Calgary Home Schooling Resources

Calgary Home Schooling Resources

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The Centre for Learning at Home, Alberta's leader in online and 
home based education, since 1989. www.centreforlearning.ca

North Star Academy, supporting family values and choices. www.northstaracademycanada.org

Sylvan Learning, Don't go it alone! School Support at Sylvan is here to Help Call or Click today! 1-888-EDUCATE. www.sylvanlearning.com

School of Hope, excellence in home schooling and online learning. www.schoolofhope.org/landingpage/calgary

The Centre for Learning at Home, Alberta's leader in online and home based education, since 1989. www.centreforlearning.ca
North Star Academy, supporting family values and choices. www.northstaracademycanada.org
Sylvan Learning, Don't go it alone! School Support at Sylvan is here to Help Call or Click today! 1-888-EDUCATE. www.sylvanlearning.com
School of Hope, excellence in home schooling and online learning. www.schoolofhope.org/landingpage/calgary
The Centre for Learning at Home, Alberta's leader in online and home based education, since 1989. www.centreforlearning.ca North Star Academy, supporting family values and choices. www.northstaracademycanada.org Sylvan Learning, Don't go it alone! School Support at Sylvan is here to Help Call or Click today! 1-888-EDUCATE. www.sylvanlearning.com School of Hope, excellence in home schooling and online learning. www.schoolofhope.org/landingpage/calgary

Documents

  • Alberta Education
    Parent handbooks, Alberta curriculum, etc.

    Main site: www.alberta.ca/education.aspx

    This goes directly to the "Home Education" page: www.alberta.ca/home-education.aspx (get the "Home Education Handbook" near the bottom of the page, and you may want to check out some other things here). Note: The best place to get your questions answered is from a home schooling friendly school board, and often from other home schooling parents (with school boards and with other parents, be careful of biases - it's best to talk to at least a few different people).

    This goes directly to the "Programs of Study" (from here, you can go to a specific subject, then to the "Programs of Study" for that subject, to get detailed curriculum documents for each subject and grade): www.alberta.ca/programs-of-study.aspx

    Learn Alberta - For Resources
    This is the home page for Learn Alberta. This site lists various resources for teachers (which we can use, too). Check out the Canadian Encyclopedia, etc., in the "Online Reference Centre" tab.
    www.learnalberta.ca

    My Child's Learning: A Parent Resource (This Was the "Curriculum Handbooks for Parents"). This is for parents to find out what their children are learning in school. It has a brief summary of what is being taught in each subject, in each grade. It is not specifically for home schooling parents, but it is very useful for us home schooling parents to find out what is in the Alberta Curriculum. (This is what Alberta Education is now using instead of the "Curriculum Handbooks for Parents.")
    www.learnalberta.ca/​content/​mychildslearning.

    This link goes to Alberta Education's "Authorized Resources Database." These are resources that teachers can use, to meet the requirements of the Alberta Program of Studies (which is what guides schools in what they teach). As home schoolers, we don't "have" to use resources from this database, but this database has lots of ideas for materials you "might" want to use: www.learnalberta.ca/alrdb.aspx

    Guide to Education (Principal's Handbook)
    This webpage has links to the current (and past) Guide to Education. It is the book that guides schools and school boards on policies that they must follow (i.e. the rulebook for principals). It covers ECS (kindergarten) to grade 12. We found this book particularly useful in guiding us through some "exceptions" we needed to make in high school.
    open.alberta.ca/publications/1496-7359

    PAT's - Provincial Achievement Tests
    If you are going to have your child write the PAT's (in grades 3, 6, and 9), you should check out these pages from the government. Even if you are going to opt out of the PAT's, as many home schoolers do, the old tests are a useful teaching resource for us. This is the main Alberta government PAT webpage. It has "information about teacher participation in marking and other activities related to provincial tests and other provincial assessments":
    www.alberta.ca/provincial-achievement-tests.aspx
    Check out the Parent Guides at the bottom of the page. They have some sample questions.

    They did have the previous achievement tests and answer keys on their site, but I couldn't when I was updating this page. It is possible they have been added back on their site by the time you are reading this - if you find them, please let us know through through our Contact Us page.

  • Alberta Career Planning (ALIS)
    This the Alberta government's career planing area. It covers post-secondary studies and employment.
    alis.alberta.ca/plan-your-career

  • The Growth of Home Schooling in Alberta
    Some graphs I made from data in an Alberta Government report. It is from 1995 to 2005. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to get updated information since then, but it still gives some idea of the number of children being home schooled.
    www.calgaryhomeschool.com/​hsgrowth

  • Post Secondary Admission Requirements in Calgary

    University of Calgary:
    This webpage has the Admission Requirements for different programs at the U of C (including the "estimated competitive admission average".
    www.ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/requirements
    There is also Admission Requirements information in this table in the Calendar:
    www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/a-5-1-1.html

    Mount Royal University
    This web page has the Admission Requirements for Mount Royal University.
    www.mtroyal.ca/Admission/​AdmissionRequirements/​index.htm

    St. Mary's University
    This web page has the admission requirements for St. Mary's University College. Note there is a section for home schooled students.
    www.stmu.ca/admission-requirements

    Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
    This "Admission Requirements" webpage has the academic requirements of the different programs they offer.
    www.sait.ca/admissions/admission-and-selection/admission-requirements
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