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Grade 12 Courses

Registration Instructions

  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 will investigate a range of topics including culture, economic, and geopolitical relationships, regional disparities in the ability to meet basic human needs, and protection of the natural environment. Students will use geo-technologies 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 traces the history of Canada, with a focus on the evolution of our national identity and culture as well as the identity and culture of various groups that make up Canada. Students will explore various developments and events, both national and international, from precontact to the present, and will examine various communities in Canada and how they have contributed to identity and heritage in Canada. Students will investigate the development of culture and identity, including national identity, in Canada and how and why they have changed throughout the country’s history. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate the people, events, and forces that have shaped Canada.

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 traces major developments and events in world history since approximately 1450. Students will explore social, economic, and political changes, the historical roots of contemporary issues, and the role of conflict and cooperation in global interrelationships. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate key issues and ideas and assess societal progress or decline in world history.

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 examines current Canadian and international economic issues, developments, policies, and practices from diverse perspectives. Students will explore the decisions that individuals and institutions, including governments, make in response to economic issues such as globalization, trade agreements, economic inequalities, regulation, and public spending. Students will apply the concepts of economic thinking and the economic inquiry process, as well as economic models and theories, to investigate, and develop informed opinions about, economic trade-offs, growth, and sustainability and related economic issues.

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 explores various perspectives on issues in Canadian and world politics. Students will explore political decision making and ways in which individuals, stakeholder groups, and various institutions, including governments, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations, respond to and work to address domestic and international issues. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate issues, events, and developments of national and international political importance, and to develop and communicate informed opinions about them.

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 the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from various countries and cultures, 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 and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for college or the workplace.

Prerequisite: ENG3C Course Outline Register Now

ENG4U - English, 12, University Preparation

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This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace.

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 (12, University Preparation)

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This course provides extensive opportunities for students to speak and interact in French independently. Students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, apply language learning strategies in a wide variety of real-life situations, and develop their creative and critical thinking skills through responding to and interacting with a variety of oral and written texts. They will also enrich their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

Prerequisite: FSF3U Course Outline Register Now

HHS4C - Families in Canada (12, College Preparation)

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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 (12, University Preparation)

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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 enables students to acquire an understanding of the nature of philosophy and philosophical reasoning skills and to develop and apply their knowledge and skills while exploring specialized branches of philosophy (the course will cover at least three of the following branches: metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, aesthetics). Students will develop critical thinking and philosophical reasoning skills as they formulate and evaluate arguments related to a variety of philosophical questions and theories. They will also develop research and inquiry skills related to the study and practice of 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 enables students to further develop knowledge and skills in computer science. Students will use modular design principles to create complex and fully documented programs, according to industry standards. Student teams will manage a large software development project, from planning through to project review. Students will also analyse algorithms for effectiveness. They will investigate ethical issues in computing and further explore environmental issues, emerging technologies, areas of research in computer science, and careers in the field.

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 three dimensional 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; apply counting techniques, probability, and statistics in modelling and solving problems; and carry out a data management investigation that integrates the expectations of the course and encourages perseverance and independence. Students planning to pursue university programs in business, the social sciences, or 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: Four years of secondary school mathematics. 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.

Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing.

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 biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on achievement of the detailed knowledge and refinement of 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 with respect to motion; mechanical, electrical, electromagnetic, energy transformation, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems; and the operation of commonly used tools and machines. They will develop their scientific investigation skills as they test 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 physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

Prerequisite: SPH3U Course Outline Register Now

The Fine Print

Refund Policy: Please note that Virtual High School does not issue refunds. Within hours of enrollment, our administration undertakes many tasks including activating the student account, completing the enrollment, contracting the teacher, establishing electronic/physical files, tracking the enrollment for Ministry purposes, etc. Virtual High School incurs the costs of these many tasks upon enrollment. This initial work is the reason for our no-refund policy. Even if the student does not begin the course, the preliminary work in our office will be completed as we expect the student to complete the course. Due to this, all registrants must think carefully about the courses for which they are registering.

Course Transfer Policy: A student has the option to transfer from one course to another within the first three months of registration. If a student requests a transfer, an administrative fee will be required as the preliminary work will have to be repeated by our staff. A fee of $100 will apply if the student has not completed any of the assessments. A fee of $175 will apply if the student has completed no more than three assessments. Transfers will not be available to a student who has completed more than three assessments or who has not requested a transfer within the three month period. The decision of the VHS Registrar is final in all cases involving refund requests and course transfers.

Student Enrolment Policy: There is no set schedule for the student to complete the course or to complete assignments. The student can start the course within 24 hours of registration and move through the course at his or her own pace. The only restriction placed on the student is that the student must complete the course within 18 months. The student will be unenrolled from the course if he or she takes longer than 18 months to complete the course.

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 his or her Ontario Student Transcript (OST), Report Card or Credit Counselling Summary which proves to VHS that he or she has achieved the prerequisite for the course. VHS will 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 Prerequisite@VirtualHighSchool.com.

Conversely, the student may not have completed the prerequisite course. This student may request that the VHS Guidance team waive the course prerequisite requirement. The criteria used by the Guidance team 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 contact the VHS Guidance team before you register for the course to request that the prerequisite be waived.

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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