Michigan Online School FAQs
What grades does Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA) offer?
MVCA offers full-time enrollment for grades K–12.
What does it cost to attend MVCA?
Because MVCA is part of the public school system, there is no tuition. We provide Michigan-certified teachers and instructional materials. Qualified families may receive a loaner computer and internet stipend. These computer systems are instructional property and must be returned when the student leaves MVCA. Families are responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper). Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
What subjects will my child study?
Language arts, math, science, and history are the core courses. Other courses in appropriate grade levels, such as music and art are also available. High school students have access to a robust portfolio of elective courses. Visit our elementary, middle school, and high school curriculum pages for more details.
Does MVCA provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes. We provide textbooks and instructional materials, which are dependent on the student's grade level and the courses they're enrolled in. High school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary and middle school students.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
In the younger grades, many of the online lessons include offline work. We expect students will spend no more than 15 to 30 percent of their school time on the computer in grades K–5, 50 to 70 percent in grades 6–8, and 80+ percent in grades 9–12. 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 teaching 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 traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The elementary program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law and student needs, based on benchmark assessments taken at the beginning of the school year. Middle school and high school students complete lessons in synchronous and asynchronous sessions and are expected to complete quizzes, tests, and other assignments in a timely manner.
Do you provide curriculum for students with special needs?
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students will be invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. Local students and parents can get together on a regular basis in their areas. Students can also take advantage of a wide variety of online clubs.
Will this program intrude into my home?
There are no home visits as part of the program and no other intrusions into your home.