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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Appleby College

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2001

     

    1911


     

    Enrolment

     

    8000

     

    803


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    eSchool

     

    Boarding, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    12 to 16


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $38,850 to $47,170


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $63,180 to $77,540


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    2%

     

    18%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    9 to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $579

     

    $31,250

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    2,000

     

    134


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    34%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    32%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Oct 31, 2019


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Appleby College

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    While boarding isn't as much of a focus as it once was—the day students now outnumber the boarders, as they have since 1980—Appleby's stance is nevertheless predicated on the benefits associated with a boarding school environment: independence, self-discipline, and responsibility. The school prides itself on a reputation for academic excellence and innovation, and the program is designed to prepare students for the world that they will move into after graduation, one where the primary skill necessary for success is an ability to engage productively with others. Diversity is viewed as a core strength, and the school has instituted a range of programs intended create and maintain a diverse academic, cultural, and economic student population. The ideal student is one who is forthright, active, confident, and self-directed, and predisposed to making the most of the wide range of opportunities that the school provides.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Appleby College

    User reviews

    User reviews

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    "A lot of the courses include social components such as discussing assignments..."
    Michael Hicks - Alumnus   (May 22, 2020)
    Virtual High School allows you the flexibility to move and pursue personal and professional aspirati...
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    "...with the free tutoring I can get help with answering my questions with the press of a button."
    Cassidy Moulton - Student   (Mar 18, 2021)
    Virtual High School is a amazing online private school that has all of its class work online right a...
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    "The teachers are very hands-on with their students even though they are not physically there in person."
    Sera Bryce - Student   (May 03, 2021)
    I absolutely love Virtual High School. It is an online school that allows the students to progress a...
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    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    information not available

    Our Take

    Our Take

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    There are many things that online instruction can offer that other schools simply can’t, including distance learning and remediation. Stephen Baker began developing the concept of the Virtual High School in 1995 with that in mind, and VHS gained accreditation—with it the ability to confer the OSSGD—in 2002. Courses can be started at any point, and students are able to work through the material at their own pace. There are many opportunities for interaction and collaboration with other students and instructors. At the end of the day, it’s a unique approach, and it has proven itself with a range of learners with a range of academic purposes.

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    While boarding isn't as much of a focus as it once was—the day students now outnumber the boarders, as they have done for some time—Appleby's stance is nevertheless predicated on the benefits that boarding can afford: independence, self-discipline, and responsibility. The school prides itself on a reputation for academic innovation, one that it has rightly earned. The program is designed to prepare students for the world that they will move into after graduation, and indeed it is a leader in that regard. Diversity is seen as a core strength, and the school has instituted a range of programs intended maintain a diverse academic, cultural, and economic student population. The ideal student is one who is forthright, active, confident, and self-directed.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Appleby College

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    • Register anytime
    • Self-paced, fully online courses
    • 18 months to finish
    • Ontario Certified Teachers
    • Free online tutoring
    • Fast track, upgrade, and repeat options
    • Strong administrative support
    • 65,000+ enrolments
    • Recommended by universities
    • Credits recognized worldwide

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    • $4.5 million in financial assistance annually
    • 21 AP courses & AP Capstone programme
    • Social Emotional Learning and Positive Education
    • S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern campus
    • Student Leadership programme
    • Co-curricular Passport: athletics, arts, service and 100+ clubs
    • Grade 12 boarding programme
    • Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership

    Description

    Description

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Since 2001, Virtual High School has been a trusted leader in online education. VHS students choose when and where to study, when to submit assignments, and when to write their online final exam. We recognize that no two learners are the same. With certified teachers, free tutoring, dedicated student support teams, and an outstanding administrative staff, we stay focused on meeting the needs of each student to deliver the best in online secondary education.

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Founded in 1911 and located on a picturesque 60-acre campus in Oakville, Ontario, Appleby College is a university preparatory, coeducational day/boarding school for students in Grades 7–12. At Appleby, we believe every student deserves an opportunity to pursue an education that excites and challenges them. An education that offers them the chance to discover and embrace their passions both inside and outside of the classroom. Hallmarks of the Appleby experience include our Grade 12 boarding programme, our emphasis on global learning and cultural understanding with participation in a global learning experience as a core requirement of the Appleby College Diploma, our commitment to financial assistance with over $4.5 million in bursaries, loans and scholarships annually, and our experiential learning programme centred around the S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus in Temagami. To learn more about Appleby please visit us at www.appleby.on.ca. To arrange a tour, please contact Luke Seamone, executive director, admissions at [email protected]

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Appleby College

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Message

    Virtual High School is rooted in the philosophy that education should be flexible and centered on the individual student. Our students choose when and where to study, when to submit assignments, and when to write tests and the final exam. With fully online courses, certified teachers, and a robust administrative staff, we help nearly ten thousand students around the world meet their academic goals every year.

    I hope you enjoy learning about our exceptional school and students.

     

    Deciding where to go to school is one of those choices that feels more profound looking at it in the rear-view mirror than it does over your dashboard. When you make the right choice, it can change the direction of your life in amazing ways. Ways that only become clear after the journey.

    When you speak with Appleby graduates – those who graduated last year to those who left 70 years ago, those who live across Canada and those who live around the world – they talk about the enduring nature of the Appleby experience. They talk about powerful bonds of friendship and preparedness for leadership that stay with them. Experiences that help define who they are.

    Breadth, excellence, innovation and caring – this is what defines the essence of the Appleby College experience.

    We challenge our students to develop high levels of capabilities across a wide range of activities – academics, athletics, the arts, service, global education, outdoor education, as well as living and working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives. This broad experience is all-encompassing and, we believe, the right approach to prepare our graduates to be major contributors to their local, national and international communities in the fast-changing, globally-connected world of today and tomorrow.

    Over the last couple of decades, we have garnered an international reputation for innovation, be it in the use of technology or global education or teaching methods. Today, we are in the midst of another exciting development as we look forward to enhancing the Appleby experience with the construction of a new athletics and student life space - the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life. Designed to transform our capacity for indoor athletics and training programmes, the new facility will also support our expanding academic and co-curricular aspirations.

    Great school culture must be central to a great student experience. We take pride in creating an environment where students know that they belong, where they find areas that they love, and where they both experience and contribute to a community that cares. We believe in growth through challenge. But equally, we believe that supporting young people is the best way to empower them to succeed in the face of that challenge.

    Appleby is not for everyone. But if breadth, excellence, innovation and caring are appealing, look through this prospectus, come on a campus tour, speak with our students and faculty, and find out whether Appleby is the right place for you. Decide for yourself whether Appleby is the kind of launch pad that you want as you look down the road at your future.

    I look forward to welcoming you!

    Innes van Nostrand

    Principal

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Appleby College

      APPLEBY COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Traditional

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      We put students in the driver’s seat. Virtual High School students have the freedom to learn at their own pace with fully online courses that accommodate and respond to individual learner needs. Throughout our courses we encourage students to connect their learning to the world around them. Our teaching methods include instruction through structured lessons and activities; differentiated instruction—text, audio, video, and interactive activities—to meet the diverse learning needs of students; scaffolded instruction to foster independence in the learning process; opportunities to collaborate in discussions with VHS students around the world; and personalized assessments. By giving students plenty of opportunities to think critically and creatively, solve complex problems, and practice effective communication, we aim to educate the whole student and foster digital citizenship.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Appleby offers a distinguished curriculum. A diverse range of required components provides students with stimulating challenges and the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and values. Our progressive curriculum provides students with the opportunity to discover and research topics of interest through inquiry-based learning, and focuses on critical-thinking, individual potential, self-discipline, respect, responsibility and commitment, spiritual and moral development, democratic principles, personal health and fitness, environmental awareness and stewardship, the role of gender, ethnicity, race and culture in building rich, diverse communities, and student-centred experiences creating leadership opportunities. Students are exposed to a rich variety of developmental experiences which serve to prepare them for futures in which they will be valued leaders and contributors to global communities. The defining characteristic of an Appleby education is the mandatory participation in each of its core curricular components, leading to an Appleby College Diploma and Ontario Secondary School Diploma upon graduation. Appleby develops young men and women of personal integrity, who are prepared for university, societal change, responsible involvement and leadership in their local, national and global communities.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Traditional Math

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        The VHS Math Department aims to reach all learners by responding to their individual needs. Students have opportunities to learn through text, images, diagrams, and interactive activities. We model problem-solving in detailed examples and offer lots of opportunities to practice with structured exercises. Our formative activities allow students to gain valuable feedback from their teacher before completing graded assignments. Our assessments are not limited to traditional rote math problems. We also include opportunities to develop skills that prepare students for success in post-secondary studies and in the workforce. Students also have opportunities to write papers following the APA format, and create presentations that demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of concepts covered in their course.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The mathematics program at Appleby College provides a solid foundation for the study of mathematics at the university level. Students develop fundamental skills and an understanding of applied mathematical concepts utilizing a variety of tablet-based software applications, preparing them to further explore and visualize mathematical relationships. From a common enriched curriculum at the Middle One level, students follow a path that prepares them for the diverse mathematics courses they may encounter in university. For students interested in taking Advanced Placement courses in Calculus (AB and BC) or Statistics in their senior years, a vertically integrated Advanced Placement stream of courses is available.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        No textbooks or additional materials are required.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Students may use any scientific, non-programmable, non-graphing calculator.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        All students are required to have a non-graphing, scientific calculator. The required model is the CASIO fx-991MS. Note: Phones and other hand-held electronic devices that have calculator applications and calculators with graphical displays are not a substitute as they are not allowed in tests and examinations.

      • Science

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Similar to traditional classrooms, our science instructors use a range of strategies and approaches. Clear and concise writing, helpful graphics and diagrams, hands-on laboratory activities, and research assignments with direct instruction and coaching form the foundation of our science courses. Additionally, teachers and students have at their disposal numerous tools that are unique to online learning environments. These include electronic simulation activities, discussion boards and email correspondence, assessments with real-time feedback, and interactive activities that engage both the student and instructor.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The study of science allows a student to make a personal search for the logical patterns that explain the behaviour of the universe. Scientific study also develops skills in thinking and problem-solving, developing the overall academic abilities of each student. Lessons on the scientific method can also be applied to other areas of study and to many aspects of life. Appleby’s Science and Technology program provides students with the opportunity to develop the attitudes and skills of scientific thinking, helping them make sense of the rapidly expanding technological world. These skills enable students to understand the major concepts of science, how the concepts were developed and how they are used to explain the behaviour of the natural world.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Traditional

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Students in our English courses develop the skills needed to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of a text. Our courses present literature—poetry, short stories, novels, non-fiction, and plays—from a range of cultures and time periods, as well as videos, songs, and other media texts. We aim to help students become stronger readers, writers, and oral communicators while making connections to the world around them.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The Appleby English program prepares students for the study of university English and develops competence in speaking, written expression and reading that is instrumental in the pursuit of other disciplines. Students follow a structured curriculum from Middle One to Senior Two. The Appleby program is literature-based, with emphasis on the integration of a critical awareness of language and media. Thus, the aim is to achieve a balance of these elements in the student’s oral and written expression. All courses concentrate on developing the students’ abilities to understand and convey information; to evaluate and present facts and opinions; to express experience, emotions and imagination; to manipulate conventions such as paragraphing, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling; to recognize implicit meaning; and to cultivate an awareness of style.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Students in our humanities and social science courses are exposed to a variety of disciplinary traditions, including history, geography, politics, philosophy, religion, anthropology, sociology, and psychology. By analyzing foundational texts, historical artefacts, and social relationships, students develop cultural literacy and an understanding of the human condition. We aim to teach students critical thinking and persuasion skills and, equally importantly, how to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world contexts.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The study of Social Sciences is an integral part of the Appleby curriculum. In the early years, classes aim to develop an awareness of the wider community, an imaginative interest in the past and a respect for the relationship between people and their environments. Progressively, the student is introduced to Canadian heritage and geography, religion and spirituality, and a host of optional subjects. Students may choose from courses in geography, history and religion, as well as accounting, economics, philosophy and political science. Students are taught increasingly sophisticated analytical and critical-thinking skills, with particular emphasis on integrating modern educational technologies and effective research methods into all levels of study. Programs place a particular emphasis on teaching an appreciation for each student’s role and responsibilities in Canadian life and the development of a strong global perspective.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Communicative

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Our French courses present French language structures in engaging communicative contexts (listening, reading, speaking, and writing). Students have the opportunity to practice these skills and build their confidence in a safe environment, before any formal assessment. Teachers in our French courses support learners by providing timely, detailed, clear feedback based on individual needs.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The Language and Culture Department consists of French, German, Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic. French is a compulsory subject from Middle One to Upper Two (2D or 3U) and students are required to take an additional international language of their choice in Upper One. A highlight of the program is the Middle Two International Languages course. Students explore a round robin comprised of Mandarin, German, Spanish, and Arabic while also continuing the French program. This introductory program focuses on the cultural aspects of the languages through the use of basic conversational skills. Exchanges - Students studying modern languages have the exceptional opportunity to participate in language-based exchange programs to Québec, France, Spain, South America, China, and Germany. While totally immersing themselves in the language and the culture of the country, students follow a full program of studies at the host school. These exchanges greatly enhance the students’ fluency and comprehension.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Students in our art courses develop their creative skills as they learn and apply the concepts, styles, and conventions of various forms of fine art. This is accomplished through the appreciation, analysis, and performance of different artistic mediums in a range of creative disciplines, including drama, music, and visual arts. We encourage students to springboard from their interests and personality when approaching coursework and assessments. Our aim is for students to build knowledge and develop creative skills in the arts that reflect and further cultivate their personal skills, social awareness, and goals beyond school.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The performing arts - dance, drama, and music - present opportunity and challenge as individual academic courses. In conjunction with the visual and media arts, students, teachers, the school, and the community benefit from creative, expressive, and performance opportunities. Music and Visual Arts are required courses of study in the Middle School, and students must choose at least one credit in Music, Visual Arts, or Drama in Upper One. Students pursuing elective courses in all four streams have the opportunity to take History of the Arts, a university-level AP course. Each of the disciplines involve practical, theoretical, and presentation elements and the courses are designed for a wide range of student interests and abilities, including those students who wish to pursue university arts programs.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Because our courses are completed entirely online, VHS students are constantly developing and practicing the digital skills needed to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Appleby’s classrooms are designed to enable exceptional teaching and engaged learning, seamlessly integrating wireless capabilities with EPSON projectors and interactive televisions in the classroom. Appleby classrooms provide a modern integrated learning and lecture environment complete with audio, video, and programmable lighting all controlled through a touch panel. While faculty can teach from anywhere in the classroom, mobile seating allows for flexible seating arrangements, supporting collaborative learning, as well as independent, student-centred lesson design. Innovation plays a key role in the Appleby experience. Today, the majority of student school work is accessed, completed and submitted on their pen-based Fujitsu tablet. Using Microsoft OneNote, teachers and students are able to write, sketch, organize and edit information in their own digital “binder”. While teachers can “see” each student’s section, students can only access their own section or that of their group (if working on a collaborative project).


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Appleby College

        APPLEBY COLLEGE


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Online physical education gives students the flexibility to not only work through the course in whatever order they prefer, but it also allows them to choose activities for assessments that best fit their individual skills and comfort level. Students demonstrate their understanding and abilities through a variety of assessment opportunities. When it comes to the physical part of online physical education, activity-specific skills and strategies are supported by video instruction. Students see the movements of a skill or activity prior to participation, and then submit a video of themselves performing it for assessment and feedback. Additionally, through the use of case studies and self-reflection, students learn to think creatively and critically about a number of issues related to healthy and active living.

        APPLEBY COLLEGE

        The Health and Physical Education Department combines the Physical Education and Northward Bound programs. The aim of the department is to ensure Appleby students have healthy minds and bodies. Health and Physical Education gives students a platform with which to develop lifelong health and fitness learning. The Health and Physical Education program provides students with opportunities to improve their personal fitness, sport skills and an understanding of healthy living principles and is compulsory for Middle One to Upper One students. Students enjoy access to Appleby’s athletic facilities including the playing fields, gymnasium, squash courts, tennis courts, weight training room, cardio room, pool and arena. The Northward Bound program is mandatory in Upper One and Upper Two. The program’s emphasis on outdoor skills, fitness and leadership skills complements and enriches the students’ Physical Education studies.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Appleby College

      APPLEBY COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Our courses are fully online. No textbooks or additional materials are required. All courses include an optional pacing tool for students who wish to set deadlines for themselves, structure their time, and pace their studies and learning accordingly.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Appleby College

      APPLEBY COLLEGE


      Culture

      Culture

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      We think every student should have the opportunity to succeed. Virtual High School students are supported by a team of real people determined to help them meet their academic goals. We work with each student to meet their personal goals and deadlines. With prompt feedback and grading, free online tutoring, and the ongoing support from our administrative and guidance teams, our students enjoy a smooth road to academic success.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Academics at Appleby are based on a rigorous university preparatory curriculum. A diverse range of required components provides students with stimulating challenges and the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and values. The achievement: preparation for university and life. Upon graduation students earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and the Appleby College Diploma. In addition to the OSSD requirements, the Appleby College Diploma has even more rigorous academic and significant co-curricular requirements. Appleby is also the first boarding school in North America to offer an integrated global education programme culminating with the Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      "We intentionally avoid all forms of public distinction between students in terms of academic performance."

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Appleby College

      APPLEBY COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      At Virtual High School, we encourage and inspire a culture of responsibility, respect, integrity, and perseverance. These are the pillars of our learning community, the qualities we expect of our students, teachers, and staff alike. Additionally, we champion the importance of mental health, and the need to create healthy and inclusive communities both online and offline.

      APPLEBY COLLEGE

      Appleby College develops students of personal integrity, who are prepared for university, societal change, responsible involvement and leadership in their local, national and global communities. Joining Appleby from more than 50 countries, our students explore the meaning of character and leadership in the context of our global society as demonstrated in hallmark programmes such as the Global Leadership Diploma, Intercultural and Service Learning, and Residential Life. The defining characteristic of an Appleby education is the mandatory participation in each of its core curricular components, leading to an Appleby College Diploma upon graduation.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Virtual High School

    Appleby College

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Appleby College

    APPLEBY COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications


    Additional support

    Additional support

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    VHS can implement Individual Education Plans (IEPs). An IEP is a document that outlines a student’s strengths, weaknesses, learning needs, and any accommodations to be made within a course. We implement any accommodations listed in an existing IEP that apply to our learning environment. Accommodations may include a reduced workload, simplified tasks and materials, or more time for learning and completing activities. Exam and test accommodations may include, but are not limited to, extra time to write an exam or test, the ability to scribe answers or read questions, memory aids for exams, breaks during exams, and no marks deducted for spelling. The assistance of other persons and the use of specialized equipment may also be required to accommodate the needs of the student.


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Whether a student has a clinically diagnosed learning disability or develops learning difficulties while enrolled at VHS, we can accommodate and respond to their individual needs. With self-paced courses, round-the-clock access to course content, and 18 months to finish, VHS students have the freedom to take as much time as they need to review content, take notes, and practice retention. Our courses present content a number of ways (text, audio, images, video, interactive activities) and include a built-in screen reader. When it comes to assessments, students may choose how they present their ideas (e.g. write a paper, give an oral presentation, create a visual). Additionally, we make accommodations for students who use assistive technologies in their learning.

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Appleby College is dedicated to providing supports and accommodations to students who have received a medical diagnosis related to their learning exceptionalities and/or mental health and wellness. The focal point of these supports is the school’s Student Success Centre (SSC) which provides the necessary supports for those students to have access to official accommodations: those with a Learning Difference (LD) in Reading, Writing or Mathematics, Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Stress and Anxiety, Executive Functioning, English Language Learners (ELL) and other medical conditions. The SSC also supports those students who have suffered head traumas or concussions and are on Appleby’s Return to Learn (RTL) Protocol.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Virtual High School

    Appleby College

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Appleby College

    APPLEBY COLLEGE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    • In May 2015, Appleby's Varsity Girls' Soccer team defeated Villanova College 3-2 in the final game of the season, becoming the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) champions.
    • Senior One student Jakob Nielsen captured gold in Varsity Boys' Singles Tennis at the the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) Championships.
    • Appleby's Under-14 Boys' Rugby team won gold becoming Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) champions with a final score of 19-12 against Ridley College.
    • Appleby's Integrated Science Club recently visited the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, which provides state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation for science research. It was a great hands-on learning experience for the students.
    • Appleby was well represented in the Conference of Independent Schools (CIS) as many students participated in the CIS music, dance and drama festivals. As well, students from the Senior Music cl
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    32%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Oct 31, 2019


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Anyone can take a course with Virtual High School. Our educational model and student body reflect the complexity and diversity of education in the twenty-first century. VHS students choose when and where to study, when to submit assignments, and when to write tests and the final exam. This requires our students to take personal responsibility for managing their education. Taking courses at VHS fosters independence, maturity, and self-motivation in students—all invaluable skills that prepare students for success in post-secondary studies and employment. As supporters of individuality and acceptance, we celebrate and champion diversity in thought, race, belief, gender identification, sexual orientation, culture, and life experience. We don’t just celebrate and support diversity—we thrive on it. With students in over 120 countries, we are strengthened by the wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our vibrant learning community.

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Students who are passionate about learning, inquisitive, energetic, engaged, and who get involved. Current students and alumni quite often say that “you can’t be a passive by-stander at Appleby. The faculty and your peers won’t let you. Appleby offers students incredible learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom but in return it demands a lot.”

    What the school says

    What the school says

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    There are no admissions requirements, though students will be required to provide proof of their successful completion of a prerequisite course or equivalent, if applicable.

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    HOW TO APPLY

    We are delighted that you are considering enrollment at Appleby College. To apply for admission to Appleby, please follow the steps below. Students who complete the application process by October 31, 2020 will receive notification of their status by December 11, 2020. Applications received by December 11, 2020 will be notified of their status by February 5, 2021.

    1. APPLY ONLINE
    To start the Application process please visit https://www.appleby.on.ca/admissions/apply and click on the Apply Now button and complete the on-line application form. Once you have completed the form you will be asked to pay the school's non-refundable application fee. For Canadian residents the fee is $200, for International residents the fee is $300;

    2. PROVIDE CONFIDENTIAL SCHOOL REPORT
    Provide the Confidential School Report form to your Teacher, Principal or Guidance Counsellor and ask them to return it directly to Appleby College. The document can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent via mail to 540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3P1. To access the form please click here: https://www.appleby.on.ca/uploaded/Assets/forms/confidentialschoolreport.pdf.

    3. SEND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS
    Send in a student photo along with a copy of your most recent report card and a copy of the final report cards from the previous two years to Admissions at Appleby College (please see address above). Alternatively you can attach a student photo and upload report cards as indicated within the application.

    4. NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS TEST RESULTS
    For non-native English speakers applying for grades 10 through 12 please provide your TOEFL or IELTS or Vericant* test date. Applicants to grade 12 will be required to submit both SSAT results and an English proficiency test result. Please note test dates for both. For non-native English speakers applying for grades 7 through 9 please provide your TOEFL Jr. or iTEP or Vericant* test date.

    *Vericant is only available in China. To learn more about Vericant, please visit http://students.vericant.com/. Appleby reserves the right to request an English language test pending results of the Vericant interview.

    5. INTERVIEW
    Should you be contacted for an interview with an Admissions Officer upon submission of your application, every effort should be made to arrange a personal interview. A Skype interview may be arranged when distance creates a great inconvenience.

    6. FINANCIAL AID
    Appleby College’s commitment to financial assistance is designed to ensure that financial need should not prevent a student from reaching their full potential. All financial assistance decisions are need based and are designed to assist families who believe in an Appleby education but are unable to meet the full financial commitments. Applications are reviewed by an independent financial services firm, Apple Financial Services. To access the financial assistance application forms, please visit http://www.applefinancialservices.ca/. Students applying for financial assistance are strongly encouraged to submit their application in concurrence with their admissions application as it can take four to six weeks for Apple Financial Services to process.

    STUDENTS REQUESTING ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATION
    Appleby College Student Services is committed to accommodating the needs of students with disabilities in a way that responds to a student’s unique circumstances. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Appleby College will accommodate the needs of students with disabilities to allow them to access educational services equally, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. While the school does not have a special education department, we are able to offer certain accommodations to assist students with special needs to develop their individual potential.

    Please look over the Student Access Document at https://www.appleby.on.ca/admissions/apply for full details and do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    APPLEBY COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Jeff Batchelor (2006)
    Canadian professional snowboarder and Olympian.
    Phil Mackenzie (2005)
    Canadian rugby union player, and member of the national rugby team.
    Lara Baldesarra (2003)
    TSN and CNN sports anchor.
    Evanka Osmak (1998)
    Sports anchor for Rogers Sportsnet.
    Bryan Baeumler (1992)
    Gemini award winning television host to HGTV/HGTV Canada shows such as "Disaster DIY", "Disaster DIY: Cottage Edition", "Leave it to Bryan", and "House of Bryan".
    Colin Ferguson (1990)
    Actor (The Vampire Diaries), director, and producer.
    Mani Haghighi (1988)
    Iranian film director.
    Tim Footman (1986)
    Author and journalist. Editor of the Guinness Book of World Records.
    Daniel Hays (1958)
    Canadian Senator. Speaker of the Canadian Senate. Liberal Leader in the Senate. Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
    Norman Atkins (1953)
    Canadian Senator.
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