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Distance learning and online schools

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Distance learning at private schools is practical for a variety of reasons. In some cases, distance learning allows students to complete extra credits outside of class time. In other cases, students can indulge in independent study and advance through their programs faster. Some private school students use distance learning options to complete coursework over the summer.

We list numerous private schools offering distance education.

Private schools operate distance ed programs the same as other schools: courses are most often put online, monitored by a teacher and a grade is given to the student, the same as it would be for a regular classroom course.

Distance learning is offered as a support program by many different private schools and is made possible through the schools' optimal use of newer technology. Distance education programs have come a long way in the last few years thanks to the Internet. This type of learning is also known as virtual learning.

Some forms of distance learning predates the advent of the Internet and e-learning options. Sometimes, classes may have been recorded on tape. In other instances, all paper materials, ancillary text material and more is mailed to students.

Modalities of distance learning

There are two types of activities in a "virtual class." Synchronous activities require students to participate together at the same time as the teacher and other students. These might include teleconferencingor internet chat, while asynchronous activities are those that can be carried out on the student's own schedule.

Some educators fear that distance learning tends to offer a watered down education and students should parcel out their distance learning so that it is balanced out with a healthy dose of in-class instruction and social interaction.

In any case, though, distance learning programs do permit private schools the fullest extent of courses for all students.

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    Blyth Academy Yorkville   

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Blyth Academy Yorkville is a private high school for Grade 9-12 students, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, moments away from some of Toronto’s most exciting cultural and entertainment venues. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$2,195/courseHighSchools Coed Day2195

    The Thinnox Academy (est. 2014)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    The Thinnox Academy is a Mississauga private high school with a focus on technology, engineering and design. Graduates stand out from their peers when applying into University or College. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$10,017 to $12,320MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day10017

    St. John's-Kilmarnock School (est. 1972)  

    • Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (375 students)
    St. John's-Kilmarnock School, in Waterloo, offers enriched educational programming for students from JK – Grade 12 through its accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Its average class size is 17. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$15,860 to $52,685Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay15860

    McDonald International Academy (est. 1994)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades 9 to 12 with 2 locations in the heart of Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 20 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Accelerated$16,800HighSchools Coed Boarding Day16800

    Bond Academy (est. 1978)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (350 students)
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    This traditional private school in Toronto offers preschool to grade 12 with average class sizes of 15 students. Facilities include a double gym and more. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$12,500 to $24,500Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day12500

    Académie de la Capitale (est. 1998)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Académie de la Capitale, an IB World School in Ottawa, offers programmes in both English and French, from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Students thrive in a culture of academic excellence and real-life learning. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Student-paced$9,340 to $17,240Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9340

    Lycée Français de Toronto (est. 1995)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (520 students)
    Lycée Français de Toronto is a French school that offers programs from nursery to grade 12. Its average class size is 17 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$14,683 to $16,935Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14683

    Rosseau Lake College (est. 1967)  

    • Rosseau, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (40 students)
    • Boarding school (60 students)
    Rosseau Lake College - The Personalized Learning Community Clearer personal goals- Diverse learning strategies- collaborative problem solving - Focus on building skills and competencies for the future. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$9,600/semester to $49,000MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9600

    Northmount School (est. 1990)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Boys
    • Day school (115 students)
    Northmount School offers an enriched curriculum in Catholic education from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is eight to 15 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Accelerated$15,000 to $23,500Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Boys Day15000

    Arrowsmith School (est. 1980)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (75 students)
    Founded on the science of neuroplasticity, Arrowsmith Program provides students with the skills necessary to overcome their learning disabilities and transform their academic, cognitive, emotional and social lives. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$2,500/program to $23,500Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day2500

    City Academy (est. 1999)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    City Academy offers courses which follow Ontario Curriculum Guidelines. Utilizing teachers who are subject specialists and following a flexible and unique timetabling format, we are committed to every student's success. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$1,600/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day1600

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Girls
    • Day school (230 students)
    • Boarding school
    The pre-eminent All Girls English Catholic high school in Montreal, with 156 years of experience graduating young women of action with solid skills and tools for success. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$13,764 to $49,492MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day13764

    OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology (est. 2013)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (40 students)
    OAT is a high school in Toronto specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Full credit courses, Booster programs and Reach Ahead programs designed to give students the support they need to excel. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$500 to $1,500 /courseHighSchools Coed Day Homestay500

    Duke Academy (est. 2013)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Duke Academy 4576 Yonge St. Unit 602, Toronto, ON, M2N 6N4 [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$15,860HighSchools Coed Day15860

    Maple Leaf Collegiate (est. 2014)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (117 students)
    Great Teachers & small classes, focused ESL accommodations, fast-track pathways to the best universities featuring UP & AP courses, allow MLC students to reach full potential & become life-long learners & high achievers. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$950/course to $42,000HighSchools Coed Day Homestay950

    St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School (est. 1891)  

    • Oakville, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Girls
    • Day school (550 students)
    Oakville's SMLS continues to be a premier independent school for girls Preschool to Graduating Year since 1891. "Millie" graduates take on the world with confidence and the knowledge that they can do anything. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Reggio Emilia
    Standard-enriched$9,000 to $26,300Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day9000

    Blyth Academy Waterloo (est. 2016)  

    • Kitchener, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (18 students)
    At Blyth Academy Waterloo we are building an active and dynamic school community. We offer not only our outstanding Grades 9–12 program but also a middle school program and facilities for students in Grades 7–8. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$2,195/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day2195

    Glenn Arbour Academy (est. 2005)  

    • Burlington, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Coed
    • Day school (125 students)
    At Glenn Arbour Academy, we believe that “We Can Make A Difference” in the life of every student who walks through our doors. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$13,800Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day13800

    Blyth Academy Lawrence Park (est. 2015)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    Our campus located in midtown Toronto provides the warmth and community of a neighbourhood school. We are a short distance from our partners at the Royal Ontario Museum and Outward Bound at the Evergreen Brickworks. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$2,195/courseHighSchools Coed2195

    Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2017)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 3 to 12 Girls
    • Day school
    OHS has three programs: Core Comprehensive, Pre-Professional Dance, and Equine Science & Equestrian Studies. Tuition inc. overnight OEE trips & riding lessons. School starts at 10am with 1hr of yoga, dance, or fitness. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$7,995/program to $31,775MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day Homestay7995

    Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)  

    • Foothills, Alberta
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (55 students)
    An independent school that offers an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow's leaders. Bursary programs available to qualified applicants. JK to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$8,925 to $10,750Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day8925

    Blyth Academy Ottawa   

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    Blyth Academy Ottawa focuses on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning for Grades 7-12. Big experience in a small school! [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$12,495 to $15,895MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day12495

    Virtual High School (est. 2002)  

    • Bayfield, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (6000 students)
    Virtual High School is an online private school, providing OSSD credit courses. Students start any day, work at their own pace and write their final exam at a time and place of their choosing. No textbooks required. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$449 to $579 /courseHighSchools Coed Day449

    Blyth Academy Whitby   

    • Whitby, Ontario
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Blyth Academy Whitby is a private school for Grade 6-12 students, conveniently located for students across the Durham Region. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$1,895/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day1895

    Blyth Academy Mississauga   

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Blyth Academy Mississauga is a flourishing private middle and high school housed in unique heritage buildings. We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$2,195/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day2195

    BrightMinds Online School (est. 2016)  

    • Unionville, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    BrightMinds Online School offers grade 9 to 12 credit courses through e-learning. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Student-paced$780 to $1,110 /courseHighSchools Coed Day780

    Blyth Academy London (est. 2013)  

    • London, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (64 students)
    • Boarding school (5 students)
    We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. Our London campus is conveniently located in historic Ignatia Hall on the banks of the Thames. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$1,895/course to $18,795HighSchools Coed Boarding Day Homestay1895

    College Prep International (est. 1944)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 5 to 11 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    College Prep International, a traditional private school in Montreal, offers English instruction with partial French immersion, for grades five to twelve. Its average class size range from 12 to 18 Students [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$350/course to $12,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay350

    Greenwood College School (est. 2002)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (475 students)
    Greenwood College School in Toronto offers programs for Grades 7 through 12. Its average class size is 15 to 19 students. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$34,750MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day34750

    St. Andrew's College (est. 1899)  

    • Aurora, Ontario
    • 5 to 12 Boys
    • Day school (367 students)
    • Boarding school (259 students)
    St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$30,120 to $63,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day30120

    Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)  

    • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (70 students)
    • Boarding school (430 students)
    Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$26,000 to $64,900HighSchools Coed Boarding Day26000

    AVRO Academy (est. 2010)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school
    Avenue Road Academy is a small school in Toronto for grades 9 to 12. Students earn credits while developing skills that best prepares them for post secondary education. We focus on student strength! [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Student-paced$12,500HighSchools Coed Day12500

    Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)  

    • Buffalo, New York
    • 9 to 12 Girls
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Accelerated$19,840 to $46,715 USDHighSchools Girls Boarding Day19840

    Blyth Academy Burlington (est. 2015)  

    • Burlington, Ontario
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Blyth Academy Burlington, located in Village Square in the heart of downtown Burlington, offers not only our outstanding Grades 9–12 program but also a middle years program and facilities for students in Grades 6–8. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$2,195/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day2195

    Blyth Academy Thornhill   

    • Thornhill, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    The Thornhill campus offers the complete Blyth program for students in grade 9 - 12, including an academically enriched liberal arts, media and technology curriculum. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$1,895/courseHighSchools Coed Day1895

    North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • K to 9 Boys
    • Day school (60 students)
    North Point provides a program for boys that is a fundamental re-thinking of how a classroom operates. We design environments and experiences that are specifically geared to challenge and engage boys. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$7,000 to $12,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Day7000

    Cambridge International Academy (est. 2015)  

    • Ajax, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Cambridge International Academy offers an enriched curriculum from grades seven to twelve in Downtown Ajax. Central to the school’s philosophy is the belief that all students are capable of success. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$10,650 to $12,650MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10650

    LCBI High School (est. 1911)  

    • Outlook, Saskatchewan
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (49 students)
    • Boarding school (22 students)
    LCBI provides a high quality education for youth, helping them discover their gifts, develop their full potential as inquiring, knowledgeable and caring members of the family of God. “We Would See Jesus” John 12:21 [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$5,000 to $22,720HighSchools Coed Boarding Day5000