How to meet regulations for homeschooling Québec families

There are six clear steps to follow in order to meet the requirements for homeschooling Quebec students. While these steps appear over-exacting at first glance, if followed, they provide a clear pathway to a successful homeschooling journey. There is also plenty of help available along the way in the province, through other homeschooling parents, Facebook groups, and via the Quebec Homeschooling Association (L’Association québécoise pour l’éducation à domicile), which can answer your questions around anything from the regulations du Québec to curriculum and lesson planning!

Step 1: Notifying the Ministry of Education

In Quebec, families who wish to homeschool their children for an upcoming school year must send notice of their intentions by July 1st to the Minister of Education, who will then confirm receipt of the notification. If you are removing your child from an existing enrolment during the school year, both the Minister and the school board must be notified within ten days of the student’s removal.

Step 2: Submit your Learning Project

A ‘Learning Project’ must be submitted to the Minister of Education, detailing your intentions for the home education of your children. This only needs to be around two pages in length and can include such details as extra-curricular classes your child may attend, any external tutoring, any specific textbooks you might decide to follow, or details of your personal lesson plan as devised by the family.  This must be submitted by September 30 if you are beginning from the start of the school year, or within 30 days of removing a child from an existing school roll.

Step 3: A progress report

Mid way through the term, three to five months after submitting your Learning Project, a progress report must be provided to the Ministry. This should detail how closely your learning project has been followed and how well students are progressing through their homeschool education, including any assessments or alterations made to the planned curriculum. This is where EP’s real-time reporting functions can really help homeschooling families, providing an instant overview of a learner’s progress against their intended outcomes.

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Step 4: Meeting with a representative from the Ministry

Sometime during the school year, you will be contacted to arrange a meeting with a Ministry representative. You will be given at least 15 days notice for this meeting date. At the meeting, you will be able to discuss your Learning Project and how the year is progressing and to ask any questions and gain any advice for your homeschooling journey. 

Step 5: Student evaluation

After each school year, your children are required to complete an evaluation of their home education. This is akin to an examination, to check they are learning to the standard required of their school year group. This is usually carried out by an official from the school board, a private or public school teacher, or by a representative from the Ministry. It can also be carried out online by the parent submitting a portfolio of the child’s work for assessment.

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Step 6: Completion report

At the end of the school year, a completion report must be submitted. The due date for this is June 15th. It should detail the child’s accomplishments and how they have been evaluated, as well as results of examinations and evaluations. One or two paragraphs usually suffices to explain this. Ensure you explain any progress in relation to the Learning Project first submitted and discuss any reports or results from external professionals such as music teachers or camps as well as monitoring done by parents during the homeschool year.

Following these steps for the first time can be challenging, however there are many other parents in the same situation who can help with submissions, as well as websites and groups that provide advice and guidance for meeting the regulations. And with these steps followed, your family will be able to continue homeschooling with the peace of mind that provincial educational standards are being met.

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Why Use EP to Homeschool?

EP is adjustable for every style of homeschooling. It’s built to enhance your ability as a home educator and offer your child both structured and flexible methods of learning. The platform allows you to adapt for individual strengths and weaknesses so every learner feels supported.

You can:
Create your own courses
Follow our pre built outlines
Unschool your learner with our interest led functionality
Join over 1500 other homeschoolers!