Learning vs. Homeschooling
Students enrolled in a public or independent school distributed learning program and children who are registered as homeschooled by their parents have different legal definitions, rights and responsibilities under the School Act or Independent School Act.

Foundation Skills Assessment
This is a letter received from the Ministry of Education on the new Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA). It is not a required test for home educated learners; we still have freedom in the area of testing.

Home-schooling Statistics
Numbers of registered home-schooled students since the 1989/90 school year to the 2004-05 school year, including grants issued to registering schools.

Home Schooling Options
Various options are available to parents when choosing where and how their children will be educated. These include three options in which children complete their educational program at home.

Independent School Distributed Learning (DL) Program
Distributed Learning is a method of instruction that relies primarily on indirect communication between students and teachers, including internet or other electronic-based delivery, teleconferencing or correspondence.


Online Social Networks

BC Homeschoolers of Special Needs Kids
This is a group open to all parents in British Columbia who are homeschooling children with special needs. We welcome all families interested in supporting each other, whether you have an official diagnosis or not.

BC Homeschoolers/Section 12/13 Registered option
A Facebook group for Registered/section 12\13 homeschoolers in BC. (DL or Enrollment is NOT considered homeschooling according to the BC government.)

BC Unschoolers/Homeschoolers
This is a BC Wide group for Homeschoolers / Homelearners/ Unschoolers.. whatever you call yourself to get information and support each other.

Publications

BCHLA Newsletter Archives
BCHLA News, Home Education in British Columbia, BCHLA Resource Pack, BCHLA Information Pages, and BCHLA Information Booklet.

Resources

British Columbia Homeschool Chat and Swap
A site for just British Columbians who may be searching for certain curriculum, or have some to sell or pass on, or have questions and want to bounce ideas off each other, also ideas for educational field trips etc.

Home Based Learning in British Columbia
Laws, support groups, events, and more resources for homeschoolers in British Columbia.

Homeschool Canada – British Columbia
Your online guide to all things homeschooling for Canadian families. This is their BC section.

Vancouver Public Library
Lots of community resources and eBooks. Join a reading program for kids!

Support Groups

ABBOTSFORD

Abbotsford Christian Home-School Association
We are A Non-Denominational Christian Support Group for home schooling families in the Fraser Valley. We are one of the largest home school groups in Canada, with over 70 families, and growing each year. Families join us from Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Aldergrove, Langely, and even as far as Aggasiz.

CHILLIWACK

Chilliwack and Area Homeschooling Group
This is a group for anyone homeschooling in the Chilliwack and surrounding areas. Please only post activities which are homeschooling related.


EDSON

Edson Homeschool Community
A place for Edson Homeschool Family and Friends to connect and share events. We are a work in progress.

FRASER VALLEY

Homelearners South of the Fraser
A Homelearners support group centred in Surrey, British Columbia. We currently have members located in Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Langley, Abbotsford, and New Westminster.

KELOWNA

Kelowna Homeschoolers
This Facebook page has been specifically created to connect homeschool families in Kelowna BC.

OKANAGAN

Central Okanagan Homeschoolers
This group is for anyone who homeschools or unschools their children or is interested in homeschooling or unschooling their children. We welcome families with children of all ages. Westbank, BC.

PRINCE GEORGE

Homeschoolers of Northern BC – Prince George and beyond
This group is for anyone who schools their children at home anywhere in Northern BC. Registered, enrolled, just looking for info, all are welcome. Please use the group to post questions, information about events related to homeschool and curriculum you have available to sell.

Homeschooling in Prince George BC
Some of the events that are made available to PG Home members are: Monthly coffee nights; Support to homeschool families – those new to the journey, as well as those who are long time homeschoolers; Playgroups with other members; and more. Yahoo Group.

Prince George Home Educators’ Association
The site is geared for Prince George and area home educators, but it may be of some use to those beyond our local geography as well. We’re hoping that it will be used as a reference tool for those new to home education and also to those that are  more experienced.

Prince George Homeschool Organization of Meaningful Education
We are a Canadian non-denominational homeschool support group in BC’s northern region. Our Yahoo group is open to all homeschoolers to communicate and keep in touch with one another. We also offer a membership to homeschoolers in the Prince George region for field trips and other special events.

SOOKE

Hotline hl-Sooke
This Hotline is for members of the Sooke Home Learners Group. They are home learning families that live in or near Sooke, British Columbia.

SURREY

Heritage Home Learners Christian Homeschool Support Group
By choosing to become a member of Heritage Home Learners, we choose to support each other in our diversity.

VANCOUVER AREA

Greater Vancouver Home Learners
We have listings of classes and activities offered to homelearners in the Greater Vancouver area. We also list many non-homelearning specific classes and clubs called Other Opportunities.

Greater Vancouver Parents of Special Needs Homeschoolers
At this time, to protect the privacy of our members and all of our awesome kids, this group is for parents of special needs kids only.

Homeschool Anime Vancouver
This group is open to homeschoolers in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland who are interested in Anime and Manga. For kids (and parents) who want to talk about and share their love of anime and manga, talk about upcoming events, and get together to cosplay, watch anime or share mangas.

Homeschool-Vancouver
A place where Homeschoolers/ Homelearners in the Greater Vancouver BC area can share plans and ideas for local events and resources and help new homeschoolers get started.

HS-EastVan
A group for families in East Vancouver to connect and support each other through homelearning. This is a secular group.

HS-Tricities Poco Pomo Coq
This list is an off-shoot of the HS-Vancouver list, specific to homelearners who are living in or around the Tricities areas of Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Coquitlam. We also welcome members from Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge.

HS-Westside
This list is an offshoot of the HS-Vancouver list, specific to homelearners who are living in or around the Vancouver WestSide.

Lower Mainland HS Teens & Beyond
This group is for Lower Mainland/ Greater Vancouver BC parents of homelearning pre-teens and teens- whatever path currently choosing (homelearning, DL’s or school). This group will be used for making social connections and planning activities/ classes for/by teens.

New Life Home School Association
We are a Christian support group of home schooling parents who meet monthly in the Burnaby, B.C. area to encourage each other, share information and resources, and learn new ways to help our children learn.

Young Play Learners
A group for young home and play based learners around the ages of 0-5 years old. We are located in the Greater Vancouver Area and meet once a week for play and support.

VANCOUVER ISLAND

District 69 email list
You can “meet” other parents, often homeschoolers, who are very involved with their kids’ education. This is a local list for the Parksville Qualicum (District 69) area of Vancouver Island (and neighbouring communities).

Home Learning Victoria
A non-partisan group is for Victoria BC families who homeschool. On the discussion list, we share local information, connect with one another, and have respectful conversations about homeschooling, home learning, unschooling, deschooling, parenting, fabulous resources… and so on! All with a direct interest in homeschooling or home learning are welcome.

Home Learning Victoria – Blog
Feel free to wander around and check out what’s here — we’d love to read your responses. If you feel inspired to contribute a post or have a suggestion for a topic or link, just let us know. Created by Rebecca McClure.

Oceanside Homeschool Vancouver Island
A supportive environment to post about homeschooling. Also a way to invite other members to events/playdates, and share information.

Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Community Home Learning
A Facebook Group for Vancouver Island and Gulf Island home learning families to connect, chat and share resources.

VicHomeLearn
An inclusive, free, non-directed email list for all Greater Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island families who learn at home.

Victoria Home Learners’ Network Association
A non-profit society created to support home learning families in the Greater Victoria area. Our membership is comprised of families who follow diverse home learning paths – from traditional approaches to home schooling to “radical” unschooling to everything in between.

Support Group Lists

B.C. Support Groups and Publications
Flora.org’s long list of all the support groups and newsletters in British Columbia.

Support Groups Across BC
For your convenience, BCHLA has compiled a list of homeschool support groups from across the province. They are in alphabetical order according to the city/region they serve.


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