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Virtual Academies: Online Learning is Alive in Michigan

Virtual academies have grown in recent years alongside technology to offer a solution for students unable to attend classes in person or who live too far from an active school district. Virtual education allows students to receive a formal education via online courses and digital interactions with an instructor.
In some instances, these online courses may be in addition or supplemental to a child’s traditional course load to either further their knowledge beyond the classroom, take a course not offered in their school district or to catch up on courses detrimental to their progress and graduation requirements. Below are a few of the state’s best virtual education providers. Speak with your school’s administrators to ensure these programs are accredited at your school.

  • Michigan Virtual
  • Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan
  • Michigan Cyber Academy
  • Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy
  • Michigan Connections Academy

 
Did you know that parental involvement is the most accurate predictor of academic achievement – not socioeconomic status or how prestigious the school a child attends is? According to the National Education Service, the best predictor of student success is the extent to which families encourage learning at home and involve themselves in their children’s education. Parents and teachers should share the responsibility of helping their children learn and meet educational goals. Children with engaged parents are more likely to:
 

  • Earn higher grades or test scores
  • Graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education
  • Develop self-confidence and motivation in the classroom
  • Have better social skills and classroom behavior

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