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Sunny Cha is an 18-year-old VHS student working towards her Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). She was born in South Korea and at an early age moved to Vancouver, where she spent seven years attending elementary school and eventually became naturalized as a Canadian citizen after her mother passed the national citizenship test. Due to … Read More

Early in the 20th century, decades before the internet and Virtual High School existed, distance education was in its infancy. For those living in remote communities in the Great White North, there were often no local schools to attend and no educators to teach important life skills like literacy and basic math. To find a … Read More

Ethan Sommer is a 13 year old grade eight student from a small town called Dungannon, Ontario, that is fairly local to Virtual High School. He lives with his parents and sister as well as his cat, two dogs, and eleven chickens in an off-grid home that the family powers with solar and wind energy. … Read More

Erika Berg is a recent Virtual High School graduate. She completed her final high school course with VHS in August and is now studying history at the prestigious University of Oxford in the UK. Living in Spain, Erika didn’t know what it would be like to study an online curriculum. She’s now glad she gave … Read More

Meet Briar Nolet, a grade 12 Virtual High School student who is a remarkably successful dancer and actor. She has taken online courses throughout her high school career and will soon earn her Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with VHS. Briar currently plays Richelle on The Next Step, a dance series that airs on the … Read More

A Day in the Life of an Online Student

Hi, I’m Amanda! You may remember me from my student spotlight: My Return to VHS. I was asked to share more about my experience as an online student to give you a better idea of what it’s like, or at least what it was like for me. Usually I was working on four courses at a time, … Read More

Encounters With Canada 2018-2019

Encounters With Canada is a unique opportunity for teens who wish to meet other young people from all over Canada during a week-long program in Ottawa, Ontario. The program offers students the opportunity to explore career options through experiential learning. To be eligible, students must be 14-17 years of age, enrolled in a Ministry-recognized school … Read More

Meet Maddy Hearne, a VHS student who is one of the Youth Ambassadors for the Dear Everybody campaign. Dear Everybody is raising the voices of kids and young adults with disabilities to share information, raise awareness, and educate people on how to treat individuals with disabilities.  “The minute we judge and tell someone they cannot do something … Read More

This is the fourth post in our series of mental health stories. We want to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness by talking about it, so we are sharing real stories from our students and staff about the difficult realities of mental illness.  Our Stories I had to deal with a mild depression during a … Read More

This is the third post in our series of mental health stories. We want to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness by talking about it, so we are sharing real stories from our students and staff about the difficult realities of mental illness.  Our Stories I have struggled with anxiety pretty much my entire life. … Read More