Virtual (on-line) School
Some students may find it difficult to join the normal day or night classes due to other commitments, course conflicts, or because they live too far from FutureSkills High School campuses. To address this issue, FutureSkills offers on-line courses also known as elearning or virtual school through a variety of online courses. Internet based courses allow students to complete accredited high school credits from the comfort of their home. On-line or e-learning courses are subject to supervised exams. Students who live in nearby cities like North York, Toronto, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Aurora, Newmarket, Etobicoke, Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax, Brampton, and Mississauga are expected to attend FutureSkills for their major exams. Otherwise, they must arrange for a proctor, approved by FutureSkills, at their own expense. Here is a sample of approved proctors:
- Canadian Embassies
- Canadian Consulates
- Community Colleges
- Public schools
- Private Secondary schools
The online format offers specific challenges for students. Ideally, students will log on regularly and meet the deadlines in a timely fashion. We realize that "life" sometimes gets in the way and that it can be difficult to be consistent in the work. We are flexible with some details but students should ultimately realize that they are responsible for their own learning and they need to be active in their online course(s).
Each course demands 110 hours of active learning per course by the student. Part of this learning includes mandatory online interaction with the teacher and other students in the same course.
All courses have an expiration date. If the teacher recognizes that the student hasn't participated in the course by the six week mark, an email will be sent to the student (and parent) to inquire about the student's involvement in the course. By the mid-term, it is mandatory that the student contact the school and/or the teacher to see what they can do to catch up if they are behind. If, by this point, the student is still not active in the course, the student will be removed from the course without a refund. If the student wants to continue they have to re-register and pay the fee a second time to be re-admitted into the course.