What grades are offered by Michigan Virtual Charter Academy?
MVCA offers full–time enrollment for grades K–12.
What subjects will my child study?
Language arts, math, science, and history are the core courses. There are also other courses in the appropriate grade levels, such as Music and art. High school students also have access to a robust portfolio of elective courses. Visit our K–8 online courses and high school online courses section.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly. High school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary and middle school students.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The K-8 program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. The online high school program is a combination of self-paced work and scheduled lessons and activities. Students are expected to achieve a year's academic growth in a year's time.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 20-25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades, and progressively more as they advance through the higher grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education; rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of well-written and designed textbooks, workbooks, and hands-on instructional materials.
What does it cost to attend Michigan Virtual Charter Academy?
Because we are part of the public school system, Michigan Virtual Charter Academy is available tuition free to students who reside in Michigan. The entire K12 curriculum is provided free of charge. In certain cases based on financial need, MVCA may loan a computer to an enrolling family, as well as provide an Internet stipend. This determination will take place during the enrollment process. Students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as printer ink and paper).
Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs, please call us.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in school outings, field trips, picnics, and other social events. These outings and activities may include trips to museums, parks, clubs, and other social events. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We are also exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography but on shared interests.
Will this program intrude into my home?
There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no cameras or any other intrusions into your home. This school was created to help your child obtain a first-class education and serve your family's needs. If you ever feel that it is not right for your family or your child, you can withdraw your child at any time.