Online Credit Recovery & Alternative Learning

Our Essentials courses provide a highly supportive online learning environment designed for student success.

The problem with most online credit recovery programs

When a student fails a course, or maybe several courses, online learning becomes an alluring option, a second chance to recover the credits required for graduation.

The only problem? It should come as no surprise that moving a student’s learning into an online format does not guarantee a different outcome. If you provide a highly-supportive learning environment, however, their odds of success increase.

That’s why we’ve tailored our Essentials courses — a high-quality, online, credit recovery and alternative learning solution — to meet the needs of students who need extra support in order to succeed in their online courses.

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How do Essentials courses support students?

Our Essentials courses are designed to create a highly supportive learning environment for students who need extra help in order to succeed. Here’s what you can expect from these courses:

  • Taught by highly-qualified, Michigan-certified online teachers, who are endorsed in the subject area and grade-level related to your student’s credit recovery needs
  • Include comprehensive student orientation modules, free of charge. These modules help students transition smoothly into the realm of online learning
  • Offer mentors free training in evidence-based best practices, so students can receive the support they need in order to succeed
  • Provide students access to EdReady Math, a nationally-recognized program designed to help students master a range of mathematical concepts (for mathematics courses only)

Students can use this program to recover credits in over 24 different subjects including algebra, geometry, chemistry, biology, English language arts, history, economics, and more!

Courses offered

We offer online Credit Recovery Courses in:

  • Essentials Algebra 1A
  • Essentials Algebra 1B
  • Essentials Algebra 2A
  • Essentials Algebra 2B
  • Essentials Biology A
  • Essentials Biology B
  • Essentials Chemistry A
  • Essentials Chemistry B
  • Essentials Economics
  • Essentials Geometry A
  • Essentials Geometry B
  • Essentials H.S. English 1A
  • Essentials H.S. English 1B
  • Essentials H.S. English 2A
  • Essentials H.S. English 2B
  • Essentials H.S. English 3A
  • Essentials H.S. English 3B
  • Essentials H.S. English 4A
  • Essentials H.S. English 4B
  • Essentials U.S. Government
  • Essentials U.S. History A
  • Essentials U.S. History B
  • Essentials World History A
  • Essentials World History B


  • Michigan Schools $240
  • Michigan Consortium $225
  • Non-Michigan $290

Mentor training in evidence-based best practices, access to EdReady Math and comprehensive student orientation modules are available at no additional cost.

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.