How It Works
Because HVAM is part of the public school system, it’s tuition-free. Enrolled families receive the K12 curriculum, and eligible families may receive a loaner computer, printer, and internet stipend.
Who can attend?
The Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan (HVAM) elementary program serves students in kindergarten prep (K Prep) through grade 5 who reside in Michigan. K Prep is open to students who will turn 5 by April 1 of next year (for example, 4-year-old students can enroll in the fall of 2023 if they turn 5 by April 1, 2024).
What’s my role as a parent?
- Communicate progress with your child’s teacher
- Monitor mastery of lessons and assessments
- Review your child’s work
- Record attendance
What will my child study?
Coursework is a mix of online and hands-on work, catering to a wide variety of learning styles. Unit and course assessments are built into each subject, and easy-to-use online planning and progress tools keep you and your student on track.
K Prep–5th graders take courses in the core subjects listed below. Beginning in grade 3, they also take a self-guided elective course in music or a world language.
In the elementary grades, students are required to show mastery of each lesson by achieving 80 percent or better on all lesson assessments. If your child is having difficulty mastering a lesson, let their homeroom teacher know as soon as possible. Teachers offer many support sessions to help students gain mastery.
Working with Your Teacher
Students work with their teachers and other classmates during “Class Connect” sessions. In “Class Connect” sessions, students
- Receive live instruction from teachers
- Interact with classmates
- Ask questions and receive real-time support
Students can interact with their teachers and classmates by
- Typing in the chat
- Speaking over their microphone
- Typing and drawing with online whiteboard features
- Joining small group breakouts to work on projects or receive targeted instruction
K Prep–5 students are expected to spend between 4 to 7 hours on schoolwork per school day, including both online and offline work.
Grades K Prep–2
- 4 to 5 hours daily
- 30–40% online
- 5 to 7 hours daily
- 50–60% online
Students are required to take the following tests:
- Course lesson assessments
- Course unit assessments
- Semester assessments
- Diagnostic and formative assessments to measure growth and mastery of grade-level standards
HVAM students must comply with all Michigan-mandated testing requirements, which will require them to travel to in-person locations.