Michigan Virtual moves online learning into Detroit high schools

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Michigan Virtual will provide online courses to 600 Detroit high school students this fall in a unique partnership with the state’s Education Achievement Authority (EAA). The EAA is operating six Detroit high schools as part of Michigan’s Education Achievement System, which was implemented by Gov. Rick Snyder to redesign public education in Michigan’s priority schools by including them in a new system that drives more resources directly into the classroom. The EAA asked Michigan Virtual to operate the online learning portion of its curricular offerings.

“We are excited about the opportunity to serve high-need students with an innovative educational approach that leverages the best of face-to-face support with online instructional delivery models to offer students a new way to achieve academic success,” Jamey Fitzpatrick, Michigan Virtual President & CEO, said.

Michigan Virtual will provide students with up to four online courses a semester through its Michigan Virtual for Students. Michigan Virtual’s highly-qualified, Michigan-certified instructors will guide the students in these online courses. The online sessions will have a smaller teacher-to-student ratio in this configuration than in a typical online class.

Because the EAA students are students who previously haven’t had success in school – and the goal is to help students graduate from high school – Michigan Virtual will also provide onsite mentors who will work with the students in their schools. Also, caseworkers will be available to work with students on issues that are barriers to academic success. A supervisor will coordinate the day-to-day operation of the program.

All instructors, mentors, caseworkers and the supervisor will be hired and receive training in the online instructional process.

“The Education Achievement Authority is pleased to partner with Michigan Virtual to offer appropriate core academic courses for students attending Central Collegiate, Denby, Henry Ford, Mumford, Pershing and Southeastern high schools and who wish to stay on track for high school graduation. The hybrid course delivery model provided by Michigan Virtual fits well with EAA’s anytime, anywhere learning philosophy for helping to prepare students for college and career,” said J. Wm. Covington, Chancellor.

The Michigan Virtual-EAA program will be a customized, blended approach. Students will attend class at their high school every other day and do coursework online on the other days from their home or library. The students will work independently with their online instructors on those days and receive face-to-face instruction from mentors when they are in school. Students will work on their classes until they achieve mastery and then move on to other courses. In this way, students will progress at their own rate.

The goal of the program is high school graduation for all students. The key to reaching this goal is the level of support students will receive from the Michigan Virtual hired staff, including the online instructors, mentors, caseworkers and supervisor, and the staff in the Lansing office of Michigan Virtual.


About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual for Students and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.

About EAA

Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority (EAA) is a new statewide school system designed to dramatically redesign public education in Michigan’s priority schools. The system will operate five percent of priority schools in Michigan not achieving satisfactory results on a redesign plan or that are under an emergency manager. It will first apply to priority schools in Detroit in the 2012-13 school year and then be expanded to cover the entire state.

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. As a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience, Michigan Virtual is Michigan’s leading voice in online education. Visit us at michiganvirtual.org.

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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.