Learning Plans

Home school parents and students should contact the principal of their host school to develop a learning plan.  Included in the learning plan are timelines, course selection and reporting standards.  Your host school district will receive a nominal yearly grant per student from the provincial government and schools may pay for a significant portion of the student’s planned program, not exceeding the funded amount.

Sometimes schools may be able to provide textbooks, library access, or supplemental support for home school students.  This is arranged on an individual basis and may involve additional costs.  In some cases, students may arrange for a blended home school program that gives the student the opportunity to take selected school courses and/or participate in extra-curricular activities.  Such arrangements are at the discretion of the principal.

In the learning plan developed for a home school student, we would expect:

  • students to begin working on their lessons as soon as the course material arrives.
  • students to do their own work.
  • students commit to quality work that is neat and appropriate for the grade level.
  • students will have a daily work routine totally at least 30 hours per week.
  • parents to partner in the development of a learning plan and supervise its success.
  • parents to notify the school, in writing, if the student experiences an extended illness or absence from the daily work routine.
  • parents to examine the quality and content of their students’ work to ensure it is reasonably appropriate for the grade level and ready for evaluation.
  • parents to notify and arrange for test writing sessions at the host school.
  • a prearranged school contact schedule to evaluate the success of the student.

Hours of Instruction

Student learning standards indicate:

  • 200 school days per year.
  • 6 hours per day or 900 hours per year.
  • Each 5-credit high school course will take a minimum of 125 study hours.

Goal Setting

Use the NLSD calendar to help you develop an annual plan for completing the home schooling coursework.  This way, your home school student’s schedule will roughly correspond to his or her peers.  If the student is in grades 3,6, 9, or 12, remember to consult and account for provincial testing days.

Plan wisely.  Determine the number of modules in each course and work backwards to develop weekly goals.  Submit completed modules promptly for evaluation and feedback. Getting timely, constructive feedback on completed work is an important part of the learning process.

High Expectations

Developing learning plans and setting goals are essential to a successful home schooling program.  Home schooling is an educational choice and parents and student should maintain the high expectations of a regular classroom program.  Students who are unable or unwilling to maintain the rigors of a successful home schooling program will be called to account by the host school and subject to the remedies provided by the School Act.