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Upgrade Courses

Upgrade courses are intended for students who wish to improve their grades in courses that they have successfully completed. Such courses contain similar course content to that previously studied and result in students earning the same credits they originally achieved. The only difference between the regular version and the upgrade version of the course is in the assessment workload. Upgrade courses have a condensed assessment workload (fewer or shorter assessments), which may allow students to progress through the course at a faster pace.

Who is eligible to take an upgrade course?

To be eligible for an upgrade course, the student must have completed the same course within the past 12 months, earning a final grade of at least 50%. A student who registers for an upgrade course must send a copy of their final report card, transcript, or credit counselling summary sheet to VHS as proof of their successful completion of the course in the past 12 months. Such documentation should be sent to Prerequisite@VirtualHighSchool.com

What courses are available in an upgrade version?

Grade 11

  • ENG3U, English, 11, University Preparation
  • MCR3U, Functions, 11, University Preparation
  • SBI3U, Biology, 11, University Preparation
  • SCH3U, Chemistry, 11, University Preparation
  • SPH3U, Physics, 11, University Preparation

Grade 12

  • ENG4U, English, 12, University Preparation
  • MCV4U, Calculus and Vectors, 12, University Preparation
  • MDM4U, Mathematics for Data Management, 12, University Preparation
  • MHF4U, Advanced Functions, 12, University Preparation
  • SBI4U, Biology, 12, University Preparation
  • SCH4U, Chemistry, 12, University Preparation
  • SPH4U, Physics, 12, University Preparation

Why would a student complete an upgrade course?

Students may complete upgrade courses to improve their marks for various reasons, including the following:

  • University or college admissions
  • Attaining a certain overall grade average
  • Achieving personal goals
  • Meeting Ontario Scholar or scholarship requirements

How long does an upgrade course take?

All Virtual High School courses are completed at the studentís chosen pace within VHSís 18-month time limit.

How will an upgrade course appear on the Ontario Student Transcript (OST)?

In Grades 11 and 12, both attempts appear on the transcript along with the final grades achieved; however, only one credit is awarded. The attempt receiving the higher grade will be granted the credit. The attempt receiving the lower grade will have an R recorded in the Credits column on the OST, indicating that the student repeated the course and the percentage grade given for this attempt is the lower grade.

Note: While VHS does not offer upgrade courses in Grades 9 and 10, students may still choose to repeat a Grade 9 or 10 course. If a student repeats a Grade 9 or 10 course, only the attempt which received the higher grade will appear on the transcript. The attempt receiving the lower grade will not be recorded on the OST.

How does a student register for an upgrade credit course?

Go to the Register page and click on the Register link beside the course you are interested in taking. Ensure that you have selected the upgrade version of the course.