Parents have the responsibility to notify a school board or an accredited private school operator of their intent to home educate their children. The school board can be the local school board or any other willing public, separate, or Francophone school board. The private school operator can be any willing funded and accredited private school operator. Parents choosing home education have the primary responsibility for planning, managing, providing, evaluating, and supervising their children's courses of study.
The school authority (either a public/separate/Francophone school board or a funded, accredited private school operator) that accepts the parents’ notification is called the associate school authority. It has the responsibility to provide the parents with support, if asked. Together with the parents, the associate school authority must ensure that the child meets the parents’ educational goals in accordance with the Home Education Regulation.
A parent of a student providing a home education program to the student and an Alberta funded school authority may agree to share responsibility for the student’s education. Two conditions must be met for this to occur:
School boards or accredited–funded private schools are not required to offer shared responsibility programs. The offering of shared responsibility programs is optional.