Under the Education Act for Cree, Inuit and Naskapi Native Persons, every child must attend school until the age of 15. Instruction can be received at school or parents can decide to homeschool their child.
Let’s start with a definition!
Homeschooling is instruction given at home by the parent.
It must develop competencies matching those set in the Quebec Education Program.
How does it work?
Every parent residing permanently or temporarily in Nunavik requires permission from Kativik Ilisarniliriniq to homeschool their child.
A parent who wishes to have their child homeschooled must:
- Complete the Homeschooling application form
- Develop an Educational Plan detailing the instruction the child will receive during the school year
- Provide a High School Leaving Certificate (or the equivalent)
The Education Plan must reflect, as applicable, the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq or Quebec Education Program.
It must specify:
- The student’s cycle level
- The teaching materials and other support materials to be used
- How the competencies of the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq or Quebec Education Program will be addressed
- The nature and extent of the ongoing evaluation that will serve the teaching and learning process
- The weekly schedule, including the time that will be allotted for each subject
If Kativik Ilisarniliriniq approves your request, you will sign a Homeschool Contract*.
*This document is valid for a maximum of one school year. Parents wishing to renew a Homeschool Contract must request a new permission for the upcoming school year.
If Kativik Ilisarniliriniq rejects your request, you must register your child at the local school.
Once you receive the permission to homeschool your child, a Homeschool Contract is signed.
As a parent:
- You must demonstrate that you’re able to provide an educational experience equivalent to that provided at school.
- You will have to keep a track record of your teaching materials, learning and assessment experiences.
- You must make sure that your child attends the school board’s year-end exams.