How It Works

Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy will use curriculum and services provided by K12. Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, our lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well.

For high school, MGLVA uses the K12 high school program. Whether targeting a four-year university, a local community college, or an immediate career, MGLVA students will be prepared to maximize their post-school success.

Certified Teachers, Superior Teaching Tools

At Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy, all students will interact with one or more certified teachers (depending on the grade level) and communicate regularly with their teachers through e-mail, telephone, and online meetings.

Each eligible MGLVA family receives boxes of materials, including a wide array of textbooks, DVDs, science lab supplies, and other hands-on resources. These materials complement the interactive online elements of our program, so students receive instruction using the best method for each subject. Depending on eligibility and financial need, families may also be able to receive a loaner computer (upon request).

Extensive School Support System

MGLVA will also provide extensive support for both you and your child—a collabroation between teachers, counselors, school community, and you. In grades K–8, you serve as a "Learning Coach," working closely with the student team to help facilitate your child's progress and working to modify the pace and schedule as needed.

At the high school level, students work at a collective pace with their class of students, overseen by their teacher, so your role shifts to one of support and encouragement. Each teacher is state certified and trained in his or her specific subject area. There will also be monthly events and outings, so the entire school community can keep in close contact.

Family Academic Support Team (FASTeam)

Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy is happy to provide a Family Academic Support team (FAST) for our MGLVA students and families. Upon your enrollment at MGLVA you will be contacted by a member of the FASTeam who will facilitate a parent orientation, as well as other welcome activities to help support you in your role as a learning coach (LC). You may be assigned to a FAST team member for the first few weeks of your enrollment with MGLVA as an extra support to you. This FAST member will ensure you know the requirements of our program, how to navigate the various platforms, how to access your child’s daily plan, how to log attendance, and how to participate in our online classrooms (Blackboard Collaborate) with the teachers and peers.

Individualized Learning, Public School Accountability

In addition to providing individualized learning, as an online public school, MGLVA provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and state testing required of all public schools.