Shared Responsibility Program

A shared responsibility program is an education program that consists of two distinct parts:

Part 1 - a school-provided program where a facilitator employed by a school board or accredited-funded private school is responsible for providing the planning, resource selection, instructional delivery, assessment and evaluation of student progress in selected courses that follow the Alberta Programs of Study.

Part 2 - a home education program that meets the requirements of the Home Education Regulation.

Shared Responsibility

Students registering in the CBE Home Education shared responsibility program at Windsor Park must enroll in a minimum of 2 academic core classes. Each group (A or B) will attend two days a week. Please refer to the Class Timetable schedule for further information. 

Students in Grades 6-9 can also register for up to one additional CORE online course with CBe-learn. This would qualify as a 75% commitment for CBE and a 25% commitment for parents. We have provided other program options that parents may choose from in the table below. Two options will also be covered during the shared responsibility classes at Windsor Park. In all other options that do not involve Windsor Park classes, parents will be responsible for covering programming for options

For all students registered in an Alberta Home Education shared responsibility program, the parent or legal guardian is responsible for developing, administering and managing a minimum of 50% of the core curricular program.


  • A parent who intends to provide a home schooling program for their child during a school year works with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE).
  • A parent is required to offer a program that has been accepted by the CBE and aligns with the CBE Learning Plan.
  • Families participate in prescribed reviews by the CBE a minimum of 2 times a year.
  • The CBE ensures that the student is meeting designated outcomes and that assistance and advice from facilitators is provided, that records are provided and maintained, and that parents are aware of the services and resources available.

Roles and Responsibilities

Parents are Responsible for Student Learning

The parent is responsible for curricular choices while ensuring that the program is consistent with the student learning outcomes listed in the Alberta Regulation 145/2006 Home Education Regulation or the Alberta Program of Studies. Assessment is parent-directed according to the child’s needs.

Evaluation of the child’s progress is done a minimum of twice a year where a certificated teacher (facilitator) evaluates the student and reviews the student portfolio. Please see the Learning Plan Guide (page 5).

CBE Facilitators

Facilitators are certified Alberta teachers employed by the Calgary Board of Education. Their responsibilities are to:

  • Facilitate student learning by providing assistance and advice to the parent
  • Make recommendations to the parents on matters that will assist the student in attaining a higher level of achievement
  • Advise the parents on the progress of the student, based on evaluations of the progress of the student and a review of the portfolio at the end of each school term
  • Collaborate with parents on maintaining records of student progress for future reference
  • Indicate the services and resources provided by the Calgary Board of Education that are available for use by the parent and student.

CBE Home Education funding

All parents of students registered in the Home Schooling Program by September 30 will be eligible to receive supplemental funding to augment their learning.  

Shared Responsibility Program Funding

This funding is in addition to the many services available at CBE Home Education and will allow parents to access resources, services, facilities, and supplies not directly provided by CBe-learn.

Students must be registered by September 30 to be entitled to funding.

Parents are responsible for educational costs and may submit receipts between Nov. 1 to May 1 for reimbursement for the current school year.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do the classes entail?
These classes are project based classes. Students will gain the knowledge regarding curriculum outcomes in class and further explore these topics with projects on their own time.

What does cross-curricular mean?
Cross-curricular is a way of teaching math, science, social studies and language arts in an integrative fashion. Each topic is taught as a theme that is inclusive of all four subjects rather than as separate subjects.

For example, in social studies we may be studying pioneers and learning about the shelters they live in. In science we will learn how to build these shelters using different materials. In math we will measure the amount of material needed and in language arts, we may write a story about the pioneers and their shelters. In a cross-curricular course, we would teach this as one topic by talking about the pioneers and their shelters, writing a story about them and then building the shelters using specified dimensions and materials.

How will my child in the program be assessed?
Your child will be assessed in a variety of informal and formal ways. A mid-year and a final assessment will be completed by the parent and facilitator and placed in the student's file. Parents are welcome to inquire about the progress of their child at anytime during the year.

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