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Secondary Virtual School - General Information


Class Size
Class sizes in the Secondary Virtual School will be the same as the in-person model. Class size in secondary schools is determined by the type of course. For example: 

  • Academic (target of 30 students)
  • Applied (target of 23 students)
  • University (target of 31 students)
  • College (target of 26 students) 
  • University/College (target of 31 students)

Quadmester Dates

  • Quad 1:  September 22 - November 17
  • Quad 2:  November 23 - February 2 
  • Quad 3:  February 8 - April 20 
  • Quad 4:  April 23 - June 23  

Entering From or Returning to In-Person Learning
We recognize that parents/guardians and/or students may want to switch between in-person and virtual learning. It is important to note that, for health and safety reasons, and because of the impact switching would have on staffing, physical distancing and space allocation, it will not be possible to immediately transition between the two models. Learn more about switching between the two models.

Structure of the Day
Students may take one or two courses per quadmester. Course 1 will meet online in the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Course 2 will meet online in the afternoon from 12:30 to 3 p.m. 

As per the Ministry of Education, teachers in the Virtual School will deliver two hours per course/per day in a synchronous (live, online) format. There will also be time for asynchronous (independent work) learning, which may include small group learning, tutorials, and one-on-one support. Daily attendance will be taken. 

9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Course 1

2 hours synchronous

0.5 hour asynchronous/independent work

12:30 - 3 p.m.

Course 2

2 hours synchronous learning

0.5 hour asynchronous/independent work


Graduation/Diplomas
Students who register at the Secondary Virtual School will be able to participate in the graduation activities at their home school. Similarly, the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) will be issued by the home school. 

Student Support Opportunities
All students in the Secondary Virtual School will have access to student support through guidance counselors, special education teachers, social workers, students success teachers, and child and youth counselors.  

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