Correspondence schools and virtual schools

For homeschoolers who wish to follow a curriculum and/or earn a standard high school diploma, one option is to register with a distance school that offers correspondence courses (paper assignments sent by mail) or online courses (delivered over the internet). We list here some of the schools of which we were aware at the time of publishing this page. Some listings may be outdated. For more recent additions in this category of resources, see our Resource Directory under Correspondence Schools and Online Schools

OFTP attempts to keep this information as up-to-date as possible. If you have any difficulty contacting anyone on this list please notify us .

Ontario elementary grades

Virtual Elementary School

See the directory listing for Virtual Elementary School.

Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

New as of 2010: Elementary enrolment with teacher support is no longer available but elementary grade curriculum materials are still available. Order through the Sales Catalogue:
(or do a search for "elementary" on the ILC site if the page is no longer at that URL).

Ontario high school credits

Avon Maitland Distance Education Centre (AMDEC)


AMDEC is the Avon Maitland District School Board's on-line school. They provide:
a) Ontario Secondary School credit courses for students wishing to complete their high school diploma on-line;
b) Guidance and Career counselling to assist students in making academic choices;
c) The option for students to begin courses at any time during the school year between September and mid-February, and complete courses at their own speed (within established minimum and maximum work completion rates);
d) E-textbook support, allowing for material and resources to be available on-line for many of the courses offered
e) Certified Ontario teachers to teach all courses and
f) A wide variety of co-curricular activities and remediation.

It is necessary for the student to be enrolled at his/her local high school, the principal of which will need to sign forms granting permission for the student to take the AMDEC courses. The local high school will hold the OSRs and AMDEC will forward the grades. The local school will also receive the funding for the student and must transfer a designated amount of it to AMDEC to cover the e-learning courses.

Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Telephone: 1-800-387-5512 or (416) 484-2704 between 1pm and 5pm
Service in French is available by calling 1-800-265-0454 or 416-484-2722.

The Independent Learning Centre (ILC) provides a wide range of distance education courses that allow individuals to earn secondary school diploma credits, upgrade basic skills or study for personal development. You can obtain services directly from ILC or from one of the access sites in your area.


See the directory listing for OpenSchool.

Canada eSchool - formerly Ottawa Carleton E-School (OCES)

See the directory listing for Canada eSchool.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board ~ Virtual Learning Centre

See the directory listing for Virtual Learning Centre.

Virtual High School (Ontario)

Phone: 1-866-679-9377
Fax: 1-519-565-4100

VHS is the oldest accredited online high school in the Province of Ontario. Students may start course(s) any day, move through course at their own pace, and write final exam on any day (limit of 18 months). No textbook required. All content, unit tests, assignment submissions and final exams are online. Desire2Learn Learning Management System. Individual Education Plans (IEP) for students with special learning needs requiring course accommodations. Ontario College of Teachers qualified teaching staff. Homeschoolers are especially welcomed and accommodated!

Ontario high school equivalency

General Education Development (GED)

Direct inquiries regarding GED testing in Ontario to
the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)
Phone: (416) 325-3364 or 1-800-573-7022

The GED is an international testing program for adults who have not completed high school. It is available in all Canadian provinces and territories, in all of the United States, and in several other countries. In Ontario, the testing is administered by the ILC and allows adults to earn the Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate which is issued by the Ministry of Education. The GED test consists of five tests in core high school subject areas: writing, social studies, science, literature/arts and mathematics. This test can only be written in Ontario by Ontario residents who are 18 years of age or older and who have been out of school for at least one year. According to the ILC website, "Candidates who are 18 years old must provide documentation that they have not attended a regular high school for at least one year. Home-school candidates must provide a letter from their Board of Education indicating that they have been home-schooled." Please note that the Certificate is not equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) but the certificate can be used as one factor in admission requirements for mature students when applying to a college or university or when seeking employment.

Ontario institutes and academies

Granton Institute of Technology

263 Adelaide Street West,
Toronto, Ontario M5H 9Z9
Telephone: (416) 977-3929,
Fax: (416) 977-5612

Offers learn-at-home Certificate and Diploma courses; call and request a free Career Opportunities Guide; offers a "high school diploma course" for mature students (as far as we can tell, this does not lead to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma — OSSD — but serves as preparation for the GED); visit the website to view course offerings.

Canadian schools in other provinces

Northstar Canada

Box 1405,
Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0
Phone: 1-877-335-1171 or (403) 335-9587
Fax: (403) 335-9513

Northstar is a Canadian evangelical Christian on-line school for students in grades 7-12 using the internet.

Thomson Education Direct

Enrollment Information: Telephone: 1-888-427-2400

Thomson Education Direct has programs for receiving a High School Diploma as well as courses for higher education studies once individuals have their high school diploma.? Education offers students the ability to study in their homes, at their pace, and on their schedule. Students have the option to study on-line or through the mail from a variety of distance learning programs.

American schools

Bridgeway Academy

Home School Academy
334 2nd Street, Catasauqua, PA 18032-2501
Phone: 1-800-863-1474

For grades K-12. Uses curriculum from ACE--School of Tomorrow and Alpha Omega (Christian). Tuition fees include a complete individualized, mastery based, package of curriculum in Math, English, Science, Social Studies and Word Building. Additional elective courses are available at a 20% discount. Placement tests allow parents to develop an individualized curriculum plan in collaboration with one of the academy's academic advisors. Also offers achievement tests, grade reports, transcript records, lending library.

Calvert Education Services


Originally part of the prestigious Calvert School in Baltimore, Maryland, the Calvert options for homeschooling are now provided by Calvert Education Services as a separate dedicated company. Learning options include the following:

  • Complete grade-based homeschool curriculum for grades K-5.
  • Individual courses in specific subjects for grades K-12.
  • Enrollment in Calvert Academy Online (private online school) for grade 5 through high school.
  • Verticy Learning: curriculum based on the Orton-Gillingham teaching methodologies, designed for children who are struggling because of dyslexia or other learning disabilities / learning differences. Reading, spelling, writing: 4 levels; Literature, math: grades 3-8.

Clonlara School

1289 Jewett, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Telephone: (734) 769-4511
Fax: (734) 769-9629

Clonlara has a campus school program in Ann Arbor but also provides distance education in elementary and secondary programs. Graduates of Clonlara have been accepted at many colleges/universities in the U.S. (see the Clonlara website for an extensive list) as well as the following sch