What grades are offered by Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan (HVAM)?
HVAM offers full-time enrollment for grades K–9 for the 2017–2018 school year. We will add subsequent grades each school year, growing to enroll grades kindergarten through 12 by the 2020–2021 school year.
What subjects will my child study?
Language arts/English, math, science and history are core courses. There are also other courses in the appropriate grade levels such as health/PE, art, music, and world languages. High school students also have access to AP® courses, as well as multiple elective courses.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly and are dependent on the student's grade and courses.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The elementary program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law.
Middle school and high school students complete lessons in synchronous and asynchronous sessions and are expected to complete, quizzes, tests and other assignments in a timely manner.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform students about the world around them. Computers do not, however, replace a solid education; they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.
Attending school online requires both time online as well as time offline to successfully complete required lessons. Some students find the amount of time required to be in front of a computer daunting. The amount of time students spend on the computer is in part dependent on their grade level. K–8 students spend less time in front of a computer while students in grades 9–12 will spend nearly their entire school day online.
Our online courses also require students to work independently offline with their textbooks and other educational materials. This work requires the oversight of a dedicated Learning Coach, especially when students are in the early elementary years. Without the time commitment of a dedicated adult, students may be less likely to be successful in an online learning environment.
Do you provide curriculum for special needs students?
Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office at 855.337.8243, and we will put you in touch with our special education team.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
The beauty of our elementary program is that it is flexible enough to meet students where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Our teachers will work directly with parents and students to ensure proper placement into the curriculum.
Qualified middle school students can take select courses for high school credit.
High school students have the opportunity to take more advanced courses, including AP® courses for possible college credit.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students will be invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. In addition, with online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography and place but on shared interests.
Will this program intrude into my home?
There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no other intrusions into your home.
How do I enroll my student?
Visit our How to Enroll section for information on enrolling your student in HVAM.