Want to learn more about home schooling?

Open house scheduled on May 27 to provide options, information

School District #27 supports families who school at home, and folks are invited to check out the different options at Parkside Art Gallery at 401 Cedar Ave. on May 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“At this time, we have a support program at Williams Lake, which meets once a week so the students can get together with staff and go over things they cannot accomplish at home, says Michael Franklin principal of the GROW Program and Skyline Alternate School.

“The purpose of the May 27 event is to see if we can offer this in 100 Mile House.”

Being able to accomplish this would, of course, depend on numbers, Franklin says, adding they may be financially achievable if 12-15 students are interested.

This program also means that throughout the year, trained teachers are able to focus on different skills and provide a balance across the curriculum. It also allows students, who live too far from a public school or whose families prefer to school their children at home, have access to professional teachers and resources.

“There are two versions of the Distance Education program for Grade 8-10 students, Franklin says, adding, they also have the on-line version, like a virtual classroom and a more paper-based course.

The students receive their core studies, such as English, science, math and social studies, and individual base courses may also be available depending on the circumstances.”

Kindergarten-Grade 7 students are assigned a teacher who supports the family with the resources, advice, and assessment necessary to enable the child to achieve to their highest potential, Franklin explains.

“We provide the curriculum and help the parents and child adjust to the home-school programs.

“I’m hoping people will attend to find out more about the different choices we offer from the standard book learning to more liberal. We will be here to answer any questions.”

For more information, call Franklin at 1-250-398-5800 or e-mail mike.franklin@sd27.bc.ca.