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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2001

     

    1984


     

    Enrolment

     

    8000

     

    147


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    eSchool

     

    Day, Homestay, Boarding


     

    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."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Progressive, Montessori


     

    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

     

    8 to 15


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $9,700 to $11,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    2%

     

    3%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    9 to 12

     

    1 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $579

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    2,000

     

    9


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    98%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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    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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    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.

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

    Durham was founded in 1984 in order to address learners who are at the top of their peer group and require an enriched program in order to reach their potentials. Families are drawn by the small class sizes—they average between 8 and 12 students—as well as the full grade continuum, from preschool through Grade 12. The nursery and primary levels are taught through a Montessori approach, and while it’s not carried through the upper grades, the values are nevertheless shared throughout the school. Students arrive to an academically inflected environment, and a peer group that shares a predilection to achievement. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a close-knit, challenging yet supportive instructional environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

    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

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

    • Rigorous Academics: We follow the Ontario Curriculum at an enrichment level.
    • Divers co- curriculars
    • Outstanding teachers
    • Full time or part time learning for secondary school
    • In person learning or online learning
    • Scholarship offerings
    • University acceptances
    • Huge gymnasium at both locations, fully equipped
    • Excellent customer service
    • Home stay

    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.

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

    G.B.M.S has Montessori programs for students age 18 months to age 5. D.E.P.S offers a challenging and diversified curricular program for students from Grade 1 to 8 following the Ontario Curriculum at an enriched level. Both schools have a huge well equipped gymnasium and outdoor sports field. At Durham Academy Secondary School we pride ourselves in having smaller class sizes. We offer full time and part time grades 9 to 12 credit courses approved by the Ministry of Education.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

    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.

     

    As Principal since 2008 I've led our three schools which continue to grow in enrollment, programming, facilities and community involvement. We boast fantastic communication and customer service. Our teachers are experts in their fields and are devoted to helping our students reach their full potential. We are welcoming and warm, as well as serious about setting high standards and achieving goals.

    Our three schools have a 35 year history of graduating students with high academic achievement. We welcome students from across the Durham Region, the Greater Toronto Area and around the World. Boarding and Home Stay programs for students in Grades 8 through 12. 

    I encourage you to discover what our educational programs can offer your child.

    Sincerely,

    Suzanna Mason

    (Principal)

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      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.

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.


      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.

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

      We offer an authentic Montessori curriculum for students 18 months to age 5. Emphasis is on Language, Math, French, Botany, Science, Culture, Music and Gym. Program Enhancements/ workshops/presentations are offered throughout the year.We offer 3 full report cards and 2 parent interviews each school year. Program Enhancements/ workshops/presentations are offered throughout the year. Students in grades 2 to 8 complete the Canadian Standardized testing each year. DEPS and Durham Academy focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ) while following the Ontario Curriculum. Durham Academy Secondary Private School offers full time and part time programs in person and online. All courses are at the highest academic level.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Traditional Math


        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.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        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.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        We follow the Ontario Curriculum at an enrichment level. Students are given extra help (tutoring one on one) and support if there is a weakness in mathematics. Students can be challenged and are given enrichment if they have a strong foundation and excel in the grade level expectations.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        No textbooks or additional materials are required.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        Each student is given mathematical workbooks as well as online teaching.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

      • Early Reading

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        Our students are introduced to phonetic sounds in the Toddler class and this carries through to the Casa 1,2,3 class. At age 3 and 4 our students will recognize their sounds including short vowel. At age 4 our students will be reading short phonetic sentences and completing comprehension worksheets. In Casa 3 our students will recognize all of their phonetic sounds, short vowel, long vowel, diagraphs and they will be progressing through readers and completing the corresponding comprehension worksheets. Each year our students from grade 1 to 8 research a topic to write a speech and they compete and present in our annual speech contest at our school and in the province.

      • Writing

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        Our students start penmanship at age 3. They start with sandpaper letters and then start simple journal entries. In Casa 2 (age 4) our students focus on penmanship and daily printing as well as simple journals. In Casa 3 the students continue their daily penmanship, journal writing. Casa 3 is introduced to copying from the board and writing simple sentences in preparation for grade 1. The Montessori program also focuses on building words (spelling) Daily penmanship/cursive is a focus for students grades 1 to 8as well as weekly spelling tests.

      • Science

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        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.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        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.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        Our students are introduced to Science (Botany) at age 3, 4,5. We follow the Ontario Curriculum at an enrichment level for grades 1 to 8 through lessons, workshops and field trips. Each Fall we have our annual Science fair where students age 3 to grade 8 complete science strands at an enrichment level and transform their classrooms and present there work to their families.


        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

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        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

        Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Traditional


        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.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        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.


        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

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        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

        Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        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.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        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.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        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.


        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.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        We teach French to students age 3 to grade 9. We also offer Mandarin and Cantonese language after school programs. Each year our students age 3 to grade 8 present a French concert showcasing strands of the music and French curriculum by presenting song and dialogue in French as well as playing instruments.


        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

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        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

      • Fine Arts

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


        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.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

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


        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.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        Our schools boast 3 concerts a Christmas celebration concert, French concert and Musical Theatre Spring concert.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        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.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.


        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.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        Our students are introduced to computers in grade 2. Grades 3 to 8 have computers in their classes. Students at Durham Academy are given a laptop to use at the school. Both schools own five 3D printers and workshops and camps are given to the students throughout the year to familiarize and introdcue the students to different computer applications.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


        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.

        DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

        GBMS & DEPS boasts a huge gymnasium fully equipped with sports equipment. We also have a huge field with a baseball diamond, running track and adjacent soccer field. Durham Academy Secondary School boast a huge gymnasium which is fully equipped with sports equipment and a weight room for students to workout at their leisure (before/after school, breaks or lunch). Both schools attend track and field meets throughout the year as well as hosting and participating in sports tournaments throughout the school year.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


      Approach

      Approach

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

      A Montessori education emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. The environment is arranged according to subject area, and children are always free to move around the room instead of staying at desks. At any one time in a day all subjects; Math, Language, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, French etc. will be studied at all levels.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


      Pace

      Pace

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      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.

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

      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.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


      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.

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

      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.

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

      We believe that each student deserves a chance to meet their individual potential. We offer an excellent foundation in academics and a love for learning by offering a strong academic program in a supportive, positive environment. We offer in school tutoring and mentoring should a student need extra support. Although we promote excellent attendance we do support students who also have extra curricular activities.


      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."

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


      Primary

      Primary

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

      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

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

      Emotional
      The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."


      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.

      DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

      Our students exceed grade level academic expectations which gives them confidence to excel. Our school prides ourselves on excellent manners and respect. We continue to focus on penmanship/cursive writing, spelling tests and presentation skills which are essential for confidence and success.

  • 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

    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

    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

    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


    Additional support

    Additional support

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

    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


    Additional support

    Additional support

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

    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.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Virtual High School

    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

    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

    Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S.

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.


    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

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

    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

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

    • Full size gym
    • Large outdoor sports area with track and soccer fields
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    98%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    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.

    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.

    DURHAM ELEMENTARY, DURHAM ACADEMY AND G.B.M.S.

    We suggest that families come in for a tour and have their child visit at no obligation for a morning or a day. D.E.P.S and Durham Academy students are required to bring in previous report cards. Durham Academy Secondary School students are required to answer simple questions in written form and have an interview with the Principal.




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