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.

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

See the Course Catalogue for courses offered to elementary and junior high students.

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Questions? Phone 1-855-974-5333 x5317 for Support Staff, or email vvsupport@pembinahills.ca.

Full-Time Admission Process
  1. Determine if the student is eligible.
  2. Complete the registration forms and attach all supporting documents, including citizenship documentation, Individual Program Plan (IPP)—if applicable, and transcript/report card.
  3. Upon receipt of your registration form, our registration staff will contact you to make an appointment to meet face-to-face with the enrolment advisor in your area (Academic Counsellor, Associate Principal, or Principal). Under extenuating circumstances, a Skype or telephone conference interview may be considered.
  4. Intake interviews take approximately one hour per student. Students under the age of 18 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.
  5. When you are enrolled, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for accessing your online course content. Required course materials will be mailed to the shipping address provided on your registration form.
  6. 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 February.
  • 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.
    • Provide proof of citizenship (i.e., birth certificate, landed immigrant, or resident documentation).
  • Be a resident of Alberta.
    • Although a student may be residing elsewhere temporarily, they must maintain an Alberta address.
    • A school-aged student (or their parent/guardian) must reside in Alberta on September 30 of the school year.
      • A student must submit proof of residency upon request. Additional requirements apply to students leaving the province during the school year.
  • Provide evidence prerequisites have been met for the grade level the student expects to start (i.e., a final report card from the previous grade level).
  • Provide additional documentation in support of student needs as required (e.g., Individualized Program Plan, psychological/psycho-educational assessments, and/or medical assessments/documentation).
  • 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.
  • Not be federally funded (i.e., living on a reserve, coded 330). Federally-funded students looking to register in distance education courses should contact their local school to be registered through the Alberta Distance Learning Centre.
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.
  • Provide proof of Alberta residency:
    • Note: Alberta Education requires a parent or guardian of the student under the age of 18, or the student 18 or older as of September 1 must remain in the province until at least September 30 of the school year.
    • 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 must 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, and as a last resort, your income tax receipt showing that you filed and paid taxes in Alberta for the previous year may be considered.
  • 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.
  • Once registered, a student who is not located near one of our campus locations or is out-of-province, may establish a special writing centre for school-based supervised exams (midterms and final exams)—to inquire about the process and obtain forms, please contact Vista Virtual School toll-free at 1-877-974-5333 x5317, or vvsupport@pembinahills.ca.
Common Questions

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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.