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"When one teaches, two learn." 
~ Robert Heinlein

Welcome to Northern Home Education Centre! We are here to assist parents in their choice to educate their child(ren) at home. Our goal is to create a quality educational environment that meets the individual needs of each student and family.


While our main office is located in La Crete, we serve students throughout the Fort Vermilion School Division jurisdiction. This includes the urban and rural communities of Rainbow Lake, High Level, Meander River, Zama, Rocky Lane, Fort Vermilion, Blumenort, La Crete, Buffalo Head Prairie, and Blue Hills.

NHEC takes a hands-on approach and is the only program in Alberta that not only recognizes the importance of a socially connected community but also facilitates that engagement. Families enrolled with NHEC benefit from high levels of support and involvement from the school division.

There are many advantages to homeschooling your child(ren) through Northern Home Education Centre:

  • Parents/guardians have full control over the curriculum. Follow the Alberta grade level curriculum, a home education program of your choice or a blended program.

  • A flexible schedule, independent of the traditional school year, that works for the unique needs and lifestyle of each family. Students learn at their own pace and current learning level.

  • Access to funding for instructional materials, resources or other learning expenses. Reimbursements are subject to approval and can include things like consumables (ie. paper, pens), textbooks and curriculum materials, music lessons/instruments, and sports equipment.

  • An active and engaged homeschooling community in our region who regularly get together for group activities. NHEC social events include activities like bowling, family camping, baking cookies, gym nights, skating and softball games.

  • New homeschooling families can be matched with ‘veterans’ who act as mentors. Parents/guardians may also attend groups where families meet and share tips, offering suggestions on strategies and curriculum materials they’ve found helpful. A great resource!



Tim Driedger

Benjamin Friesen

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We are pleased to offer blended programming for Grades 1-8 in Language Arts and Math.  Contact our office to discuss these options and to determine if this would be a good fit for your children.

FVSD Scent Aware Information

For the general population, exposure to scents is not typically problematic. However, from time-to-time, the presence of perfumes and other scented products can present indoor air quality concerns that may affect a person’s comfort. Furthermore, for a small portion of the general population, scented products may present a risk of health hazard.

For individuals with pre-existing conditions such as chemical sensitivities or sensitizations, asthma or allergies, exposure to some odours can cause a range of ill health effects. Some reported symptoms include: headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, fatigue, weakness, insomnia, confusion, loss of appetite, depression, anxiety, upper respiratory symptoms, shortness of breath, difficulty with concentration, and/or skin irritation.

Scented products more commonly include the following:

  • Personal hygiene products, such as shampoo, conditioner, hairsprays, deodorants, colognes, aftershaves, fragrances, perfumes, lotions, soaps, cosmetics and creams;
  • Industrial and household chemicals and cleaners;
  • Air fresheners, such as deodorizers, potpourri, oils and candles; and
  • Various household products.

Raising the scent-awareness of our staff, students and public:

  • Employees, students, and visitors will be informed of this guideline through signs posted in Fort Vermilion School Division #52 schools and buildings, website information, newsletters, and healthy workplace promotional materials.

Minimizing the use of, and exposure to, scented products:

  • Persons entering our schools and buildings will be encouraged to use scent-free products.
  • Wherever possible in our schools and buildings, scent-free products should be used. The purchase and use of “unscented” products will be preferred over scented substitutes where possible. This will involve a review of Material Safety Data Sheets for commercial products currently used and those intended for use, as well as examination of product samples to ensure that the ingredients are unscented.
  • Health and Safety 2016 Revision
  • Wherever possible, maintenance, renovation, etc. with which an “atypical” odour is associated should be scheduled to occur at times of reduced occupancy.

For your convenience, we’ve made arrangements for families to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc (iA Financial Group).

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance offers protection against the unexpected costs of injury from accidents, and is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

For complete plan details, please visit

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