I think the academics are on par with any high school, and like any other school, are basically what you make of it. I am not a very dedicated student, I wanted my diploma in the least amount of time and effort so I could move on. I felt that VHS did a great job of challenging me academically to ensure that I met the standards of university-level courses. The best part about it is that you can move forward at your own pace instead of just working harder for nothing - it seems that some schools increase the difficulty as a substitute for pushing students ahead. If you are a particularly gifted student, you should be pushed through high school and on to better things, and VHS is the perfect tool for that.
In my opinion the work that the school has is just right. The work allows me to challenge myself to find the right answer, but is also easy enough that it wont take me hours to figure out the right answer. Everything in the course curriculum is to the provincial standards which allows me to know that I am getting the proper education. The learning that I do at Virtual High School is something that will certainly be useful in my later life. Throughout the courses that I have taken I have learned important things from how to create a resume to how to do CPR. Both of these things will render very useful to me later in life when the time comes to use them.