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 by September 30th of each year.
eSchoolBC is a distributed learning program within Central Okanagan Public Schools. We are able to offer students flexible schedules while sustaining access to teaching and learning opportunities provided by public school teachers; however, we are not a traditional "homeschooling" program. We follow the standard school district calendar with classes/courses beginning in September and closing at the end of June. eSchoolBC does not offer programs for students in grades K-5.
Families seeking an alternative to traditional elementary schools may choose to enroll with another distributed learning program. www.learnnowbc.ca is a provincial site that allows families to search for suitable programs. Be sure to use the "Find Programs" tab for elementary options. Alternatively, parents/guardians may choose to homeschool their child(ren) in accordance with BC Ministry of Education Homeschool Policy.
What’s the difference between “homeschooling” and “distributed learning”?
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(includes responsibilities of schools & districts)
(a family member delivers the entire educational program to children at home)
Public School Distributed Learning
Independent School Distributed Learning
|Must follow B.C. curriculum||No||Yes||Yes|
|Learning must be supervised by a B.C. teacher||No||Yes||Yes|
|Students must use district or school-approved resources||No||Yes||Yes|
|Student progress must be evaluated by a teacher following the Ministry of Education Student Progress Report Order||No||Yes||Yes|
|Must participate in provincial testing (provincial exams and Foundation Skills Assessments)||No||Yes||Yes|
|Religious texts / resources may be used||Yes||No||Yes|
|Status of student with school||Registered||Enrolled||Enrolled|
|Meets Ministry of Education Requirements for Dogwood Graduation Certificate||No||Yes||Yes|