Companion guide to Homeschooling in Quebec

Mid-term report and contacts with the DEM (Direction de l’enseignement à la maison)

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Dear ACPEQ members and friends,

Reminder

You must demonstrate to the Minister that your learning project is being implemented and that your child is progressing according to his or her abilities and learning project.

Submission of the status report on the implementation of the learning project and the mid-term report

As stipulated by the Homeschooling Regulation in sections 11 and 16, you must provide the Minister with a status report and a mid-term report between the 3rd and 5th month following the implementation of your child’s learning project.

For example, for a learning project starting on September 30, 2018, the status report must be submitted between December 30, 2018, and February 28, 2019. 
(Homeschooling – Questions and answers – Monitoring and homeschooling – What steps should parents take if they choose to homeschool their children for the 2018-2019 school year?)

The status report must show the learning activities carried out by subject or discipline, the approximate time allotted to them and, if applicable, any modification made to the learning project. The mid-term report must indicate your child’s learning progress and mention the means used to evaluate the progress. The two aforementioned reports can be combined into one document. The template provided in the Guide combines these two reports. Please refer to the Guide for further information.

New – List of professionals and specialists

To support homeschooling parents, ACPEQ offers its members a List of professionals and specialists.

Note that we are unable to endorse the recommendations we have received and that this publication is for information purposes only.

We invite you to submit contact information for professionals and specialists with whom you have had a positive experience. If you are a professional or specialist yourself, you are also invited to submit your own contact information.

Consult the List of professionals and specialists

Recommend a professional or specialist

Contacts with the DEM (Direction de l’enseignement à la maison)

The Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur is responsible for monitoring homeschooling. It receives the notice sent to the Minister, examines the child’s learning project and ensures that the requirements concerning the implementation of the project and the evaluation of the child’s progress are met. 
(Homeschooling – Questions and answers – General questions – Who should parents contact about homeschooling? What are the roles of the Ministère and the school boards? )

The DEM ensures compliance with the requirements of Québec’s Homeschool Regulation. Its role is not to evaluate your learning project, nor to evaluate the progress of your child. Its mandate is to ensure that your learning project meets the requirements of the law and that your child’s education is progressing. The evaluation of your child remains your responsibility.

The options for evaluating your child’s learning progress as presented in section 15 of the Regulations are:

  • an evaluation by the competent school board, including an examination by the school board;
  • an evaluation by a private educational institution;
  • an evaluation by the holder of a teaching license;
  • an examination by the Ministry;
  • a portfolio.

What to do with an unreasonable request from the DEM or a school board?

Portfolio’s Content

We are of the opinion that the instructions as set forth in the circulating DEM document on portfolios are unreasonable. We invite you to be watchful since neither the law nor the regulation specifies the content that needs to be included in a portfolio. We believe that it is up to the parents to determine the terms of the evaluation and by extension the contents of a child’s portfolio.

ACPEQ holds that student assessment is an integral aspect of the education process and that therefore parents have the ultimate right and responsibility to determine the methods and instruments to be used. (ACPEQ’s Philosophy)

ACPEQ defends your interests

The Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs recently sent a letter to parents of homeschooled children. The letter contained erroneous instructions. ACPEQ intervened and according to our knowledge, the situation should be corrected shortly.

If you receive a request which you deem to be unreasonable, we ask you to immediately notify ACPEQ so that we can intervene on your behalf. The sooner we become aware of the situation, the better equipped we will be to help you, thus ensuring the respect of homeschooling in Quebec. We are currently writing history, so let’s be counted among those who are willing to influence the next generation of homeschooling practices.

 

ACPEQ is composed of dedicated volunteers who generously invest their time and talents to advance and support the cause of homeschooling.

A large number of volunteer families within ACPEQ is essential to enable us to offer the services that support homeschooling, improve support for members, and create a welcoming atmosphere in our association. A wide volunteer base is what will permit us to influence the next generation of homeschooling families. Be involved – become an ACPEQ volunteer.

 

Patrice Boileau, Eng., MBA
Spokesperson
ACPEQ
patboileau@acpeq.org

 

Midterm report

Dear ACPEQ members and friends,

 

In order to conform to the regulation on homeschooling, we would like to remind you that you must prepare a written report on your child’s learning progress for the Directorate of Homeschooling (DEM). We would encourage you to consult The Companion Guide to Homeschooling in Quebec provided by HSLDA and ACPEQ which you will find here in the members’ section. You must be logged in to have access to this document. You can use this template or one of your own design. The status and mid-term reports must be sent between the 3rd and 5th month after the beginning of your implementation of the learning project. If you began in September, this would correspond to December, January, or February.

The status report indicates the learning activities completed by subject or by field of study, the approximate time allocated to them, and, if applicable, any change made to the learning project.

The mid-term report is a summary statement of your child’s progress thus far. You do not have to provide any other documentation to prove their progress at this time. You must simply indicate whether your child is progressing according to the plan you drew up. For example, you could indicate that in mathematics your child is progressing better than expected, in French he is progressing normally, and in English, he is progressing slowly (these examples are given as suggestions only).

The HSLDA / ACPEQ template provides a space for the learning activities completed by subject or by field of study, the approximate time allocated to them, and, if applicable, any change made to the learning project (status report) as well as a space to indicate the progress of the child (mid-term report).

So far, the DEM has not yet been in contact with all the families. If you are one of these families, please be patient! The comments that we have received from families that have had interactions with the DEM have been positive and constructive to date.

On another point, representatives from the Association will soon be meeting with the DEM’s consultants in order to contribute to the writing of the “good practices guide”. We especially wish to thank the five families that were willing to work in conjunction with the DEM.

Please do not hesitate to contact us about any situation with the DEM that seems problematic or difficult.

Thank you for the support (and encouragement) that you show through your prayers and involvement.

 

Patrice Boileau, Eng., MBA
Spokesperson
ACPEQ
patboileau@acpeq.org

 

ACPEQ is composed of dedicated volunteers who generously invest their time and talents to advance and support the cause of homeschooling.

A large number of volunteer families within ACPEQ is essential to enable us to offer the services that support homeschooling, improve support for members, and create a welcoming atmosphere in our association. A wide volunteer base is what will permit us to influence the next generation of homeschooling families. Be involved – become an ACPEQ volunteer.