- Any student who is legally eligible to attend a publically funder secondary institution in Ontario can choose to take courses online, at a school like the OOS.
- For Ontario residents, each course taken for credits toward earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma costs $500.
- For non-resident and non-Canadian students, the cost , each course taken for credits toward earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma costs $1500
The OOS is a secondary only school, and we currently only offer courses for grade 11 and 12. Success at online learning requires self-discipline, and the ability to work independently. We believe that students in senior high are more likely to have sufficiently developed these skills, which is why we only offer online courses at he senior level.
- After reviewing the website and finding the course you are looking for in the For Studentssection of the main website, click on Register Now button, and you will be taken to a secure course registration area.
- Once you are in the secure Registration Area, complete the registration form, and submit it to the website, along with the required supporting documentation.
After your application has been submitted, you will receive a Notification of Application form at the email you submitted with your course registration. Applicants must submit all the supporting documents requested, and make payment in full, in order for the office to process their registration.
- If everything is in order, you will receive, within 24 hours, a second email with a confirmation of Registration, as well as a user name and password, in order to be able to access the OSS Online Learning Platform.
- If a student’s application to enroll in a course is unsuccessful because the student cannot provide sufficient supporting documentation, a refund will be issued to the credit card used for payment, less a nominal service charge.
Depending on the applicant’s status, the supporting documents may include:
- Proof of Legal Status to take high school courses in Canada. (OEN)
- A copy of the birth certificate
- A copy of the Ontario Health Card
- A copy of the identification page of the Canadian Passport
- An up-to-date transcript
If it is discovered that a student has submitted false or erroneous supporting documentation, the student will be withdrawn from the course they are registered in, their home school will be informed, and NO REFUND will be issued.
Each course costs $500, and must be paid in full by Visa, Mastercard or Paypal online. Students can also choose to pay via interact direct transfer, or through a bank deposit. Please contact the admissions office to arrange no credit card payments.
- The OOS follows the semester system, similar to the semestered followed by traditional brick and mortal schools. Semester 1 runs from September to the end of January and semester 2 runs from February to the end of June. The third semester runs throughout the month of July. It is recommended that you make application for Fall courses no later than June and Winter courses no later than December.
- Registration for the fall semesters opens mid-April. Registration for the winter semester opens mi- October.
Applicants can only choose their courses for one semester at a time. Semester 1 applications typically open up in April and semester 2 applications typically open up in October.
- When you register for an online course within the OOS, you will be provided with login information such as a username and password. With this user name and password, you will be able to log on to the Online Learning Platform. The course(s) you are registered for will appear on your dashboard.
- When you login for the first time, you will complete the Student Guide course – the orientation for our program. After completing the guide, you will select one of the courses you are enrolled in and an introductory message from your teacher will greet you in the Announcements section. This message will outline the course content and describe how the course will be delivered and what is required of you.
- Although all of the OOS’ online courses look the same, your teacher is ultimately in charge of how the course will run. Please be sure to go into each course you have enrolled in for the semester.
- As courses begin the first week of the semester, they will become available in your course homepage.
- Teachers will hold scheduled live times throughout the week, where students can communicate synchronously with their teacher.
- Weekly modules will be assigned with readings, assignments, tests etc. that students must complete and submit online by the due date.
- Due to class size limitations, students will be assigned to classes. We are not are able to offer self-selection options.
In most cases, this form of course delivery works well. Obvious prerequisites include motivation, computer familiarity, and the ability to work independently and meet deadlines. Remember, though, that although there is daily contact with others in the class, there may not be any face-to-face meetings. For students with some learning styles, taking online courses may not be an appropriate choice.
- As an online only school, the OOS does not offer clubs, sports teams, or extra-curricular activities.
This very much depends on you and the course you are taking. Studies have shown that both students and teachers tend to spend more time working on courses delivered online when compared to the same course delivered in the traditional classroom setting. If you are not, at this time, comfortable with computers, some of your time will be spent figuring out how to carry out different applications on your computer. As a general rule, however, plan on devoting at least as many hours to online courses as you would to regular classroom courses.
You don’t have to come to our location but, yes, our online program requires some attendance in our web classrooms. You don’t need to travel, but you do need a solid internet connection, and a schedule that provides for real-time connections with other students and your teacher.
Yes. You need to contribute to your classroom conference and communicate with your instructor on a regular basis. This will vary depending on the course and the teacher. Your login dates, times and the areas of the course that you visit are logged. Your teacher will clarify what is required of you in terms of course participation.
Generally, courses completed through the OOS do not have formal exams, but instead are designed for culminating tasks that students work on all through the semester. We believe that this is a better way for students to demonstrate their learning, than formal exams.
- At the start of each semester, our Guidance Counsellor will post a form (Graduation and Post-Secondary Information Request) for student’s to complete in the Student Guide. Using the information in the form, instructions are sent to students VLC Gmail account about how to apply for post-secondary institutions both in Ontario and out-of-province.
- Depending on the student’s status, our school will upload marks to OUAC and/or OCAS, or mail the marks to the post-secondary institutions upon request. If a student is enrolled at another publicly or privately-funded school then that school will be responsible for uploading courses/marks to OCAS and/or OUAC.
- Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to complete the form in order for our office to ensure the necessary information is sent to post-secondary institutions.
No. In almost all cases, all course material is provided once you login to your course – this includes all support material and special programs. We have made arrangements with software and major publishers to ensure you have legal access to all of the resources you require.
- You need to have a high speed and reliable connection to the Internet through an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Arranging and maintaining an Internet connection is the student’s responsibility. A Mac or PC capable of running a modern browser such as Chrome, Safari or Firefox is required. It is highly recommended that all operating systems and browsers are kept up to date. While mobile devices, tablets, Chrome Books and Cloud Books can be useful for quick course checkins, it is recommended that you use the moodle app, if you are going to be working primarily on a mobile device.
- Courses that require additional software provide links to these applications and there is no associated cost.
- The amount of bandwidth, gigabytes (GB), per month used per course will vary between courses, and from student to student.
- You are only able to enter a course with a password and login, which is assigned at registration and private to the user. No personal information is accessible to anyone else. Privacy is governed in exactly the same way as it is in the regular day school program.
- The OOS is run out of Canada. All our servers are in Canada, and all comply with Canadian data privacy laws.
If a course has a prerequisite, then the student MUST have completed the prerequisites before beginning the course with the OOS.
As a school registered with the Ontario Ministry of Education, courses completed through the OOS count toward your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
The Ministry outlines procedures under Ontario Secondary Schools, Grade 9-12 in regard to Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. It is possible for equivalency credits to be granted at the discretion and under the direction of the Principal.
Currently, the OOS does not offer courses with a cooperative education component.
- You need to notify our office using the same email you used to register, to indicate that you wish to withdraw from one or all of your courses.
- If you are under 18, a parent/guardian must email the school administration, from the same email you supplied when you registered, informing them of the decision to withdraw.
- If a student elects to withdraw course deposits and tuition may be forfeit, depending on when the student decides to withdraw will be forfeited. For details on important dates, please see the school calendar.
- The Ministry of Education has a policy of full disclosure. This policy states that all grade 11 and 12 courses attempted by students must be recorded on Ontario Student Transcripts. Full disclosure does not apply to students in Grades 9 or 10. After the full disclosure deadline, any Grade 11 or 12 course completed, withdrawn from or failed will appear on a student transcript along with the marks earned in the program.
- The full disclosure date will be posted to students each semester. It occurs after the midterm reports have been issued (usually around November and April).
- This means senior students (grade 11 or 12) have until the posted date to withdraw from a course without it showing on their transcript.
- Course withdrawal request information is in the question above.
- As per the Ministry of Education website:
- The OEN is a student identification number that will be assigned by the Ministry of Education to elementary and secondary students across the province. The number, which is unique to every student, will be used as the key identifier on a student’s school records, and will follow the student through his or her elementary and secondary education. The OEN is nine digits long (eight digits, plus a check digit), randomly assigned, and tied to stable information about the student (name, gender, date of birth).
- For more information please visit: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/brochure/oen/index.html
- A student’s OEN number will be found on their report card. If you are newly enrolled in our program and you have never received an Ontario report card before you can email our admission office using the same email address you used to register, with your OEN request.
All courses offered in the Fall and Winter semesters will be offered during the July Summer School month. Summer courses run 4 weeks.