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Creating a Study Schedule as a Full-Time Online Student

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If you’ve recently made the switch from a traditional semester-school to taking all (or most) of your courses online, the flexibility we offer might seem a bit overwhelming! Not to worry, OVS is here with some tips on establishing a study schedule that will help keep you on track across all your courses.

First things first, it’s important to decide how many courses you feel comfortable working on at a time. You might prefer to focus your attention on just one or two courses per month, working through each course in succession. Or perhaps you’d rather stick to the semester-style pacing of working on 4 courses over a period of four months. Or maybe you crave variety, so taking 8 courses and working your way through all of them at the same time would be more your style.

Whatever you decide, just keep in mind that you must be enrolled in a course for a minimum of 30 days before you’re eligible to request your final report card, and you have up to 12 months to complete! If you’ve sign up for more courses than you’re confident you can complete in one year, or just don’t want your time to expire in courses you’re not actively working on, simply get in touch with us to have one or more of your courses put on hold until you’re ready to start!

Once you have your courses and overall pacing set, it’s time to work on creating a personalized study schedule to get those courses done on time! The best way to approach this is to consult your course handbooks (attached to your welcome email) to determine the breakdown of each of your courses. Then, divvy the lessons and assignments based on your preferred pace. To do this, you’ll have to decide whether you’re going to work on your courses every day, a couple times a week, or maybe just on the weekends. If you need help creating your study schedule, Sarah, our director of student success, is always willing to help! And remember, there’s no right or wrong answer here! It all comes down to what works best for you.

That said, whatever you decide, it’s always a good idea to create a regular routine with dedicated days &/ times to log on and work through your courses. After all, the flip side of flexible learning is that it’s easy to get caught up with life’s other tasks and let your e-work fall to the wayside! Of course, our dedicated staff will check in on you each month if we notice you’re falling behind, but why not take charge early and be your own boss from the get-go?

At OVS, we know how rewarding (and effective!) it can be to march to the beat of your own drum, which is why we’ve made providing quality, student-centred learning our #1 goal!

New Course: NDW4M

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OVS is introducing a Natives Studies course! We’re proud to offer this great course on Contemporary Indigenous Issues & Perspectives in a Global Context!

You won’t find this course at any other online school – it was custom designed for OVS!

Explore the course outline & sign up today!

Have questions? Contact our office.

OVS: Where Heading Back to School Doesn’t Mean Heading Back to the Classroom

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Have you taken a course (or two!) online with us, absolutely loved the experience and wished you could take all your courses online? Maybe traditional brick-and-mortar classes just aren’t working for you and you’re seriously considering switching to online? Well then lucky for you, becoming a full-time student with OVS has never been easier! With our knowledgeable staff of in-office administrators available for over-the-phone consultation from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday, why wait to have all your burning questions answered? In fact, why wait at all? We’ve gone ahead and answered some of the most common full-time questions right here – all you have to do is scroll! ↓↓↓


What do I have to do to become a full-time student with OVS if I am…

 … currently enrolled at another school, but want to switch to OVS:

Simply register for at least four courses and, once registered, send an email to admin@ontariovirtualschool.ca letting us know you would like to be made a full-time student! We will then issue a request to your current day school to have your student records sent to our office. Once received, we will take over the process of updating and issuing your transcripts, monitoring your community service hours, and administering your OSSLT exam, if not already completed!

Not sure which courses to sign up for to start? No problem! Send admin@ontariovirtualschool.ca an email with your most recent transcript prior to registering and we’ll help you put together a course plan!


… a home-schooled student looking to switch to a blended model with OVS:

Before registering, email admin@ontariovirtualschool.ca your current record of courses completed for review, as well a contact number where you can be reached. Since home-schooling methods vary greatly, we may want to reach out directly to discuss your path to OSSD completion!


… a Canadian student attending school outside Ontario:

Send your most recent transcript to admin@ontariovirtualschool.ca for review. We will contact you within 2-3 business days to let you know what equivalencies can be granted and what courses you will need to take through us in order to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

*Please note, if you attend school in Quebec, you will need to connect with our Quebec partner, Northern PreUniversity. Please email: Scott.Mcleod@northernpreuniversity.com.


… an international student who has never attended school inside Ontario:

Send translated copies of your international transcripts to admin@ontariovirtualschool.ca. Our guidance team will review these documents and contact you within 3-5 business days to let you know what equivalencies can be granted and what courses you will need to take through us in order to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.


What are the benefits of being a full-time student with OVS?

Our courses are available 24/7, 365 days a year, meaning you can study when you want and where you want! And, with continuous enrollment, you’re completely free to set your own timeline and schedule! Opt to work on fewer courses (or the easier ones) during times when you’re busiest in your personal life, and save the bulk of your learning for your off-season! Have something that keeps you busy year-round? No problem! With OVS, you are also free to decide how long you take to earn your OSSD. So, whether you stick to the traditional 4-year model, work year-round to complete it even faster, or choose to space your 30 credits out over 5 or 6 years, our dedicated administrators and instructors will be there to help you every step of the way! Did we mention we’ll also help you apply to post-secondary when the time comes? We automatically submit your report cards to OUAC and OCAS, as long as your applicant numbers are included. We can also email your reports and/or transcripts directly to your admissions officer(s), all you have to do is ask!


Are there any discounts available for full-time students?

Students enrolling with a full-time course load of 8 courses per year are eligible to receive $400 off their annual cost – just ask us how! Keep in mind, our course fees already include all applicable taxes and administrative fees, as well as course materials and access to our amazing year-round customer support!


Are there any required courses you don’t offer?

Nope! We offer all of the compulsory credits, meaning you could start from grade 9 and work your way through all 30 credits with us, if you so choose! We also have a wide range of elective courses available at the Grade 11 and 12 levels, meaning you can cater your course selection to the post-secondary path of your choice!


Will OVS be able to graduate me?

Absolutely! Over the years, we have graduated dozens of students, with many more currently working towards diploma completion. If it is your intention to have us graduate you, please send an email with your most up-to-date transcript to admin@ontariovirtualschool.ca so we can help you put together a course plan and discuss community service and OSSLT administration details.


Will I still get an actual diploma or is it just an online certificate?

Each and every student who graduates from Ontario Virtual School will receive a standard Ministry-issued diploma mailed to their home, ready to be framed and displayed proudly!


Will a diploma from OVS get me into the post-secondary institution of my choice?

Yes! OVS is fully accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education to grant OSSD credits and graduate qualifying students with an official Ontario Secondary School Diploma, which is accepted by post-secondary institutions around the world!


Still have questions, or just want to chat in more detail about going full-time?

Give us a call at (416) 907-4899, or send an email to admin@ontariovirtualschool.ca to learn more!

OUAC Applications 2020

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Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

January 15th is the deadline for Ontario high school students to submit their completed application to the OUAC.
*Note: The OUAC still processes applications received after this date and distributes them to the universities; however, specific university deadlines will apply. The initial application includes all final grades from completed Grade 11 and 12 courses and a list of all current-year courses in progress.

*For all 105 applicants, there is no specified deadline for submitting your application. Please contact your university directly.

For a full listing of relevant OUAC dates, please visit https://www.ontariovirtualschool.ca/ouac-info-updates/.

OCAS Applications 2020

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Early October 2019: Online Application Opens

In early October, access to the online college application becomes available for programs beginning in the following academic year (August to July). You may create an account and begin your application.

February 1, 2020: Equal Consideration Date

Apply on or before this date in order to receive equal consideration for admission to programs starting the following fall. After this date, colleges consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until programs are full.

Note that applications to Highly Competitive Programs must be received by this date in order to be considered. As these programs receive a high volume of applicants, all seats may be filled by February 1.

Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications well before the Equal Consideration Date, as website volumes on the online application are at their highest at this time.

Many programs continue to accept applicants after February 1. Use our Find a Program tool at any time to find programs that are still open.

February 1, 2020: Earliest Offer Date

This is the earliest date that colleges may begin to send offers of admission to programs for the upcoming academic year. Offers will continue to be issued until programs are filled or wait-lists are established.


For a full listing of relevant OCAS dates, please visit https://www.ontariovirtualschool.ca/ocas-info-updates/.

10 Tips for a Confident Return to Class

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Summer has flown by (as usual), and the first day of class looms large just around the corner. OVS is here with 10 tips to help you prepare for the upcoming fall semester! Take our advice and you can be confident that you’ll be starting the year off right!


  1. Make a good first impression

Starting the semester on a good note with your teachers is key. You don’t have to be the teacher’s pet, but you do want to make a good impression and make sure that you stand out from the rest of the class. Particularly if you’re in your last year, remember that you’re going to need teachers who know more about you than just your name when it comes time for recommendation letters.

  1. Find out what’s expected of you

The first few days of class are all about setting up expectations. Make sure you’re paying attention to what your teachers are saying about the workload of the class and what they want you to gain from being in it. Despite what some may say, teachers really do want you to succeed, which means they are going to tell you exactly what you need to do to thrive in their class – all you have to do is listen and follow through! And for the sanity of teachers everywhere: keep your syllabus somewhere you can easily consult it throughout the course (like the inside cover of your binder!).

  1. Use your agenda to keep track of more than just HW

Yes, the implication here is that you should definitely be using an agenda or planner of some sort! Most high schoolers have got the hang of marking down homework due dates, but the average teen has a lot more than that going on! Set aside a time each day (or each period) to mark down your upcoming academic, extracurricular, work, and social commitments. Keeping track of tests, practices, work shifts, get-togethers and holidays is a crucial step in your plan for success.

  1. School supplies (alone) don’t make you organized

Back to school sales can give you some pretty ambitious ideas about how you’re going to organize yourself for the new school year. At the end of the day, make sure the system you choose is not too fancy or complicated – if it is, you won’t stick to it and that’s what really matters. Pick something that works for you, even if it isn’t colour-coded and Pinterest worthy.

  1. Set semester goals

It’s hard to know where you’re headed – and how close you are to getting there – if you don’t have a map. At the end of the first week of classes, take 10 minutes to map out your goals for this semester. Write them down and keep them somewhere you can consult throughout the semester, as you work towards achieving them!

  1. Make a friend in every class

Find a few people from each of your classes that you feel comfortable working with and whose working style complements your own. Having a study buddy (or two) in every class is crucial. Everyone needs someone to give “the look” to when the teacher asks you to partner off, right

  1. Check in with your guidance counsellor

Sometime in the first six weeks of class, make an appointment to see your guidance counsellor. They will be the one to make sure you’re keeping on track to earn your diploma and, for seniors, they can also help you with post-secondary planning and applications. Be sure to ask about scholarship opportunities as well!

  1. Make ‘night before prep’ a habit

How much time do you spend every morning running around the house grabbing things you need for class that day? How often do you forget that one thing you swore you would remember in the morning? This year, make a pact with yourself to pack your book bag, prepare your lunch, and lay your clothes out the night before. The reward? You can hit snooze a few extra times without feeling guilty!

  1. Get involved!

The best way to get back in the swing of things is to get involved! If you don’t already have something in mind from last year, ask around for a list of the sports and clubs available to you. Pick something that interests you and sign up! Not only do extra-curriculars look good on your post-secondary resume, but they’re also a great way to meet people outside your usual social circles!

  1. Start thinking about post-secondary

If you’re going into grade 11 or 12, there’s no time like the present to start exploring your post-secondary options. If you haven’t already, consider what factors are important to you in choosing a school and write them down. Then, look up when your local university fair is going to be and mark it in your calendar. For students local to Toronto, September 27-29th is your one-stop shop for all Ontario Universities!


High school may seem like the longest four years of your life while you’re there, but as any graduate will tell you, in the grand scheme of things, those four years fly by. Embrace the routine, take advantage of the resources given to you, and don’t let the occasional drama get in the way of you achieving your goals!


Are You a Self-Directed Learner?

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Do you have what it takes to succeed in our self-directed courses? Keep reading to find out!

One of the greatest reasons to take courses online through Ontario Virtual School is that you become the director of your own learning! Of course, for someone who struggles with self-direction, this could also be viewed as a great challenge. If you’re not sure how well you’ll fare as captain of your own ship, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 qualities self-directed learners typically possess. See how you measure up!


A successful OVS student is someone who:

  1. Takes initiative

This is undoubtedly the #1 key to being classified as a self-directed learner! If you want to be successful with online independent learning, you’re going to have to be able to motivate yourself to get the work done. If you tend to wait around for someone else to say “get to it!”, online learning might present some problems (unless you have someone in your circle who is willing to push you to get things done).

  1. Is goal-oriented

Whether or not you consciously set goals for yourself, achieving success in online courses requires you to, at the very least, be goal-oriented. That is, you must be able to develop a plan for completing the required work and be disciplined enough to stick to it.

  1. Is self-aware

Setting an appropriate working pace for yourself is another primary key to success with online learning. If you don’t give yourself enough time to learn the material, you are setting yourself up to achieve sub-par results. Successful self-directed learners recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and are able to set an appropriate pace based on their personal learning style and habits.

  1. Is dedicated

Learning takes time, repetition and practice. To be a successful self-directed learner, you must be willing to put in the time and energy it takes to learn the course material, and learn it well.

  1. Is self-confident

In order to be successful with independent learning, you have to believe in yourself and your ability to achieve your goals. With online learning, there won’t always be someone encouraging you and reassuring you that ‘you can do it’ – so you must be confident in your own abilities, without the need for constant reassurance from third parties.

  1. Has strong time management skills

Working at your own pace can certainly have its advantages, but at the end of the day, you have to know how to manage your time effectively to work through the course content in the time you are given.

  1. Views problems as challenges, not obstacles

The successful self-directed learner is not easily discouraged when faced with a challenge. Instead, they embrace a growth mindset, viewing difficult problems as vehicles for greater learning.

  1. Is capable of self-discipline

Even if you happen to enjoy the course content, taking an online course and being successful in it is going to take some discipline. Good self-directed learners know (or learn!) how to develop and maintain the discipline they need to stay on track.

  1. Knows when to ask for help

Being a self-directed learner doesn’t mean you must know or determine all the answers on your own. In fact, the successful online learner is most often the one who reaches out, when necessary, to receive the guidance they need to carry on through the material. If you’re stuck and need help, ask for it! Our dedicated instructors are there to help you when you need it.

  1. Has an underlying desire to learn

The successful self-directed learner must want to learn. If you view learning negatively, you’ll be more likely to procrastinate and under-achieve. Even if the primary motivation is mark-driven, successful online learners must view learning as part of a positive path forward.  

August Newsletter

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As our way of saying thank you to all those who have made, and continue to make, our success possible, we are hosting an Open House on Saturday, August 24th from 2-5pm. It will be an afternoon full of food and fun for the whole family! There will be gift bags for the first 100 guests, as well as many great giveaways and prizes throughout the afternoon, including the chance to win a $500 scholarship!

You don’t want to miss it!  To RSVP, go to: http://ovsopenhouse.rsvpify.com. Kindly RSVP by August 19th


We post deadline and scholarship information, study tips, discount codes, as well as fun giveaways where you can win prizes just by tagging your friends! Prizes include Amazon gift cards, tech gifts, and lots of other cool stuff! Follow us on your favourite platform today!


It is my sincere honour to join the OVS team of experienced teachers and support staff who are so committed to providing a thriving educational environment for our students.

I started in education as a Math teacher after graduating from the Faculty of Education. After years of teaching high school mathematics, I became a Department Head, Vice-Principal and Principal. 

My passion turned to eLearning when it became clear to me that there are many students whose needs cannot be met in a day school. After a year of planning, I implemented eLearning in York Region and was appointed Principal of its Virtual Schooling program. The program has enjoyed many years of significant growth since then.

Beyond education, I have spent many years as a volunteer with the Canadian Diabetes Association at the local, provincial and national levels. In my spare time, I love to camp, golf, garden, and do woodworking.

 “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” — Carl W. Buechner

Add another course and you will be eligible for $100 off your total fee.

You are now eligible for $100 off you total fee. Use coupon code OVS-100 upon checkout