"The course material is similar to that of a physical school."


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Review of: Ontario Virtual School

ricky Randhawa - Student    (Jan 15, 2019)

Student Experience

I enjoyed the Ontario Virtual School. I took 2 courses during grade 12 here and I was working at the time. My final year was very stressful. Taking courses online helped a lot because I was able to work at my own pace. I took English online and I had a much better experience with OVS than I did with my high school. Since I was able to work on my own pace I was able to dedicate more time to specific things. I was able to work during winter and spring break, and really get a lot of things done. I highly recommend OVS to any seniors looking to ease their workload. This also provides the added benefit of having more time to participate in extracurricular activities.


School Leadership

The teachers were highly educated, and I thought OVS was run great. I was recommended to the school by a friend. This was a decision I did not regret. I took english online and my teacher was much better than my in school teacher. She really helped me develop my writing skills. She also helped me work towards a really good grade. There were times when I struggled but she helped me improve my work throughout the term and I ended up with an A-.


Teaching

Not one time did I feel pressure from the teachers at OVS. Both Mr. Lakhani, and Ms. Schmurdok were great. They let me work at my pace. This was a big deal for me because I had just started working at a new job. There was added pressure because it was my final year. The teachers were understanding of this, and it really helped. Both teachers were very helpful when it comes to responding to emails. They responded quickly to all my emails, and helped answer questions. My english teacher really helped me improve my overall writing, and she helped me obtain a great mark. I had a good experience, and I heard nothing but good things about the OVS and the staff.


Academics

I thought the work was good. The course material is similar to that of a physical school. However, having the ability to work at your own pace, and from home is really beneficial. Since you're able to work at your own pace you don't feel overwhelmed. This experience really helped me later on in my academic career. I currently attend Ryerson University and throughout my years I have done some courses online. Since i was already familiar with the expectations of an online course this was an easy transition for me. Some people find online courses harder, but for me it was great. I recommend online courses with OVS for students who like to work diligently. The material I learned in OVS was useful in my first year at university, because all business students need to take math. Mr. Lakhani had prepared me really well for first year math courses.


Extracurriculars

This was an online school so there were no extracurriculars. That being said, since it is online I was able to work in my final year of high school. This would be difficult with day school, but the flexibility of online classes helped me generate some income for a few months. OVS also allows more time for you to participate in non school related extracurriculars because you work at your own pace.


Students

Once again, this was online so I didn't physically interact with anyone. However, for my math class there were discussion boards. In these discussion boards I felt the students were nice and helpful. Sometimes if I had questions I was able to receive answers there. I was also able to provide other students with help if they ever needed it. In my opinion I feel anyone that likes to work at their own pace are best suited for this school. It gives you the ability to do just that. I just wish I had known about it earlier so that I could have done summer school here. This would have been better than waking up early in the morning and sitting in a class room for hours.


School Life

This is an online school so I wouldn't really have anything to show anyone. I don't think having a physical location is beneficial for OVS. I think OVS is moving in the right direction with their online classroom. Considering where technology is at today, online classrooms will become more and more common. In university I take about 2-3 courses online because it saves me time from commuting to downtown Toronto. Aside from the commute, its much easier for me to login and complete my work, and work at my own pace. I feel I learn better when I read something and teach it to myself, rather than attending a lecture with 100 students who are disengaged from the lesson. This was a good learning experience for me.


Community

It was an online school so I was able to do the class work from the comfort of my own home. This was great because I wasn't in a stressful situation. Aside from that you miss out on the experience of a real school. In which, you can go out to lunch, have classes with your friends, and a whole bunch of other things. That being said, this is best for sometime who wants to ease their workload. The benefit of online courses is that you can logon and do your work at any time that works for you. You're not required to wake up early in the morning and make some sort of commute. You can wake up and do your work, or you can even do your work at night if you prefer.


School Location

This is an online school so there isn't any physical location you have to go to. Like I said before, I don't think having a physical location is in the plans for OVS. With technology developing the way it is, online class rooms are the way to go. More schools should adopt this, as it's better for students, parents, and teachers.


Admissions

The admission process was very easy. I was referred by a friend and contacted Mr. Lakhani, who provided me with clear instructions for admission. My advice to someone applying for OVS would be to read up on some reviews and see if this is a good fit for them. If you like working at your own pace, and having a lot of flexibility with you academic, and personal schedule then OVS is for you. From what I remember the process didn't take too long. I had made up my mind about OVS and reach out to Mr. Lakhani. After we exchanged a few emails I had called him and decided I wanted to enrol. Within a day or two I was enrolled in my classes, and began doing my work.


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