Victoria School - Course Calendar
1. About Victoria School
Victoria School is a private, asynchronous, online high school which offers students around all over the world an opportunity to earn credits toward their OSSD. A team of highly, qualified Ontario- certified teachers develop and instruct meaningful academic courses not only to allow students to be successful in achieving their OSSD but also to prepare them for post-secondary school. Victoria School prioritizes accommodation for all learners to empower them to experience success in the online environment.
1.1. Our Mission
Victoria School recognizes the importance and value of every person completing a secondary education. Our commitment as a school is to reach every one of our students to help them achieve success in their Victoria School experience. Our mission is to provide a truly inspiring online learning experience for our students.
1.2. Our Values
Victoria School is an inclusive learning community focused on intellectual growth, individual development, and provision of an outstanding education for individuals within a diverse student population. Victoria School believes that integrity, respect, and responsibility are essential to accomplish its mission and to sustain its vision.
1.3. The Importance of a Secondary Education
The importance of a secondary education can not be over-stated. Through it, students can obtain the knowledge and skills which enables them to be competent adults and positively contributing citizens to a prosperous economy and society. Further because of the nature of our global society, rapidly changing technology, the current pandemic, and the automation of so much of industry, today’s students must also be trained in flexibility, adaptability, and continuous learning. As soft skills are becoming increasingly important in the workplace, students require more training in the ability to discuss, negotiate and collaborate. Secondary school provides a safe place for young people to practice, take risks and succeed and perhaps most importantly, learn how to learn.
According to Bill 52, entitled The Education Amendment Act, Learning to Age 18, 2006, students cannot withdraw from pursuing secondary education before the age of 18 unless they have already graduated. This requirement is designed to encourage more students to graduate and fewer to leave school without adequate preparation for work or further studies.
Victoria School recognizes and is in complete agreement with the importance of a secondary education, and commits to reach every student to help him or her achieve a successful outcome from the secondary school experience.
2. School Organization
Victoria School aims to provide each student with the opportunity to achieve success according to the student's own interests, abilities and goals. By providing a quality online education within the student's greater educational community, Victoria School can offer the student more choice. While we may have changed the form of the traditional physical school in which this mission is carried out, we have not changed the provision of providing quality education to the student. Victoria School extends into the actual home of the student, where we provide all of the essential components necessary for a quality education.
2.1. Student Timetables, Terms, and Reporting Periods
Due to the continuous entry and exit model of our school, there is no prescribed yearly or semester calendar. Victoria School courses are designed to take 110 hours of planned instructional time per credit, and each course is scheduled to take 4 months to complete. Students are able to set their own study schedules in order to best fit personal learning timelines and needs, but are expected to spend a minimum of 7 hours per week logged into their online classes. The Principal will maintain attendance records and monitor student login times to ensure consistent progress and regular class attendance.
Students interested in extending the study period for their course may do so for 1 month only for an additional fee. Further extensions may only be granted due to extenuating circumstances (such as illness) and must be supported by documentation (such as a physician’s note) acceptable to Victoria School.
For further information, see Section 3.1: Attendance.
2.2. Student - Teacher Interaction
The student can interact in meaningful ways with his or her Victoria School teacher from anywhere in the world as long as they have an internet connection. A host of communication tools and procedures are used by our school in order to facilitate this essential communication component of a quality education. These include email, threaded discussions, portfolio, assignment feedback, and testing feedback. A Victoria School student has many ways of communicating with the teacher and the teacher has many ways of communicating information and ideas back to the student.
2.3. Student - Student Interaction
A host of communication tools and procedures are used by our school to facilitate the essential component of a quality education, student – student interaction. A student has many ways of communicating with other students in his or her course. These include email, chat, instant messaging, sharing portfolio files and threaded discussions. Students may also conveniently interact with active students back through time.
2.4. Student - Administration Interaction
With multiple tools at their disposal, the Victoria School Principal and his administration may intervene early in managing attendance, proper conduct, and other problems within the various courses. The goal is to ensure that the technology does not become a deterrent to effective learning. Prompt and early intervention solves small problems before they become impediments to the learning process. The student has quick and easy access to the Victoria School Principal and other staff via email, phone and instant messaging.
2.5. Student - Resources Interaction
The student has access to quality online courses and can easily view resources provided by the teacher to enhance their learning experience. The student will also have access to both career information, which is being built into every course to meet with Ministry expectations of the curriculum, as well as more general career information provided on an 'as-needed' basis.
2.6. Parent - School Interaction
The parents or guardians of students under 18 and the parents of adult students, with their permission, may have access to the student's online course including assessment and evaluation items. If the student does not share the access directly with the parent, the parent can contact the Victoria School Principal for information or access. This allows the parents to become more involved with the education of their son or daughter. An online, transparent electronic grade book, electronic report cards, online conferencing and direct phone contact with the Victoria School Principal, also promotes parental involvement.
Periodic news items are posted online at the Victoria School website on occasion by the school to an area viewable by parents and the broader community (http://victoriaschool.ca). All other public information relevant to the school, such as the student handbook, course registration and login, and contact information may also be found on the Victoria School website.
With Victoria School, parents have the responsibility and opportunity to work with their son or daughter in the planning of their secondary school education. The final decision of the course selection of students under the age of 18 rests with the parents. All students and their parents should consider seriously the advice and recommendation of the school. The consequences of course selection can be extremely important whether students plan to work, or attend college or university. Detailed courses of study are available at the school website for perusal (http://victoriaschool.ca).