Online schools and distance learning

Schools that are fully online versus schools that offer part-time online learning


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An increasing number of schools are offering online learning (also known as “virtual learning”, “at-home learning,” and “cyber-learning" ). Below, find two separate lists—(1) fully online schools and (2) partly online schools—and then a comprehensive discussion of online learning in schools.

Our overview of online learning in schools covers some of the most vital topics in this area. This includes fully vs. partly online schoolsforms of online learningquestions to ask schoolspros and cons of online schoolingand the evolution and controversies of online learning. Below, you can also access articles that provide even more in-depth discussions of these five issues.

Two types of online learning schools

Fully online schools

Course delivery

Fully online schools, as you might expect, offer exclusively online learning (a fully online private education). All of their courses are online and none are in person. These schools don’t have a physical campus and provide no in-person interaction, for instance, with teachers, staff, or administrators. Everything is online in these schools. Read more


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List of fully online schools

These schools are completely online and have no physical campus. All of their courses and programs are online.

 
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Fieldstone School


Toronto, Ontario
Dufferin Street/Lawrence Avenue
 
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"As a Cambridge School, we teach a curriculum that sets the global standard for education designed to help students develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning.

  1. The first school in Canada to offer a dual Cambridge-Ontario curriculum
  2. University pathways counselling and one-on-one support
  3. All students starting in Grade One learn how to play the violin, viola, or cello
  4. All students in JK to Grade Twelve learn a Shakespeare Play

—From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $20,570 to $28,695
 
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Fieldstone School 20570 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge St/Sheppard Ave
 
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"Ontario Virtual School is an Ontario Ministry-inspected credit-granting institution offering Grades 7-12 courses in an interactive online format. Students can start anytime with 24/7 access." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $399 to $549 /course
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Ontario Virtual School 399 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Coed
Burlington, Ontario
Hwy 6/Dundas Street
 
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"Our belief is “Forward Learning. Transforming People”. We focus on the artistic pathway, 21st century learning skills, collaborative discussions, and inquiry-based thinking to prepare students with global competencies." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $9,600 to $23,800
  • Day, Boarding, eSchool
  • 92 students
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Laureate College 9600 HighSchools Day Boarding eSchool Coed
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"Our Academy (in-person) and Studio (online) personalized programs are designed for students with a diagnosed learning disability to achieve their potential through outstanding support within and outside the classroom." —From the school

  • Gr. 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $12,100 to $21,400
  • Day, eSchool
  • 325 students
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Rundle Academy & Rundle Studio 12100 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Coed
Brampton, Ontario
 
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"Ontario eSecondary School (OES) offers fast, flexible and fully online courses supported by certified staff with free 24/7 tutoring. 8/10 of our students achieve over 85% in their course(s)." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $435 to $745 /course
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Ontario eSecondary School 435 HighSchools eSchool Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Don Mills Rd/York Mills Rd
 
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"Building on internationally acclaimed preschool reading success, SLI has grown into a hub for ground-breaking student achievement in literary, STEM, and artistic achievement across Pre-K - Gr 6 (offered on site/ online)" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 6 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $13,500 to $15,500
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Sidney Ledson Institute 13500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary eSchool Day Coed
Merrickville, Ontario
St. Lawrence Street/Elgin Street
 
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"Whether your child is excelling or not reaching their potential, our inclusive, safe, diverse and caring community, with individualized academic attention will improve academic standing, confidence and self-esteem." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $17,000 to $58,900
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Merrick Preparatory School 17000 HighSchools eSchool Boarding Day Coed
Bracebridge, Ontario
 
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"Dewey’s educational goals follow the philosophies of John Dewey, preparing students through “student-centred learning" and "learning by doing", while emphasizing the cultivation of the "three New Liberal Arts"." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $12,500 to $36,950
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Dewey Institute 12500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Boarding Coed
Toronto, Ontario
St. Clair Ave West/Avenue Road
 
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"Founded on the science of neuroplasticity, Arrowsmith Program provides students with the skills necessary to overcome their learning disabilities and transform their academic, cognitive, emotional and social lives." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $6,000 to $33,000
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Arrowsmith School 6000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Coed
St. Catharines, Ontario
Ontario St./Welland Ave.
 
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"Heuristic & autodidactic, inspired by Sudbury & democratic models. Students are self-directed, and holistically empowered. Voluntary attendance, year-round calendar, agency, & consent inspire free learning. Also Forest" —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed/Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $57 to $10,000
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Agate Private School 57 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day eSchool Boarding Coed Girls
Caledon, Ontario
The Gore Road/Old Church
 
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"The King's College experience develops in students responsibility, accountability, and ownership of their own learning and a passion for making a difference. Students can attend in person or synchronously online." —From the school

  • Gr. 2 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $19,000 to $19,500
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King's College School for Bright and Gifted Children 19000 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day eSchool Coed
Ancaster, Ontario
Garner rd w/Panabaker dr
 
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"Our friendly, helpful and inclusive environment makes us unique! TBC cultivates respect. We expect our students to work hard, to think critically and creatively. A parent coined it a "Boutique School". Proud to be." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $34,000
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Tapply Binet College 34000 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Coed
Bayfield, Ontario
 
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"After 22 years of teaching courses online, VHS is unrivaled in experience, credibility, and expertise. Our student-centred model provides a world-class educational experience for thousands of Ontario students each year." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $329 to $764 /course
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Virtual High School 329 HighSchools eSchool Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Highway 27/Finch
 
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"Learning Beam Academy has a focus on academic achievements and innovative learning opportunities using the Ontario curriculum. Our school is an online private high school that offers credit courses for grades 9-12." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $12,500 to $16,500
  • eSchool
  • 10 students
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Learning Beam Academy 12500 HighSchools eSchool Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge St/King St
 
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"Keystone students become internationally-minded inquirers, who ask questions and seek their own answers through both local and global perspectives. By nurturing students’ natural curiosity, we foster a love for learning." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $19,750
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Keystone School 19750 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day eSchool Coed
Richmond Hill, Ontario
 
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"A place where every learner is seen, heard and empowered to make an impact in their communities. An unparalleled online learning experience, providing academic excellence, experiential learning and personalized support." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $20,500
  • eSchool
  • 40 students
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HTS Online 20500 HighSchools eSchool Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge/Sheppard
 
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"A STEM-oriented private high school in North York, catering to local and international students both in-person and virtual classes. We take pride in our students' impressive university placement achievements." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $12,900 to $24,000
  • Day, Homestay, eSchool
  • 275 students
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Rutherford Private School 12900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day eSchool Coed
Brantford, Ontario
Colborne/Clarence
 
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"At Haven, we equip our students with critical thinking skills, a global perspective, and a respect for core values of honesty, loyalty, perseverance, and compassion." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $7,700 to $26,500
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Haven International School 7700 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day eSchool Coed
Vaughan, Ontario
 
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"At Vaughan College instructions are embedded with strategies appropriate to the students' unique needs. We develop students' confidence and their urge to do better, which results in a high university acceptance rate." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $570 to $36,000
  • Day, Homestay, eSchool
  • 340 students
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Vaughan College Private School 570 HighSchools Day eSchool Homestay Coed
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
QEW/Erin Mills Parkway
 
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"GlenOak Academy offers an educational experience as EXTRAORDINARY as your child! Our innovative, engaging approach to teaching and learning focuses on positive relationships, character development and academic success." —From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $24,500 to $61,900
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GlenOak Academy 24500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Coed

List of partly online schools

These schools offer some online courses to supplement their in-person courses.

 
 

"Oakville's SMLS continues to be a premier independent school for girls Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 since 1891. "Millie" graduates take on the world with confidence and the knowledge that they can do anything.

  1. Signature Programs in Global Citizenship, STEM & Robotics, Active Healthy Living, Arts & Design
  2. Professional Internship Customized for Each Girl (Grade 11)
  3. Focus on whole girl and student wellbeing
  4. Enriched curriculum, Advanced Placement, DELF

—From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $26,187 to $33,602
 
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St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School 26187 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls

Prestige School - Richmond Hill Campus


Richmond Hill, Ontario
Major MacKenzie Dr. W/Bathurst St.
 
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"Prestige School offers individualized programs from pre-school to grade twelve in Richmond Hill with an average class size of twelve students.

  1. We are ministry inspected and a proud member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools.
  2. Our curriculum exceeds Ontario guidelines as a result of our individualized, accelerated learning.
  3. Our code of conduct promotes self-discipline and responsibility.
  4. We provide extracurricular clubs, sports and supervised after school tutorial assistance.

—From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $15,000 to $18,000
 
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Prestige School - Richmond Hill Campus 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

Royal St. George's College


Toronto, Ontario
Bathurst St/Dupont St
 
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"Our vision: Encourage life-long Georgians ready to use their scholarship, compassion, conscience and courage to make a difference. Our mission: To challenge and inspire each boy to become the best version of himself.

  1. 100% university placement
  2. Boy-centric education
  3. Computer Engineering & Entrepreneurship programs
  4. AP Capstone school

—From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $37,675
 
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Royal St. George's College 37675 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys

Bond Academy


Toronto, Ontario
Ellesmere Rd/Birchmount Rd
 
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"Our Beyond the Books approach provides opportunities for success in class & beyond; nurturing the growth of students' confidence & self-esteem, to take risks when learning, to reach their personal & academic potential.

  1. Character Education
  2. Free Before/After School Program
  3. Weekly Swimming Lessons
  4. Early start French Classes

—From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $7,000 to $16,000
 
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Bond Academy 7000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
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"Balanced Academics, Arts, Athletics & Student Wellness. We value best practices & evidence-based approaches. University preparatory & 21st Century Tech-Rich & Future Proof school. Enriched and rigorous curriculum.

  1. International Baccalaureate PYP/MYP
  2. Co-Educational & Non-Denominational
  3. STE[A]M
  4. Gifted High performance school

—From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $22,600 to $23,600
 
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Delano Academy & Delano High 22600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed

St. John's-Kilmarnock School


Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
 
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"SJK offers an enriched environment of exploration and experiential learning. Through its IB curriculum, SJK provides exciting experiences and guides students to discover their talents and passions. Go beyond at SJK.

  1. Accredited IB World Continuum School
  2. Experienced, passionate, professional teachers
  3. Project-based, design-thinking experiential learning
  4. Extensive co-curricular programs in athletics, arts, leadership and community service

—From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $20,490 to $75,840
 
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St. John's-Kilmarnock School 20490 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed

"Cambridge International Academy offers an enriched curriculum from grades 1 to 12 in Ajax. Central to the school’s philosophy is the belief that students learn best both inside and outside the classroom.

  1. Customized Educational Pathways
  2. Small Class Sizes
  3. Individual Needs and Academic Learning
  4. Homework club

—From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $22,000 to $38,000
 
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Cambridge International Academy 22000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

Prestige School - Toronto Campus


Toronto, Ontario
Yonge St./Sheppard Ave.
 
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"Prestige School offers programs from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 18 students.

  1. Our curriculum exceeds Ontario guidelines as a result of our individualized, accelerated learning.
  2. We are ministry inspected and a proud member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools.
  3. 100% university placement rate.
  4. French instruction beginning in junior kindergarten.

—From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $15,000 to $20,000
 
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Prestige School - Toronto Campus 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
York Mills Road/Don Mills Road
 
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"We value partnership with parents, creating a genuinely warm and friendly community. We raise the academic bar on academic excellence, and expectations of character, helping the boys become the best that they can be." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Boys)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $20,200 to $24,600
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Northmount School 20200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Langside St./Westminster Ave.
 
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"Parents trust us to personalize the educational experience of each girl, to care for each girl, to challenge her to grow, to build a supportive community around her, and, most importantly, to prepare her for the future." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $17,850 to $74,650
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Balmoral Hall School 17850 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
Ottawa, Ontario
Buena Vista Road/Springfield Road
 
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"Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from PreK to Gr. 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $16,970 to $32,800
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Elmwood School 16970 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
Stratford, Ontario
Ontario Street/Waterloo Street South
 
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"Private Secondary School in Stratford, Ontario dedicated to providing a holistic education that values happiness, academic excellence, personal growth, and social responsibility." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $9,750 to $37,275
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Nancy Campbell Academy 9750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Montreal, Quebec
Rue Sherbrooke/Ave Connaught
 
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"College Prep International, a traditional private school in Montreal, offers English instruction with partial French immersion, for grades five to twelve. Its average class size range from 12 to 18 Students." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $13,000 to $16,000
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College Prep International 13000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

"At Blyth Academy Mississauga, we know each of our students and through our individualized approach, we can meet their needs and make school a great place to be. We're one of eight Blyth Academy campuses in Ontario." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $20,325 to $24,785
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Blyth Academy Mississauga 20325 HighSchools Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Mississauga Road/Eglinton Avenue
 
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"Kendellhurst offers students an enriched curriculum blending project-based, traditional and arts-infused curriculum within a seamless technology program. Our school team supports a positive and safe school experience." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • 18,540
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Kendellhurst Academy 18540 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed

"Located in the heart of Toronto, McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades 9 to 12 . Our average class size is 10 to 20 students." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • Day, Boarding
  • 230 students
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McDonald International Academy 17600 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Spadina/St Clair Ave W
 
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"The Bishop Strachan School is a leading independent JK-Grade 12 day & boarding school for girls. Students build the academic skills to thrive at university and beyond. Over $2 million available in financial assistance." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $37,500 to $72,400
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The Bishop Strachan School 37500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
Mississauga, Ontario
Erin Mills Parkway/Argentia Rd
 
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"We are different! As a leading IB World School and university preparatory school with a focus on student life, SJA students are inspired to confidently make their mark in the world." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $10,449 to $14,899
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St. Jude's Academy 10449 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge/Eglinton
 
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"We go beyond curriculum expectations to provide opportunities for students to earn admission into their choice of university using our AP accreditation, staff expertise and individual goal setting in small classes." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $14,500 to $21,500
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Toronto STEM School 14500 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Highway 417/Greenbank
 
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"Acadecap International School (Académie de la Capitale), an IB World School, offers bilingual and/or English programmes from JK to Grade 12. Students thrive in a growth mindset environment and a culture of excellence." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $20,983 to $26,978
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Académie de la Capitale 20983 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Mt Pleasant Rd/Davisville Ave
 
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"Greenwood’s high-challenge, high-support model encourages academic engagement and growth for every student. Students and teachers build strong relationships within our warm and inclusive community." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $42,780
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Greenwood College School 42780 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Surrey, British Columbia
152 Street/Highway 10
 
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"We understand the importance of developing a well-rounded individual. Our Art and Sports Expert Streams are integrated with the Academic curriculum to amplify our students’ growth into capable and confident adults." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 7 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $17,000 to $18,250
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Glarea Elevated Learning 17000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
17th Ave SW/Richmond Road SW
 
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"In addition to academics, our focus on mentorship, hands-on learning in and outside the classroom, and character development, will allow our students to thrive academically and personally as they discover who they are." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed/Girls/Boys)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $14,000 to $16,000
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North Point School 14000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Day Coed Girls Boys
Ottawa, Ontario
Carling Avenue/Broadview Avenue
 
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"Edelweiss Private Academy offers elementary education to students with ASD and other exceptionalities, maintaining small teacher to student ratios. We promote strong academic, physical and social-emotional development." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $20,500 to $40,000
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Edelweiss Private Academy 20500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
North York, Ontario
Yonge/Sheppard
 
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"Wise Owl fosters a safe, enriching environment, celebrating uniqueness, inspiring resilience, emotional well-being, and responsibility, nurturing students into respectful global citizens." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $18,000 to $24,000
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Wise Owl Private School 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Conroy Rd/Walkey Rd
 
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"Astolot Educational Centre is a day school with grades 1 to 12 in Ottawa, Ontario. Classroom teacher-student ratios are 1 to 10. Students have the ability to reach their full potential with Astolot programming." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,000 to $18,000
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Astolot Educational Centre 16000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
Aurora, Ontario
St. John's Sideroad/Yonge Street
 
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"With a tradition dating back to 1899, St. Andrew's remains the single largest all-boys boarding school in Canada. Our 126-acre campus provides our students with an ideal setting for learning and growth." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Boys/Girls)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $41,440 to $77,070
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St. Andrew's College 41440 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Day Boys Girls
Thetford, Vermont(USA)
 
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"TA’s award-winning faculty are recognized for their innovative teaching practices, learners are engaged, and diversity is celebrated. TA students work collaboratively and independently to reach their full potential." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • US $20,963 to US $49,545
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Thetford Academy 20963 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
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"Heritage Academy provides a multisensory learning environment and supports students with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and Anxiety in Grades 1 -12." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,600 to $19,000
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Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence 16600 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
London, Ontario
Wellington Street/Central Avenue
 
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"Sycamore School offers grades 8-12 personalized education in an alternative programs that address the needs of secondary school students who may thrive in a small community of learners working toward graduation." —From the school

  • Gr. 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $20,200
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The Sycamore School 20200 HighSchools Day Coed
Etobicoke, Ontario
Bloor St./Jane St.
 
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"Blyth Academy Etobicoke, located in Toronto's west end, focuses on personalized education, small class sizes, and experiential learning." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $19,495 to $25,395
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Blyth Academy Etobicoke 19495 HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bathurst St./St. Clair West
 
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"Canada’s only independent, Catholic school for boys in Grades 7-12, taught in the Basilian tradition of forming the mind, body, and soul. Since 1852, we have educated students in goodness, discipline, and knowledge." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $23,250
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St. Michael's College School 23250 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
Mississauga, Ontario
Tomken Rd./Eglinton Ave. E
 
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"Northstar Montessori offers an accredited Montessori curriculum from Toddler age to Grade 8. Our goal is to develop strong character and contributing citizens who understand that their involvement makes a difference." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $10,800 to $16,900
  • Day school
  • 300 students
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Northstar Montessori Private School 10800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
 
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"Beginning in Grade 8, our unique Shawnigan journey purposefully guides students through a distinct, unparalleled and bold educational experience on our stunning waterfront campus on Canada’s beautiful West Coast." —From the school

  • Gr. 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $35,500 to $90,000
  • Day, Boarding
  • 540 students
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Shawnigan Lake School 35500 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bayview Ave/Broadway Ave
 
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"A daily goal is for our children to arrive at school excited for the day ahead. Aside from our excellent academic programs, we plan many fun events for the children to enjoy throughout the school year." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 2 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $8,500 to $24,000
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Children's Garden Nursery School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Markham, Ontario
 
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"Markham, Ontario; IB School; OSSD; OSSD online credit course; NOIC ACADEMY’s annual university enrolment rate is 100% and more than 85% of graduates are admitted by University of Toronto." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $5,000 to $18,000 /semester
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NOIC Academy 5000 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge St/Lawrence Ave
 
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"Blyth Academy Lawrence Park is one of nine Blyth Academy campuses in Ontario. Our campus located in midtown Toronto provides the warmth and community of a neighbourhood school." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $23,550 to $27,750
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Blyth Academy Lawrence Park 23550 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Donald St/Frances St
 
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"Promote academic excellence that stimulates the acquisition of language skills, the development of scientific and artistic competencies as well as the formation of a critical mind, in a multicultural environment." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $10,670 to $12,320
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Academie Providence 10670 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Bank St./Wilton Cres.
 
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"Blyth Academy The Glebe focuses on personalized education, small class sizes, and strong student support for Grades 7-12. Big experience in a small school! Part of community of eight Blyth Academy campuses in Ontario." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $23,550
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Blyth Academy The Glebe, Ottawa 23550 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Hamilton, Ontario
Main St. W./Longwood Rd. S.
 
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"Columbia International College is Canada’s largest private boarding school, offering Grade 9 to 12 programs. #1 in scholarships awarded by universities. The University of Toronto's official Global Partner School." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $2,250 to $3,000 /course
  • Day, Boarding
  • 1700 students
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Columbia International College 2250 HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed
North York, Ontario
Avenue Road/Lawrence Avenue
 
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"Through our dynamic individual education plans, mentorship, and therapeutic counselling we ensure all students feel comfortable, respected and cared for, so they stay actively engaged in their educational journey." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $18,875 to $24,075
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AVRO Academy 18875 HighSchools Day Coed
Montreal, Quebec
Atwater/Docteur-Penfield
 
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"Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all-girls English Catholic high school, has been preparing girls to change the world. We offer grades 7 to 12, day school and boarding." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $18,411 to $64,500
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The Sacred Heart School of Montreal 18411 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Day Girls
Whitby, Ontario
Garden Street/Hwy. 2
 
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"Trafalgar Castle offers AP programming and an academically challenging environment rooted in future-ready competencies that prepare students for a world yet to be imagined." —From the school

  • Gr. 4 to 12 (Girls)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $29,348 to $78,215
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Trafalgar Castle School 29348 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
Rothesay, New Brunswick
Rothesay Rd/College Hill Rd
 
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"Our unique, daily Advisor Program ensures every student is surrounded by a strong network of highly qualified, dedicated faculty and staff whose mission is to provide academic, emotional, and social guidance and support." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $25,130 to $70,830
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Rothesay Netherwood School 25130 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Oshawa, Ontario
Wilson Road/Adelaide Ave
 
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"At G.B.MS, D.E.P.S and Durham Academy Secondary school focus is on each individual student and helping them meet their unique potential and goals. We believe in excellent customer service and families have a voice. Throughout the year we enhance our programs through program enhancement and enrichment." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Montessori
  • $10,400 to $14,000
  • Day, Homestay
  • 187 students
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Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. 10400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bloor/Spadina
 
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"Guidepost is a new Montessori school coming to Toronto [Annex], serving children from 10 weeks to 12 years old. We offer year-round programming and rolling admissions into our programs to meet the needs of every family." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $20,700 to $25,350
  • Day school
  • 100 students
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Guidepost Montessori 20700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Leslie Street/York Mills Road
 
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"The Giles School has small class sizes, leadership programs and intensive STEAM learning that support both immersion and introductory language programming in English, French and Mandarin." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $21,530 to $26,155
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The Giles School 21530 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Montreal (DDO), Quebec
 
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"West Island College offers French and French Immersion programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. It is a leader in innovative teaching methods. Average class size 24 students." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $15,450
  • Day school
  • 485 students
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West Island College (Montreal) 15450 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Avenue Road/St. Clair Ave.
 
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"De La Salle College is a Catholic, co-educational, university preparatory school in Toronto from Grade 5 to 12, with an average class size of 20 students and tuition at $16,300 - $16,900." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $17,000 to $19,000
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De La Salle College 17000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Westmount, Quebec
Mount Pleasant Avenue/Cedar Avenue
 
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"Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School offers a bilingual education for girls from K-11, located in Westmount, Qc. We develop bold leaders and creative thinkers — equipping each girl to be the entrepreneur of her own future." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 11 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $21,800 to $26,380
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Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School 21800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls

These cyber schools use a learning management system (LMS) to deliver course content to students, such as Blackboard, Moodle, Edmodo, Google Classroom, Microsoft teams, and D2L. Students use the LMS to access lessons or learning modules, which may be text-based or multimedia videos. They also use it to access assignments and tests, which they usually complete independently and on their own timetable.

Many online schools, especially at the secondary level, offer mostly independent learning. On this “correspondence” or “distance learning” model, students log in, select their courses, and earn credits on completion. They work largely or exclusively on their own, downloading asynchronous lessons, assignments, and tests, and working through the course material. Normally, they can do this on their own schedule or at least within a very flexible time period.  

Role of teachers

Teachers, in online schools, normally communicate with students through email or an LMS. They’ll typically set up clear expectations for the course regarding structure, deadlines, and more. They’ll also often grade student work and provide feedback on it.  

In some fully online schools, teachers play a more active role. For instance, they may communicate with students more regularly, as a class, in small groups, or individually. They may also hold regular virtual office hours, say, each week or even each day. 

Some teachers set up study and discussion groups and aim to promote student interaction and engagement in various other ways. They may also offer tutoring, special needs support, homework support, and other unique services.

Some online schools offer regular access to staff. They may even have one or more teachers or support staff “on-call” during certain days and times of the week to answer questions and address concerns.

One school, Scholars’ Hall At-Home Private School has a completely different model: it offers a fully synchronous learning environment at the primary level. Teachers are with students face-to-face throughout the entire day. They deliver lessons, promote interaction and discussion, and offer real-time feedback. Right now, though, this isn't the norm among online schools. 

Since different schools have different approaches, speak to those you’re seriously considering to learn exactly what they offer. This is a critical step in finding the right fit for your child.

Partly online schools

Some schools offer online courses and programs to supplement in-person learning. These schools have a physical campus but provide some form of online learning, the extent and type of which varies among schools. 

Some of these schools, though not all, emerged in response to COVID-19. And, while some will continue offering online learning when the pandemic subsides, others won’t. 

In addition to fully online courses, some of these schools offer what’s called “hybrid” or “blended” learning. Hybrid courses provide a combination of virtual and in-person learning. For instance, they may alternate between virtual and in-person learning each day or each week (as some schools have had to during the pandemic). These courses can have many benefits.

Many of these schools have a wide range of online courses. Others have a narrower selection. 

In either case, the courses can be delivered in three main formats.

Schools offering online learning use different platforms to deliver their course content. 

Again, speak to specific schools to learn more about them, including exactly what kind(s) of online learning they offer.

Formats of online courses

Many schools with online learning have a broad scope of online courses. Others have a narrower selection to choose from. These courses are offered in various formats.

Synchronous 

These courses offer exclusively or primarily face-to-face online learning. The teachers provide live lessons and real-time feedback to students. Students can interact with the teacher and their peers during class discussions, breakout groups, and special activities. The aim is to offer the same experience as a traditional in-person school but through a virtual interface. 

Keep in mind, many synchronous courses aren’t entirely face to face. Some offer breakout groups where students work with their peers on a task or project, without the teacher. Others offer independent work periods where students can study for a test or work on a project or task. Students are also often given breaks in class in which they’re free to do what they’d like.

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Asynchronous

These types of courses don’t offer much if any learning in real-time. Students log in and complete assignments and tests independently. The instructor does not teach or provide live lectures to students. Students will likely be able to communicate with the teacher through email, a learning management system, or sometimes even face-to-face, but this tends to be minimal. 

Some schools with these courses give students access to teachers on a regular basis, such as through office hours. Some also offer brief face-to-face meetings with teachers, either in groups or individually. And some promote interaction between students, for instance, through study or discussion groups (though these are rarely face-to-face).

Questions to ask:

Distance learning 

Distance learning or correspondence courses offer no face-to-face interaction with teachers, even virtually. Instead, students access course content through a learning management system. This may include learning modules, assignments, and tests, which they complete independently, normally on their own timetable. 

The primary role of the teacher in these courses is to grade student work and give them feedback on it. They may also be available through email or even virtual office hours.

Distance learning courses are often provided at the secondary level. They offer mostly independent learning. Students log into the course management system, select their courses, and earn credits when completing them. This can sometimes be a way to supplement the education one receives at their main school.

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Types of online learning platforms

Schools offering online learning use virtual platforms. These enable students to log into a live classroom (in synchronous courses), access course content, access and complete assignments and tests, and do many other things.

Schools offering online learning use a wide variety of virtual platforms. The platform used by a school will depend on the type(s) of courses it wants to deliver, among other things. Below are some of the most common examples.

Questions to ask about online learning in school

It’s important to speak with school officials to get a sense of whether any school is the right fit for your child. This is especially true if you’re looking at a fully or partly online school.

Below are some crucial questions to ask.

General

Registration and scheduling

Format of learning

Teacher involvement

Communication

To learn more, read our article on questions to ask online learning schools.

The pros and cons of online learning in schools

There are both benefits and concerns with online learning in schools. Below, we outline some of the main points to consider. 

Pros

Cons

To learn more, read our article on the pros and cons of online learning in school.

The evolution and controversies of online learning

Online and virtual learning involves integrating technology into the classroom. This can include virtual learning that’s completely or mostly independent of teacher involvement (e.g., synchronous or distance learning) to learning that involves any form of technology. 

Online learning, and the technology it depends on, is rapidly evolving. It can enhance students' education in many innovative, exciting, challenging ways. 

Using technology in the classroom to provide a virtual learning experience is no simple matter, though. It raises a number of complex questions private and public schools must address.

Schools and educators have a wide range of views on the value of virtual and distance education. Some dismiss it as a distraction, while others entertain the possibility of virtual learning as a complete replacement for all instruction (and some schools offer this). And, of course, there are many views in between these two extremes.

To learn more, read our article on the evolution and controversies of online education.

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