FAQ

Technical

Once you’re enrolled you will be assigned LOGIN information that will give you access. Go to estreams.ca and look for the LOGIN option. 

Contact Michelle Watts (Phone extension 5 or records@estreams.ca) in ‘Records,’ and she will try to help you, or Randy Andres our Administrator (ext. 1 or randres@estreams.ca).

Resource Central – This information hub stores links to lots of important information.  It will soon be even better on our new website.

Student Planner - This very important place is where your student learning plans are stored and all learning information will be inserted.  Reporting also happens in the planner. The planner system isn’t ready for the 21-22 school year but will be in the next month or so.

School calendar  - Go here to see important dates you may need to be aware of

Year at a Glance – Outlines a summary of a typical school year at CHeS

Purchasing/Vendor Page – Where you go for information on ordering resources

Staff Directory – This page helps you learn about teachers and other staff you may be working with. If the teacher’s status is “accepting students” you know you can contact them to see if you would like to work together.  

Please note:  This is a transitional year for our school.   The website we are presently working with is old and out-dated, and the new system isn’t quite ready.   Right now we are working mostly in the old, but do have the new website functioning for enrollment and new registrations.  

About CHeS

CHeS recognizes the challenges of the many directions you can take with home-based learning, and invites you to consider our innovative, collaborative approach. The eStreams approach is designed to help you identify your own unique goals and ideals before you begin your journey, then to present you with a selection of streams capable of enhancing and supporting the experience you are aiming for. This vibrant program provides a fully accredited, Scripture-based, learning experience to families in a variety of settings throughout BC. Whatever your needs, whatever your setting, CHeS aims to provide personalized, sensitive support that will enable your homelearning family to flourish.

As we grow, we are continuously improving our website to answer the questions that most commonly come up. If you can’t find your answers there, our staff would love to help you get the answers you’re looking for. We have also had parents who are veteran homeschoolers that we can refer you to who would love to chat with you about their homeschooling journey. Never hesitate to reach out to us for help!

Christian Homelearners eStreams is an Independent, Christian faith-based community of learners and educators.  We are dedicated to providing personalized and educational support, sensitive and appropriate to the needs of learners in BC.

At this time, we don’t charge a tuition fee.  We have recently experienced a huge funding cut and have to be more careful with resource spending for our families than in previous years.  Families need to be prepared to pay for some of their own resources if our resource funding isn’t enough to cover all the books, lessons, etc. needed for the student’s program.

While Distributed Learning is a form of home-based learning, there are some essential aspects to DL that you should know.

  •  DL students are accountable to a BC certified teacher, who formulates a learning plan that will meet the requirements for graduation (BC Dogwood Diploma). The teacher will also report on students’ learning, which will be submitted to the Ministry of Education.
  • Because they are accountable to a teacher, DL students are allowed more funding from the Ministry of Education than typical homeschooled students.

CHeS offers Distributed Learning (enrollment) as well as independent Homeschooling (registration).

As a parent of a CHeS student, you will be the primary, in-person supervisor of your student’s education, whether you are enrolled with us as a Distributed Learner or registered as a homeschooler. In our DL program, our wonderful teachers are there to plan and deliver your child’s program and provide accountability so your child will meet the learning objectives set out by the Ministry of Education. Because your teacher will not be present with your child daily, you and your children will be working together to complete their education set out in the teacher-directed learning plan. Your involvement will depend on the level of independence of your child/teen. The basic tasks involved in being a CHeS DL family include:

  • Researching resources that may be a fit for your student (Teachers if needed will do this for you or help you any way they can)
  • Asking your teacher for approval of the resources you choose or agree upon
  • Ordering curriculum once approved by your teacher – use our vendor page to help
  • Tracking your own use of funding as we can only provide $600 to help.  Once this amount is used up, you must purchase the rest on your own.  *SE students do have more supplemental funds available.
  • Organizing a class work schedule – teachers will assist as needed
  • Collecting work samples and reporting to your teacher at least once a week.
  • Submitting your work to your teacher for assessment

Yes! As long as you first follow our activation guidelines, see HERE, you are able to determine how many courses you want to work on at one time, and when you would like to do them. This, of course, means that you are responsible for managing your courses and getting them done in the time frame you set for yourself. Keep in mind that there’s only a one-year window of time allowed to complete a course. As well, our teachers take summers off. They can, however, give assignments before summer starts, and then students can report on their learning at the end of the summer. *Note that for full funding activation has certain requirements that involve “dates” and thus if you haven’t started enough courses in time, you may not qualify for full funding. See activation policy HERE. Sept. 30th is an important deadline to qualify for “full funding”.

We sure do! For K-9 students & high school special needs students, we have a non-graded option where students are assessed using comments, not grades. If you want to obtain a “graded” report card, just ask your teacher for this option during your initial informal assessment at the beginning of the school year.  Go here to read more about our assessment options.  

Absolutely! As a Distributed Learner, you will be given credits for all Ministry or BAA courses you take towards graduation.  Go here to read more on the Ministry’s website about what’s required to graduate in BC.  High School students need 80 course credits to graduate: 52 required course credits and 28 elective credits.  Usually, a course is worth 4 credits, so a student typically needs a minimum of 20 (grade 10, 11, and 12) courses to graduate with a Dogwood Diploma.

CHeS has fantastic on-staff support workers for students with special needs. The Ministry provides Special Education funding for students with certain diagnosis, and we cater to these families by placing them in a support team setting with an SE Coordinator, an SE Teacher, and any other support services needed. The amount of support available is directly linked to their diagnosis (designation) and thus we will formulate an IEP and fund resources and services aimed at addressing the NEEDs (not wants) of the student. There are funding limits but we budget as generously as we can towards what the Ministry allots for each child with a fundable diagnosis.  For more info read our Special Needs Policy. However, it is a tad long!

Registering or Enrolling with CHeS

Anyone living in British Columbia who is 5 or older by December 31, can enroll or register with us as a student. We also accept adult students and students with IEP’s. 

There are two choices and CHeS offers both.

Enrolled Students:

  • Receive DL funding
  • Are assigned to a specific teacher to whom they will report weekly
  • Have their work graded by a teacher (unless they have chosen the non-graded option)
  • Must have their learning plan and curricular purchases approved by a teacher before Sept. 30th for full funding.
  • Receive progress reports

To Enroll – Click Here

Registered Students:

  • Receive minimal funding
  • Are independent and in control of their learning plan and its delivery
  • Do not have a teacher and do not send in reports

To Register – Click Here

If you are choosing the path of “Registered Homeschooler”, you can register at any time during the year. If you are wanting to “enroll”, our enrollment typically opens in the spring, near the end of March or beginning of April, and is first-come first-serve. You can enroll any time after that, but enrolling earlier will help to ensure that you get a placement. Also be aware that enrolling after September 30 may affect the amount of funding available for the school year. 

We want you to find the teacher that will fit best with you and your family’s needs! We have many teachers on our staff who can facilitate a wide range of grades, and it’s likely that you will be able to have one teacher for all of your children. You can read our teacher profiles in our Staff Directory to get to know them better before choosing one.  Some teachers are already full for the 21-22 school year.   If you want to request a specific teacher, email or call that teacher and ask them if they have room for you on their student list. While we cannot guarantee that you will be placed with the teacher you request (due to teacher availability), we do our best to make it happen.

Yes, if you’re in High School. This option is called being “Cross Enrolled” and allows students to be enrolled in more than one school at a time. CHeS doesn’t take grade 8-9 cross-enrollment but we will accept grade 10 -12 cross-enrollment.  You will have to decide who you want to be your “main” school, or your ‘School of Record.’

Essentially, we do our best to facilitate any course your student wants to take that’s on the Ministry New Curriculum website. Elementary/K-9 students are required to take all subjects, plus a second language in grades 5-8. At the High School level, we also offer BAA courses (locally developed Board Authority Courses). 

We also have special offers which include the following for the 21-22 school year:

  • Dr. Shishido High School Science: General Science 10, plus Chemistry, & Physics – Gr. 11 or 12 yet to be determined
  • Mitchell Made K-6 Socials – authored by Principal Holly Mitchell – order through Donna Ward of Northwoods Press.
  • High School Business and Career courses – contact t.veres@estreams.ca
  • 2nd language support:

1.    Spanish:  Grace Alvarenga – spanish@estreams.ca

2.    French:  Guerline Bailey – g.bailey@estreams.ca

3.    Mandarin:  John Reaves – j.reaves@estreams.ca

You can view our course lists HERE for elementary and HERE for high school.  Note: CHeS does support Work Experience at the Grade 12 level as well as Youth Work in Trades (apprenticeship in a Trade).

If you are choosing the path of “Registered Homeschooler” there’s always room for you.  If you want to enroll and have teacher support than we do typically fill up before September, therefore the earlier you enroll the better. 

Funding and Curriculum Purchasing

The Ministry of Education offers different types and amounts of funding for different learning situations. Here are the different categories of learning and how they are funded:

Gr. K-9 Distributed Learning: A set amount will be allotted for the year by the Ministry.

Presently $600

Gr. 10-12 Distributed Learning: Funded per course.

Presently $75/course

Gr. K-12 BC Registered Homeschool: A minimal amount of funding, with a set amount for the year.

Total of $135

Gr. K-12 Special Education Funded Students: SE supplemental funding is determined by the Ministry and we are not allowed to share per student totals.  This funding must cover all the costs of the SE program at our school. Therefore funding is allotted per student but the whole department shares the funds so that administration costs as well as non-funded student needs can be covered.

Adult Students: Curriculum isn’t funded – students must purchase their own resources, but administration costs are covered by the Ministry if the adult completes courses.  If an adult starts a course and doesn’t complete it, then we are not funded. We therefore will only work with adults who are very serious about completing what they start.

Anything you would like to purchase with the funding must be approved and paid for by our school. We cannot reimburse for purchases you have already paid for. For more information on purchasing, you can visit our purchasing and vendor page HERE.

For Enrolled Students:

All purchases being made with funding must first be approved by your teacher and by the Accounts person in our office.

Items that are typically approved:

  • Educational resources (books, dvd’s/cd’s, digital prints, online subscriptions)
  • Educational activities (sports, lessons, educational activities, special third party sessions, etc...)

Items that are not typically approved, but sometimes can be with special permission from Admin.:

  • Equipment (iPads, computers, educational toys, microscopes)

Things that are not automatically approved:

  • Resources which contain content which doesn’t reflect the values of our school
  • Resources that are for next year, rather than this year.

We are open to discussing your ideas for purchases, and may at times deem something acceptable for purchase that we don’t typically purchase, based on the individual needs of the family.

For more information, please see our policies HERE.

For Registered Homeschool Students:

You do not need approval for your purchases, and you may purchase anything you deem needed for your child’s education with the $135 funding we allow.  Order the same way as a DL family.   Instructions for ordering are HERE

We allow you to begin purchasing your resources for the upcoming school year in late April once the new planner is up for the next school year. Please be aware that this year may be delayed because we are turning over the system. Thank you for your patience. Please confirm with your teacher and the office before you begin purchasing for the upcoming year. Also, be aware that whatever is spent for next year’s resources, will be deducted from next year’s funding, not leftovers from the current school year. As a rule, you cannot purchase resources for next year with this year’s funding.