The Difference Between Distributed Learning (OL) and Homeschooling Programs
In a OL program, students are enrolled in a public or independent school distributed learning program where the majority of the learning takes place at a distance:
- OL program is the responsibility of the public or independent school
- OL program is directed and supervised by a British Columbia-certified teacher (parents may assist in facilitating the learning process, but are not the teachers)
- OL program must meet provincial standards as outlined in the School Act or Independent School Act
- Students must receive on-going regular assessments, report cards, provincial letter grades and a permanent student record, as would students in a neighbourhood school
- School districts receive the same annual per-pupil funding for students enrolled in a distributed learning program as they do for students enrolled in a school
- Independent schools receive either 50% (Group 1) or 35% (Group 2) of the per pupil public school distributed learning rate.
- Public schools must offer a strictly secular program as per the School Act.
- Independent school distributed learning may incorporate faith-based curriculum as provided for in the Independent School Act.
- All public distributed learning programs in British Columbia must be able to demonstrate compliance with the Public School Distance Education Policy.
- All independent school distributed learning programs must meet the Independent School Distributed Learning Standards.
Homeschooled children are registered at a school (public, francophone or independent school) in the province by September 30th each year:
- Homeschooled children’s educational program is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide and supervise the educational program.
- Homeschooling program does not have to meet provincial standards
- Homeschooling is not inspected by the Ministry of Education
- Homeschoolers in Grades 10 to 12 have the option to write provincial exams
- Students do not receive a British Columbia Dogwood graduation certificate
- A registering school district receives $250 per child and an independent school receives $175.
- These funds are provided for administering the registration process and offering educational resources and assessment instruments to parents.
- Homeschooled children may write Grade 12 provincial examinations at their registering school and receive a Ministry examination (not course) mark.