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Do I need additional course materials?


Most course materials are included in the course cost, however for some courses, English Language Arts in particular, novels or other materials may be required. This process describes how to locate any additional course costs. 


  1. First, search the catalog for the Essentials course.
  2. Next, click the View Course button in the course title bar for the desired course.
    An enlarged image of the Algebra 1a Essentials course item is displayed in the catalog showing the name, subject, grade level and part of the description. An arrow points to the view course button next to the course name.
  3. Then select the Course Syllabus button within the course details page.
    The course details page is shown displaying the NCAA approval status, delivery format as well as additional descriptive details about the course. There are three buttons on the page, get started at the top of the page, course syllabus and read more at the bottom of the page. An arrow points to the course syllabus button.
  4. As a result, a new window will open showing course details. 
  5. Finally, check the materials listed in the “Additional Costs” section.
    The course syllabus is displayed for the course which highlight objectives, course outline and more. An arrow points to the Additional costs section.

Limited Course Capacity

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.