Our Story

Dr. Ashok K. Madan's lifelong commitment to education began well before the completion of his doctoral research in Statistical Demography from the University of Western Ontario. Following years of teaching and contributing research on demographic, sociological, and psychological data to conferences across the world, Dr. Madan founded Metromath Learning Centres in 1995 with the goal of providing affordable and comprehensive educational services to students of all ages and abilities.

Initially structured as an educational centre located in Toronto, Dr. Madan transitioned the practice to a virtual platform in 2018 where his team offered tutoring services across a variety of STEM and language courses. Metromath quickly became a leader in virtual learning, allowing Dr. Madan to build a comprehensive multimedia portal to deliver lessons and materials as well as a strong team of educators certified by the Ontario College of Teachers.

Metro Virtual Academy was founded in 2020 with the same guiding principles Dr. Madan embraced over 25 years ago—an equitable approach to inclusive education, individualized instruction, innovative and dynamic teaching methods, and a supportive learning environment for all students. Dr. Madan and his team recognized the demand for an alternative educational model to tailor the learning experience to meet the diverse needs of today’s students, allowing them to start their courses at any time and proceed at any pace, no matter their circumstances. Within the past year, the team has grown exponentially to include department heads, curriculum and content developers, administrators and online educators, all under the unified vision inspired by Dr. Madan.

How Does It Work?

Students may enrol at any time and have up to 12 months to complete each course. Students proceed at their own pace and create their own schedules! Permission from the student's home school is not required.

Students search and add course(s) to their cart from the Courses page.
Students complete the registration form.
Once registered, students receive a welcome email with their login information.
Students are given immediate access to their course – 24/7 access from anywhere in the world.
All courses consist of dynamic, engaging multimedia lessons, assignments, assessments and evaluations, allowing students to demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways. Any textbooks needed as part of the course are provided as e-books.
Once each course module is complete, subsequent modules become available allowing students to progress seamlessly through the course.
The final exam is written in-person or online with a proctor on any day of the year from anywhere in the world.
Students may also contact their teacher for support at any time.
MVA maintains a commitment to the highest academic standards and integrity for education in Ontario.
MVA communicates directly with the student’s home school to provide notice of registration as well as midterm and final reports. MVA can communicate with OUAC, OCAS, or post-secondary institutions upon request. 

Why MVA?

Metro Virtual Academy was founded based on the following guiding principles which shape our values, our approach, and our actions.

Equity and inclusive education
Our student-centred approach aims to provide affordable, comprehensive, educational services to students of any age or ability.
All members of the MVA community are included, respected, and supported.
We embrace diversity – our baseline is not tolerance or acceptance but instead respect, inclusion, belonging, and equity.
We actively work to identify and remove barriers in order to create conditions conducive to student success.
Individualized instruction
All courses consist of dynamic and engaging multimedia lessons, assignments, and assessments, allowing students to demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways.
Students progress through lessons at their own pace, on their own schedule, setting their own deadlines and due dates.
MVA fosters independence, responsibility, maturity, and self-motivation.
Innovative teaching practices
Our courses are developed by certified teachers and adhere to the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum.
Our lessons, assessments and evaluations are dynamic and engaging.
MVA courses are delivered through the robust and intuitive CanvasTM learning management system.
Our teachers are certified by the Ontario College of Teachers or its equivalent and are highly experienced in online learning environments.
A supportive learning environment
We make every effort to create a positive and supportive learning environment so that all of our students feel welcome, engaged, and empowered to reach their full potential.
We recognize the strengths of our students and maintain high expectations for success.
Courses are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Students are given 12 months to complete each course.
Students may contact their teacher for support at any time.
All marks and feedback are delivered to students within 5 business days in our standard courses, and within 2 business days in our Accelerated courses.
Our administrative team welcomes any and all inquiries and will respond within within 24 business hours.