Homeschool Information

By law, all children in B.C. must be educated, making it necessary for homeschooled children to be registered. Homeschooling comes with great responsibility – choosing this option means parents must provide and supervise their child’s entire educational program, including curriculum and learning materials.

eSchool23 is an online school within Central Okanagan Public Schools. We are able to offer students flexible schedules while sustaining access to teaching and learning opportunities provided by public school teachers; however, we are not a traditional "homeschooling" program. We follow the standard school district calendar with classes/courses beginning in September and closing at the end of June.


Families seeking an alternative to traditional elementary or middle schools may choose to enroll with eSchool23 or another online learning program in the province. Programs are free for residents of BC. www.learnnowbc.ca is a provincial site that allows families to search for suitable programs across the province. Be sure to use the "Find Programs" tab for elementary options. Alternatively, parents/guardians may choose to homeschool their child(ren) in accordance with BC Ministry of Education Homeschool Policy.

What’s the difference between “homeschooling” and “online learning”?


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Learn more here (includes responsibilities of schools & districts)


Registered Homeschooling

(a family member delivers the entire educational program to children at home)


Public School Online Learning



Independent School Online Learning
Must follow B.C. curriculum
​No
​Yes
​Yes
​Learning must be supervised by a B.C. teacher
​No
​Yes
​Yes
Students must use district or school-approved resources
​No
​​Yes
​Yes
Student progress must be evaluated by a teacher following the Ministry of Education Student Progress Report Order
​No
​​Yes
​Yes
Must participate in provincial testing (provincial exams and Foundation Skills Assessments)
​No
​​Yes
​Yes
​Religious texts / resources may be used
​Yes
​No
​Yes
​Status of student with school
​Registered
​Enrolled
​Enrolled
Meets Ministry of Education Requirements for Dogwood Graduation Certificate
​No
​Yes
​Yes