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. 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, although you could add the name of the curriculum in each box if you like. And don’t forget to sign it (they will send it back for a signature – ask me how I know)!
3) Snail 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 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 this Saturday!
Hope to see you there!
Love, Luck &