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Grade 12 Courses

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  1. To Register: For the course you wish to enrol in, simply click on the "Register" link at the end of its row in the chart below.
  2. More than One Course: Enroll for more than one course by selecting one from this table and selecting other courses during the registration process.
  3. Prerequisites: A prerequisite course contains information required for a subsequent course. Before you register, check the information in the table below to determine if and what the prerequisite course is. After you register for your course, you must provide the proof to VHS that you have completed the prerequisite course by sending us a copy of your report card, transcript or credit counselling summary sheet. Note: If you wish to be exempt from the prerequisite because of maturity, or advanced education, or you completed a similar course in another jurisdiction, please contact Guidance@VirtualHighSchool.com before you register.
  4. Upgrade Credit Course: If you are repeating a course in order to improve your mark, you may opt to take the course as an upgrade credit course as opposed to a regular course. To take as an upgrade credit course, you must have already completed the course within the past 12 months and attained a passing mark of at least 50%. We have created subsections in the chart below housing the upgrade credit courses. Be sure to select the Course Title with the word Upgrade in the title.
  5. Costs: Our costs are transparent. Our Policy Statements on the bottom of this page concern tuition refunds, course transfer fees, course enrollments and prerequisites. View the cost chart comparing VHS to another online school.

Cost Comparison Chart

VHS Course - Sample of Possible Activities
VHS
School B
Tuition
$399.00 - $549.00
$399.00
Textbook
$0.00
$122.49
Two month extension to complete course
$0.00
$178.00
Two month extension for special needs student
$0.00
$79.00
Submitting assignments by mail instead of electronically
$0.00
$50.00
Sending copy of report card/OST to three universities
$0.00
$75.00
Processing your community involvement for your OSSD
$0.00
$25.00
Not writing your final exam on the scheduled day
$0.00
$20.00
Using express exam processing (less than 5 days)
$0.00
$75.00
TOTALS
$399.00 - $549.00
$1 023.49

Note to all students considering taking online courses from any provider:

The above data was collected April 2, 2008 in the public domain and is provided here in response to a student who recently asked VHS about our hidden costs as a friend of hers had a negative experience at another school in which she ended up paying a lot more for the online course than she expected.

At VHS, we try our utmost to make sure that all students have a quality experience within their course. We also try to make sure that we do not nickel-and-dime our students for all of the services and products we provide as part of our tuition.

The above chart shows a possible scenario of activities in two online schools. There are other special circumstances in all schools, including VHS, in which additional charges may or may not result as a consequence of an additional product or service.

As you are preparing to take online courses, be sure you shop around carefully to discover all of the hidden costs for your online courses, including at VHS. Tuition costs alone, can be a misleading indicator of total cost as seen by the data above.

caveat emptor

ADA4M - Drama, 12, University or College Preparation

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This course requires students to experiment individually and collaboratively with forms and conventions of both drama and theatre from various cultures and time periods. Students will interpret dramatic literature and other texts and media sources while learning about various theories of directing and acting. Students will examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures, and will analyse how the knowledge and skills developed in drama are related to their personal skills, social awareness, and goals beyond secondary school.

Prerequisite: ADA3M Course Outline Register Now

AMU4M - Music, 12, University or College Preparation

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This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.

Prerequisite: AMU3M or AMU3O Course Outline Register Now

BBB4M - International Business Fundamentals, 12, University or College Preparation

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This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively.This course prepares students for postsecondary programs in business, including international business, marketing, and management.

Prerequisite: none Course Outline Register Now

CGW4U - Canadian and World Issues: A Geographic Analysis, 12, University Preparation

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This course examines the global challenges of creating a sustainable and equitable future, focusing on current issues that illustrate these challenges. Students investigate a range of topics, including cultural, economic and geopolitical relationships, regional disparities in the ability to meet basic human needs, and protection of the natural environment. Students will use geotechnologies and skills of geographic inquiry and analysis to develop and communicate balanced opinions about the complex issues facing Canada and a world that is interdependent and constantly changing.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities Course Outline Register Now

CHI4U - Canada: History, Identity, and Culture, 12, University Preparation

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This course explores the challenges associated with the formation of a Canadian national identity. Students will examine the social, political, and economic forces that have shaped Canada from the pre-contact period to the present and will investigate the historical roots of contemporary issues from a variety of perspectives. Students will use critical-thinking and communication skills to consider events and ideas in historical context, debate issues of culture and identity, and present their own views.

Prerequisite: Any 3U or 3M level Canadian and World Studies, English or Social Studies and Humanities course Course Outline Register Now

CHY4U - World History: The West and the World, 12, University Preparation

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This course investigates the major trends in Western civilization and world history from the sixteenth century to the present. Students will learn about the interaction between the emerging West and other regions of the world and about the development of modern social, political, and economic systems. They will use critical-thinking and communication skills to investigate the historical roots of contemporary issues and present their conclusions.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English or social sciences and humanities. Course Outline Register Now

CIA4U - Analysing Current Economic Issues, 12, University Preparation

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This course investigates the nature of the competitive global economy and explores how individuals and societies can gain the information they need to make appropriate economic decisions. Students will learn about the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, apply economic models and concepts to interpret economic information, assess the validity of statistics, and investigate marketplace dynamics. Students will use economic inquiry and communication skills to analyse current economic issues, make informed judgements, and present their findings.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities Course Outline Register Now

CPW4U - Canadian and World Politics, 12, University Preparation

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This course examines Canadian and world politics from a variety of perspectives. Students will investigate the ways in which individuals, groups, and states work to influence domestic and world events, the role of political ideologies in national and international politics, and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict resolution. Students will apply criticalthinking and communication skills to develop and support informed opinions about current political conflicts, events, and issues.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English or social sciences and humanities.
Course Outline Register Now

ENG4C - English, 12, College Preparation

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This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will analyse informational texts and literary works from various time periods, countries, and cultures; write research reports, summaries, and short analytical essays; complete an independent study project; and analyse the interactions among media forms, audiences, and media industry practices. An important focus will be on establishing appropriate style and using business and technical language effectively.

Prerequisite: ENG3C Course Outline Register Now

ENG4U - English, 12, University Preparation

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This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will analyse a range of challenging texts from various time periods, countries, and cultures; write analytical and argumentative essays and a major paper for an independent literary research project; and apply key concepts to analyse media works. An important focus will be on understanding academic language and using it coherently and confidently in discussion and argument.

Prerequisite: ENG3U Course Outline Register Now

ETS4U - Studies in Literature, 12, University Preparation

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This course is for students with a special interest in literature and literary criticism. The course may focus on themes, genres, time periods, or countries. Students will analyse a range of forms and stylistic elements of literary texts and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. They will also assess critical interpretations, write analytical essays, and complete an independent study project.

Prerequisite: ENG3U Course Outline Register Now

EWC4U - The Writer's Craft, 12, University Preparation

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This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.

Prerequisite: ENG3U Course Outline Register Now

FSF4U - Core French

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This course draws on a variety of themes to promote extensive development of French-language skills. Students will consolidate their oral skills as they discuss literature, culture, and current issues. They will read a variety of texts and will write a formal essay. The use of correct grammar and appropriate language conventions in both spoken and written French will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite: FSF3U Course Outline Register Now

HHS4C - Families in Canada

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This course enables students to develop an understanding of social science theories as they apply to individual development, the development of intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will explore a range of issues relating to the development of individuals and families in contemporary Canadian society as well as in other cultures and historical periods. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child roles and relationships in Canada.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies Course Outline Register Now

HHS4U - Families in Canada

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This course enables students to draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyse the development of individuals, intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will focus on issues and challenges facing individuals and families in Canada’s diverse society. They will develop analytical tools that enable them to assess various factors affecting families and to consider policies and practices intended to support families in Canada. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct and communicate the results of research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child relationships.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies Course Outline Register Now

HSB4U - Challenge and Change in Society, 12, University

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This course focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will critically analyze how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyze causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change.

Prerequisite: Any university and/or college preparation course in Social Sciences Course Outline Register Now

HZT4U - Philosophy: Questions and Theories, 12, University Preparation

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This course addresses three (or more) of the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, logic, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics. Students will learn critical-thinking skills, the main ideas expressed by philosophers from a variety of the world's traditions, how to develop and explain their own philosophical ideas, and how to apply those ideas to contemporary social issues and personal experiences. The course will also help students refine skills used in researching and investigating topics in philosophy.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies Course Outline Register Now

ICS4U - Computer Science, 12, University Preparation

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This course helps students use programming and software engineering principles to design and develop algorithms and programs. Students will use software development and diagnostic tools, implement data structures and algorithms, and use file management techniques in project settings. They will also develop an understanding of the ethics of computer use and the impact of information technology on the community, and will explore post-secondary education and career paths in computer science.

Prerequisite: ICS3U Course Outline Register Now

MAP4C - Foundations for College Mathematics, 12, College

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This course enables students to broaden their understanding of real-world applications of mathematics. Students will analyse data using statistical methods; solve problems involving applications of geometry and trigonometry; solve financial problems connected with annuities, budgets, and renting or owning accommodation; simplify expressions; and solve equations. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

This course prepares students for college programs in areas such as business, health sciences, and human services, and for certain skilled trades.

Prerequisite: MBF3C or MCF3M Course Outline Register Now

MCV4U - Calculus and Vectors, 12, University Preparation

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This course builds on students’ previous experience with functions and their developing understanding of rates of change. Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in threedimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modelling of real-world relationships. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will be required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course.

Prerequisite: MHF4U
(may be taken concurrently)
Course Outline Register Now

MDM4U - Mathematics of Data Management, 12, University Preparation

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This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analysing large amounts of information; solve problems involving probability and statistics; and carry out a culminating investigation that integrates statistical concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. Students planning to enter university programs in business, the social sciences, and the humanities will find this course of particular interest.

Prerequisite: MCR3U or MCF3M Course Outline Register Now

MHF4U - Advanced Functions, 12, University Preparation

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This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs.

Prerequisite: MCR3U or MCT4C Course Outline Register Now

APCalAB - AP Calculus AB, 12, University Preparation

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This is a rigorous course designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a college course in single variable calculus. The course develops students understanding of the concepts of calculus and provides experience with its methods and applications. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically and verbally, with the connections among these representations highlighted.

Prerequisite: MCB4U or MHF4U Course Outline Register Now

OLC4O - Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course, 12, Open

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This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation.

Prerequisite: See Course Outline Course Outline Register Now

SBI4U - Biology, 12, University Preparation

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This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes associated with biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, evolution, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on achievement of the detailed knowledge and refined skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

Prerequisite: SBI3U Course Outline Register Now

SCH4U - Chemistry, 12, University Preparation

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This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium, electrochemistry, and atomic and molecular structure. Students will further develop problem-solving and laboratory skills as they investigate chemical processes, at the same time refining their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in daily life, and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.

Prerequisite: SCH3U Course Outline Register Now

SPH4C - Physics, 12, College Preparation

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This course develops students' understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore these concepts as they relate to mechanical, electrical, fluid (hydraulic and pneumatic), and communications systems, as well as to the operation of commonly used tools and equipment. They will develop scientific-inquiry skills as they verify accepted laws of physics and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

Prerequisite: SNC2D or SNC2P Course Outline Register Now

SPH4U - Physics, 12, University Preparation

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This course enables students to deepen their understanding of the concepts and theories of physics. Students will explore further the laws of dynamics and energy transformations, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields; electromagnetic radiation; and the interface between energy and matter.They will further develop inquiry skills, learning, for example, how the interpretation of experimental data can provide indirect evidence to support the development of a scientific model. Students will also consider the impact on society and the environment of technological applications of physics.

Prerequisite: SPH3U Course Outline Register Now

The Fine Print

Refund Policy: There are NO tuition refunds. Administration goes into the establishment of the student account; enrolling the student into the course, contracting the teacher, contacting the school, etc., which means that the tuition cannot be refunded. The decision of the VHS Principal will be considered final in all cases involving requests for course refunds.

Course Transfer Policy: A student who registers and is enrolled into a course is eligible to switch courses within three months of enrollment for an administrative fee, as long as no more than three assessments have been completed. The decision of the VHS Principal will be considered final in all cases involving course switches.

Student Enrolment Policy: There is no set schedule for the student to complete the course or to complete assignments. Students start their course the day they register and move through their course at their own pace. The only restriction placed on the student is that the student must complete the course within 18 months. Students will be unenrolled from their course if they take longer than 18 months to complete the course. The decision of the VHS Principal will be considered final in all cases involving student unenrollment.

Course Prerequisite Policy: Certain courses require the student to have completed a prerequisite course. While VHS will allow the student to begin the course without providing evidence that the required prerequisite has been completed, it is the student's responsibility to obtain and send us a copy of your Ontario Student Transcript (OST) or Report Card or Credit Counselling Summary which proves to VHS that you have achieved the prerequisite for your course. VHS shall not issue the student a midterm or final report or transcript until the student provides evidence that the prerequisite course has been completed. This document may be mailed, faxed, or scanned and attached to an email to Guidance@VirtualHighSchool.com.

Conversely, the student may not have the prerequisite course. This student may request that the VHS Principal waive the course prerequisite requirement. The criteria used by the VHS Principal to determine if the prerequisite course is to be waived, is the student's maturity and/or education level. If you are a mature student or if you have additional education beyond your high school record, then after you register for the course, you will need to contact Guidance@VirtualHighSchool.com to request that the prerequisite be waived. The decision of the VHS Principal will be considered final in all cases involving waiving prerequisite requirements.

Tuition refund policies, course transfer policies, student enrollment policies and course prerequisite policies may be modified at any time at the Virtual High School website. The use of Virtual High School courses indicates that the student accepts these aforementioned policies.

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