South Delta Home Learners

What is the difference between enrolling and registering?

Enrolling in a Online Learning program:

Technically, the child is still part of the school system. The school where the child is enrolled receives funding from the Ministry of Education. The enrolling school and family are obligated to follow the Ministry's learning outcomes and provide learning evidence. There are many options offered all over the province for enrolling as Online learners. You do not have to choose an Online Learning school near your home. Online Learning schools may provide some of the following: opportunities: online classes, part-time attendance at a school, funding for educational resources, field trips, curriculum lending libraries, and online subscriptions. Each enrolling school is different and will explain their policies, resources, program and available funding.  By enrolling in Online Learning courses (or a combination of Online Learning and brick-and-mortar courses) during the high school years of grades 10-12, the student can earn a BC Dogwood diploma upon graduation.

Registering as a homeschooling student:

This option provides the parents with the most freedom. The BC School Act says that a child has to be registered or enrolled in a school by age 6. When choosing the registered option the only other requirement is that the parent is obligated to provide an educational program for a child. Decisions about this educational program are completely left up to the parent and are rarely monitored by the government unless a complaint is received from the public. Registering can be done at any school (public or private). Basically you are giving the school your child's name and address. Schools receive a very small amount of funding from the government for each of their registered homeschoolers and some independent schools will give part of this funding to the parent if the registration is completed by their deadline. Schools are not obligated to give much support  Some independent schools may give access to some of their educational online subscriptions, The registering school may provide text books and a place to write FSA exams (homeschooled students are not required to write the FSA exams but can choose to). 

Students who register as homeschoolers through the grade 10-12 years often decide not to bother with the BC Dogwood graduation diploma. However, it is now possible for registered homeschoolers to graduate with a Dogwood diploma by enrolling in the necessary courses through BC Online Learning schools. So long as they do not enroll in any courses at a brick and mortar high school, they can maintain their registered status while pursuing a Dogwood. They can also easily pursue an adult Dogwood while still maintaining their registered status. For the adult Dogwood, the student needs to take only five courses, three of which must be completed after the student reaches the age of 18. Most post secondary institutions have a process for accepting students who were homeschooled and have no diploma. More information on registering as a homeschooler can be found at the BC Home Educators' Association website.

How do homelearners learn social skills?

One of the benefits of belonging to a home learning group is to address just that issue. By participating in the many field trips and group activities organized by our members, our students learn social skills. With less time spent in  school with only same-age peers, the kids have more time to interact and socialize with people of all ages and in many different situations.

Do homelearners miss out on the extra activities that children in a bricks and mortar school get?

Another benefit of membership in a home learning group is that we are able to schedule school field trips, usually at reduced school/group rates. A single homelearning family will seldom have enough members to achieve the minimum numbers required for discounts, whereas scheduling a tour or event for a larger group benefits all involved.

Who decides what field trips get scheduled?

Any member of the group is able to set up a field trip opportunity. That member would send out the details (date, location, cost, etc) to the group and ask for interest. If there is enough response, the field trip is scheduled and members sign up.