Withdrawal during the school year

WARNING: This article explains the new homeschooling regulation in general and gives suggestions for fulfilling your legal obligations. This is not a legal opinion nor is it legal advice. For information specific to your situation, consult a lawyer. This article does not replace the content of the official guide mentioned in section 459.5.1 of the Education Act, which will be developed by the Minister and will be released no later than July 1, 2019. See AQED’s strategy.

You can withdraw your child from school and start homeschooling at any time during the school year. You don't have to wait for approval to do so.

The deadlines that change in case of withdrawal after the school year has already started are explained below. To see a complete list of the procedures you have to follow, click here.


If you decide to homeschool after July 1st (September 1st for the school year 2018-2019), you must send your notice within 10 days after your child stops attending school.

Learning Project

If your child stops attending an educational insti­tution during the school year, the learning project must be submitted within 30 days of withdrawing from school. 

Status and Mid-Term Report

You must submit a status report and a mid-term report between the 3rd and the 5th month after starting to homeschool, but:

- If you withdraw your child from school between January 1st and March 31st, you do not need to submit a mid-term report: you can incorporate your status report into your completion report

- If you withdraw your child from school after March 31st, you do not need to provide a status report or a mid-term report.

Completion Report

You  must submit a completion report on or before June 15. If you have withdrawn your child from school between January 1st and March 31st, you may also attach your status report to your completion report.  



Download the summary chart to see all the deadlines (NB: there is an error in the second table, it should say "Evaluation" instead of "Monitoring Meeting" in purple, for the 5th step.)