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It’s Homeschool Registration Time in Nova Scotia

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:

1) 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))

2) Fill out (online or on paper) your registration form, or you may choose to send in a letter of intent with the required information (if you are an HSLDA member, they provide a template). 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, fill out the name and level of the curriculum and then your registration ends there – no need to fill out all the little subject boxes. But don’t forget to sign it (they will send it back for a signature – ask me how I know)!

3) Mail or send your registration digitally.

All done! Homeschool registration time doesn’t have to be stressful.

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 if you’re in the Halifax area, come to the Homeschool Informational Tea this Saturday!

it's homeschool registration time

If you have any questions about homeschool registration time in Nova Scotia, or homeschooling in general, please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Public Meetings For Homeschoolers Across Nova Scotia: June 10-14

NSAttention all homeschoolers in Nova Scotia! Further to a recent meeting with Dr. Lowe of the Department of Education to discuss the DOE’s response to the Auditor General’s Report on homeschooling, public meetings across the province have been scheduled. For the most part, Dr. Lowe wants to know how the Department of Education can best meet the needs of homeschoolers here in the province. I would love to see as many homeschoolers at these meetings as possible – help each other out and carpool or share babysitting teens! The meetings will be held as follows:

June 10: St Andrew Junior School, 2 Appleseed Dr, Antigonish, 6:30-8:30pm

June 11: Halifax West High School, 283 Thomas Raddall Dr, Halifax, 6:30-8:30pm

June 12: West Kings High School, 1941 Hwy 1, Auburn, 6:30-8:30pm

June 13: Bridgewater High School, 100 York st, Bridgewater, 6:30-8:30pm

June 14: Halifax Regional School Board Office, 33 Spectacle Lake Dr, Dartmouth, 2:00-4:00pm

Homeschooling parents unable to attend can send in comments/concerns by email to homeschooling@ednet.ns.ca or by mail to:

Regional Education Services
Brunswick Place, 2021 Brunswick St.
Halifax, NS, B3K 2Y5

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Homeschooling in Nova Scotia

Homeschooling in Nova Scotia is fairly easy. 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))

You may send in a letter to register with the required information, or fill out the Registration form offered by the Department of Education on their website (see link on the right sidebar). If you are registering your child for the first time, 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. 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.

In addition, homeschoolers are required to submit a report to the D.O.E. each June, “in a manner consistent with the type of program provided and which accurately reflects the child’s progress” (Regulations, Section 40). There is a form you can use for the report, or you can make your own. We make things easy by putting our registration for the following year in the envelope with our June report and then we only have to think about the requirements once a year.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,