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Online Courses (PRISM)

​The new online learning graduation requirements:

  • Begin with the cohort of students who entered Grade 9 in the 2020-21 school year or later.
  • Students required to meet the new online learning graduation requirements must earn a minimum of two secondary level (Grade 9 to 12) eLearning credits in order to be eligible to graduate.
  • Students entering Grade 12 in the fall of 2022 will not be required to take online courses to graduate.
  • Students entering Grade 11 in the fall of 2022 will require 1 online course to graduate.
  • Students entering Grades 9 or 10 in the fall of 2022 will be required to take 2 online courses to graduate.
 

Opt-Out Process:

  • An opt-out process will be available for students and families who wish to opt out of the online learning graduation requirements.
  • We are currently in the process of developing this process and more information will be forthcoming.
  • For now, if you wish to request an exemption, please email [email protected]
  • When a student has opted out of the online learning graduation requirement, this will be recorded on the student’s Ontario Student Transcript.
 

Eligible Credits:

Courses identified as eLearning courses are eligible to be counted toward the new online learning graduation requirements.
  • eLearning courses are Grades 9 to 12 credit courses that are delivered entirely using the internet and do not require students to be physically present with one another or with their educator in the school (except where in-person attendance may be required to complete an exam or other final evaluation, or for access to internet, devices or other school-based supports).
  • These include AMDEC courses and eLearning courses through other partner Ontario school boards through PRISM (Ontario eLearning Consortium).

The following credits are not eligible to count toward the online learning graduation requirements:
  • in-person learning, where students are physically present with other students in the same course and their educator in the school environment.
  • blended learning, where digital learning resources are used in an in-person learning setting, or where students are taught part of the time in person in the school environment and part of the time online.
  • flipped classrooms, where students are introduced to content online and practice working through it in person with their educator in the school environment.
  • remote learning, where students learn in an online synchronous environment with their teacher and other students in the same course.

To take an online learning course:

​Note: These courses are not "Remote Learning" and include no synchronous components or teacher-taught lessons.
  • Students work on courses independently and must meet specific due dates for completion of work.
  • Online courses may be offered by our board (AMDSB) or, if we don't offer it, the online course may be from another board within the consortium in the province.
  • Some tech or navigation questions may be taken to the TRA, Ms. Osgood, in the Learning Commons, but questions about content need to be emailed to the course teacher.
  • Students may work on online courses at home. They may also work out of the Learning Commons (library).
  • Students interested in online courses should check out the offerings on the PRISM website.
  • In the dropdown menus, select "All School Boards" and "Semester 1 - Regular" or "Semester 2 - Regular".
 
Students must be registered by a guidance counselor. Please visit guidance or email Ms. Weselan at [email protected] or Ms. Keller at [email protected] with questions or requests.