ECSD Online High School
Edmonton Catholic Schools will offer online programming for high school students for the 2021-2022 school year. It is our commitment to provide exceptional and diverse programming options in a Christ-centered community that prepares students for the 21st century and beyond. Online classes will be led by an Alberta-certified teacher and taught synchronously and asynchronously following an outcomes-based approach that adheres to the Alberta Education Curriculum. Large cohorts of students coming from specific schools may be directed back to their community school only if their community school can manage their own students and administer the programming within their current structure/resources.
We are committed to offering: a virtual experience that operates in the same manner as in-person learning
We believe that great teaching is great teaching regardless of the setting. Our online teachers are skilled in providing virtual instruction that is both engaging and effective. We are committed to consistent feedback and assessment for students and parents/guardians. A daily schedule will be established and followed. It will lay down the foundation for routine and include structured start and end times. We are focused on connecting with our online students despite the distance and will focus on creating a classroom community.
We are asking our parents/guardians to commit to: a shared goal of student success
Critical to the success of our students in online programming is a shared commitment. We are asking our parents/guardians to be a supportive participant in their child’s online education. We believe a parent/guardian commitment is required to realize a successful online learning experience where there is a shared responsibility on the part of the student, parent/guardian, and teacher.
Student success, at all grades, is tied to regular attendance and engagement. Students will be learning synchronously online and follow a schedule that requires active attendance and participation throughout the day.
Students will need a device that can access Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams. The device can be a Chromebook, laptop, or desktop computer with Windows 10 or higher. It is imperative to have a reliable, strong internet connection.
Online Learning is for:
- Students who are highly motivated and independent learners;
- Students able to engage in the daily routines and expectations of the school;
- Students who have medical issues which make in-person classes difficult;
- Students transitioning from home education;
We are encouraging families to see online learning not as a short-term solution but as the best option for their child’s long-term success. For some students, the virtual classroom will elevate their educational experience while others may thrive best in an in-person learning environment.
We encourage you to consult with your child’s school before making a decision.