An online summer school is the perfect way for any student to earn a credit. VHS Online credits allow the school to fit your life rather than you having to fit the school's schedule. The VHS summer school is open to all students from all school boards. All of our courses are open for enrolment at any time and are NOT subject to cancellation. Students may register in confidence knowing that the course will not be cancelled.
Taking a VHS Summer School course does NOT require your current high school principal's permission. Students taking a Summer School course will receive a final report card. Copies will be sent to your home-school where the course(s) are added to your ongoing Ontario Student Record (OSR). Students who are applying to University and College can have a registration letter, midterm report, and final report/transcript sent to their destination post-secondary institution. Just let us know when and where.
Why would a student take summer school courses?
- New Credit: to take a course never attempted before in order to earn a new credit. more
- Failed Course: to repeat a course in order to earn the credit. more
- Upgrade Credit: to repeat a course in order to upgrade a mark. more
- Reach Ahead: to take a "Reach Ahead Credit Course". more
Please Note: All students need an official transcript or final report card which proves that they have the necessary requirements and/or prerequisites for the course they wish to take, so you may wish to arrange this before your current high school closes for the summer.
(1) Taking a New Credit
A student can use the summer to complete one or more OSSD credits that they have never taken before. The student would do this to open a little free-time in their day school timetable next year, or to avoid a timetable conflict. When the student finishes the course, VHS will send a copy of the final report card to the student's home-school, where the credit will be added to the student's ongoing record of courses completed, the Ontario Student Transcript.
A credit is defined as a 110-hour course in which the expectations laid down by the Ministry of Education in the Province of Ontario for that course have been successfully completed. 18 compulsory and 12 optional credits must be completed to earn the OSSD. Students from any school make take any course from Virtual High School in order to earn the credit in that course. Because VHS is an accredited Ontario school the VHS credit will be counted towards the OSSD. Students who fail courses in their home school may retake the course at VHS as a regular course in order to earn the credit.
Virtual High School has a number of courses that students may redo as an upgrade credit course in order to improve the mark already obtained in the course. The student must have passed the previous course (50% +) and must have completed the final exam in that course within the past 12 months. The student who has successfully completed one of these courses but needs to upgrade their mark in that course in order to move to the next level of study or to meet their post-secondary education entrance requirements, may take the upgrade credit course. The student in the upgrade credit course is responsible for all of the course curriculum expectations. All upgrade credit courses will have a final exam (worth 30%). Students can move through the upgrade course at their own pace - often much faster than the student in the course for the first time. Students can start the upgrade course on any day of the year, move through at their own pace and write the final exam on any day of the year.
Elementary school students may reach ahead and take high school credits while they are in elementary school or during the summer before they enter grade 9. This may occur only after the Principal of the Virtual High School consults with the student, their parents or guardians and the Principal of the elementary school of the student. The VHS Principal is also responsible for evaluating the student's achievement of the expectations of the high school course as well as the issuing of the credit. A copy of this transcript is sent to the home-school of the student as they enter Grade 9. Because VHS is an accredited Ontario school the VHS credit will be counted towards the OSSD. A student who completes Grade 8 in June can then sign up for any course as they are now considered to be a high school student.