Elementary & Junior High Full-Time Program

Through our full-time program, Vista Virtual School offers print-based and some online courses to Alberta elementary and junior high school students in grades 1-9 who are not currently enrolled at any other school. See the Course Catalogue for courses offered to elementary and junior high students.

Teachers are available to assist students Monday to Friday by phone, email, Skype, and face-to-face meetings.

Students may register for full-time studies for the 2020/21 school year starting May 1, 2020 until the third week of September. Students who are new to Vista Virtual School must upload their final report card into their registration application.

Note: There is no part-time option available for elementary or junior high students. In this case, please refer to your local school for distance education options.

Questions? See answers to FAQs or contact us!

Full-Time Admission Process

Step 1: Determine if the student is eligible.

Step 2: Complete the online registration application

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

Step 3: Upon receipt of your registration form, our registration staff will contact you to make an appointment to meet with the enrolment advisor in your area (Academic Counsellor, Associate Principal, or Principal). 

  • Appointments are scheduled in the Vista Virtual School Campuses closest to you (Edmonton or Calgary).
  • Under extenuating circumstances, a Skype interview may be considered.

Step 4: Intake meetings take approximately one hour per student. During this time, the enrolment advisor will meet with you to discuss Vista Virtual School policies, course selection, etc. 

  • Students must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian unless they have declared their independence, in which case a letter of independence will be required.
  • A photo of the student will be taken at the end of the interview for the student’s School Identification card.

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

Students registering in a Blended Home Education or a Full Home Education program, must submit their Education Plan for authorization by the third week of September of the current school year.

Eligibility for Elementary and Junior High Students

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

Be at least six (6) years of age as of the last day of December.

Be a Canadian citizen, lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence, a child of a Canadian citizen, or a child of an individual who is lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent or temporary residence.

  • Students must provide proof of citizenship (i.e., birth certificate, landed immigrant, or resident documentation).
  • Note: students with a study permit must also provide their guardian’s citizenship documentation

Be a resident of Alberta.

  • Alberta Education requires a parent/guardian of the student under the age of 18, or the student 18 or older, to remain in the province until at least September 30 of the school year.
  • Although a student may be residing elsewhere temporarily, they must maintain an Alberta address.
  • A student must submit proof of residency upon request.
    • The best documentation is an Alberta property tax assessment with proof of payment for the current year.
    • If a residence is rented or not owned, you may provide a current lease agreement from the property manager valid for at least the school year, as well as a current utility bill for your Alberta residence.
    • At the principal’s discretion, your income tax receipt showing that you filed and paid taxes in Alberta for the previous year may be considered.

Have successfully completed any required prerequisite(s) of the course request.

  • Students who are new to Vista Virtual School applying for grades 2-9 must upload their final report card into their registration application.

Students registering in elementary or junior high must be registered as a full-time student by the third week of the current school year; there is no part-time option.

Requirements for Elementary and Junior High Students

The student and/or guardian must:

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

Sign a Release of Student Records form to allow records from their previous school(s) to be released to Vista Virtual School.

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.

Have regular contact with teachers of Vista Virtual School through email, telephone, or video conferencing, as well as attend Student Parent Teacher Interviews (SPTs).

Complete their program of study by June 30 of the registered school year.

Teturn all required textbooks and materials within one month from the end of the school year (or by July 31); otherwise, be invoiced for the cost.

Provincial Achievement Tests

Each year students in grades 6 and 9 are administered Provincial Achievement Tests. These are standardized tests that reflect the essentials all Alberta students are expected to achieve in English and Français/French language arts, math, science and social studies.

Tests are administered in January (for eligible Grade 9 students), and in May and June for all Grade 6 and Grade 9 students. All Vista Virtual School students in grades 6 and 9 are eligible to write the Provincial Achievement Test.

Vista Virtual School PAT schedule 2019-20:

May 6 – Grade 6 Language Arts Part A: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 7 – Grade 9 Language Arts Part A: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

June 15 – Grade 6 Language Arts Part B: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
June 16 – Grade 6 Science: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
June 17 – Grade 6 Social Studies: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
June 18 – Grade 6 Math Part A & B: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June 22 – Grade 9 Language Arts Part B: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
June 23 – Grade 9 Science: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
June 24 – Grade 9 Social Studies: 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
June 25 – Grade 9 Math Part A & B: 9 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

Provincial Achievement Tests can be written at any grade 1-9 elementary or junior high school in Alberta.

More information:

Please contact us at vvsupport@pembinahills.ca if you would like your child to write the test(s) and we will help guide you through the process.