- Alberta Education
Parent handbooks, Alberta curriculum, etc.
Main site: education.alberta.ca
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): education.alberta.ca/teachers/program.aspx
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.")
This goes directly to the "School Choice" page: education.alberta.ca/parents/choice.aspx
(get the "Home Education Information Package" near
the bottom of the page, and you may want to check out some other
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: education.alberta.ca/apps/lrdb
Guide to Education
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. 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.
Learn Alberta - For Resources
This site lists various resources for teachers (which we can
use, too). Check out the Alberta Encyclopedia, the Canadian Encyclopedia,
etc., in the "Online Reference Centre" tab.
Learning Resources Centre
Here is another site that lists learning resources, from Alberta
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":
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
- Alberta Advanced Education
Learning Clicks - Alberta Government Planning Assistance, for
Post Secondary Education
Learning Clicks is an interactive, dynamic, and informative multimedia
tool to assist Grade 9 -12 students with planning for post-secondary
- The Growth of Home Schooling in Alberta
Some graphs I made from data in an Alberta Government report.
- Homeschooling Horizons Magazine
Encouragement for Home Educators.
- Homeschooler's Guide (Alberta, Canada)
The Homeschooler's Guide is a magazine and website which connects
families with homeschool resources. The Homeschooler's Guide
magazine is published three times and year and can be read at
your local library or online. It contains programs and events,
products, services, school boards and current information related
to homeschooling. The Homeschooler's Guide website includes links
to updated research on homeschooling, information sessions, steps
to get started, and various homeschool groups.
- Fraser Institute - Home Schooling Report
The Fraser Institute has a very detailed report on how well home
schooling is working in Canada and the United States. The report
is called, "Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream."
It is very encouraging. (It's also good for the skeptics in your
family.) Here is the direct link to the 2nd edition of the report
Or to go directly to the first edition of the report (2001),
go here: www.fraserinstitute.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=2952
(Note: The report is in a PDF file, so your computer must have
the Acrobat Reader program (which is free) on it, for you to
read this report. So, if you have trouble getting the report
to show up on your computer, ask your local computer support
person for help.)
Or if the above doesn't work (they move these around now and
then), go to their main site, here www.fraserinstitute.org, search for "home
schooling," and look for the report titled "Home Schooling:
From the Extreme to the Mainstream" and some other very
interesting reports on home schooling.
- Post Secondary Admission Requirements
University of Calgary:
This webpage shows the high school courses required, for admission
to the different faculties at the U of C.
Also, this webpage lists the high school average needed to get
into various programs at the U of C, in a nice table:
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
This "Admission and Selection" webpage has the
academic requirements of the different programs they offer.
Mount Royal University
This web page has information on the Admission Requirements
for Mount Royal University (foremerly Mount Royal College).
St. Mary's University College
This web page shows the admission requirements for St. Mary's
University College. Note that there is a separate section for
home schooled students.