How to Start an Online School Program

Looking to start a virtual program in your K-12 school/district or expand your existing program? Explore the free, research-based tools and resources below to get started designing a high-quality online learning program built around student success.

Let us do the heavy lifting.

Setting up a high-quality remote or blended learning program requires a lot of work. To help you achieve your school or district’s vision for learning, we’ve dramatically reimagined our course models to offer content-only options, LMS support, teacher training, and more.

Whether you’re looking to start a virtual program, incorporate digital content into your face-to-face classrooms, or offer a hybrid model, we have a variety of options to help you get started and design virtual pathways optimized for student success.

Questions to consider when starting a virtual learning program

The resources and tools linked below answer frequently asked questions about how to start an online school program and offer advice on research-based best practices, including planning and leading for student success, choosing an LMS, finding online content, setting up a mentor program, preparing teachers and students, planning for pupil accounting, and more. 

Keep Michigan Learning webinar series

To help Michigan educators keep students learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, we produced a series of short webinars (approx. 30 minutes each) that offer tips, tricks, and best practices for remote teaching and learning.

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Feeling overwhelmed?

Setting up a high-quality remote or blended learning program requires a lot of work. Let us help do the heavy lifting with our innovative new course models for virtual learning.

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.