Letter re: Xspace OSSD Program

 

Dear partner school administrators, teachers, students, and parents: 

In our recent review of the eligibility of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) for university admissions in Canada, the UK and Australia, we have found that universities are increasingly aware of fraudulent activities around the OSSD, and certain universities are placing students who are applying from traditional, self-paced online programs at a disadvantage. For example: 

  • The University of Queensland released an announcement on July 15, 2022 to their agents, stating that they have been made aware of fraudulent activity around the OSSD and “has commenced an urgent back-to-source-check for all OSSD transcripts and qualifications.” 
  • The Australian National University released an alert on August 12, 2022 to their agents, stating that they will no longer process applications for applicants with an OSSD due to increased cases of fraudulent OSSD qualifications, and “are working to resolve the issue by exploring avenues to verify the authenticity of OSSD.” 
  • The University of Edinburgh states on their admissions page that they “do not generally accept the Ontario Secondary School Diploma where it has been taught online only, through a virtual or online school, without a formalized partnership” and that “fast track routes to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma are not accepted.” 
  • The University of British Columbia states on their admissions page that students attending Canadian high schools who “are taking distributed learning courses to meet [their] application degree requirements” need to “arrange for interim (50% complete) grades to be submitted to UBC by March 15,” whereas the 50% complete requirement is not specified for students taking courses in brick-and-mortar schools. 

Given our knowledge and expertise in the Canadian online secondary education sector, we believe that the Xspace OSSD program is advantageous over traditional self-paced online programs. Over the years, we have developed a unique blended learning program that supports student learning through a live-instructional model, and helps students transition successfully into post-secondary studies. Of note are the following highlights of the Xspace program: 

  • Our blended learning model is recognized and authorized by public school districts in Canada. 
  • Our 15-course OSSD program plan thoroughly prepares students for the rigor of university compared to fast-track programs. 
  • We have confirmation from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University that Xspace graduates applying to these universities are treated the same as regular brick-and-mortar schools. 
  • Our graduates are accepted and sought-after at universities worldwide — Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, and others — and have not had admission issues related to fraudulent documents. To facilitate a smooth admissions process for our graduating students, our Canadian Ministry of Education vetted online school partners ensure integrity in the university application process and work with universities to combat OSSD fraud.  
  • We provide high-applicant volume universities with a list of Xspace students who have applied to their schools. 

We strive to maintain the highest standards of education as mandated by public school districts in Canada and to protect integrity throughout our academic programs. We will continue to work with school districts and universities to help students maximize success in their high school journey and transition into post-secondary studies. 

 

Sincerely, 

The Administrative Team 

Xspace (SD91 International Program, Vancouver Campus) 

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