2018/2019: School Application Selection
Have you previously applied to RCOA for any of your children?
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There are two ways to School at Home in BC. Please read the following definitions carefully as you choose the type that is best for you:
Distributed Learning (DL)
Parents facilitate their children’s learning with the support and professional guidance of a BC certified teacher. Families are welcome to use Faith-based curriculum. Children enrolled with RCOA are part of a school community that offers weekly K-7 Community Classes or K-7 Outdoor Explorations, K–7 Partners in Education (PIE), and a Resources & Program Budget that covers needed curriculum, school related resources, and third party activities/lessons. Below are some questions to guide you in determining if DL is right for you:
- Would you like your child(ren) to be enrolled in a school where as the parent you partner with the school to take responsibility for the home program?
- Would you like to help facilitate your child(ren)’s home learning in partnership with a BC certified teacher?
- Would you like your child(ren) to be assessed regularly and to receive provincial grade indicators, report cards and a permanent student record?
- Would you like your child(ren) upon meeting graduation requirements to receive a BC graduation certification (Dogwood or Evergreen accordingly)?
If so, then Distributed Learning (DL) Enrolment is for you!
* Please Note – If your School of Record (SOR) is another school, and you are in grades 10-12 but you wish to take just a few courses with RCOA, then this is also DL, but called Cross Enrolment (DL)
Although it is our goal to be the primary support system for our DL families we highly recommend that you also join the following organizations:
Your local Homeschool Support group, the BC Home Learners Association, which has made it their goal to promote and protect the freedoms of Homeschoolers in BC and Home School Legal Defence the national voice of home education. Please take the time to visit their websites and prayerfully consider membership.
Cross Enrolment (XE)
The Ministry of Education allows students in grade 8 – 12 to take courses at more than one school. Fees may apply.
- Are you currently taking most of your courses at another school in BC (regular campus or distributed learning)?
- Do you desire to have a school other than RCOA as your School of Record (SOR)? (Your SOR is the school where you will participate in graduation celebrations. Your SOR is the school who will report your grades to the Ministry of Education for you. Your SOR is the school where you are taking the majority of your courses.)
If so, then Cross Enrolment (XE) is for you!
Registered Home School Status (Reg HS)
Parents are free to teach their children at home as they wish and are not required to follow the outcomes of the Ministry of Education, as long as they REGISTER with a certified BC school. Their only obligation is to provide their children with “a program”, which is relatively undefined. There is no monitoring by, or accountability to the Ministry of Education or the school. Below are some questions to guide you in determining if Reg HS is right for you:
- Does your family desire the full freedom of Traditional Registered Homeschooling?
- Do you desire complete control and independence from the Ministry of Education learning outcomes while educating your children at home?
- Please be aware that this means you will not be able to access the full funding available for curriculum.
- You will not be assigned a Christian certified teacher to support your progress and no Report Cards will be created for you.
- Your children are welcome to participate in the weekly K - 7 Community Classes, or the variety of grade 8 – 12 Face to Face (F2F) opportunities but you will have to pay for these. Registered children are added to these classes and opportunities only if space allows. Priority is granted to our enrolled children. Our Partners in Education (PIE) program is not available to registered home learners.
If so, then Registered Home School Status (Reg HS) is for you!
* Please note – If you are in grades 10-12 you may enrol in some Distributed Learning (DL) courses at no cost.
** For information on our Alternative Highschool Homeschool Transcript Program go to our Highschool for Registered Homeschoolers Page
We highly recommend that our Registered Families join the following organizations: Your local Homeschool Support group, the BC Home Learners Association, which has made it their goal to promote and protect the freedoms of Homeschoolers in BC, and Home School Legal Defence the national voice of home education. Please take the time to visit their websites and prayerfully consider membership.