One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Rosseau Lake College

    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2001

     

    1967


     

    Enrolment

     

    8000

     

    103


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    6 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    eSchool

     

    Boarding, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Nature-based


     

    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

     

    Progressive


     

    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.
     
    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.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    10 to 15


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $21,100 to $37,860


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $52,400 to $63,100


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    2%

     

    10%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    9 to 12

     

    6 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $579

     

    $10,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    2,000

     

    15


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    58%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Rosseau Lake College

    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

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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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    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

    "This is my first year here and I can tell you for sure, there is nothing like it."
    robi pardo - Student   (Feb 08, 2018)
    If you are looking for a school were teachers care about the students, and treat them like friends b...
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    "an incredible outdoors, future forward, and inclusive school"
    Christopher Gan - Student   (Feb 08, 2018)
    Rosseau Lake College is an incredible outdoors, future forward, and inclusive school. Personally I l...
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    "Teachers were fantastic, engaging"
    Barbara Barclay - Alumnus   (Feb 09, 2018)
    I attended RLC in the 90's, for grades 9-13 (OAC) and had a wonderful experience. The dorm experien...
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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.

    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

    Rosseau Lake is a small school—the student body, including both boarding and day students, sits at just shy of 100 students. Located on a lake in Muskoka, for many students, there is a lot to get excited about. It’s intimate, active, and the physical plan is stunning. The school is using this, its 50th anniversary year, to renew its commitment to providing a very personalized, forward looking educational experience. The ideal student is an active one, as the setting is used to great advantage to promote, in addition to academics, an active, outdoor lifestyle.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Rosseau Lake College

    ROSSEAU LAKE 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

    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

    • Extraordinary learning opportunities embedded in rich outdoor education experiences.
    • 100% of our 2020 graduates were accepted at their top schools of choice.
    • Discovery Days that challenge students to imagine, create and articulate independent projects.
    • Seven Generations Program celebrating Indigenous teachings and culture.
    • Essential learning that builds leaders and global stewards.
    • Learning Success Program providing assistance for students identified with learning differences.
    • A community that continues to strengthen the best in themselves and each other after graduating.
    • A member of the Round Square global network of schools.
    • Duke of Edinburgh International Awards Program

    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.

    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

    Rosseau Lake College is a co-ed Independent school offering extraordinary learning opportunities in grade 6 - 12 to 110 students each year. Day students from the Muskoka/Parry Sound area, combined with boarders from Canada and around the world, make up our diverse group of learners. RLC students are challenged and empowered through the adventures of a highly academic program; intentionally rooted in the vast opportunities of our incredible geographical setting. When students graduate from RLC, they are ready for anything.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Virtual High School

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Rosseau Lake College

    ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

     

    The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action. – John Dewey, 1916

    Nestled among the pines on a pristine 50-acre historic lakefront property in traditional Anishinaabeg territory, Rosseau Lake College offers a boarding and day school experience that is like no other in Canada. Through a highly innovative, interdisciplinary, and culturally responsive program, we do more than educate students; we empower them.  Each RLC student builds a strong personal brand through academic knowledge, community service, challenging outdoor experiences, and self-awareness cultivated in our school’s natural setting. This personal brand becomes the core of their success here, and guides them in acquiring the skills and credentials that will set them apart in their post-secondary studies and professional lives.

    At Rosseau Lake College, we believe in people. Our core values of Competence, Confidence, and Character highlight the personal focus that encourages our students to bring out their best of selves.  Experiential educator Kurt Hahn once said that “there is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less.”  At RLC we take pride in showing students the potential that already lies within them, and pushing them to realize that potential. Coming to “know thyself” is not easy, but this knowledge allows students to harness their greatest strengths, in line with our motto “Scientia auget vires” (Knowledge increases strength).

    Do not take my word for it.  Come and see us, meet our incredible team, immerse yourself in nature, and discover why Rosseau Lake College is the best small independent school in Canada.

    Robert Carreau, Ph.D.
    Head of School

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Rosseau Lake College

      ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

      ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

      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

      ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

      ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

      Rosseau Lake College is a preparatory school that challenges and empowers each student individually through the rigours and adventures of a highly academic program; one that is intentionally rooted in the vast opportunities of nature and our incredible geographical setting. Our teachers are relentless in the maintenance of our kind, caring and supportive personalized learning community while continuously innovating practices and approaches that make us a leading outdoor-education, environmental, indigenous-knowledge-based and experiential school. Students graduate from Rosseau Lake College with a strong sense of self according to each of our six Rosseau Roots, and the knowledge and skills that will allow them to truly thrive in the next phase of life. Our mission is to connect students’ lives to the natural world, enriching their education, health, wellbeing and personal development with a focus on cross-curricular project based learning, diverse learning strategies, and building skills and competencies for the future. Nature is present in every aspect of the school’s operations and is central to, and deeply embedded in, the school’s culture.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Rosseau Lake College

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Traditional Math

        ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        At the forefront of all subject areas in our Academic Program is building a love of subject through "real world" applications and experiences. At Rosseau Lake College we also work to explore the relevance and meaning of topics through the adventure of the outdoors and our natural, geographical setting. All of this is balanced by challenging and supporting our students with only the highest level of curriculum as offered through the Ontario Ministry of Education. Mathematics at Rosseau Lake College maintains an overall balanced approach of intentionally building a foundation of skills and knowledge while helping students to discover creative applications.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        No textbooks or additional materials are required.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Rosseau Lake College

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE


        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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Information not available


        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

        ROSSEAU LAKE 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

        Rosseau Lake College

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Traditional

        ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Information not available


        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

        ROSSEAU LAKE 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

        Rosseau Lake College

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE


        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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.


        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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Rosseau Lake College

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Communicative

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Information not available


        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

        ROSSEAU LAKE 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

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Rosseau Lake College

        ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Rosseau Lake College

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Medium 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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Virtual High School

        VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

        Rosseau Lake College

        ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

        ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

        Rosseau Lake College offers an active outdoors education program which makes great use of our 56 acre campus with over 3000 feet of shoreline on beautiful Lake Rosseau in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. Climbing, paddling, hiking, camping, and outdoor pursuits and skills are developed in each grade (7 - 12).

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Rosseau Lake College

      ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

      ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

      ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Virtual High School

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

      Rosseau Lake College

      ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

      ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

      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.


      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.

      ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

      Information not available


      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."

      ROSSEAU LAKE 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

      Rosseau Lake College

      ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

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

      ROSSEAU LAKE 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

      ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

      ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

      Information not available

  • 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

    Rosseau Lake 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

    Rosseau Lake College

    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ROSSEAU LAKE 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

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ROSSEAU LAKE 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.

    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

    Learning Success Program - This is an educational support service providing assistance and added support to students identified a learning disability (LD). The coordinator of the Learning Success Program oversees and implements each student's Individual Education Plan (IEP), promotes self-advocacy, works individually with students, and liaises with teachers, mentors, parents and administration.


    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.

    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

    Student Services Lead at Rosseau Lake College would review each student file individually and would discuss with the parents if an educational assessment is required. Educational assessments can be arranged and are an added cost. We would assess each applicant based on educational reports and assessments, a personal interview and entrance test. If we feel a student could experience academic success with recommended accommodations, we would consider an offer of acceptance into the school. WE DO NOT OFFER A MODIFIED PROGRAM.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Virtual High School

    Rosseau Lake 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

    Rosseau Lake College

    ROSSEAU LAKE 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

    ROSSEAU LAKE 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

    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

    • Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program. A balanced, non-competitive program that encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, and responsibility to self and community.
    • Fall outtrips are a long-standing tradition at Rosseau Lake College. Each grade is assigned a five-day expedition in a remote area of Ontario, where students and teachers participate in activities like canoeing, sea kayaking, hiking and survival skills. Past destinations have included Killarney Provincial Park, Georgian Bay, and Temagami.
    • The House Cup is a popular fixture among students, giving plenty of opportunity to engage in fun activities while enjoying some healthy and friendly competition.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    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.

    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

    Rosseau Lake College is looking for students who are well-rounded individuals and those who demonstrate excellence in academics, leadership, service, extracurricular involvement.. and those who love being in the outdoors.

    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.

    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

    Step 1. The Paperwork

    Application Form, Teacher Reference Form, Academic Records from previous two years, and a non-refundable application fee of $200 CDN for Canadian students / $330 CDN for International students.

    Step 2. The Interview

    Once the paperwork is received and evaluated we schedule an interview. This can be done via video conference (skype or zoom).

    Step 3. The Entrance Test

    Every applicant must complete an entrance test. The test is used to assess the student's fluency in math, their English comprehension and writing ability.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Jonathan Alderson (1987)
    Jonathan is a Sorbonne and Harvard university graduate. Jonathan is an autism treatment specialist, educational consultant , trainer and lecturer. He founded his company, Intensive Multi-Treatment Intervention.
    David Straiton (1983)
    Freelance film director and producer, currently living in Beverly Hills. His productions include episodes of popular shows on American television, such as House, Hemlock Grove, and Star Trek: Enterprise.
    Katie Tsuyuki (2001)
    Athlete, consultant, and motivational speaker. Named to Canadian Olympic Snowboard Team in Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018.
    Waubgeshing Rice (1997)
    Waubgeshig Rice is an Anishinaabe writer and journalist from the Wasauksing First Nation near Parry Sound, Ontario. Waub has published four books and won several awards for his writing.



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