Programs

Vista Virtual School (VVS) can be the school of choice for any Alberta family. We provide a complete distance learning experience. Our teachers deliver course content asynchronously, provide academic timelines for each course, and offer support to students via email, telephone and/or virtual meetings.

Students have access to a broad catalogue of courses designed to meet all of the learning outcomes in the Alberta Programs of Study. We report results to parents/guardians and Alberta Education like any other school in Alberta.

VVS is part of the Pembina Hills School Division (PHSD).

Students registered for 2021-2022 must complete their full program by June 30, 2022.

Grades 1-9

Vista Virtual School (VVS) offers print-based and some online courses to Alberta elementary and junior high school students. Grade 1-9 students are usually primary registrations. This means VVS is responsible for students’ programming for the school year.

  • Students must register with VVS prior to Friday, September 17, 2021.
  • The coming school year runs from September 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
  • Grade 1-6 courses are print-based with some online. Grades 7-9 courses are online.
  • Students are enrolled in compulsory core courses (language arts, math, science, social studies) at each grade level. Health is added for grades 7-9.
  • VVS also offers a differentiated, adapted and/or modified personalized learning program for students who are unable to achieve success in regular programming.
  • There are no tuition or material fees. Materials are loaned at no cost but must be returned at the end of the school year.

Specific course format and required materials are found in the course catalogue.

Grades 10-12

Vista Virtual School (VVS) offers online senior high school courses to Alberta students. Students can be primary or non-primary registrations. Specific course format and required materials are found in the course catalogue.

Primary registrations

Primary registrations refer to students who are registered with Vista Virtual School (VVS) for the majority of their program. VVS is responsible for the student’s programming for the school year.

  • Students must register with VVS prior to Friday, September 17, 2021.
  • Students in their first three years of high school can register for a maximum of 35 credits per year.
  • Students in their fourth year of high school can register for a maximum of 18 credits.
  • Students in their fifth year of high school or higher can register for a maximum of 10 credits.
  • Students may also register for up to 10 additional credits in summer school.
  • Academic counsellors are available to support students with their program decisions.
  • Programming is delivered within a semester system following the traditional school year:
    • First semester runs from September 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022.
    • Second semester runs from February 1 to June 15, 2022.
    • Summer school runs from July 1 to August 6, 2022.
  • There are no tuition or registration fees. Required materials have a caution fee that is 100% refundable when materials are returned to VVS within 90 days of course completion or withdrawal.

Non-primary registrations

Non-primary registrations refer to students who are registered with another Alberta school for the majority of their program as of September 30, 2021, of the school year, with another Alberta school being responsible for the students’ programming for the school year.

  • Students may register with VVS throughout the school year.
  • Students may take one course (maximum of 5 credits) during the regular school year.
  • Students have up to three months to complete a 1-credit course and six months to complete a 3- or 5-credit course. However, all courses must be completed by June 15, 2022, which may shorten this timeframe.
  • Students may also register for up to 10 additional credits in summer school.
  • There are no tuition or registration fees. Required materials have a caution fee that is 100% refundable when materials are returned to VVS within 90 days of course completion or withdrawal.

Education services agreement

An education services agreement between Pembina Hills School Division (PHSD) and your school division allows Vista Virtual School (VVS) to deliver some of a student’s courses.

In such cases, we work with the student’s resident school division and school. VVS delivers instruction, support, and assessment for the selected courses. We report results to parents/guardians, the resident school, and Alberta Education. VVS invoices the school/division for the student’s courses and materials.

VVS offers programming for grades 1-12 and accepts these registrations throughout the school year. Please check with your local school or school authority, or call our support team, to confirm whether your resident division has an active education services agreement with PHSD in place.

Eligibility for Grade 1-12 Students

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

1. Be at least six (6) years of age as of December 31, 2021.

2. Be less than 20 years of age as of September 1, 2021. Students over the age of 20 can register for adult upgrading.

3. Be a Canadian citizen, a lawfully admitted permanent resident, a child of a Canadian citizen, or a child of a lawfully admitted permanent or temporary resident. International students can register for summer courses, but will be subject to international student tuition fees. Students must provide proof of citizenship (i.e., birth certificate, landed immigrant, or resident documentation) and students with study permits must also provide their guardian’s citizenship documentation.

4. Be a resident of Alberta. Alberta Education requires parents or guardians of school-age students to remain in the province until at least September 30 of the school year. Students must maintain an Alberta address, even if they are temporarily residing elsewhere, and must submit proof of residency upon request.*

5. Have successfully completed any required prerequisite(s) of the course request. VVS requires confirmation of prerequisite completion.**

6. Not be taking the same course at another school in Alberta. VVS is unable to register students in a course for which they are, or were, already registered in during the same term with a different school.

7. Not be federally funded, such as First Nations students living in a First Nation community whose educational expenses are paid by the federal government. As VVS is a provincially funded school, federally funded students can only register with VVS through an Education Services Agreement.

8. Provide additional documentation in support of student needs as required, including Individualized Program Plan, psychological/psycho-educational assessments, and/or medical assessments/documentation.

* Proof of Alberta residence is ideally provided in the form of an Alberta property tax assessment, with proof of payment for the current year, or, if residence is not owned, 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. VVS may also accept an Alberta Health Card, Alberta driver’s licence, or utility bill.

**Students entering grades 1-10 must upload their final report card from the previous school year.  VVS accepts Detailed Academic Reports (DARs) or transcripts from Alberta Education for students applying for senior high courses. If schooling was completed outside of Alberta, please upload your transcript or final report card. Please note, applications submitted without the prerequisite may be declined and students will be asked to reapply at a later date.

Please refer to the following information bulletin for further details:

Textbook and Material Fees

Grades 1-9

  • There are no tuition or registration fees.
  • All ordered materials are mailed to students’ address at no cost. Students who require materials be sent outside of Alberta may be responsible for shipping fees.
  • Primary students in grades 1-9 need to return materials within 90 days of completion or withdrawal from the course, or by July 31, whichever is earlier.
  • All materials must be returned in reusable condition, otherwise, fees for damaged or unreturned materials will be charged.

Grades 10-12

  • There are no tuition or registration fees.
  • Please refer to our Course Catalogue for materials and pricing.
  • All ordered materials are mailed to students’ address at no cost. Students who require materials be sent outside of Alberta may be responsible for shipping fees.
  • All required materials for grade 10-12 primary students’ course(s) have a caution fee that is 100% refundable when materials are returned to Vista Virtual School within 90 days of completion or withdrawal from the course, whichever is earlier.
  • All required materials must be in reusable condition in order to receive a refund.

Education services agreement

  • VVS invoices the school/division for the student’s courses and materials.
  • Please refer to our Course Catalogue for materials and pricing.
  • Any materials ordered through Vista Virtual School are not refundable.

Please see our Refund Policy for more information.

Admission Process

Step 1: Determine if the student is eligible.

Step 2: Complete the online registration application. Attach all supporting documents, as applicable.

Step 3: Upon receipt of your registration form, our registration staff will review and verify your information. You may be contacted to set up an online intake appointment or orientation with an Academic Counselor.

Step 4: Students in grades 10-12 with material fees 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.

2021-22 School Year — Important Dates

May 25 — Registration for the 2021-22 school year begins
August 23 — Students in grades 1-9 can access their courses
August 31 — Students in grades 10-12 can access their courses
September 1 — First day of the 2021-22 school year
September 17
— Deadline to submit an application as a primary registration
January 15
— All Semester 1 assignments/quizzes due (grade 10-12 primary registrations)
January 31 — Last day of Semester 1 (grade 10-12 primary registrations)
February 1
— First day of Semester 2 (grade 10-12 primary registrations)
June 15
— All Full Year and Semester 2 assignments/quizzes due
June 30 — End of 2021-22 school year