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.

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 meaning VVS is responsible for students’ programming for the school year.

  • Primary registrations are now closed for 2021/22
  • The 2021-22 school year goes from September 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
  • Grade 1-6 courses are print-based with some online and grades 7-9 courses are online.
  • Students are enrolled in compulsory core courses (language arts, math, science, social studies) at each grade level and 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 can be 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.

Primary Registrations (Full-time)

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.

  • Primary registrations are now closed for 2021/22
  • 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.
  • Primary Gr. 10-12 students may register for a full course load based on Alberta’s funding model:
    • 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.
  • Gr. 10-12 students must complete a 1-credit introductory course called E-Learning & Learning Management Systems (COM1255) in Semester 1.
  • Primary students must submit work regularly, and are required to submit assignments in both September and October.
  • Programming is delivered within a semester system following the traditional school year:
    • First semester runs from September 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022.
    • Second semester runs from February 1 to June 15, 2022.
    • Summer school runs from July 1 to August 6, 2022.
  • Academic Counsellors are available to support students with their program decisions.

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

Non-primary Registrations (Part-time)

Non-primary registrations at VVS refer to students who have their primary registration with another Alberta school authority, other than PHSD, as of September 30 of the current school year.

  • Non-primary students may register with VVS throughout the school year.
  • Non-primary students can have up to three months to complete a 1-credit course and six months to complete a 3- or 5-credit course but all courses must be completed by June 15, 2022. Keep this in mind when registering.
  • 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 students may take a maximum of 5 credits during the regular school year, as well as a 1-credit introductory course called E-Learning & Learning Management Systems (COM1255). For non-primary students to take more than 6 credits, an Education Services Agreement must be in place.
  • An additional 10 credits can be earned in summer school.

Education Services Agreements

Education Services Agreements are required as per the Funding Manual for School Authorities in order to provide services to students who are not included in the Pembina Hills enrolment. See the PHSD Education Services Agreements webpage for more information.

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.
  • Students residing in the Calgary region are required to pick up their materials from the VVS campus or pay for shipping.
  • Students residing elsewhere in Alberta will have materials mailed to their address at no cost. Those who require materials be sent outside of Alberta are 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.
  • Students residing in the Calgary region are required to pick up their materials from the VVS campus or pay for shipping.
  • Students residing elsewhere in Alberta will have materials mailed to their address at no cost. Those who require materials be sent outside of Alberta are 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.
  • Course materials ordered through Vista Virtual School are for purchase and are not refundable.
  • The cost is averaged out between used and new textbooks; but as such, you may receive a used textbook in reusable condition.

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
September 1 — First day of the 2021-22 school year
September 17
— Deadline to submit primary registrations
November 10
— Deadline request or withdraw from first semester course
December 1 — Registration for second semester courses opens
January 13
 — All Semester 1 assignments/quizzes due (grade 10-12 primary registrations)
January 20 — All Semester 1 exams completed (grades 10-12 primary registrations)
January 28 — Last day for ESA/NP grades 1-9 registrations (tentative)
February 1
— Semester two begins
April 14 — Deadline to register/withdraw from second semester/ESA/NP courses
May 15 — Summer school registration opens
June 1 — Registration for 2022/23 opens for returning grades 1-12 students
June 15
— All assignments/quizzes due
June 22 — Deadline to complete all exams
June 28 — Last day of second semester
July 4 — Registration for 2022/23 opens for new students

July 4 — First day of summer semester; last day to register in 5-credit summer semester courses
July 29 — Last day to register in 1- and 3-credit summer semester courses and withdraw from any summer semester courses
August 15 — All summer semester assignments/quizzes due
August 22 — Deadline to complete all summer semester exams