Your learning project must be submitted to the Direction de l’enseignement à la maison (DEM) by September 30th.
(If you should make your decision during the school year, please refer to the page Special cases for more information)
Learning projects are generally three pages long.
No need to get into too much detail. We suggest that you offer your children an educational experience a lot wider and richer than the minimum required by law.
Unless living with some particular issues (i.e. short term return to school, obtaining credits for high school diploma, services required from the school service centre, disagreements between parents on the type of education offered, active file at the Director of Youth Protection (DYP), etc.), it is not needed to document for the government more than requested by law.
Direction de l’enseignement à la maisonMinistère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur
600, rue Fullum, 11e étage
Montréal (Québec) H2K 4L1
Email: dem [at] education.gouv.qc.ca
According to Article 5 of the regulation, your learning project must include the following information:
Even with the 2019 regulation, you do not have to change your educational approach. You are not required to use Quebec’s Progression of Learning, which is a complement to the Quebec Education Program. You do have to provide to your child “varied and stimulating activities that aim to acquire overall knowledge and competency”. “Content aiming to reach the objectives included in the program of each subject has to be taught to allow progress in learning equivalent to that applicable per cycle at school”. All this, while referring to the Quebec Education Program.
You are not obligated to use a Quebec curriculum or exercise books, the choice of method belongs to you. Many parents use material not labeled as following the Education Department’s Progression of learning (program from another country, free learning from daily occupations, etc.), adding discussions or outings to better answer the required competencies.
For more information, consult the page Annual evaluation.
To illustrate how the learning activities are planned in time, according to your method, you can:
Your project must be implemented by September 30th at the latest. If you do a lot of activities during the summer, you could, for example, indicate that you started implementing your project in June or that your project covers the period from June to June. If you indicate starting your year before September 30th, the DEM accepts receiving the requested documents on the same schedule as if you started on September 30th.
You do not have to include information about individuals that contribute to the child’s learning.
If an activity is not necessary for the minimum required by the law, you should not have to mention that organization (for example, part-time participation in a community centre.)
Most support groups are not legally considered organizations, so you do not need to mention them in this section.
For each mandatory learning subject:
With the 2019 amendment to the regulation, the DEM considers that the Quebec Education Program competencies are the objective parents need to be targeting. So it is easier for many parents to indicate they are following the program’s competencies for a given cycle than to list all of them.
The mandatory learning subjects are:
You will find tools to help drafting your documents in the Member area, including documents consolidating all required subjects per cycle (elementary and secondary), with competencies and end-of-cycle expectations associated with each.
In order to facilitate reporting and avoid the need to document changes, we suggest that you:
If needed, you can elaborate at the meeting, evaluation or in the portfolio.
According to the regulation, you can modify your learning project whenever you desire.
You must inform the DEM within 15 days only if the change is substantial.
Here is a template of substantial change notice [.docx].
The more your learning project remains general, the less changes you will have to document.
Keeping track of changes takes time and could lead you to avoid changing your education approach to suit your child’s needs.
It is in the best interests of your child to keep your documentation simple.
The content of your learning project will be evaluated to ensure that it conforms to the regulation. The regulation specifies that your resource person at the DEM may ask you for additional information if she judges that information is necessary for the evaluation of the project.
The regulation does not indicate a deadline to respond to this request, it is therefore a matter of agreeing with your resource person on a reasonable deadline.
If the learning project does not meet requirements, the Minister will notify the parents in writing of the reason for the lack of conformity. This notice will include recommendations about how the parents can update the learning project to meet these requirements. You will have 30 days after the official request to submit a new document.
Resource persons usually will call you first, to tell you that your document is incomplete and offer solutions. You can use some of their propositions or suggest your own ideas. Some resource persons offer a shorter delay for an answer to a question or an incomplete learning project. Sometimes only a couple of days are given. However, know that these days are an addition to the 30 official days. By doing so, your resource person gives you some extra days before sending out an official letter.
You can make the changes right away, before receiving the letter. Or you can take your time to find out more information, get the letter and have 30 more days to make required changes.
At all times, AQED members that feel the need can contact our member support for help.