Grade 11 Courses

Registration Information

  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 later in the registration process.
  3. Prerequisites: A prerequisite course provides base knowledge required for a subsequent course. Before you register, check the information in the table below to determine what the prerequisite course is, if applicable. You must provide VHS with evidence that you have completed the prerequisite course by sending a copy of your report card, transcript, or credit counselling summary sheet to Prerequisite@VirtualHighSchool.com.  If you do not have the exact prerequisite, but have completed a similar course in another province or country, you may be eligible for a prerequisite waiver. You may also be eligible if you have earned your high school diploma, are a mature student, or have academic experience that is related to your course. If this applies to you, please submit the completed Prerequisite Waiver Application form to your Guidance Coordinator.
  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 instead of a regular course. An upgrade credit course covers all of the same curriculum requirements, but has a reduced assessment load. To be eligible to take an upgrade credit course, you must have already completed the regular course within the past 12 months and earned a passing mark of at least 50%.
  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
School B
$399.00 - $579.00
Two month extension to complete course
Two month extension for special needs student
Submitting assignments by mail instead of electronically
Sending copy of report card/OST to three universities
Processing your community involvement for your OSSD
Not writing your final exam on the scheduled day
Using express exam processing (less than 5 days)
$399.00 - $579.00
$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

AMU3M - Music, 11, University or College Preparation

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This course provides students with opportunities to develop their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music, including traditional, commercial, and art music. Students will apply the creative process when performing appropriate technical exercises and repertoire and will employ the critical analysis processes when reflecting on, responding to, and analysing live and recorded performances. Students will consider the function of music in society and the impact of music on individuals and communities. They will explore how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.

Prerequisite: AMU1O of AMU2O Course Outline Register Now

BAF3M - Introduction to Financial Accounting, 11, University or College Preparation

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This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and procedures of accounting. Students will develop financial analysis and decision-making skills that will assist them in future studies and/or career opportunities in business. Students will acquire an understanding of accounting for a service and a merchandising business, computerized accounting, financial analysis, and ethics and current issues in accounting.

Prerequisite: None Course Outline Register Now

CHA3U - American History, 11, University

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This course explores key aspects of the social, economic, and political development of the United States from precontact to the present. Students will examine the contributions of groups and individuals to the country’s evolution and will explore the historical context of key issues, trends, and events that have had an impact on the United States, its identity and culture, and its role in the global community. Students will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating various forces that helped shape American history.

Prerequisite: CHC2D or CHC2P Course Outline Register Now

CHW3M - World History to the 16th Century, 11, University or College Preparation

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This course investigates the history of humanity from earliest times to the sixteenth century. Students will analyse diverse societies from around the world, with an emphasis on the political, cultural, and economic structures and historical forces that have shaped the modern world. They will apply historical inquiry, critical-thinking, and communication skills to evaluate the influence of selected individuals, groups, and innovations and to present their own conclusions.

Prerequisite: CHC2D or CHC2P Course Outline Register Now

EMS3O - Media Studies, 11, Open

EMS3O screenshotThis course emphasizes knowledge and skills that will enable students to understand media communications in the twenty-first century and to use media effectively and responsibly. Through analyzing the forms and messages of a variety of media works and audience responses to them, and through creating their own media works, students will develop critical thinking skills, aesthetic and ethical judgment, and skills in viewing, representing, listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Prerequisite: ENG2D or ENG2P Course Outline Register Now

ENG3C - English, 11, College Preparation

ENG3C screenshotThis course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will study the content, form, and style of a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from Canada and other countries, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 college preparation course.

Prerequisite: ENG2D or ENG2P Course Outline Register Now

ENG3U - English, 11, University Preparation

ENG3U screenshotThis course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 university or college preparation course.
Prerequisite: ENG2D Course Outline Register Now

GWL3O - Designing Your Future, 11, Open

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This course prepares students to make successful transitions to postsecondary destinations as they investigate specific postsecondary options based on their skills, interests, and personal characteristics. Students will explore the realities and opportunities of the workplace and examine factors that affect success, while refining their job-search and employability skills. Students will develop their portfolios with a focus on their targeted destination and develop an action plan for future success.

Prerequisite: none Course Outline Register Now

HZB3M - Philosophy: The Big Questions, 11, University of College Preparation

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This course encourages exploration of philosophy’s big questions, such as: What is a meaningful life? What separates right from wrong? What constitutes knowledge? What makes something beautiful? What is a just society? Students will develop critical thinking and philosophical reasoning skills as they identify and analyse the responses of philosophers to the big questions and formulate their own responses to them. Students will explore the relevance of philosophical questions to society and to their everyday life. They will develop research and inquiry skills as they investigate various topics in philosophy.

Prerequisite: None Course Outline Register Now

ICS3U - Introduction to Computer Science, 11, University

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This course introduces students to computer science. Students will design software independently and as part of a team, using industry-standard programming tools and applying the software development life-cycle model. They will also write and use subprograms within computer programs. Students will develop creative solutions for various types of problems as their understanding of the computing environment grows. They will also explore environmental and ergonomic issues, emerging research in computer science, and global career trends in computer-related fields.

Prerequisite: None Course Outline Register Now

MBF3C - Foundations for College Mathematics, 11, College Preparation

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This course enables students to broaden their understanding of mathematics as a problem solving tool in the real world. Students will extend their understanding of quadratic relations; investigate situations involving exponential growth; solve problems involving compound interest; solve financial problems connected with vehicle ownership; develop their ability to reason by collecting, analysing, and evaluating data involving one variable; connect probability and statistics; and solve problems in geometry and trigonometry. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

Prerequisite: MFM2P Course Outline Register Now

MCF3M - Functions and Applications, 11, University or College Preparation

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This course introduces basic features of the function by extending students' experiences with quadratic relations. It focuses on quadratic, trigonometric, and exponential functions and their use in modeling real-world situations. Students will represent functions numerically, graphically, and algebraically; simplify expressions; solve equations; and solve problems relating to applications. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

Prerequisite: MPM2D or MFM2P Course Outline Register Now

MCR3U - Functions, 11, University Preparation

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This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending students' experiences with linear and quadratic relations. Students will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions; represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically; solve problems involving applications of functions; investigate inverse functions; and develop facility in determining equivalent algebraic expressions. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

Prerequisite: MPM2D Course Outline Register Now

PPZ3C - Health for Life, 11, College Preparation

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This course enables students to examine the factors that influence their own health practices and behaviours as well as those factors that contribute to the development of healthy communities. It emphasizes the concept of wellness, which addresses all aspects of well-being – physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and social – and promotes healthy eating, physical activity, and building and maintaining a positive sense of self. Students will develop the skills necessary to make healthy choices and create a personal wellness plan. They will also design initiatives that encourage others to lead healthy, active lives. The course prepares students for college programs in health sciences, fitness, wellness, and health promotion.

Prerequisite: None Course Outline Register Now

SBI3U - Biology, 11, University Preparation

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This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.

Prerequisite: SNC2D Course Outline Register Now

SCH3U - Chemistry, 11, University Preparation

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This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment.

Prerequisite: SNC2D Course Outline Register Now

SPH3U - Physics, 11, University Preparation

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This course develops students' understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore kinematics, with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces; energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

Prerequisite: SNC2D 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 for less than a week and does not complete an assessment nor an evaluation in the course, may request to be transferred to another course. They must have made such a request of VHS within seven days of their initial enrolment. If this transfer request is approved by the VHS Principal, it can proceed, but there will be a $125 administration processing fee. The decision of the VHS Principal will be considered final in all cases involving student requests for course transfers.

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 Jenna Drennan.

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 Jenna Drennan 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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