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Highpoint Virtual Academy (HVAM) offers the first fully virtual Early Middle College (EMC) education option for Michigan high school students. This tuition-free, three-year public school program lets students participate in an integrated sequence of high school and college courses.

Beginning in 11th grade and continuing through an extra 13th year of study, students; in the program focus on college-level courses. They can earn one of the following while working toward their high school diploma:

  • An Associates degree
  • Up to 60 transferable college credits 
  • Stackable Academic Certificates with Davenport University 
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How does it work?

Get the details from Head of School Mary Moorman.

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What are the benefits?

No out of pocket costs. You don’t pay tuition, fees, or book costs during the three-year program. This can significantly reduce education loan debt. 


Industry-specific credentials. You can choose to earn an industry-specific credential, which may open a broader range of employment opportunities upon graduation. 


Better prepared for college. Participating in the EMC program also prepares you for the more challenging coursework required of higher education. 

Early Middle College Partners

Students can study with HVAM’s postsecondary partners offering the following programs: 

  • Baker College: Associates Degree or Certificate Programs 
  • Davenport University: Associates Degree or Stackable Certificates 

Who is eligible?

In order to apply for the EMC program, high school students must meet all the following criteria: 

  • Be an HVAM student in good standing entering 11th grade 
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 
  • Have a minimum PSAT score of 400 in Reading/Writing and Math 
  • Have less than 10 absences per academic year 
  • Be passing all current High School classes (60% or above) 
  • Be on track for graduation, including completion of state testing requirements 
  • Have approval of the HVAM counselor  

How do I apply?

Complete all application materials and an essay the spring of your 10th grade year (between Feb 1st and Mar 15), which you’ll submit to the HVAM EMC Counselor Jesse Harrison. Once accepted into the program, you must then apply to the appropriate college.