To our valued school partners,
I can’t express how much respect and admiration I hold for each and every one of you as you lead your schools through what has to be the most difficult time period for education we’ve ever experienced.
While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollment, the demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3.
Everything we do is for students, and I hate the thought of turning away even a single student who wants to learn. Because our top concern is student success, however, I made the tough decision not to accept any further enrollments in subjects in which we simply do not have the teaching capacity to guarantee every student a quality learning experience.
If I could wave a magic wand and provide every student in Michigan with a high-quality online learning experience, I absolutely would. We’re building partnerships with even more Michigan school districts through our collaborative and whole-school models, which enable schools to offer online courses taught by local teachers. Already through the launch of our new whole-school model and expansion of our collaborative model, we are serving four times the number of students we did last fall.
I know many of you are under a great deal of stress. We’re in this together, and the Michigan Virtual team is doing everything we can to serve as many students and schools as possible during this time. I appreciate your patience and understanding. Educators are innovators, and together, I know we will come out of this situation stronger and more resilient than before.
President & CEO, Michigan Virtual
We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.
With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.
While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3.
For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.
We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.