5-9 Online Program

What you need to know about Grade 5-9 online courses.

Accessing Tech Support

If you're experiencing technical difficulties and your Support or Online Teacher is not able to provide the tech answers you need, please contact our Tech Support department using this email address: tickets@onlineschool.ca. Our Tech department aims to respond to your requests within 24 hours. 


Additional Fees for Grade 5-9 Courses

Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Courses

These are the amounts deducted from student curriculum accounts for the following synchronous and asynchronous courses. The true costs for these online courses are subsidized by HCOS in order that student curriculum accounts are minimally impacted.

Course Amount Deducted from PO Funds

Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 05-09

  • Design Thinking Through Minecraft
  • Food Studies
  • Leveled Coding in Tynker
  • Skills for Online Success
English 05-09 $75
Languages 05-09 $75
Mathematics 05-09 $75
Science 05-09 $75
Social Studies 05-09 $75
TechLAB 07-09 $225 (3 courses @ $75 each)

Community Connections and Community Connections Plus

Additional costs for Community Connections and Community Connections Plus courses are posted on the application link on the Learning Groups website. For further information, please contact Dawn Denham, Learning Groups Administrative Assistant.

Costs for Additional Online Courses

Taking additional courses beyond a regular course load (e.g., French 07 and Spanish 07 in the same school year) will incur a cost of $200 on top of the usual $75 online course fee ($275 total per additional course). This cost can be paid using curriculum funds, if available.

 This is a significantly discounted rate from the regular full course cost of $650 for non-funded students. 

Homeschool Registered Students Taking Online Courses

Homeschooled registered students have a cost of $250 per online course. For registration information, please contact Karen Roeck, Director of Middle School Instruction.

Citing Artificial Intelligence

As we continue to navigate the rapidly changing landscape of artificial intelligence and technology, it is important to model and teach our students effective research skills and ethical citation practices. The MLA style and APA style guides have recently developed resources to guide students in citing artificial intelligence using correct formatting. Students can bookmark these pages for easy reference as they continue their learning journey through high school. Most HCOS grad courses will require either MLA or APA style citations. Students should check with their instructor to determine the required style for a specific course. Additionally, students can refer to the following examples and infographics developed by the University of Waterloo Library research guide (2023):

Outline of an MLA Citation for AI:
Author/Creator. "Name of chatbot." Title of platform where accessed, Full URL, Date Accessed (optional).

Formatting: Double-space your reference list and use a 0.5 inch hanging indent for each entry's second and subsequent lines.

Real-World Example:
OpenAI. "ChatGPT." ChatGPT Pro, chatgpt.pro/, February 2, 2023.


Outline of an APA Citation for General Artificial Intelligence Programs and Chatbots:
Name of Company/creator of generative AI Tool. (Year). Name of the generative AI program (model of program) [Large language
       model]. URL.

Formatting: Double-space your reference list and use a 0.5 inch hanging indent for each entry's second and subsequent lines.

Real-World Example:
Perplexity. (2023). Perplexity.ai (AI Chatbot) [Large language model]. https://www.perplexity.ai/


Citing Digital Images

As students build research skills, they learn how to reference work done by other people. In an increasingly digital world, it is important to learn how to give proper attribution for both written and visual artifacts, including digital images. Though it is relatively simple to take a screenshot or save an image from the internet, students need to follow the appropriate steps to ensure credit is given to the original author. There are a few options for finding and sourcing images correctly.

Option 1: Google Images Search

You can search for any image using Google Images.

Step 1: Navigate to the Google Search homepage and type a word or description of what you are looking for into the text box. If you use Chrome as your browser, simply type into the omnibox and press enter. From here, click "Images" to see the results of your search.

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Step 2: Next, click "Tools" to open the toolbar. Find "Usage Rights" and select "Creative Commons licenses." This will filter your results to only display images licensable under Creative Commons (CC) licenses.

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Step 3: When you find the image you would like to use, click on it. The image will pop up into a larger window and you will be able to locate the license details underneath the image. Click on the "License details" hyperlink to find out the specific details of how to properly attribute your chosen image.

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Step 4: Insert the image into your project, then add your attribution with a link to the CC license. For example, the MLA citation for the above image would look like this:

Kriz, Jonathan. Puppy. Flickr. October 2010. https://www.flickr.com/photos/27587002@N07/5170590074. CC BY 2.0.

Option 2: Google Apps

You can add images using the toolbar within Google apps (e.g., Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Drawings). It takes a few extra steps to find the license for attribution.

Step 1: In the toolbar, click "Insert" -> "Image" -> "Search the web." A Google window will pop up on the right side of your document.

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Step 2: Type a word or description in the search bar to find an image. Once you locate your desired image, click on the magnifying glass with the plus sign to preview the image.