General Information

A local student is one who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.

An international student is one with a study permit.

A full-time student is a pupil whose Ontario Student Record (OSR) is hosted at BrightMinds Online School. Such student will complete the majority of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requirements through BrightMinds’ programs and services.

A part-time student is a pupil whose OSR is not hosted at BrightMinds Online School and is only completing a specific requirement of the OSSD through our school.

The fastest and least expensive way to register for our online courses is through our school website. Your student account will be set up within 1 business day of the receipt of your information.

Yes. We are inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education. We have been issued a Board School Identification Number (BSID): 883674 and have been granted the authority to issue credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Important Policies

BrightMinds Online School issues a partial refund to students who submit a cancellation request to the school guidance by email (Info@brightmindsonlineschool.ca) within three (3) business days from their registration date. The three days is a fair opportunity for students to determine whether they are able to continue with the course or not. It is the student’s responsibility to log in and access the student portal to establish their ability to continue or desire to withdraw from the course within the designated timeline. There is no refund after the 3rd day.

Students have the option to transfer from one course to another within the first two weeks, at the beginning of each semester. If a student requests a transfer, an administrative fee of $75 will be required to compensate for the administrative work required to make this change.

At the request of a student and at the discretion of the Principal and in consultation with the course instructor and student’s parent (if the pupil is under 18), the student might be granted the opportunity to extend the course for a maximum of 4 weeks if such decision is believed to serve the student’s academic interest.

BrightMinds Online School has 4 Semesters with specific start and end dates. Except for the Summer Program (which is 6 weeks long), all Grade 9 to 12 courses offered from September to June of each academic year have 11 weeks of instruction + 1 week of examination. Students are required to log in to the e-learning portal, at least, once a week in order to be considered "present" and to complete the required assessment and evaluation activities in a timely manner. Teachers and administrative staff will continuously follow up with students (and parents/guardian if the pupil is under 18) when there is evidence of chronic absenteeism. Students are required to be present at least 7 out of the 11 times in order to earn their credit.

Certain courses require the students to have completed a prerequisite course. This is especially the case for the majority of grade 10, 11 and 12 courses. We do require that students submit such evidence in the form of an OST or a Credit Counselling Summary or an Ontario Report Card or equivalent documentation (in English) within the first two weeks of the Semester’s start date. If a student fails to submit evidence of successful completion of prerequisite within the first two weeks of the Semester’s start date, then his/her enrollment in the course will be considered not for credit. All documents can be emailed to Info@brightmindsonlineschool.ca.

Online Course Information

Fall, Winter and Spring courses have 11 weeks of instruction + 1 week of examination.

Including the exam period, summer courses are 6 weeks long.

Yes. The course content is available 24/7 and can be accessed from any location as long as you have access to a relatively high-speed Internet connection. Please be informed that our e-learning portal might be blocked in countries with limited freedom of Internet use. In such cases, students can access the course through the use of VPN services.

No, all the information needed to complete an online course is shared with you through the e-learning portal.

Your e-learning instructors are all graduates of the Ontario College of Teachers. They are available to you Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For all academic questions, you can reach out to them via the messaging system of the e-portal. In addition, you can schedule yourself for up to 3 student-teacher conferencing during the semester.

A detailed final exam review is shared with you on the e-learning portal. The final exam is a reflection of what you have learned in the course, so if you successfully complete the majority of course components, you will not find the final exam to be hard.

Depending on the course, the exam can be a minimum of 15% and a maximum of 30%.

At the end of the semester and upon submission of all the required evaluation activities, you are given a chance to redo and resubmit one of your weakest work. Please be informed that the resubmission policy does not include the final exam and the final project, it only applies to works submitted during the semester.

Additional Information

More than 85% of our students complete the course with the desired level of achievement.

The midterm and final report card are shared with you both as soft and as hard copies. Upon availability, you will receive your report card both as an email (sent to you via the e-learning portal) and as a mail (sent to your home address). If you are a part-time student at BrightMinds, a hard copy of your midterm and the final report card will be mailed to your school guidance.

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