Distributed Learning (DL):
Parents teach their children with the support and professional guidance of a certified teacher through the school they are ENROLLED with. They are free to use faith-based curriculum, and in the case of RCOA, are part of a school community that offers weekly RCOA Community Classes, teaching workshops, and a Curriculum & Program Activities Budget that covers curriculum and school-related resource costs.
Parents are free to teach their children at home as they wish, as long as they REGISTER with a certified school. Their only obligation is to provide their children with “a program”, which is relatively undefined. There is no monitoring by, or accountability to, the Ministry or the school they register with.
|Traditional Homeschooling||Public School DL Program||RCOA DL Program|
|Must meet the Provincial Learning Outcomes (PLOs)||Not necessary||Yes||Yes|
|BC certified teachers must supervise learning process||Not necessary||Yes||Yes|
|Students must use District or school approved resources||Not necessary||Yes||Yes|
|Ministry funds are available to pay for resources||up to $150||Yes||Yes|
|Christian curriculum can be used||Yes||No||Yes|
|Report cards are issued
|Amount of grant paid to school of registration/enrolment||$175 Independent / $250 Public||$7,000||$3,500|
|Status of Student with school||Registered||Enrolled||Enrolled|
View the BC Ministry of Education’s comparison table