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Online and distance learning schools

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Online and distance learning at private schools is practical for a variety of reasons. In some cases, online 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 online and distance learning options to complete coursework over the summer.

We list numerous private schools offering online and distance education. This includes online high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. It also includes online and distance learning schools in Ontario (such as Toronto), BC (such as Vancouver), Quebec, Alberta, and the Maritimes province.

Private schools operate distance and virtual learning 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.

Online learning schools and programs are offered by many different private schools, and are made possible through optimal use of the latest 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 online and 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.

Online, distance, and virtual 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 tele-conferencing or internet chat, while asynchronous activities are those that can be carried out on the student's own schedule.

Some educators fear that distance and virtual 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, online learning schools do permit students the fullest range of courses and resources. Below, find the right online learning school for you.

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Elmwood School (est. 1915)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • Day school (370 students)
Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$13,500 to $25,660


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 13500

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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Liberal Arts
$13,000 to $34,300


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 13000

St. Jude's Academy (est. 2006)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (450 students)
St. Jude's Academy is an IB World School that offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 16 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$8,995 to $11,695


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 8995

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
$2,195 /course


HighSchools Day Coed 2195

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

  • Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (345 students)
  • Boarding school (45 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
$16,990 to $62,300

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 16990

The Thinnox Academy (est. 2014)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school
  • Day 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
$10,017 to $12,320


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 10017

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
$10,100 to $26,600


HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 10100

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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Liberal Arts
$16,000 to $19,900


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys 16000

Rosseau Lake College (est. 1967)  

  • Rosseau, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (74 students)
  • Day school (31 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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
  • Progressive
$10,100 to $51,100

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MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 10100

Lycée Français de Toronto (est. 1995)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (550 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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Traditional
$16,496 to $19,120


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16496

Académie de la Capitale (est. 1998)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (65 students)
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
$11,760 to $18,160


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 11760

Blyth Academy Ottawa   

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school
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
$12,495 to $15,895


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12495

Blyth Academy Lawrence Park (est. 2015)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school
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
$2,195 /course


HighSchools Day Coed 2195

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
$2,195 /course


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 2195

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
$10,650 to $12,650


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 10650

Odyssey Heights School for Girls (est. 2017)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 3 to 12 Girls
  • Day school
  • Homestay school
Odyssey Heights School: starts at 9:55am with dance, yoga, or outdoor fitness; 25-35 Overnight OE3 trips are included in tuition, there's a "No Homework Ever!" policy; Equestrian curriculum, small group French, 1:1 iPads [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
$26,450 to $28,375


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Girls 26450

Blyth Academy Whitby   

  • Whitby, Ontario
  • 7 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
$1,895 /course


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 1895

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
$1,300 to $3,000 /course


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 1300

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
$449 to $579 /course


HighSchools Day Coed 449

Astolot Educational Centre (est. 1997)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
Astolot Educational Centre is a day school with grades 1 to 12 in Ottawa, Ontario. Classroom teacher-student ratios are 1 to 10. Students have the ability to reach their full potential with Astolot programming. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
  • Traditional
$13,800 to $15,800


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 13800

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • Day school (230 students)
  • Boarding school (18 students)
Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,795 to $52,814


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 16795

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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
$17,000 to $27,600


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 17000

North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 Boys
  • Day school (65 students)
North Point taps into the natural curiosity and energy of boys as a foundation for life-long learning. A strong academic program is just the beginning - we fuel motivation through real-life learning, digital platforms... [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
  • Progressive
$7,000 to $12,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys 7000

AVRO Academy (est. 2010)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school
AVRO Academy is an alternative high 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]
  • Progressive
$15,175


HighSchools Day Coed 15175

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
$13,800


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 13800

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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Traditional
$2,200 to $24,500


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 2200

OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology (est. 2013)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 11 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (15 students)
  • Day school (15 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
$500 to $13,995


Homestay Day Coed 500

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
$2,195 /course


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 2195

BrightMinds Online School (est. 2016)  

  • Unionville, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • eSchool school (150 students)
BrightMinds Online School offers grade 9 to 12 credit courses through e-learning. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$449 to $599 /course


MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Coed 449

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. K to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
  • Progressive
$8,925 to $10,750


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 8925

Blyth Academy Downsview Park (est. 2016)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • Day school
Blyth Academy Downsview Park offers outstanding education coupled with unique opportunities for student-athletes to engage in sports-specific and fitness training throughout their regular school day. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel, Ottawa
  • Traditional
$12,995 to $50,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12995

Blyth Academy Burlington (est. 2015)  

  • Burlington, Ontario
  • 5 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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Liberal Arts
$2,195 /course


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 2195

Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)  

  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (515 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
$27,200 to $67,900


HighSchools Boarding Coed 27200

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
US $21,250 to US $51,250


HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 21250

St. Andrew's College (est. 1899)  

  • Aurora, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • Boarding school (253 students)
  • Day school (386 students)
St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$35,120 to $63,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Boys 35120

LCBI High School (est. 1911)  

  • Outlook, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (71 students)
  • Boarding school (92 students)
LCBI is pleased to announce that as of the 2016- 2017 school year LCBI will offer a tuition-free model to Saskatchewan students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$1 to $22,720


HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 1

College Prep International (est. 1944)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 5 to 11 Coed
  • Day school (125 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
$12,000 to $15,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12000

Maple Leaf Collegiate (est. 2014)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (117 students)
  • Homestay school (40 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
$11,400 to $42,000


HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 11400

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
$1,895 /course


HighSchools Day Coed 1895

Greenwood College School (est. 2002)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (490 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
$35,600


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 35600

Duke Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
Duke Academy 4576 Yonge St. Unit 602, Toronto, ON, M2N 6N4 [View profile]
  • Traditional
$15,860


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 15860

Blyth Academy London (est. 2013)  

  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (13 students)
  • Boarding school (5 students)
  • Day school (64 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
$12,475 to $18,795


HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed 12475





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