Who Will Teach My Child?

There’s more than one right answer to this question . It just depends on what works best for both you and your child.  Within the past few years, virtual education for both children and adults has grown.

“When arriving at a new assignment, parents often must choose among various schooling alternatives: local schools, American-curriculum community, Canadian-curriculum community or international schools, home school (tutorial), British, French, or German schools, and church-affiliated or missionary schools. The choice should be determined by which type is most suitable for the child given his/her academic needs and interests.” Managing Children’s Education & Development Overseas.

Many employers are open to using the tuition that would normally be applied towards a very expensive international school (where tuition can run into many thousands of dollars a year per child), and putting it towards home schooling instead.  Explain your situation to your employer and ask for what may be considered a special consideration.

It’s important to remember that most companies have placed a large investment in their international service employees who themselves have committed to three to five year assignments.  Employers choose to be more flexible under those circumstances.

Listed below are a few contacts to supplement overseas education.

ST. ALBERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Virtual Program Information.  The Virtual Program addresses the needs of students throughout the province who, for one reason or another, may benefit from non-traditional learning. The students enrolled in this program are equipped with a computer, modem and printer and interact with their teachers via the internet from their homes or other remote sites rather than in a classroom setting. The program is currently offered to grade 10 and 11 students in the 97/98 school year and by 98/99, the program will be available to all interested grade 10, 11 and 12 students. All the teachers in the program are dedicated staff members who have devoted much time and effort to the development and refinement of course material specific to the distance learning needs of the students involved in the program.

Students will follow the Alberta Education Program of Studies. The program is one of the best in Canada. Standardized Assessment is undertaken every three years from grade 3 (Achievement Tests) to grade 12 (Diploma Exams).  There Grade 12 Diploma Results are consistently above Provincial average and we find many of our students go on to post secondary education in University, technical schools and colleges.

Please visit St. Albert Catholic High School Web Site for interactive Alberta Education for Alberta students living outside of Alberta or Canada.

JOHN D. BRACCO JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL Innovative School Challenges Conventional Study Methods.

Located in Edmonton, AB, John D. Bracco School has more than 600 students enrolled in grades 7 through 9, and is part of a 200-school district of 70,000 students. The school was founded in 1992, and from the start, school administrators were determined to use new technology to aid learning. As part of this commitment, the school is part of IBM Canada’s Caring 4 Kids Cooperative Project, a formal business partnership that provides a range of support for the school’s efforts, including LearnNet, the school’s distance learning program.

Special discounts are available for computer purchases.

UNIVERSITY of ATHABASCA Centre for Innovative Management Graduate Program, Phone: 1-800-788-9041(toll free), or contact Lindsay Redpath at or phone directly at 1-780-459-1144.

ST. PAULS ACADEMY, Provides Online education Grades 5-12 for students all over the world.PLAN ahead of time what your learning goals are for 30, 60 and 90 days after arrival. Research the culture you are going to and identify what skill you would like to learn from them. Identify and develop networks PRIOR to departure. For example – if you are interested in cooking find out if there is a local course near where you will be staying that offers this as a local course. Use the contacts you already have to find out information about where you are going. It is hard to speak with people you have not met – or don’t have a close relationship with. Get used to it before you leave – because it won’t get any easier once you are there.

Virtual studies can be accessed before you leave to learn about where you are going, and when you get there to continue your career. If you are the secondary mover, it might be difficult to continue your career path in the way you would like. It can be very difficult for women in some cultures to find the same challenges as are found in Western cultures. This major road block can be overcome by taking an online course.

People are different and learn in different ways. If you are seeking out ways to continue your learning – living overseas is an excellent opportunity (especially for women) to learn new things on your own terms. Learn what you want, when you want, how you want.

Diverse and culturally rich Expat communities often provide courses where you can go direct to the source. If you are looking to develop your knowledge, personal growth, and or manual and physical skills – there are opportunities right in your new backyard.