A positive, responsive, and respectful online school culture does not happen in isolation but arises as all teachers and administrative staff focus on achieving the three goals set by Virtual High School in a thoughtful and meaningful manner.
3.1 Reaching out to National and International Students
Many international students come to Ontario to pursue secondary school because Ontario is recognized across Canada and around the globe as a leader in educational excellence. The Ontario government is committed to keeping Ontario as an educational destination for international students. Virtual High School attempts to follow in these footsteps by providing a positive educational experience for our national and international students seeking online Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) credit courses. Students completing their OSSD with Virtual High School may then consider Ontario as a potential destination for their post-secondary education. Actions to be taken by Virtual High School are:
- ensure Virtual High School courses provide a high-quality learning experience for national and international students.
- focus on the specific educational needs of international students and provide direct intervention to meet these needs in meaningful ways; and
- consider every student equally and thus provide opportunities for the student to achieve success according to their own interests, abilities, and goals.
3.2 To Be Responsive to the Educational Needs of Our Students
The educational philosophy of Virtual High School has always been to provide a student-centered education in the online environment. The growth in the number of students taking our courses, the high level of completion rates within Virtual High School courses, and the strong academic performance of our students as they progress into post-secondary institutions, all affirm that we are focused on the essential educational outcomes. Actions to be taken by Virtual High School are:
- allow the student to start their Virtual High School course on any day, move through the course at any pace, and write the final exam on any day,
- contact the student upon registration to provide the necessary information to the student enabling the student to begin the online course quickly,
- post the contact information of Virtual High School administrative teams at our main website to help students quickly receive answers to their questions,
- promote communications between the student and their teacher upon enrolment to open this extremely important connection,
- adhere to the principles and policies outlined in "Growing Success: Assessment and Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools" to improve student learning,
- constantly evaluate the effectiveness of the initial student communication, student handbook, course introduction units, News items, and school website,
- share best practices of teacher-student interactions among all Virtual High School teachers,
- enable all Virtual High School staff to receive student feedback to determine the extent to which student educational needs are being met, and
- create an environment where student and parent feedback is encouraged and welcomed so that this constructive feedback is acted upon in a prompt and welcomed manner.
3.3 To Be Responsive to the Administrative Needs of Our Students
Virtual High School makes every attempt to provide a full range of academic services to its students. Our goal is to make sure that this full range of services is provided in a professional and timely manner to all students. Actions to be taken by Virtual High School are:
- establish and maintain Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) accounts for our OSR students planning to enter university upon graduation from Virtual High School;
- establish and maintain Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) accounts for our OSR students planning to enter college upon graduation from Virtual High School;
- produce and forward copies of the Ontario Student Transcript (OST) to post-secondary institutions in a timely manner;
- make arrangements for students to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), a requirement for graduation;
- establish and implement accommodations for exceptional students, based on their existing Individual Education Plan (IEP) in order to identify the student's specific learning expectations;
- establish and maintain an Ontario Student Record (OSR) for those students who are the sole responsibility of Virtual High School, following the Ontario Ministry of Education's guidelines; and
- determine the equivalent credits earned by students entering the Ontario school system in their previous educational setting and to advise the student on the remaining requirements to be completed in order to earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).