Obtain a Canadian High School diploma from the comfort of your home!
Our Value Proposition
We are an accredited High School in Canada offering courses from Grade 9 to 12. Classes are taught online, 100% in English by Canadian Certified Teachers which you can attend virtually from your home country and which will allow you to obtain a diploma from a Canadian High School, just as a Canadian student in Canada does. With the diploma and good grades you can apply more easily to any university or college in Canada and other countries, and have easier access to automatic entrance scholarships.
Below there is a sample diploma (Ontario Secondary School Diploma or OSSD) for students completing high school with Canaway Private School, and another one (Ontario Scholar) for students who get good marks in Grade 12 University Preparation courses.
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- Certified Teachers
- 24 hours of instruction ***
- Most materials and books included
- Option to earn a credit towards the OSSD****
As part of the High SchoolEarn credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
- Certified Teachers
- 24 hours of instruction ***
- Most materials and books included
- Earns a credit towards the OSSD
- Includes preparation for the OSSLT Exam
- Career / University or College Selection Guidance
- University or College admissions support
- Scholarship application guidance and support
- Support with extra-curriculars to improve scholarship chances
In this webinar (In Spanish), we discuss in detail what Canaway Private School offers! The webinar lasts about 1 hour.
Canaway Private School (CPS) is a Canadian virtual high school accredited by the Ministry of Education in Ontario, Canada, and with the licence (BSID) 669611. CPS has the authority to grant credits toward the Ontario High School Diploma in Canada (Ontario Secondary School Diploma or OSSD), recognized throughout Canada and in various parts of the world.
CPS is part of Canaway Academy, a Canadian educational institution that offers educational services such as virtual English classes with Canadian teachers, English immersion camps in Canada, and consulting for university or college studies in Canada.
Canaway Private School (CPS) is a virtual school since it was first established. Being virtual, CPS provides Canadian education, recognized as high quality, to all students, from any country in the world, who have access to the internet.
Students worldwide can get access to quality Canadian education from the comfort of their home, similar to that received by a Canadian student in a face-to-face school in Canada. Furthermore, you will get the same diploma as a Canadian student from Ontario, Canada, when you finish your studies.
Many colleges and universities in Canada also offer an automatic entrance scholarship to Canadian High School students. This is a scholarship valid only for the first year that is automatically given based on your GPA in Grade 12 of a Canadian High School such as CPS.
In summary, the advantages are as follows:
- High-quality education at your fingertips. The classes are virtual, for this reason, you can attend them from your usual residence and in your own country.
- You can obtain credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), which attests you have completed your studies at a Canadian High School, as a student in Canada would get.
- By getting the OSSD and depending on the grades obtained, mainly in Grade 12, it will be easier for you to be admitted to universities or colleges in Canada or other parts of the world.
- Access to automatic entrance scholarships
- Classes are conducted in English by Canadian teachers; therefore, your level of understanding, reading and communication in English will improve significantly.
- If you start university or college in Canada, or another country where English is spoken, you will not only be comfortable with the language but also with the culture and teaching method.
All classes are in English unless the course subject taught is French or Spanish; both elective courses.
The OSSD is the diploma you receive when you finish high school in Ontario, Canada. It is equivalent to a certificate of studies you receive when you finish high school in your country. Ontario is one of Canada’s provinces and is considered the economic and political engine of the country. The OSSD is recognized throughout Canada and is also recognized by many universities globally, such as the US, U.K, Australia, Singapore, among others.
To obtain the OSSD, the following is required:
(1) Obtain 30 credits.
One credit is equivalent to one course that has 110 hours of instruction. Some ½ credit courses are taught in 55 hours of instruction. The accumulation of credits is normally achieved like this:
- – Grade 9: 8 credits,
- – Grade 10: 8 credits
- – Grade 11: 8 credits and
- – Grade 12: 6 credits.
(2) Complete 40 hours of volunteer community work
Typically this involves 10 hours per grade from Grade 9.
(3) Pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
This is a comprehension and communication test in English.
Each university or college has its own requirements; however, these are the common ones:
- Obtaining the OSSD.
- Achieving the required minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) for 6 subjects in Grade 12, where the minimum varies per college/university/program of studies.
- Achieving the required minimum grade earned in specific Grade 12 courses required for the desired career, and the number of times these courses were taken.
- International students must pass the IELTS English test with an average score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0. Other English tests such as TOEFL are also recognized.
Being a Canadian high school, we teach Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12. In terms of age, it would be from 13 years old, turning 14 by December 31st of the year they started if they start in the Fall semester (September). If they start in the Winter semester (February), they must already be 14 years of age.
This chart shows the curriculum per grade that CPS has selected based on different career streams such as Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Business, etc., where Grade 9 and 10 courses are practically the same for all streams. Still, Grade 11 and 12 have variations per stream. The evaluation of the CPS courses is done on an ongoing basis; therefore, this document may constantly change and without prior notice.
The materials and books to use depend on each subject’s teachers, but in general, being a virtual school, all books to use would be available in digital format. Some courses have been developed in a detailed way so as not to have to use textbooks. For courses that require crafts or artwork, the teacher will indicate the materials to buy, which will generally not be expensive. For other courses such as Chemistry, there are digital tools on the internet to do laboratory simulations.
These are the admission requirements to join Canaway Private School:
- An intermediate English level (On the CEFR scale, ideally a level of B2). Take our free English assessment diagnostic to find out your level: canaway.com/exam
- Satisfactory results of the free academic Math and English comprehension assessment diagnostic (not required when entering Grade 9). This will be scheduled by the CPS Admin staff.
- Results after a one on one interview with the student.
- Transcripts from your current school until the last year studied
- A syllabus of the courses taken
- An identification document of your country with photo such as a passport (student and parents)
- A completed CPS registration form: canaway.com/school/registration
- 500 USD registration fee (part of the full tuition, not extra)
The academic assessment or diagnostic consists of a general evaluation of the student’s knowledge of mathematics and English comprehension skills. It is not a school entrance exam. Depending on the desired area of study the student wants to pursue in university and the grade, there may be other assessments/diagnostics in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, for example. There is no passing mark; it is a referential evaluation so that teachers have a better idea of the student’s level of knowledge. After analyzing the results, there will be an individual meeting with the family to explain the student’s options in terms of courses and careers, among others.
Canaway Private School follows the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines to award equivalency credits based on learning previously earned by the student. The ministry proposes a guideline where a certain number of credits can be validated by grade. The granting of these credits is based on the student’s age, academic performance, and principal review.
Our philosophy at Canaway Private School is to first observe the students’ performance during their first semester with us, rather than granting equivalency credits from the beginning just by looking at marks previously obtained. We let the student take the courses that she must take based on her age, desired career to pursue in university, and the assessment exam results. If the student and the parents, in discussion with the teachers, see that the student’s performance is not at the required level, a new path will be considered with other courses or courses of another level. At the same time, the equivalency credits to be awarded will be based on this performance.
On the contrary, if the student’s performance is good in the first period, the student will be awarded all the validation credits that she should obtain, plus those earned in the first period.
For example, of the 30 credits required to graduate:
If the student enters Grade 10 with Canaway Private School, the 8 credits of Grade 9 will be recognized as long as the performance is positive during the first period of Grade 10.
If the student enters Grade 11 with Canaway Private School, the 8 credits of Grade 9 and 8 credits of Grade 10 will be recognized as long as the performance is positive during the first period of Grade 11.
Finally, if the student enters Grade 12, the 8 credits of Grade 9, the 8 credits of Grade 10, and normally 7 of 8 credits of Grade 11 will be validated as long as the performance is positive during the first Grade 12 period. If the student has not previously studied in an English immersion school, then Grade 11 English will not be validated and will be a course that must be taken in Grade 12, in addition to the others that must be completed.
The normal tuition fee is $ 6,000 USD (tax included) for the entire year, but we have lowered it to $ 5,000 USD until further notice due to the pandemic.
There is a one-time fee of $ 500 USD when you register (which is part of the $ 5,000 USD). The remaining $ 4,500 USD is paid using any of these modes:
Mode 1: In 10 months, or $ 450 USD / month starting one month before the first day of classes.
Mode 2: In 3 payments of $ 1,500 USD each, every three months, with the first payment being one month before the first day of classes.
Mode 3: Full payment of the tuition one month before the first day of classes. This payment method will receive a $ 50 USD discount.
You can request in writing a refund of the amount paid and cancellation of the service up to a maximum of 7 calendar days after the payment has been made. Send your request to email@example.com. After this period, no refund will be made. The financial costs of the return will be assumed by whoever makes the payment.
Any refund that Canaway makes will be credited to the credit card or the instrument used to pay for the service.
At the moment, we do not offer scholarships as part of Canaway Private School, but we are working on it.
As for scholarships from the same Canadian universities, each university is different, so each student must investigate the requirements. As mentioned earlier, many colleges and universities offer entrance scholarships that range from $ 500 CAD to $ 5,000 CAD. Entrance scholarships are only offered for the first year when you join the educational institution. Moreover, when you come from a Canadian High School, some of these entrance scholarships are automatic; they are based on the GPA you had in Grade 12 of High School.
At CPS, our guidance counsellor will help you identify different scholarships available and will provide the guidance and review needed to ensure your application is the best it can be! However, the ultimate decision is made by the college/university.
Canaway Private School has an agreement with Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario). For this reason, this university will offer an additional entrance scholarship for the first year of 1,500 Canadian dollars if you have completed high school with Canaway Private School and start your studies at Trent University.
We follow the Canadian school calendar. We have two main study periods, each of 5 months:
Period 1 (Fall Term): From the beginning of September to the end of January.
Period 2 (Winter Term): From the beginning of February to the end of June
Besides, students can optionally take courses in the Canadian summer period:
Summer: Beginning of July to end of August.
Canaway Private School can accept new students at any time and establish an individual plan to reach a group, which has started previously.
Classes are held between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Toronto, Canada time, Monday through Friday; however, since our students live in different countries, the schedule will be designed, taking into consideration schedules from other countries. For example, if there were a group of students in Indonesia, the live classes would be early in the morning (7:00 am) and in the evening (6:00 pm) for those students. For students in Latin America, the schedule variations will not be so extreme. In agreement with the group, classes could also be held on weekends.
The IB is an excellent and globally recognized program, but it is not offered in all schools. If your school does not offer it, the Canadian baccalaureate (Grade 12) is a good alternative that in the end will give you the same result as the IB, only that it is focused on Canada, although it is also recognized in many universities in the US, Australia, UK, etc.
We are currently only a secondary school; for this reason, the minimum age is 13 to enter Canaway Private School. However, as part of Canaway Academy, our parent institution, students can improve their English skills with our virtual English courses with Canadian teachers. See our English Classes offering.
Yes. Obviously, the reason would be more related to courses that you need as a prerequisite to enter the university program you want and not so much related to admission to the university. In this case, it is not necessary to complete the entire high school either, possibly with a few courses would be enough. For example, you are finishing your first year at a university in your country, and you decide that you want to study in Canada. You can apply to Canadian universities and potentially be admitted. Still, then you will have to take extra courses for your career to meet prerequisites that other students may have already satisfactorily met during Canadian high school. In this case, if you know what those prerequisite courses are, you could do them virtually from your country, instead of taking them from the Canadian university where the cost would be higher. You would also have to consider the cost of living in Canada. On the other hand, each case of transfer from your country’s university system to another country has singularities and would have to be analyzed individually.
The answer is similar to the case of a student who is already in university and wants to study the Canadian baccalaureate (Grade 12). Basically, in this case, the Canadian baccalaureate would not be necessary for admission to the Canadian university. Still, it can help you fulfill the course prerequisites you need for the desired university program. Consequently, you will not need to do the entire Canadian Grade 12, but possibly only 4 courses (half of the Canadian Baccalaureate).
While it is possible to study the Canadian baccalaureate (Grade 12) as a mature student, it may be better for you to pursue a postgraduate certificate or degree. One of the other services of Canaway Academy is consulting for higher education studies such as a master’s degree or specialization, the latter are not as expensive as a master’s degree.
All Canadian High School classes are taught in English, so if your English level is not good, you will not be able to do well. However, you can prepare in advance and learn English. Canaway Academy offers virtual English classes with Canadian teachers, which can be a good way to get used to the Canadian system and methodology.