Senior High School Full-Time Program
Vista Virtual School offers a full-time school program to Alberta students in grades 1-12 who are not currently enrolled at another school. Students in grades 10-12 are able to choose online courses only and may register year-round.
Teachers are available to assist students Monday to Friday by phone, email, Skype, and face-to-face meetings.
Specific course format and required materials are found in the Course Catalogue.
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- Determine if the student is eligible.
- Complete the registration forms and attach all supporting documents, including citizenship documentation, Individual Program Plan (IPP)—if applicable, and transcript/report card.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
To qualify to register at Vista Virtual School, the student must:
- Be less than 20 years of age as of September 1 of the school year.
- 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 that the prerequisites of the grade level the student expects to start at have been met (i.e., a final report card from previous grade level or high school transcript).
- Provide additional documentation in support of student needs as required (e.g., Individualized Program Plan, psychological/psycho-educational assessments, and/or medical assessments/documentation).
- Not be block-funded by another school, as of September 30 of the current school year (Grant Code, Exception Code).
- 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.
- If you are taking a Vista Virtual School (VVS) course and turn 20 years old during the school year, you have until August 15 to complete your course(s). You can register in courses until June 30 of the current year. (Students registered in Alberta Distance Learning Centre courses on VVS’ behalf still have to complete their course by June 15.)
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 regular contact with teachers of Vista Virtual School through Student Parent Teacher Interviews (SPTs), email, telephone, or video conferencing.
- All coursework registered under the full-time program must be completed by June 15 and examinations must be completed by June 30 of the registered school year.
- 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). When the student is taking a course where there is also a diploma examination, the student is required to either return to Alberta to write the diploma examination, or establish a special writing centre—to inquire about the process and obtain forms, please contact Vista Virtual School toll-free at 1-877-974-5333 x5317, or email@example.com.
- Students must return all required textbooks and materials within one month from the end of the school year (or by July 31); otherwise, they will be invoiced the cost.
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