Grades 1 – 12

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. All high school courses taken at VVS will appear in a student’s myPass account and on their Alberta transcript.

Are you an adult learner (20 years or older as of September 1 of the current school year)? Visit our Adult Upgrading page.
Are you an international student? Head to our International Students page.
Are you a school looking to enrol your students? See the Education Services Agreement (ESA) page.

On this page:

PRIMARY/FULL-TIME STUDENTS
NON-PRIMARY/PART-TIME GR. 10-12 STUDENTS 
TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS
2022/23 IMPORTANT SCHOOL DATES


PRIMARY/FULL-TIME STUDENTS

2022/23 Primary Registration is Open

Full-time/Primary students are students who are registered with VVS for a majority of their programming in a school year.

Grades 1-9 – Primary

Course & Registration Information

  • Courses & Format: 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. Grades 1-6 courses are print-based with some online and grades 7-9 courses are online. Visit our Course Catalogue for a full list of our course offerings.
  • Full-Year Registration: Grades 1-9 primary students are registered for the full school year and are expected to complete their courses in June.
  • No Class Size Caps: There are no caps on class sizes at VVS.
  • Personalized Learning: We also offer a differentiated, adapted and/or modified personalized learning program for students who are unable to achieve success in regular programming.

Course Procedures

Materials

  • Required materials are loaned to students at no cost but must be returned at the end of the school year in reusable condition. See the Textbooks, Materials & Fees section below for more information.

Grades 10-12 – Primary

Course & Registration Information

  • Courses & Format: We offer a full slate of core and elective courses — English, Social Studies, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science), Math, Physical Education, many CTS options, Music and French! Grades 10-12 courses are provided in an online format. Visit our Course Catalogue for a full list of our course offerings and required materials.
  • Courses are semester based:
    • First semester: September 1 to January 31
    • Second semester: February 1 to the end of school year
  • Recommended Course Load: 
    • Students in grades 10 and 11 (first and second years of high school) should register for a minimum of 35 credits per year.
    • Students in grade 12 (third year) of high school should register for the remaining credits required for graduation and for courses needed for post-secondary entrance (if applicable).
    • 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 beyond can register for a maximum of 10 credits.
    • Gr. 10-12 students must also complete a 1-credit introductory course called E-Learning & Learning Management Systems (COM1255).
  • No Class Size Caps: There are no caps on class sizes at VVS.
  • Prerequisite Course Requirements: Check our Course Catalogue (in the course descriptions) for prerequisite course and minimum mark requirements.

Course Procedures

  • Reporting Marks to Alberta Education – Once a student has completed 50% of their course work, we report their marks to Alberta Education.
  • Withdrawals & Finalizations – The deadline to withdraw from a 2021/22 course for Primary students was April 14.
    • At the end of June students will have their course finalized (zeros entered for assignments not completed) and mark reported to Alberta Education.
    • Students can contact their teacher with questions or email vvsupport@pembinahills.ca.

Materials & Fees

  • Materials required for courses are listed in our Course Catalogue. These materials have a caution fee that is 100% refundable when they are returned to VVS within 90 days of course completion or withdrawal. Full payment is due within 48 hours of registration. See Textbooks, Materials & Fees section below for more information. 

  COURSE CATALOGUE             REGISTER    


NON-PRIMARY/PART-TIME GR. 10-12 STUDENTS

Non-Primary Registration is Closed

Part-time, or Non-Primary, student registrations refer to high school students who are registered with a school in another authority (other than Pembina Hills School Division) and would like to take courses (up to 5 credits) with VVS.

We accept Non-Primary senior high school registrations directly from students and parents. We do not accept Non-Primary registrations from schools or school divisions.

Course & Registration Information

  • Courses & Format: We offer a full slate of core and elective courses — English, Social Studies, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science), Math, Physical Education, many CTS options, Music and French! Grades 10-12 courses are provided in an online format. Visit our Course Catalogue for a full list of our course offerings and required materials.
  • Register Throughout the Year: Non-Primary students may register with VVS throughout the school year (until April 14, 2022 for 2021/22 courses).
    • Course Start Dates: Non-Primary students do not follow semesters; courses start at the time of enrolment.
  • Course Credit Limit: Non-Primary students may take a maximum of 5 credits per semester (starting in 22/23) 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 10 credits with us, they must discuss with their primary school (an Education Services Agreement (ESA) must be in place and students then registered as ESA students.) 
  • Prerequisite Course Requirements: Check our Course Catalogue (in the course descriptions) for prerequisite course and minimum mark requirements.
  • No Class Size Caps: There are no caps on class sizes at VVS.
  • Course Completion: Non-Primary students have up to three months to complete a 1-credit course and six months to complete a 3- or 5-credit course; all courses must be completed by June 15, 2022 and final exams completed by June 22. 

Course Procedures

  • Reporting Marks to Alberta Education – Once a student has completed 50% of their course work, we report their marks to Alberta Education.
  • Withdrawals & Finalizations – Students who request to be withdrawn:
      • and have completed 50%, or more, of their course, will have their course(s) finalized (zeros entered for assignments not completed) and mark(s) reported to Alberta Education at the end of June.
      • and have completed less than 50% of their course will have their course withdrawn upon request.
    • To request a withdrawal, please email vvsupport@pembinahills.ca. Students under 18 years of age require parent/guardian permission to withdraw.

Materials & Fees

  • Materials required for courses are listed in our Course Catalogue. These materials have a caution fee that is 100% refundable when they are returned to VVS within 90 days of course completion or withdrawal. Full payment is due within 48 hours of registration. See the Textbooks, Materials & Fees section below for more information.

  COURSE CATALOGUE  

Contact Us!

Have questions? Give us a call at 1-855-974-5333 x5317 or email vvsupport@pembinahills.ca

 

Textbooks, Materials & Fees

Primary & Non-Primary Students

  • There are no tuition or registration fees.
  • Grades 1-9 required materials are loaned to students at no cost.*
  • Grades 10-12 required materials have a caution fee that is 100% refundable when materials are returned within 90 days of completion/withdrawal and in reusable condition.*
  • Refer to our Course Catalogue for materials and pricing.
    • Note: Full payment for materials is due within 48 hours of registration.
  • Shipping: Students residing in the Calgary region are required to pick up their materials from the VVS Calgary 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.*

Returning Textbooks & Materials

  • Grades 1-9 materials must be returned, in reusable condition, within 90 days of course completion/withdrawal, or by July 31; whichever is earlier. Students returning materials in unusable condition will be charged the appropriate material fees.*
  • Grades 10-12 materials must be returned, in reusable condition, within 90 days of completion/withdrawal to receive a refund.*

*See our Policies page for more information on textbooks and material returns, refunds and shipping fees.

Academic Counselling

Academic Counselling is available to students to help make programming decisions.

Contact a counsellor:

Grades 10-12
Loya De Clercq
1-855-974-5333 x7348
loya.declercq@pembinahills.ca 
Book an Appointment 

Grades 1-9
Jessica Luciuk
1-855-974-5333 x7352
jessica.luciuk@pembinahills.ca
Book an Appointment

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 grades 1-9 registrations
February 1
— Semester two begins
April 14 — Deadline to register/withdraw from all courses
May 15 — Summer school registration opens (summer courses begin July 1)
June 15
— All assignments/quizzes due*
June 22 — Deadline to complete all exams*
June 28 — Last day of second semester

July 1 —
First day of summer semester
July 4
— 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*

* Unless stated otherwise by the VVS teacher or as listed on the course timeline. These are general dates.

For all important dates, visit our Calendar.

2022/23 School Year — Important Dates