Do you have questions about schools, enrollment, accreditation, or something else? Brows the list of commonly asked questions below. You'll find answers to your questions about WAY Michigan.

Is WAY Michigan accredited?

WAY is a Cognia (formerly AdvancEd) accredited organization, meeting their high standards of education. Therefore, WAY Michigan is accredited by Cognia as well.

Cognia represents 34,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide. See our Accreditation page for more information.

Do I earn a diploma?

Yes, WAY Michigan is an accredited public charter school and issues diplomas to graduating seniors who meet the graduation requirements.

What is WAY?

WAY, Widening Advancements for Youth, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Public Charity organization. It offers a project-based and competency-based learning model to schools.

WAY manages WAY Michigan as a public charter school.

What is a charter school?

WAY Michigan is a charter school. A charter school is a tuition-free public school and enrollment is open to all students. The “charter” that establishes each school is a contract detailing the school’s mission, program, performance goals, and methods of assessment.

Every public charter school has an authorizer which, subject to state law, may be a district school board, university, Mayor’s office, or non-profit organization. Authorizers are responsible for holding charter schools accountable for compliance with their operating agreements or “charters.” For WAY Michigan, our public authorizing body is Central Michigan University.

Are WAY teachers certified?

Yes, all WAY and WAY Michigan online teachers are Michigan-certified teachers.

Do I have to be online at specific times?

No! You do not have to be online during specific days or times during the week. You can work when you want.

Our live instructional sessions are scheduled throughout the week and they are optional but highly encouraged

What grades does WAY Michigan serve?

WAY Michigan serves grades 6 - 12.

What tools or materials do I need to be in WAY Michigan?

Each student in WAY Michigan is provided with a computer workstation and internet connection at no cost to the student.

WAY Michigan provides all of the books and instructional materials needed to complete the program, at no cost to families enrolled in our schools.

Do you provide internet and a computer?

Yes! WAY Michigan provides internet connection at no cost to a student. Typically this is a 3G Hotspot from a local carrier.

WAY Michigan also provides a computer. This may be a Chromebook or MacBook.

How much time do I spend online?

The time spend online is based on the student’s schedule of courses, but total hours and effort are comparable to a traditional school. WAY Michigan expects students to spend at least 25 hours per week working in their courses. There is always a healthy balance between working online and completing offline projects.

How long does it take to graduate?

That depends on the amount of credits a student comes to WAY Michigan with and how motivated a student is to finish! Check the Graduation Requirements page for information on how many credits are required to graduate from WAY Michigan.

How do I earn credit for courses at WAY Michigan?

The curriculum at WAY Michigan is focused on demonstrating national and state standards. Certified teachers grade your work to determine which standards you met.

The curriculum is cross-curricular, giving you an opportunity to earn credit in more than one course at the same time. As you demonstrate the national and state standards, you make progress in the course and earn credit.

What does my first day look like?

Your first day is called your induction. This is your welcome to WAY Michigan. During your first day, you will attend an online web training with your provided equipment. You'll learn about the school, online community, meet the online teachers, set your schedule, and start your first project.

Do you have a prom, team sports, etc.?

WAY Michigan does offer school events like graduation ceremonies, proms, student organizations, etc.

WAY Michigan does not offer organized team sports.

Do you have a graduation ceremony?

No, as an online school WAY Michigan does not have an in-person graduation ceremony.

How do I request a transcript?

Check our Transcript Request page on how to request a transcript from WAY Michigan.

Can I work at their own pace?

Yes! WAY Michigan is a combination of self-paced work and scheduled live lessons. Students are expected to achieve a year's academic growth in a year's time.

Do you provide special education services?

Yes. We offer special education services for students who need them. Click here for more information.

Will WAY Michigan credits transfer to another school?

Yes, WAY Michigan is an accredited public charter school in Michigan and credits will transfer to other high schools.