Last week this news item was published by Blackburn News about State of the Nation: K-12 e-Learning in Canada project sponsor the Virtual High School.

Jean Anne Hamilton – Virtual High School Partnerships Coordinator (Photo by Bob Montgomery)

Virtual High School attracting students from all over the globe

The partnerships coordinator at the Virtual High School in Bayfield says location really doesn’t mean much in education anymore.

Jean Anne Hamilton said they now have international partnerships with students in Colombia, the Ukraine, Barbados and Beijing, to name a few. On Tuesday, she had a visit from their partner in South Korea.

Hamilton said language can be a challenge for some of the students, but it’s also why they students are coming to them so that they’re more comfortable pursuing a post-secondary education in Ontario, elsewhere in Canada or the United States.

“A majority of the partner schools that we work with, their student’s end goal is to come to university or college in North America, so having that English instruction and understanding is important for them to be successful in the next steps of their education,” she said.

Hamilton also said enrollment is growing.

“Partnerships, specifically, we’re probably at around 250 students and in 2018 we were about 17  per cent international student over all of Virtual High School, so that’s a significant number when you look at our 8,000 student body population,” she said.

Original article available at

This concept of international partnerships was first described by Virtual High School principal, Steve Baker, in a brief issue paper that appeared in the 2012 edition of the annual State of the Nation: K-12 e-Learning in Canada report (see Waves Across the Ocean).  In fact, the Virtual High School has been a regular contributor to the annual reports:

News Article: Virtual High School Attracting Students From All Over The Globe

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