Home Learning Options

In British Columbia there are two significantly different models for learning at home:

Distributed Learning (DL)

Parents instruct 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 when they enrol with an Independent School. At RCOA learners are part of a school community that provides a variety of heavily subsidized Face-to-Face Class options for all grade levels, access to a wide variety of physical and digital resources through our Lending Libraries, and Online Subscriptions. In addition each learner has a Curriculum & Program Activities Budget that is applied to third-party services, the cost of consumable curriculum, and school-related resource costs. For full details go to each program’s page.

Parents Should Consider…

DL teachers use a wide range of electronic tools to facilitate the learning of their students via Learning Management Systems which can include voice and video, conferencing over the Internet, email, telephone calls and others.  Parents need to facilitate this process with the learners and use the required technology.

As a DL school RCOA provides a teacher who works with each student to:

  • Plan and deliver a course of study
  • Select course textbooks and resources
  • Assess student progress and complete a report card

Enrolling as a Distributed Learner

Students can choose to complete an entire K-12 program at home via distributed learning or partner it with other learning options.

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 9 must take a full course load at one school, while students in Grades 10 to 12 may enrol in courses from a number of different distributed learning or campus schools at one time.

For a learner to be successful in DL requires significant parent involvement even when learners participate in the full range of our Face-to-Face options, more than half of their program is completed at home, this requires the parent (or an alternate) to be a facilitator-of-learning; guiding and mentoring the learner in what are called “soft-skills” (scheduling, prioritizing, guidance online, etc..) Even though older learners are growing in independence this role is still important in high school.

Homeschooling (HS)

Parents in BC 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. RCOA provides $150/learner, discounted rates on some of our Face-to-Face opportunities, access to a limited number of online subscriptions, and the opportunity to purchase our library discards.

Homeschooling is an alternative method of teaching offered outside the B.C. educational system. Typically, a family member delivers the entire educational program to children at home.

Parents Should Consider…

Homeschooling comes with great responsibility – choosing this option means parents must provide and supervise their child’s entire educational program, including curriculum and learning materials.

Homeschooling programs are:

  • Not supervised by a B.C.-certified teacher
  • Not required to meet provincial standards
  • Not Inspected by the Ministry of Education

Registering as a Homeschooler

By law, all children in B.C. must be educated, making it necessary for homeschooled children to be registered.

Parents who choose to homeschool must register their child before September 30th of each year in order to receive the $150/child funding, registrations received after September 30th meet the legal requirements but no funding is available.

Note: Children in Grades 10, 11, or 12 may enrol with RCOA course by course and also be registered as a homeschooler. Homeschoolers are not eligible to receive a British Columbia Dogwood Graduation Certificate, however RCOA has an Alternative Blended Transcript option, contact us if you are interested in knowing more about it.

Comparison:

Traditional
Homeschooling
Public School
Distributed Learning
Independent School
Distributed Learning
Must meet the Learning Outcomes of the B.C. curriculumNoYesYes
Learning must be supervised by a B.C. teacherNoYesYes
Students must use district or school-approved resourcesNoYesYes
Student progress must be evaluated by a teacher and report cards are prepared by a teacher 3 times a yearNoYesYes
Must participate in provincial testing (provincial exams and Foundational Skills Assessments)NoYesYes
Religious texts / resources may be usedYesNoYes
Status of student with schoolRegisteredEnrolledEnrolled

Go to the BC Ministry of Education’s regulations at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/ways-to-learn/homeschooling 

To apply online to RCOA for either option

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