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?
- Do I earn a diploma?
- What is WAY?
- What is a charter school?
- Are WAY teachers certified?
- Do I have to be online at specific times?
- What grades does WAY Michigan serve?
- What tools or materials do I need to be in WAY Michigan?
- Do you provide internet and a computer?
- How much time do I spend online?
- How long does it take to graduate?
- How do I earn credit for courses at WAY Michigan?
- What does my first day look like?
- Do you have a prom, team sports, etc.?
- Do you have a graduation ceremony?
- How do I request a transcript?
- Can I work at their own pace?
- Do you provide special education services?
- Will WAY Michigan credits transfer to another school?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.