There are many options available for families to pursue their child(ren)'s education in Saskatchewan. This webpage is mostly specific to Regina. If you feel something is missing from this page or have an update, please fill out the survey at the bottom of the page. Navigating school choices is difficult enough and I want this page to be as clear, accurate, and user-friendly as possible. Thank you for always helping to improve this resource. Note: This page was created before the start of the 2020/2021 school year. links to many of the school's startup plans to keep staff and students safe are included in the descriptions below.
Regina has two public school boards: The Regina Public School Board and the Regina Catholic School Division. They are referred to as "public" on this page because they are publicly funded. These schools get most of their funding in Regina from property taxes. If you own a home, you may remember being asked to select either the Regina Public School Board or Regina Catholic School Division as the board that will receive funding from your specific property taxes.
Regina Public School Board
The Regina Public School Board is one of the largest school divisions in the province. The Regina Public School board website is here. Regina Public School Board has a Fall 2020 Re-Opening Plan, available below or at this link. Each individual school is taking unique, further action in attempt to keep their students, staff, and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on an individual school, visit the individual school website. The Regina Public School Board also has associate faith-based schools including the Harvest City Christian Academy, Regina Christian School, and the Regina Huda School. Regina Public Schools and the associate schools are not-for-profit schools and are generally free, though there may still be some applicable tuition, transportation, supervision, and other fees applied.
Regina Catholic School Division
Regina Catholic School Board provides a faith-based, student-centred education. These schools are also generally free, but there are also some transportation, supervision, and other fees that families may be required to pay. There is a thoughtful list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the plan to return to school safely for the 2020/2021 school year, as well as an email address to contact with more concerns available here. The Regina Catholic School Board school administrators are also each taking unique precautions for their individual schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit your neighbourhood school's website.
*Note: Some of the Regina Public School Board and Catholic School Division School have French Immersion programs. Francophone and French immersion schools are distinct from one another.
École Moneseigneur de Laval
École Mgr de Laval is part of the Conseil des Écoles Fransaskoises (CÉF) which manages 14 schools across Saskatchewan. The elementary school brings together students from kindergarten to 6th year while the secondary pavilion includes grades 7 to 12. Laval's facilities meet the needs of all students and technology is central to students' learning. Services intended more specifically for students from immigrant and migrant families are also available to better enable them to successfully integrate academically and socially. Laval takes measures to integrate elements specific to the Fransaskois culture, language and identity in all of its study programs.
Laval has a safe school resumption plan, available here. They will also have remote learning available for students in grades 4-12, and are understanding and accomodating of students in younger grades who will require support from home.
Prairie Sky School
Prairie Sky School emphasizes learning through and about art, community, and nature. Students spend a significant amount of time outdoors and in the community, and have access to performance and visual art modes of expression in nearly all of their experiences. They have multi-aged classrooms with a maximum of 16-18 children per classroom; often breaking into varied interest groups for grade-level instruction or project work. Prairie Sky School receives partial funding from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. Tuition fees cover 30% of costs to run their programs. The remaining portion (up to 50%) is raised through fundraising, donations, and sponsorships that are managed by the PSS Scholarship Foundation. Every Prairie Sky School student receives subsidized tuition through this fund. Tuition starts at $3500 per student per year, and discounts are applied to families who enrol more than one child. The above information is adapted from the Prairie Sky School's website, available here. Prairie Sky School's Return to School Plan is available here.
Montessori School of Regina
The Montessori School of Regina, Inc. is a private, non-profit, independent school with a focus on child-centered learning that helps each student realize his/her own potential. The Montessori School of Regina strives to create a respectful, peaceful environment where students can nurture and grow their unique talents. They have pre-primary programs for children aged 2.5 to 6 (including kindergarten year) and elementary programs for children from Grades 1-8. The Montessori method typically involves an emphasis on environment, and student-centred learning. The Montessori School of Regina has a south and an east location. There are tuition fees for students to attend the Montessori School of Regina.
Homeschooling and Distance Learning Options
Home-based learning (AKA Homeschooling) offers guardians the most amount of control over their child(ren)'s learning. It is arguably the most amount of work for home-based educators, while also being potentially the most flexible option. Remote/ Distance/ E-Learning is delivered by a professional teacher, and work is assessed by that teacher. This option allows students to learn remotely and stay home, and still learn from a professional educator.
Home-based educating is a great option for families who wish to pursue home-based learning and are confident in their ability to deliver and asses (assessment is light compared to in-school assessment) an appropriate program for their child. The Ministry of Education has information available about home-based learning, and offers the following steps for registration:
Contact the board of education of the school division in which you are resident of the intent to educate your children on a home-based education program. Send your notice of intent and written education plan to the registering authority (school division).
Full name, gender and date of birth of each student on the home-based education program.
If applicable, provide information with respect to the last school which each student attended, the year that each student last attended school, and the grade completed during this year.
Full name, address and telephone number of the parent or parents who are responsible for and who are directing the home-based education program.
Philosophical approach and reason for home-based education programs;
Education activities, instruction methods and learning resources which the parents will use in the coming school year;
Means of assessing and recording the educational progress of each student; and
Areas of study and learning outcomes for each student for the coming school year.
Regina Public School Board Home-Based Education
Home-Based Education requires the parent of the child to take over the role as the educator. Parents are responsible for setting the goals for the child for the year, gathering the materials and resources they intend to use, and delivering the instruction and assessment for their child. This is different from “remote learning”, where the school is more closely involved with the instruction and assessment of the child. If you choose to register your child in Home-Based Education, you must submit the required registration forms (see below). To qualify for the Home-Based Education Grant for the purchase of educational materials ($800.00 per elementary student and $550.00 per high school student), you must have your Home-Based Education registration forms submitted by September 15, 2020 and continue in the Home-Based Education program. This funding will be issued to families at the end of January 2021. This information has been adapted from the Regina Public School Board Home-Based Education Website. Click here to visit it for more information.
Regina Catholic School Division Home-Based Education
Regina Catholic Schools welcomes and supports parents who wish to register their Home-Based Education Program for their children with their school division. RCSD follows Saskatchewan Ministry of Education policy and guidelines related to Home-Based Education. Parents who wish to register their children with Regina Catholic Schools must meet the requirements for student admission to Regina Catholic Schools. Support services, including reimbursement for some educational expenditures and resources, can be accessed through School Operations. For more information, please visit the Regina Catholic School Board's Home-Based Education webpage.
Regina Public School Board E-Learning (Remote Learning)
Regina Public Schools is providing remote learning for the 2020-21 school year. Courses are for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students and are specifically designed for learning in an online environment. Each online course will be taught by a teacher who will provide learning resources, activities, assessment, and opportunities for interaction. Because online learning is facilitated through the internet, course materials and activities will be accessible anytime and anywhere as long as a student has a device and internet connectivity. However, some learning is also designed to take place offline, in part to avoid excessive screen time. eSchool is administered by Regina Public Schools and there will be no cost to families. Visit the RPSB E-learning website for more details.
Regina Catholic School Division Online Program (Remote Learning)
Unlike supplemental learning, this fully online option will cover the entire curriculum and all assignments and projects will be expected to be turned in and will be assessed. All learning will be delivered through Learning Online using Moodle Learning Management System. Students will be expected to attend virtually and participate in classes on a daily basis, following a set class schedule. Students will need to have consistent access to technology throughout the school day to participate in classroom activities. Class content will be a combination of live lessons and pre-created content. Students will interact with the teacher throughout the day using Microsoft Teams, which will be integrated into the Moodle classroom. Students will have access to additional print material.Students will be divided into class cohorts. The exact composition will be determined based on student numbers. Programming will be available for grades 1 to 8. There is also a high school program available. More information is available on the Regina Catholic School Division Learning Online website.
Accredited Online Schools
There are several accredited online schools available to families and students that are Saskatchewan-specific and meet the Saskatchewan Curriculum. One is FlexEd. although it looks like they currently have a waitlist. Students who register for FlexEd before September 23rd are eligible to receive government funding for their tuition.
Another Saskatchewan accredited online school is SunWest Distance Learning Classroom. The DLC offers K-12 education for students across the province, offering courses in line with Ministry of Saskatchewan guidelines.
*Note: Amy, a volunteer with Project Play YQR, has been homeschooling her two children in Lumsden and is willing to help answer questions. She runs a blog called Acorn Ecoliving and has a thorough blog post with information on home-based learning here.
Regina and these playspaces are situated on Treaty 4 territory, the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Provided by the Government of Saskatchewan and offered by the University of Regina, there is a Cree language learning resource available under "Schools and play."