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.

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

Khan Academy

Non-profit, free

Khan Academy is not a school, but we're mentioning it here because it serves a similar purpose. It's a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide "a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere." The English Grammar and US History courses are American, but the Math courses by grade are listed according to the Ontario curriculum guidelines and are provided as very easy-to-understand videos.

BrightMinds Online School

Private school, around $500/course

This private online high school in Ontario includes courses for grades 6, 7, and 8.

STEM Village

Private, subscription-based, online course provider, around $50/month

Online supplemental education in science, technology, engineering, and math. The math and science are tied to the Ontario curriculum (currently grades 5-8). The technology and engineering offer supplemental introduction to additional critical skills required in today's digital economy.

Contact: Doug Walker
Phone: 416-304-9698
Address: 171 East Liberty Street, Suite 303
Toronto, ON
M6K 3P6

Educational Subjects: Algebra, Biology, Mathematics, Science

Grade Levels: 5-8

Virtual Elementary School

Private online course provider, around $80/course for parent-led Independent option or $400/course for teacher-led Facilitated option

Virtual Elementary School offers online courses for middle-school level students living around the world.

Students may register any day of the year and progress through the course at their own pace, with or without the assistance of a certified teacher.

Homeschoolers are especially welcomed and accommodated.

Phone: 1-866-679-9377
Address: 27 Main St North.
P.O. Box 402
Bayfield, ON
N0M 1G0

Educational Subjects: Language, Mathematics, Science

Grade Levels: Grades 6, 7, 8

Ontario high school credits - publicly funded

Avon Maitland District Elearning Centre (AMDEC)

Publicly funded, available to Ontario students enrolled in a day school with elearning permission from the day school's principal


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)

Publicly-funded non-profit provider of online OSSD-credit courses, $40/course

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.


Publicly-funded program providing online OSSD-credit courses, no tuition fees for Ontario residents

OpenSchool  is an asynchronous, continuous intake online school for senior high school credits. This school offers Ministry approved online courses. Enrolment is first come first served.

Phone: 705-328-2925

Educational Subjects: Arts, English Vocabulary, English Writing (Composition), Geography, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies

Grade Levels: Grade 11, Grade 12

Virtual Learning Centre

Publicly-funded school providing online OSSD-credit courses, no tuition fees for Ontario residents

The Virtual Learning Centre is part of Trillium Lakelands District School Board and offers a full secondary school online program. The VLC is Ontario's oldest operating online school. The Ministry approved courses are delivered through both live web classes and asynchronous learning.

Phone: 705-328-2925
Address: 230 Angeline St. South,
Lindsay, Ontario K9V 4R2

Educational Subjects: Arts, English Reading, English Vocabulary, English Writing (Composition), Geography, Language, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies

Grade Levels: All Secondary Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Ontario high school credits - private online schools

Blyth Academy Online

Private school with online OSSD-credit course options, around $500 to $600/course

Blyth Academy Online (BAO) is a private online high school offering more than 100 Ontario Curriculum courses.

Students can sign up and start anytime throughout the year. Students can complete their assignments, access their account, and produce work any time of the day or night. Courses can be completed at your pace and in an environment of your choosing.

Enrolling with BAO for grade 12 provides homeschooled children with a customized home education while allowing them to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Phone: 1-519-204-6037
Toll-free Phone: 1-866-960-3552
Address: Blyth Academy Head Office
160 Avenue Rd.
Toronto ON M5R 2H8

Educational Subjects: Arts, English Reading, English Vocabulary, English Writing (Composition), Geography, Language, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies

Grade Levels: All Secondary Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

BrightMinds Online School

Private online, OSSD-credit course provider, around $500/course

A fully online private high school registered and inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education, catering to a global community of learners from different countries and different backgrounds, from homeschooled students, to those with athletics and/or other specialized training on their daily schedule, to students with different learning abilities and styles.

As a self-paced Ontario Secondary school, the provided education follows the most current guidelines and expectations set forth by the Ontario Ministry of Education and takes advantage of latest educational software and technologies to provide you the opportunity to learn and earn OSSD credits while improving your learning skills and abilities.

Contact: Sue Guan
Phone: 647-931-9070
Address: 103-8312 McCowan Rd
Unionville, ON L3P 8E1

Educational Subjects: Arts, Biology, English as a Second Language, French as a Second Language, Geography, Health & Physical Education, History, Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Visual Arts

Grade Levels: 9-12

Canada eSchool

Private provider of online OSSD-credit courses, around $500 to $600/course

Canada eSchool is a private high school authorized by the Ministry of Education in Ontario, Canada to grant credits in over 100 online high school courses. The courses offered lead to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), and are accepted by universities and colleges in Canada, the UK and around the world. Courses completed through eSchool are accredited and added to your child’s Ontario Student Transcript for university entrance.

Phone: 905-296-2506
Address: 1033 Main Street West
Hamilton ON L8S 1B7

Educational Subjects: Biology, Geography, History, Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies

Grade Levels: All Secondary Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Ontario Virtual School

Private provider of online OSSD-credit courses, around $450 to $550/course

  • Continuous enrollment - start courses anytime.
  • Finish an online course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 months
  • Certified teachers, all in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers.
  • Interactive lessons that encourage mastery before moving forward
  • 24/7 access from anywhere in the world
  • Marks directly sent to OUAC, OCAS, and day school

Grade Levels: All Secondary Grades: Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Toronto eSchool

Private provider of online OSSD-credit courses, around $600/course (more if not a Canadian/permanent-resident residing in Canada)

Toronto eSchool is both an online high school and a tutoring centre offering grade 9 to 12 credit courses to local and international students on a part-time or full-time basis. Tutoring and programs provide individualized and customized academic support. Classes are available for English language and test preparation for students with English language needs.

Contact: Natalka Vetere
Phone: 647-352-6288
Address: 41 Metropolitan Road.
Toronto, ON M1R 2T5
( Highway 401 / Warden )

Educational Subjects: Algebra, Biology, English as a Second Language, English Grammar, English Literature, English Reading, English Vocabulary, English Writing (Composition), Geography, Health & Physical Education, History, Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Visual Arts

Grade Levels: All Secondary Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Uchenna Academy

Private provider of online OSSD-credit courses, around $430 to $580/course

Uchenna Academy is accredited and inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education, offering high school credit courses leading to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Offering ongoing enrollment, additional academic support, and a flexible schedule with all courses.

All homeschooled students are required to demonstrate their readiness for their chosen course through valid documentation. If no prerequisite course was taken, an equivalency test must be completed. Uchenna Academy staff offer academic assistance and resource sharing to prepare the students for the test.

Uchenna Academy & University Applications:  guidance department serves as a bridge between students and university admissions offices (OUAC).  Will individually provide support with the OUAC applications to ensure all students meet the criteria and deadlines during their university application process. In addition, Uchenna Academy will host several university representatives, providing students with comprehensive information about post-graduate programs, courses of study and future career paths.

Contact: Claudia Mandekic
Phone: (416) 855-5572
Address: 1205 St. Clair Ave. W.
Toronto, ON

Educational Subjects: Algebra, Biology, English Grammar, English Literature, English Reading, English Spelling, English Vocabulary, English Writing (Composition), History, Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences

Grade Levels: 10-12

Virtual High School (Ontario)

Private provider of online OSSD-credit courses, around $480 to $580/course

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 to the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) at:
(416) 484-2737 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.

Other Canadian High Schools

ICS Canada (International Career School)

Private online program for a high school diploma (not an OSSD), total program cost around $1000 to $1300

Not accredited by the Ontario government. Accreditation is by Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). May or may not be accepted for admission to a given post-secondary institution.

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.

Classical Learning Resource Center

The Classical Learning Resource Center offers live, interactive, online classes to homeschooling children in a wide variety of subjects -- Classical Greek and Latin,  Literature and Composition, Mathematics, History, Philosophy, Great Books, Mythology, and a variety of modern languages including Arabic, Russian, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese.  Most of the teachers have advanced degrees in their subject area (Ph.D or M.A.) and extensive teaching experience.

Contact: Anne Van Fossen
Phone: 208-267-5000
Address: 671 Stoney Trail Rd
Naples, ID 83847

Educational Subjects: Algebra, English Grammar, English Literature, English Reading, English Spelling (warning: American resource = American spelling), English Vocabulary, English Writing (Composition), French as a Second Language, History, Language, Mathematics, Science

Grade Levels: 1-12 (not all subjects for each grade)

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)

NorthStar Academy

3790 Goodman Road East,
Southaven, MS 38672, USA

Toll Free: 1-888-464-6280
Direct: 1-662-892-4380
Fax: 1-662-892-4385

NorthStar is an evangelical Christian on-line school for students in grades 4-12 using the internet. It is fully accredited by AdvancED & ACSI and is a member of the Network of International Christian Schools organization.