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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the start of school?

Start of school is on September 6, 2022. View our academic calendar.

When do I receive my login credentials?

After enrollment is verified, your parent or guardian will receive a Welcome Email from the school. It will contain usernames/passwords along. If you do not see the email, check your spam/junk folders.

What does my student do on the first day of school?

We have students participate in orientation on their first day of school, they will have live sessions with a school Success Coach and work through their orientation course in Canvas.

When do I find out who my student’s teacher is along with their contact information?

The second day after a student’s enrollment begins they will see their full classes loaded in Canvas with their teacher’s names. Their contact information is in each class on the homepage.

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS AT MICHIGAN ONLINE SCHOOL?

We expect all of our students to succeed. To ensure your success you must spend 1098 hours in school from September-June, about 6 hours each day, and make 5-6% progress in each course each week. You must enroll full time at Michigan Online School taking 6 courses each semester and you must log into and complete coursework in each course each day. In addition, students take all required Michigan State tests and diagnostic and benchmark assessments to ensure their academic achievement and progress.

WHAT IS MICHIGAN ONLINE SCHOOL? IS IT ACCREDITED?

Michigan Online School (MOS) is a public charter school providing elementary, middle and high school curriculum to Michigan residents, free of cost. All courses meet Michigan Department of Education academic standards and are provided completely online.

DOES MICHIGAN ONLINE SCHOOL ISSUE DIPLOMAS?

Yes. MOS issues the Michigan Merit diploma for those students meeting graduation requirements.

IS MICHIGAN ONLINE SCHOOL APPROVED BY NCAA?

Yes, MOS has received NCAA approval.

How much does Michigan Online School cost?

We are free of charge to all Michigan residents.

Does the school offer laptops if I don’t have one?

Yes, there is a question during enrollment that asks if you need a school-provided laptop.

If I haven’t received my computer, who do I contact?

If you have not received your computer by your start date, you will reach out to AMP help site for assistance. You can live chat, call, or put in a ticket directly from that website.

What supplies do I need for the start of school?

Have a designated workspace where you can be your best without distraction. Check that your equipment and internet is set-up and working properly. A pen/pencil and notebook are also helpful to have on hand. Your teacher will inform you if you need other supplies once school begins.

Can students work at their own pace?

They can work throughout their day that best fits their schedule, but they will still be required to meet set deadlines put in place by their teachers/coursework offerings.

Where can I find information about the curriculum offered?

We have curriculum information located on our website under Academics. Our curriculum is aligned to state standards. Our curriculum is nationally accredited by Cognia, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers. 

Do you teach CRT?

Michigan Online School respects the rights of parents and families to make decisions about their students’ learning. There may be times a parent considers certain lessons, books or materials objectionable for various reasons. If a parent finds material objectionable, he or she should contact his or her student’s teacher. Teachers will work with parents to find alternative lessons to meet the lesson objectives. An assessment for the lesson must be completed to show that the objectives have been met. 

Do you take students with IEPs, and Do you have special education teachers/program?

Yes. We provide a full continuum of special education services for all students identified in need of such supports. Our special education leadership and teachers will review any special education documents from your child’s previous school, hold a team meeting which will include the parents/guardians and develop a plan to ensure the appropriate supports are in place.  

Can I enroll after the school start date?

Yes, you may enroll after the school start date. 

Who do I contact if I have not heard back about my child’s enrollment?

You may reach out to the enrollment team.

When do you send the release of records? Do you notify my current school I am leaving?

When a school receives a records request from us, your previous school must withdraw the student from that school.  It is best if the family notifies the previous school that they are withdrawing as each school/state may have documents requiring guardian signatures.  It is best to notify the school of your intentions to move schools as soon as possible and they can set the end date accordingly.  

How does my child pick electives for the school year?

They can complete this survey to select their electives (based on grade level)

Are there live classes? Will my student see others on camera?

Students login and submit work daily, Monday-Friday. There are opportunities to attend live lessons with other students, however, they are not mandatory, but they are encouraged. If that does not work for the student, they can login anytime that works for them that day in order to have their coursework completed by set due dates. Your student may see other students on camera, but cameras are not required to be on except when taking tests or at the request of the teacher or other MOS staff.

Do students need to purchase textbooks?

All course materials are provided online. Should a particular course need any special text or materials, we will provide it. Materials are sent to the students, but the parent/guardian is responsible for returning them (if indicated) to the school once the course has been completed.

DOES MICHIGAN ONLINE SCHOOL OFFER HONORS COURSES?

Many courses may be taken for the Michigan Merit or the Honors credit track. For those seeking to complete the Honors track, you must notify the teacher of each course of your intention and the course will be set accordingly.

HOW LONG DO THE COURSES LAST?

Courses typically last between 16-18 weeks per credit. Enrollment is open and students may begin at any time, but the school operates on a semester schedule with semester start and end dates according to our school calendar

CAN STUDENTS ACCELERATE AND COMPLETE THEIR DIPLOMA FASTER?

Yes, you can! Students are given a traditional ‘pace chart,’ which provides students a plan for completing their assignments. The traditional pace is based on completing an average of two to three assignments per week, while studying three to five hours each day. Students may elect to accelerate their pace by completing more assignments sooner. This can result in early graduation, allowing the student to pursue a career or higher education sooner than a traditional school setting would offer.

What are the business hours?

Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

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