5 Must-Knows About Online High School Courses in Ontario

In an ever-changing and advancing world, how our children go to school is evolving. Today, online high school is a valid way for many students to earn their diplomas. However, this leads parents to many questions: Will my child be able to get into college? Are these schools trustworthy? Will children be taught the same material as peers who attend traditional high school? How qualified are the teachers when it comes to educating high school-aged students? These are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from parents at Blyth Academy.

 

1. How Do Universities and Colleges View Credits From Online Courses?

Both students and parents realize the importance of earning a college degree, which is why many are concerned about how universities and colleges view credits from online courses. To set your mind at ease, neither universities nor colleges view online courses any differently than courses taken in-person. Because every course at Blyth Academy is credited, you can trust that your child will be receiving one of the top private school educations in Canada.
Make sure you check with the college or university your child wants to attend for their specific policies in regard to e-learning courses, repeated courses, and any courses taken outside of the home school, as policies are known to change often.

 

2. Are Online Schools Trustworthy?

Online schools are completely trustworthy and inspected by the Ministry of Education just like any other secondary school. At Blyth Academy, all of our high school courses are inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education, making us an excellent place for your child to earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). In fact, your child can take all of the courses necessary to earn their OSSD online with Blyth Academy.

 

3. Is My Child Learning the Same Material as a Child Taking In-Class Courses?

Regardless of whether your child takes in-class courses at a traditional high school or online courses through Blyth Academy, you can rest assured that they’ll be learning the same material. Blyth is authorized to grant credits toward an OSSD, meaning that the curriculum the school is offering meets the specific requirements laid out by the Ontario Ministry of Education. From secondary school literacy courses to Canadian and world studies courses, your child will learn everything they need to know to help them succeed when they choose to take online courses through Blyth.

 

4. Are Online High School Teachers Qualified To Teach Courses?

Since parents may not have the same relationship with an online teacher as they have with an in-class teacher, concerns about teacher qualifications may arise. Of course, there’s no need to worry, as the teachers at Blyth Academy must have the same credentials as required by any other high school. In order to become a secondary education teacher in Ontario, one must first earn a bachelor’s degree. Once this step has been completed, anyone wanting to teach will need an education certificate. Oftentimes, certified secondary teachers will need additional qualifications to teach certain subjects.
If you do need to meet with your child’s teacher, you can certainly do so. Every teacher at Blyth holds regular office hours at least once a week, and they’re always happy to address any concerns or questions you may have about your child’s education.

 

5. Does Blyth Online Academy Send Marks to OUAC or OCAS?

As your child approaches their graduation date, you may be curious about how the Ontario University Application Center (OUAC) and Ontario College Application Services (OCAS) will receive your child’s marks. At Blyth Academy, both teachers and administrators put your child’s education first; therefore, their marks will definitely be sent to the OUAC or OCAS.
To ensure your child’s marks are sent to the appropriate location, you will need to provide us with their OUAC/OCAS number via the Post-Secondary Transmission Form. This form can be found in their course. We do our best to get marks sent out promptly, typically on a weekly basis, but there are a variety of factors that can contribute to how long it takes for marks to be received by the OUAC or OCAS. Usually, they will be updated within 10 business days.

 

Looking To Take Online High School Courses in Ontario?

Now that you know how trustworthy an online education can be for your child, you can enroll them in Blyth Academy to start taking online courses today. They’ll have the same opportunities to learn as in-class students and will be taught by qualified teachers who care about their education. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us or take a look at our FAQ page.

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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