LEARNERS

Earn a Canadian High School Diploma and obtain additional global opportunities for your post-secondary education.

DUAL HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

Fully Online

Anytime, anywhere in the world

The VES platform allows students globally to complete and/or supplement their education utilizing online technology from any place in the world at any time of day or night.

Self-Paced Study

Individualized study plan

If the student isn’t ready to write a test on a certain unit or concept, he/she can review the material, ask the teacher for help, and then write the test when he/she feels completely ready to do so.

Live Academic Supports

Real-time academic supports

Students will interact with a live teacher online. Students are able to have extra tutorials to practice their learning one-on-one with a qualified Canadian Teacher.

Affordable Online Learning

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Registering for VES courses significantly reduces the cost of getting an international education. Students at VES can take courses both at the main campus on any official starting dates and virtual campus. All courses at VES are transferable. 

HIGH SCHOOL Diploma Requirements

If you are just starting high school or if you began high school after September 1, 1999, and wish to earn your OSSD, you must:

  1. Complete 18 compulsory credits
  2. Complete 12 elective credits
  3. Minimum 40 hours community involvement
  4. Literacy Requirement
  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade) 
  • 3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in grade 11 or 12)
  • 2 credits in science
  • 1 credit in Canadian history
  • 1 credit in Canadian geography
  • 1 credit in the arts
  • 1 credit in health and physical education
  • 1 credit in French as a second language
  • 0.5 credit in career studies
  • 0.5 credit in civics

One credit from each of the following Group 1

  • English
  • French as a second language
  • a native language
  • a classical or an international language
  • social sciences and the humanities
  • Canadian and world studies
  • Native studies
  • guidance and career education
  • cooperative education

One credit from each of the following Group 2

  • health and physical education
  • the arts
  • business studies
  • French as a second language
  • cooperative education

One credit from each of the following Group 3

  • science (Grade 11 or 12)
  • technological education
  • French as a second language
  • computer studies
  • cooperative education

Complete 12 elective credits of your choice

Every student must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as one of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma

Meet the Secondary School Literacy Graduation Requirement

The Literacy Requirement is based on the reading and writing expectations in the Ontario curriculum up to the end of Grade 9 and ensures students have the reading and writing skills to be successful in school, at work, and in daily life. The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is the standard means for meeting the Literacy Requirement.

Students who pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC) are also considered to have met the Literacy Requirement.

  1. To meet individual student needs, principals may replace up to 3 of the 18 compulsory credits from the remainder of those that meet the compulsory credit requirements (substitutions).
  2. English as a second language and English literacy development: A maximum of 3 credits may be used to meet requirements for English compulsory credits.
  3. French as a second language: A maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or 3).
  4. Cooperative education: A maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (from any of Groups 1, 2 or 3).

If students are currently enrolled in their school outside of Canada and wish to earn an additional Canadian High School Diploma, then students need to complete the following recommended courses.

Science-related programs

Life Science, Nursing, Biomedical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Earth Sciences, and more

GRADE 12 – ENG4U, MHF4U, MCV4U, MDM4U,  SBI4U, SCH4U (or SPH4U)

GRADE 11 – ENG3U, MCR3U, SBI3U, SCH3U (or SPH3U)

Total 10 credits

Business-related programs

Business Administration, Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Project Management, International Business, Accounting, and more

GRADE 12 – ENG4U, MHF4U, MCV4U, MDM4U, BBB4M,  CGW4U

GRADE 11 – ENG3U, MCR3U

Total 8 credits

ARTS-related programs

Creative and Visual Arts, English, Political Science, Psychology, Theater Arts, Linguistics, Music, Mass Communication, Law, and more

GRADE 12 – ENG4U, MHF4U, MDM4U, BBB4M,  CGW4U, ICS4U

GRADE 11 – ENG3U, MCR3U

Total 8 credits