ARE FULLER EDUCATION PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO ALL STUDENTS?
Both Canadian and International students are welcome to apply to our programs.
IS THERE AN APPLICATION DEADLINE?
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are based on availability. Students may be accepted to enter the program at the beginning of each unit, typically once every 2-4 weeks.
DOES FULLER OFFER ASSISTANCE WITH TUITION AND OTHER FEES?
Equity is an essential part of our credo and we are happy to speak with you about your needs and how we can accommodate those students who may not otherwise be able to afford a private school education. Pleaas email us for more information about our full and partial scholarships and bursaries.
IS FULLER ACADEMY RIGHT FOR ME?
A good attitude, along with a willingness to learn with both peers and individually are the primary pre-requisites for success in our program. There is no one "type" of student that is best suited for our school. The skills and knowledge gained through a Fuller program are suited equally to students following any career path or life goal. We believe that everyone and anyone can succeed.
CAN I TRANSFER TO OR FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL? ARE MY CREDITS TRANSFERABLE?
Yes, credits from other schools are generally transferrable to Fuller Academy. However, this determination can only be made after our counselors have been able to review a student's academic history. Likewise, credits received at Fuller Academy are transferrable, but we do recommend you speak with the guidance department to confirm equivalencies, particularly if your old or new school is outside the province of Ontario.
CAN I TAKE JUST ONE COURSE?
Since our high school program is specifically designed to facilitate interdisciplinary study, our full-time program currently only offers full semester courses bundled in groups of 4 credits. We do offer a limited number of specialty courses over the course of the year. For more details on these special courses, please see our After-School programs.
CAN I TAKE THIS PROGRAM ASYNCHRONOUSLY (i.e. offline)?
Aspects of our program may be offline and/or recorded and delivered asynchronously, but in order to successfully participate and complete the program (and earn credits), students should generally be able to participate in the entire program, and join lessons and other group sessions and workshops in real time, with their teachers and peers. In special circumstances, we may be able to arrange a program that does not require students be online in real time.
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
Fuller offers the first two weeks of the students first full unit free of charge, in order to ensure that both parents and students feel confident that the program is a good fit for them. After the first unit is completed, a 3 month payment is required (covering the first 3 months of tuition), and then monthly payments through to the end of the program. Should a student leave the program prior to completion, a one month non-refundable deposit would apply.
SCREEN TIME AND TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS
Students will typically spend no more than 3 hours per day in front of a computer screen, and every effort will be made to encourage students to participaate in outdoor activities.
While a tablet or laptop will suffice, our program is best experienced through a TV connection (through Chromecast, etc) and with an up-to-date laptop, desktop, or ChromeBook. Upon registration, each student will receive an orientation package setting out, among other things, technical requirements to enjoy and enhance the learning experience.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL COURSE UNIT AND TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
Each unit at Fuller typically runs from 2 to 4 weeks, and is topic- or theme-based, broken into four main strands. While each unit will typically integrate several disciplines (or subjects) together, some subject-specific classes are taught with a dedicated specialist teacher during specific dedicated periods, (such as in technical areas such as Math, Tech, or Science, for example). Each term will typically see students tackle 4-5 themed units.
The day is set into two 1.5 hour morning sessions, where students receive instruction with their primary course facilitator, and 2 hours in the afternoon, where students will have a chance to work in smaller groups with a teaching assistant, who will guide them though their projects in small groups and independently.
Daily content may vary. Some days, students may only focus on one specific subject as it relates to a particular unit, and some days they may study multiple subjects.
Total screen time will vary day to day, but in general parents can expect their kids to be in front of their screen for at least 3 hours for our in-person classes, and up to 5 hours for fully virtual classes and group sessions. Every effort is made to encourage offline "unplugged' activities and outdoor interaction in nature. Throughout the year, Fuller offers field trips and excursions to various indoor and outdoor venues.
ARE THE TEACHERS CERTIFIED OCT TEACHERS?
We recruit all types of teachers, including: retired, newly graduated teachers, and those who have just completed teachers college. We also believe it is a bonus to hire teachers with diverse and related experience and backgrounds who can bring additional perspectives to the school and to the learning experience.
We also welcome a range of experienced speakers, facilitators, and industry professionals, including filmmakers, builders, project managers, small-business owners, and they contribute an essential component to our programs, offering their valuable insights gained from years of hands-on experiece in their profession.
WHAT IF I MISS A CLASS/CLASSES?
You are permitted to miss no more than 20% of class time and must make up any lost time or work assignments as required by your teacher in order to successfully complete your credits and/or program. Chronic absence from school may result in expulsion from the program unless there are valid and proven reasons for doing so.
Fuller is a newly registered private school and will, upon successful inspection, become an Ontario Ministry-inspected school able to grant credits towards the OSSD. This authority is renewed upon satisfying each subsequent inspection (every year or two). We are fully committed to meeting and exceeding Ministry standards and expectations.
For the 2020-21 academic year, we will primarily be adopting a blended model of synchronous and asynchronous online learning. When and where possible we will offer in-person group pods at various locations throughout Ontario. Available locations will be added and updated on a regualar basis through our website.
Interdisciplinary Learning is the study of content as it relates to and interconnects multiple subjects or disciplines. For example, a single unit or even a semester may include learning components from two or more subjects, for example, Math, Technology, Business, and Geography, or any other combination thereof. It is generally recommended that integration between subjects is limited to no more than three of four disciplines/subjects per topic or theme.
Design Thinking is a non-linear, iterative process that teams use to solve problems, understand users, challenge assumptions, redefine problems, and create innovative solutions to prototype and test. At its core, it is a methodology that provides a solutions-based framework for problem-solving.
Accommodations will be made that enable students with special education needs to participate our program. Students who are receiving special education programs and services and who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will have a fair and equal opportunity to successfully complete the OSSLT or the OSSLC. Accommodations change only the way in which the OSSLT is administered or the OSSLC is taught, or the way in which the student responds to the components of the test or the course. They do not alter the content of the test or the expectations of the course or affect the validity or reliability of the test or the evaluation of student learning in the course.
It is recommended that students who are enrolled at Fuller Academy have the capability to work and complete assignments independently, as required. Our program is designed to engage students who may lack focus in the standard schooling system. Parent participation and deeper involvement with their child is also recommended to assist learners with additional needs. We do offer guidance in student consultations. However, due to the nature of our program, some students may find our program not suitable to their particular learning-style or needs. We are happy to work with parents to ensure that their child gets the most out of our program.
Our interdisciplinary program is designed so that the courses are pre-determined by semester, to allow us to cover particular themes and match the assessments to the curriculum. Courses are pre-determined because these themes and issues are interconnected.
Should a student wish to pursue an independent study path and gain credits in their desired subjects, they may work with a Fuller advisor one-on-one to self-design their own individualized, interdisciplinary program. Such individualized programs are available through Fuller Academy, but due to the additional teacher support, work-intensive instruction, and nature of a one-on-one program, additional fees may apply.
Our program is not designed to be any more challenging or difficult than that of a standard school program. It is designed to be more engaging, enriching, and enjoyable; these types of models have been proven to boost learning outcomes and help students achieve better results.