Grand Haven CyberSchool
The Grand Haven CyberSchool is a tuition-free, online program, providing students in grades 7-9 with a flexible schedule of when and where learning takes place. Typically, courses are delivered via the Web, so students can work anytime and anywhere they have Internet access.
The state of Michigan recently approved the expansion of cyber school programs, which allows school districts to create their own seat-time waiver (STW) programs. STW programs eliminate the requirement for a set amount of time or location for instruction, subject to certain conditions and rules. These conditions and rules are evolving, so this document will continue to be updated as needed. This document addresses common questions related to virtual programs.
What is a seat-time waiver?
Basically, students enroll as a full-time student in GH CyberSchool and receive their courses through an online provider. This allows students the flexibility to complete their coursework at various locations and times.
Why is Grand Haven Area Public Schools developing this program?
Grand Haven Area Public Schools wants to provide educational options for students that are currently not enrolled, or have not been successful, in a traditional school setting. In addition, GH CyberSchool provides an educational choice for families and students, and will provide students opportunities to accelerate. This is a tuition-free program, so parents incur no costs to home school their student. GH CyberSchool student’s success is our goal.
What curriculum will be used?
The GH CyberSchool will use e2020 as the primary online content. e2020 is an interactive, media-rich and rigorous web-based software program that provides grade level curriculum. Every student will have a full schedule of courses, but if they wish to focus on one or two classes at a time, that can be arranged as well. Courses include core subjects, which meet the Michigan Merit Curriculum framework requirements, as well as a wide variety of electives. Other content providers may be used to supplement a student’s schedule. GH CyberSchool students will be required to take state-mandated tests and abide by all policies and guidelines.
Will students be able to work at their own pace?
The e-2020 online curriculum is customizable and adaptable to fit any learning environment and situation. Students are able to complete the work at their own pace, and the ability to work anytime and any place there is Internet access. Occasionally, there may be off-line activities to complete as well.
Who can enroll?
In its initial year, students in grades 7-9 and residing in Ottawa, Allegan, Kent or Muskegon Counties may apply for this program. The long-term goal is to expand the GH CyberSchool one grade each year.
What is involved in the enrollment process?
Students and parents will meet with school personnel prior to acceptance to the CyberSchool. During this meeting, staff wants to ensure that the program requirements are clear and that parent and student questions are answered so that the student will experience success. Students will need to provide a current transcript or record of work completed for proper placement and course selection.
What will the GH Cyber School provide?
The GH CyberSchool will:
- Provide an orientation regarding program policies and guidelines, and an introduction to the online content.
- Develop a schedule of courses.
- Provide a mentor teacher that will have regular contact with the student.
- Offer the student a computer and Internet access. If there is no way to ensure reliable Internet access, other options will be discussed.
When can a student enroll?
Enrollment packets will be available after May 22, 2012. For easy access to enrollment forms or information, check back soon!
What about the GH CyberSchool staff?
All courses offer a highly qualified teacher whom is a content expert to assist the students. In addition, GH CyberSchool provides a mentor teacher that will also support the student. Both the teacher and mentor will closely monitor student progress.
Are there opportunities to meet with the mentor in person?
Yes, students can meet in person with their mentor, or simply contact them via phone or email. Weekly contact between the mentor and student is a GH CyberSchool requirement.
Can the GH CyberSchool student participate in Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ extra-curricular activities?
Yes, a GH CyberSchool student can participate in extracurricular activities including athletics, clubs and performing arts according to policies associated with the activity. For those students interested in participating in athletics, MHSAA rules for eligibility concerning enrollment, eligibility, and transfers will apply, which requires students be enrolled and passing 67 percent (four) of online classes.
Who can I contact for more information or specific details concerning my circumstances?
Please contact Paul Kunde at 616.850.5020 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are some characteristics of a successful online learner?
Successful online students tend to:
- Take ownership of their learning. They understand how they learn best, not just what they learn.
- Have good time management and organization skills.
- Have good written communications skills (for assignments and for communicating with teachers and other students).
- Are willing to advocate for themselves and ask for help.
- Follow online community norms with proper ‘netiquette’.
What happens if the GH CyberSchool is not a fit for my student?
Students may request administrative approval to transfer to another Grand Haven Area Public Schools option.
What are Michigan’s high school graduation requirements?
Current high school graduation requirements include:
- 4 credits Math (including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and one credit in senior year)
- 4 credits English Language Arts
- 3 credits Science (including Biology, Physics or Chemistry, and one additional credit)
- 3 credits Social Studies (.5 credit in Civics, .5 credit in Economics, US History and Geography, World History and Geography)
- 1 credit Physical Education/Health
- 1 credit Visual, Performing Applied Arts
- 2 credits World Language (graduating class of 2016)
When a student completes the requirements, will they have to take a GED test or do they get a diploma from GH Cyber School?
Students who complete the graduation requirements will earn a GH CyberSchool diploma.