Adult Upgrading Program

Vista Virtual School students can work at any time, and in any place. This means that you, as an adult student, will have the flexibility to get the education you deserve! We help students of all ages achieve success in their academic careers.

Registering with Vista Virtual School gives you access to a variety of courses, enabling you to complete your high school diploma, improve your high school marks, learn a new skill, or fulfill post-secondary requirements. For general information about academic upgrading, graduation requirements and high school diplomas, visit the Academic upgrading if you are 20 or older Alberta Government webpage.

Our adult upgrading courses are offered through continuous (year-round) registration. Students have up to six months to complete core courses or three- or five-credit elective courses, and up to three months to complete one-credit CTS courses.

Adult Admission Process

Step 1: Determine eligibility.

Step 2: Complete the online registration application

  • Attach all supporting documents, including citizenship documentation, an Individual Program Plan (IPP)—if applicable, and a transcript/report card.

Step 3: Upon receipt of your registration form, our registration staff will review and verify your information.

Step 4: You will receive an email with instructions for making payment.

Step 5: When you are enrolled, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for accessing your online course content and getting started. Any materials ordered will be mailed to the shipping address provided on your registration form.

Eligibility for Adult Learning

To qualify to register for adult upgrading at Vista Virtual School, the student must:

  • Be 20 years of age or older as of September 1 of the current school year.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent or temporary residence. Students must provide proof of citizenship (i.e., birth certificate, landed immigrant paperwork, or resident documentation).
  • Be a resident of Alberta. Alberta Education requires students 18 years of age or older to remain in the province at least until September 30 of the school year. Although a student may be residing elsewhere temporarily, they must maintain an Alberta address and submit proof of residency upon request.*

* Proof of Alberta property is ideally tax assessment with proof of payment for the current year or, if a residence is rented, a current lease agreement from the property manager valid for at least the school year, as well as a current utility bill. At the principal’s discretion, an income tax receipt showing filed and paid taxes in Alberta for the previous year may be considered. VVS may also accept an Alberta Health Card, an Alberta driver’s licence, or a utility bill.

Requirements for Adult Students

The student must:

Sign Vista Virtual School’s Truancy and Acceptable Use policies.

Maintain regular contact with teachers of Vista Virtual School through email, telephone, or video conferencing.

Have a telephone number that is not long distance for our teachers to better communicate with their students:

  • Vonage, Magicjack, and Skype are just a few examples of companies who provide telephone service via the Internet, which will allow our teachers to call your home without incurring long distance charges.
  • You are also required to provide a telephone number for your Alberta residence.

Core courses and 3- and 5-credit elective courses must be completed within six months of the start date, and one-credit CTS courses must be completed within three months of the start date.