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It’s Homeschool Registration Time in Nova Scotia

If you have already decided to homeschool your child this year, it’s homeschool registration time. September 20th is the deadline to register your child in Nova Scotia. It’s easy to register! Just follow these steps,

Download the Registration Form

Click HERE to download the Nova Scotia Department of Education registration form.

All children ages 5 to 16 (re Amendment to Education Act Regulations, Section 3(1)) must be registered by September 20th of the coming school year (although if you’re starting mid-year this doesn’t apply). Registration must include:

in the case of previous public school experience, the last grade level attained; in the case of previous home education experience, the program level of achievement and estimated equivalent public school grade level; and identification of the proposed home education program” (Regulations Section 39 (2))

Fill Out the Registration Form

Fill out (online or on paper) your registration form. If you are registering your child for the first time (they have never been in a Nova Scotia school before), the Ministry will demand a copy of your child’s birth certificate, so you may want to include one with your registration.

In the Regulations, reference is only made to providing your children with an “educational program”. There are no stipulations as to what the educational program must be and can be whatever you feel is appropriate to give your child a well-rounded education. So, don’t agonize over filling out the registration form because this gives you complete freedom to choose whatever materials (religious or secular) you want and to design your own program that meets your child’s needs.

If you are using a curriculum that you purchased, you can say yes, your curriculum is commercially available. In the subject boxes, jot down a couple of details about the curriculum you are using for each subject or write a few sentences about what you’re going to cover if you aren’t using a curriculum. And don’t forget to sign it (they will send it back for a signature – ask me how I know)! If you’re signing it digitally, you’ll need to open up the form with Adobe Acrobat to do so (it’s a free download).

Send the Registration Form

You can snail mail the form to the address provided at the bottom. Or you can attach your signed PDF and send via email. Or if you have the paid version of Adobe Acrobat, you can send your signed registration digitally via Adobe.

All done! Homeschool registration time doesn’t have to be stressful. And next year, send your registration at the same time as you send your report in June so it’s all done at once.

The registration mentions a “correspondence study program.” Are correspondence courses available?

No. The DOE has closed down correspondence courses and they are no longer available. As the correspondence courses were something I never recommended (too much busy work, no teacher feedback), I don’t see this as a bad thing. I highly recommend using a homeschool curriculum. Click here to check out just some of the homeschool curricula out there.

Can you decide to homeschool in the middle of the school year?

Yes! Simply fill out the registration form and send it in whenever you decide to start. The September 20th deadline is just for those who have decided at the beginning of the school year.

For more information on starting to homeschool, check out the Getting Started Page and grab your handy dandy Getting Started Homeschooling Checklist while you’re there. And if you’re in the Halifax area, come to the Homeschool Informational Tea on August 21st!

Happy homeschooling!

Love, Luck &



Kimberly is a homeschooling mother of two living with her dear husband of over 25 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works from home as a homeschool coach and offers OBM, writing, editing, social media, and tech services. In her free time she likes to hand-spin, knit, read, volunteer in local theatre, and horseback ride.

4 thoughts on “It’s Homeschool Registration Time in Nova Scotia

  1. Hi Kimberly,

    I wish to home school my child, however at the same time I need to work so I know that I can not do this on my own…I was wondering if there are parents in Halifax, with similar age children whom come together on a regular basics….My little guy is 7,5 would be returning to grade 2, up until now he thinks school is boring….super excited to meet everyone on Saturday….thank you,

    1. Hi Andrea! There are thriving groups of homeschoolers in Halifax. You can find most of them on Facebook and they are listed here under Resources & Support —————–>
      It’s so great that you are taking this opportunity to reinstill your child’s love of learning! See you Saturday!

    1. Hi June! Are you planning to homeschool through graduation or are you planning on returning your child to public school?

      It’s easy to homeschool high school if you’re OK with with your child graduating as a homeschooler – you can choose any curriculum you like and you simply keep records such as a homemade homeschool transcript, course descriptions, and diploma that many/most post-secondary institutions are happy to accept across Canada and the US.

      However, if you’re set on earning a public school diploma, the only way to really ensure your child will get high school credits applied to your public school diploma is to:
      1) Take online NS correspondence courses (which are filled with busy work and there is zero interaction with a teacher, and not all courses are available)
      2) Take online university courses, CLEP, and/or AP courses/exams to get dual university/high school credit
      3) A combination of the two

      Sometimes high schools do accept homeschool courses as credits if they’re named similarly to the public school courses and you submit course descriptions, etc. But sometimes they will insist the child still earn the 18 public school credits if they want that public school diploma. It depends on the school.

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