FAQ (Online high school programs and courses)

Frequently Asked Questions | Ontario Virtual School


Is Ontario Virtual School (OVS) accredited?

Yes, Ontario Virtual School is accredited. OVS has been inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education and has meet all inspection requirements to be given the right to issue (OSSD) Secondary School Diploma credits. OSSD credits are the same credits issued by all public schools in Ontario, which count towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. All of our online high school courses follow the Ontario Curriculum. Ontario Virtual School’s Ministry BSID# is 665804.  You can find our accreditation information here: https://www.ontario.ca/data/private-school-contact-information


How do I register for a course?

  1. Go to the Registration page
  2. Add the course(s) to your cart
  3. Complete the registration form

Once registered, you will have immediate access to your course(s)


What happens after I register online?

You will have 24/7 access to your online course(s). Use your username login and password to access our custom-built learning management system. Then, at a pace suitable to your learning, you can progress through the interactive lessons, and practice quizzes. When you are ready you can complete the unit evaluations and submit them into the drop box for your teacher to evaluate and provide feedback. All unit evaluations are completed and submitted online. You can type out your answers, do them on paper and scan them or take a picture of your handwritten work as submission of the evaluations, whatever means you are comfortable with. After you receive a grade and feedback, you can then proceed to the next unit and so forth until the course is complete. At the mid-point in the course, we will mail you a first report card, and upon completion of the remaining units and the proctored final exam you will be mailed a final report card.


Am I a suitable online learner?

In most cases, this form of course delivery works well to support a wide range of learning styles. Students should be motivated to excel, have familiarity with basic computer applications (word processer, web browser), and possess the ability to work independently. Remember, there is also an Ontario trained and certified teacher assigned to assist, encourage and communicate with you and will be able to help you achieve your goals in the course.


How long does it take to do an online course?

One of the greatest features of online learning is the flexibility it provides in allowing you to customize your schedule to complete the course at your own pace. Course progress is measured on the completion of the assignments, discussions and summative evaluations. You can log into your course and work at any time and at any pace. Students are eligible to write the final exam after completing the minimal number of hours. For example: studying a few hours a day will enable you to complete the course in just four weeks. If you require a slower pace, you can take up to 12 months to complete a course.


Does Ontario Virtual School offer online summer school options?

Yes, our courses are available year-round, meaning you can register and start anytime! During July and August, all new registrations are eligible to complete in as little as 21 days (as opposed to the standard 30 days minimum completion the other 10 months of the year!)  


If I am in another province or in another country, can I still take an online credit course with OVS?

Yes. You are able to take any course(s) through Ontario Virtual School.
If you are from Quebec, you are required to register through OVS Quebec – Northern PreUniversity (NPU)


Can I change courses?

Yes, OVS allows one free course switch per student, if requested within the first 7 days of enrollment, in cases where a student has begun working on the course. In cases where a student has not yet been active in the course and has not yet been enrolled for 30 days, a free course switch will also be considered. If you wish to switch a course after 30 days have passed, or if you are looking to switch more than one course, you will be required to pay a $200 course change fee. If a student has progressed past the midterm point in a course (i.e. 50% of course work has been completed), a course switch, even if paid, will not be allowed.

Please note that in order for any course switch to be authorized, students must prove that they have the required prerequisite for the course they are looking to switch into.


What is your Refund Policy?

Given the nature of our platform and the fact that we allow immediate access to the entire course upon registration, we are unfortunately not able to offer refunds. 


What is a proctored final exam?

Some courses require students to write a final exam at the end of the course. This exam must be written in the presence of an approved proctor either in-person at the OVS office or offsite. A proctor is a professional (teacher, doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc) who meets with the student to witness the test or final exam being written and confirms that all procedures outlined by the teacher were properly followed. The date, time, place, and proctor for a student’s final exam are selected by the student but must be approved by the OVS office.

Option 1: With a Proctor

The student may arrange their own proctor to meet with them in person for the purpose of invigilating the test or exam. This is written at a time, place and location that is most comfortable and safe for the student. Students will need to provide the teacher with their proposed proctors professional email address and phone number. This will need to be done at least 3 days in advance of the planned exam date. When the proctor is approved, the proctor will be provided with detailed exam instructions and proctor form via email. The approved proctor and student may then proceed with the final exam as scheduled. Once the final exam has been written, the proctor must send the test or exam back to the teacher as a scanned, clearly legible document. If a student chooses a proctor who charges a fee for their services, the student is responsible for those or any other expenses.

Option 2: Written in the OVS office

The student may choose to write the final exam in the OVS office. All students need to do is send an email to both their OVS teacher and admin@ontariovirtualschool.ca and make the arrangements directly with the office. An office staff member will act as the proctor.


Do you send marks directly to Universities, Colleges and Day Schools?

Yes, we can send marks directly to OUAC, OCAS, and your day school. Just make sure to provide your OUAC/OCAS number when you request your report card. There is no extra charge for this service.


What is the role of the teacher?

The primary responsibility of the teacher is that of a facilitator… one who supports all learners to be successful in the course. Teachers assist student by answering questions via email, monitoring threaded discussions and chat topics, providing valuable feedback on evaluations and providing multiple opportunities to demonstrate learning.


If I am registered as a full-time or part-time student at a regular high school, can I still take an online credit course with OVS?

Absolutely… Since Ontario Virtual School is a private school, students do not require permission from their regularly attended day school or school board to take any course. When you have successfully finished the course with us, we will send you one copy of the report card and a second copy will be forwarded to your day school. Your day school will then add this credit to your ongoing transcript. Upon request, OVS can also forward your marks directly to the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC). There is no charge for this service. All OSSD high school credits are the same regardless of means of delivery.


Are there any hidden or additional costs?

Depending on the course you are enrolling; a $100 textbook deposit may be required, and this fee will be returned to you after you return the textbook. You may also be asked by your proctor to pay for the postage to return your completed exam back to our office, if a scanner is not available.


What do I need to get started?

You will need a computer, tablet or a cellphone with high-speed internet; however our course content runs better on a PC or Mac. (Please see the PC requirements tab).

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us or call us at 1.416.907.4899


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