The OVS Story


Ontario Virtual School (OVS) – Who We Are and What We Do


The OVS Story

As Principal of OVS I am proud to work with a team of experienced Ontario certified teachers and support staff who are all committed to providing a thriving educational environment. One that supports all learners, maintains high expectations for all, and strives to develop caring, compassionate global citizens.

Founded in 2010, our vision remains the same:

“To empower all learners, through the use of technology so that they can experience academic success.”

Ontario Virtual School (OVS) was inspired by the founding principle that every student can be successful and reach their academic potential when they are engaged and active in their learning. OVS recognized that the traditional educational system was no longer able to meet the diverse needs of today’s learner.  Driven by the obvious need for an alternative learning system, the school created a model that allows students to begin their courses of study at any time and maintain complete control of their learning pace.   

The inspiration behind launching OVS originates from recognizing that there was a need for an online school that could better meet the needs of students globally. For example, students who cannot attend classes on a regular basis due to personal/family reasons, health/emotional reasons, athletic commitments or full-time jobs can still reap the benefits of a learning experience. Ontario Virtual School also assists students with upgrading their marks in challenging courses in order to improve their understanding and increase their chances of gaining acceptance into competitive post-secondary programs.

Although the idea of online learning was not unique, Ontario Virtual School created a dynamic and interactive multi-media platform which was far more engaging than simply just reading text on a screen.  In addition, OVS believed that a varied assessment and evaluation strategy best allows teachers to gauge how well students are understanding the course content. This meant moving away from random computer-generated multiple-choice tests and exams to evaluations that are teacher-driven and tailored to a student’s strength.

Quality lessons, varied teacher-led assessment and outstanding customer service, form the building blocks of Ontario Virtual School, and it is these pillars have led to our tremendous growth and student success. Pioneering the school in 2010 with only three course offerings and a half dozen students, OVS stands proudly today with over 60 courses and a staff of 30 to service the 3000+ students from across the globe.

Here’s how we work:

  • Once a student registers, they are immediately sent an email from the teacher welcoming them to the course.
  • The student will be able to access the lessons online at any time of the day, any time of the year anywhere in the world.
  • Each lesson is a video of a PowerPoint presentation that is fully narrated by the teacher.
  • There are animations, videos, simulations, etc. embedded throughout to keep the lessons appealing and engaging.
  • Most lessons also have a formative quiz and homework that the student may complete to help prepare for the unit summative.
  • At any point, students may contact their teacher for support.
  • We use a variety of assessment and evaluations which enable our diverse learners to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways such as an assignment, essay, project, video presentation, test, etc.
  • Once the student has completed the lessons, the unit summative can be completed.
  • All assignments and evaluations can be downloaded from the website, completed and emailed back to their teacher.
  • Students will progress this way for subsequent units until they are ready for the final exam which is written with a proctor.

There is a Student Code of Behaviour. Teachers will monitor attendance patterns for their respective students and will work with them, and their parents/guardians to support students in any way they can. For additional information about school policy please see the school course calendar document

Knowing that we are able to serve our global community in supporting their academic goals; whether it is to go to a post-secondary institution, into a trade or apprenticeship, join the workforce or simply graduate from high school, it is a very rewarding feeling.  We our grateful for the recommendations written by parents and students, over 75 Google reviews and testimonials covering additional reviews based on the evaluation criteria on the prestigious site for private schools, Our

Thank you for exploring our website to learn more about our courses and support for students. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at any time.

Mr. Gary Michael Ontario Virtual School OVS Principal










Mr. Gary Michael 
Principal, Ontario Virtual School

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