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K-12
Public charter
Grand Rapids, MI

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678 Front Avenue, Nw, Suite 265
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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(877) 900-5602
(616) 309-1608
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December 10, 2014
This is our first year with MVCA, and we are fairly satisfied with the programs for our two children. The teachers are fairly proficient in their skill sets and seem to be appropriate fits for the courses that they are teaching, overall. My biggest concern is not with the curriculum or the teachers, but with MVCA's diversification regarding their hiring policies. MVCA has never hired even one African-American educator. Despite the fact that there are many qualified individuals whom are seeking such employment; present company included. And that is what concerns us most. Apparently, the Great Schools website is aware of this important issue since they note the races of the MVCA students, but NOT the races of the MVCA teachers on this site. Very interesting.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2014
MVCA is my son's high school through K12. He is currently in his second and fina. Last year was nervous trying to compartmentalize this experience with what I assumed would follow brick/mortar format. I was wrong. Beginning saw changes and glitches but soon, my son had a perfect lesson plan that fit his needs. We always receive timely feedback from teachers, administrators, and counselors. There are many ways to reach out to other students and coaches through virtual means and in person! As an LC, it is imperative you be a stay@home parent or part-time worker so that you can give the attention necessary for success-you are the physical teacher. During this second year, we noticed changes in format and organization. During the initial week where parents learn the ins and outs, more resources to help answer questions were being introduced than last year. There was a change with the daily class connect sessions, which provides more contact with teachers /students than last year. I am so please with this experience; the teachers last year did an amazing job expanding my child's mind. I will enroll my youngest son when the brick/mortar school can no longer handle his Aspie ways.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2014
Worst school ever! This school will make you fall behind. It is disorganized. The teachers are not real teachers; they are on call operators. Everything about this school is designed to make you fail. NEVER go here! I learned the hard way. No matter how much they try to convince you, this is the worst school in the world! Anyone who has written 5 stars on this school are employees who are trying to make the ratings go up. They are LIARS.

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2014
We will be starting our 3rd year with MVCA. I will be a Learning Coach (LC) for 7 students, K-6. The K12 curriculum is A+! This is an opportunity for me to "homeschool" my children & others with a curriculum I don't need to purchase or stress about & teacher support. There is flexibility within the expectations, 80% mastery required at the elementary level. I choose 4 stars vs. 5 as I feel the school has grown "too quickly" & though I have no concerns that they will become a quality school again, at this time there is a struggle with keeping the communication "across the board" the same from one teacher to the next. With the quick growth, there is a large achievement gap but I forsee this gap getting smaller every year due to dedicated teachers and staff. Communication between LC & teacher is the key to being successful while schooling at home. One must keep in mind that, at the elementary level, the LC is the primary educator. One most go in realizing that you are going to have a full-time job on your hand as the LC is doing the schooling. At the present, minimal time is spent at the computer. As student progress, there will be more online instruction.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
Michigan Virtual Charter Academy is a very academic school that isn't for everyone, but what school is? If you are looking for a school that will challenge your child, has great teachers, has excellent material, will definitely have your child college ready, and are willing to put in the time to help them succeed, then MVCA could be the school for you. There is a lot of parental support; they want you and your child to succeed. This will be our 2nd year with our two boys, and I fully intend to put our daughter into MVCA when she is older, too.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
I am extraordinarily happy with this school. I currently have 4 kids enrolled going on our second year. They are not so great with the IEP and it takes them forever to get the ball rolling. I am blown away as how far my kids have grown academically. One of my children struggles in language arts and he was able to do the curriculum for the previous grade, while still taking all of his current grade level curriculum for everything else. I like how each child has their own individual learning plan that is geared to them alone. I will admit, it is not easy. It was very overwhelming at first and hard for me to adjust teaching my kids (that is what you are doing as a learning coach), but the teachers were there to help all the way. They help you follow the books and instructions that you are given. If there was something I could not explain to my child, the teacher would do a 1 on 1 with him and explain it until he got it. The curriculum is by far more advanced then what my children would have received at our local public school. I will admit, it is not easy all the time and it does have its challenges, but it was a great alternative for my family to what we were offered locally.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
This is our second year with MVCA, and I couldn't be happier. The teachers have been wonderful to work with, the curriculum is top notch, the peer to peer support is above and beyond, and most importantly, my children are flourishing. I have seen so many positive changes in my children's attitudes towards learning, and am confident in this schooling structure.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
This is our 4th year with MVCA. With everything, there are pros & cons, but I feel that there are more pros to this school than cons. I love the flexibility & ability to tweak where necessary, especially if there is something that we don't believe in, we can adjust the lessons accordingly. I love the fact that I have teachers planning the organization of the lessons & back up for times when I am unsure of myself & the subjects. 3 of my 4 children are in the school, & our 4th will be joining next year! I feel that this school is preparing our children with technological knowledge, as most jobs and colleges/universities now require a lot of computer knowledge. Be prepared to be fully involved in teaching/helping your child, this is very similar to traditional homeschooling. The teachers and principals excellent & want to work with you. 2 of my 3 children have IEPs and the special ed teachers are easy to work with. Just remember you are investing in your children & you need to make the best decision that works for you & your kids. This might not be for you, but if it is, it is worth it!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2014
Unfortunately for us what was supposed to be "less stressful" than homeschooling turned out to be a nightmare. They had his paperwork in two different systems, and I ended up having to call and demand a supervisor to even get his paperwork looked at after it had been sitting there waiting for EIGHT business days. Then we get accepted and now what was supposed to be placement testing is no more, he's being shoved into first grade work (when he can read at a fourth grade level), and has done first grade work already so therefore he will be bored out of his mind. We were promised that he would get special books and help since he was color blind, but no one had any idea about this (even though we've sent in paperwork three times). I just withdrew him and will continue to homeschool or find some other option, where the people actually know what is going on. K12 should perhaps spend more money on making sure people are trained and know if placement testing is going on or not, if kids really will get certain equipment or not, and make sure they don't promise things that they cannot and will not deliver on instead of advertising so hard. Very upset.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2014
Worse school I ever seen in my life. They had zero experiences with special need child. They did not keep their record very well. They don't work with special need. They put them down. I have to laugh my head off when they so called try fail all to my child. I appoarched to board of educated in the public school. I showed her work. They were so shocked that they fail her for passing every one of them. They checked it out for me. Turned out that they don't keep the record. Oh goodness!! This school have no business to teach kids with special needs. They are clueless. Wow. Worse one. Unbelievable. My daughter is smart than that lame so call teachers. Be careful people. This isn't good place for special needs kids. I passed her. I home school her. Good lord.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
If you go through and read their reviews you'll see a few "good" reviews! Amazingly enough, it's the same on their FB page. Here's the "thing" though.,we that have children (regrettably!!!) attending this school (thank GOD it will be ONLY this year and I am doing well with our children and they are in elementary school because they don't have regular classes every day (1-2 times per week MAX!) and you can't get help when you need it for your child(ren)....ANYWAY, if you go on their FB page and you're "in" the school, you can see where ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS (including the head of school and the principals!) have posted "five star reviews" because those of us in the school obviously recognize the names of staffers that post those positive "five star" reviews! What a joke! I would not doubt IN THE SLIGHTEST if the SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ALONE has posted under a large number of "fake" accounts or whatever you want to call them! They do it on FB already. The pathetic thing is, even with the school STAFF members posting, this JUNK school (that is ONLY in it for the money by the way) school STILL only gets a 5 in a great school rating! LOLOLOLOL! Parents PLEASE BEWARE!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
This school is NOT where you want your children to go if you want actual academic instruction. They give ONE, 1 hour class session a week (in some classes, in a couple classes there is NO classroom instruction, we the "learning coaches" are on our own!) and "call it good"....what the heck kind of "education" is that?? I want a GREAT education for my kids, I was led to believe that's what we would gain through MVCA....sadly, emails go unread, unreturned, and basically, completely ignored....Teachers communicating with parents is key to a program like this and when you don't get it (and you don't!) it deeply affects your childs successes in academics...if you want a first class education for your children and you want it "at home" (as we do), my suggestion to whomever might be reading this, keep looking! There ARE other options out there! Check with your local school district! You may find, as we recently did, that you can do online school through your local district. I was "done" with brick and mortar politics and the rushing students ahead to quickly...at home you have more control over how quickly things go and that IS a good thing but MVCA is NOT the answer!

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
This is my daughter first year at K-12 and she loves it I love that it works at her pace and the online teachers are so nice and helpful. I'm so happy my daughter is enjoying school and that she is getting better at her reading and math. I would recommend k -12 online school this was the best choice me and my husband made for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
This school is wonderful and all the teachers are helpful and considerate. My daughter is thriving and learning at MVCA. She loves it and is excited to learn everyday. Regular public school was an everyday challenge for her and she was bored with not learning new content. With MVCA she is excited to learn. The teachers communicate well and in a timely fashion. They are always willing to help. I think this a great school for anyone dedicated to educational needs of their children. My daughter can see her progress everyday and can review subjects that she has difficulty with. They hold class connect session and help in areas that need strengthening. I couldn't be happier with this school. I think it is great for anyone willing to learn. I love being involved in my child's learning, learning along with them, and seeing my child excited to learn and ready to learn. This school is Superior in the educational content and focus on students. They want them to exceed not just pass through the educational system.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT ANYONE CAN POST A REVIEW AND STATE THEY ARE A PARENT. THIS SCHOOL IS DISGUSTINGLY INADEQUATE. DO NOT BELIEVE ANY OF THE POSITIVE REVIEWS. THEY ARE LIKELY POSTED BY SCHOOL EMPLOYEES.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
I cannot even give this "school" one star.This is the worst possible place to educate your child. It is the most disorganized (in all but one class my son had a change of teachers 3 times in one semester), poorly staffed (there wasn't even a teacher for one of his classes for half of the semester), non-communicative (emails are not responded to in a timely fashion), and poorly instructed (tests cover materials that are not even instructed) school. There is no support provided. My son has a 504 plan that was never addressed (hmmmm, I think that is not in compliance with education laws). Please, do NOT send your child to this school. I am actually considering a lawsuit. I am definitely taking action with the Board of Education.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Michigan Virtual Charter Academy is a excellent school. The courses is very educational and the teachers and staff are very educational,professional and show great concern for their student and for their job title. The teachers have great skills and they act and talk with respect and they act like teachers suppoose to act and teach like teachers suppose to teach. I would recommend this school to a parent for their child you will be very happy.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2013
Great school! My son is a sophomore, things are moving alone well! Teachers communicate great!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
This place is so unorganized I can't even begin to explain. Save your time and go somewhere else. I think all these post are fake when I shows positive.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Disorganized, pushy, too large of a school...would be the words to describe Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (k-12). I was in the process of beginning enrollment for Michigan Virtual Charter Academy and Michigan Connections Academy because I didn't know who would have space for the following school year due to previous enrollment caps. I completed all paper work for both schools and waited...I was NEVER contacted by k-12 until I saw 2 huge boxes on my front porch containing school books for the following school year! Seriously...they never contacted me saying we had been given a spot and when I tried to call and say we were not interested any longer nobody knew what to do. It took several people and a day and a half to finally figure out who I should really speak with. Talk about disorganization!! After much research and speaking with other parents in the area, we chose Michigan Connections Academy and could not be happier. They are always tremendously helpful and with one phone call my questions/concerns are addressed. So please please research Michigan Connections Academy and see the difference for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
My school has helped me a lot, when summer break came I was assigned to do national math lab for 9 weeks, this is my 8th week in NML and I'm so glad my teacher put me in this class because the first few weeks I wasn't happy because it was right in the middle of the day but NML has helped me ALOT, but MVCA has helped me reach my goals!

- submitted by a community member
July 24, 2013
I have never heard of this school, that is, until approximately three days ago. I just bought a new cell phone AND a new phone no. I have NOT given it out to ANYONE yet as I decided to do wrk only on the internet on this ph as opposed to passing it out to friends. Anyway, some EXTREMELY pushy lady (sounds like a younger, white lady), from MICHIGAN VIRTUAL CHARTER ACADEMY IN Grand Rapids insist on calling me every, single day about enrollment for my child. I asked her how did she get my no. & to please remove me from her calling list and she only got LOUDER & LOUDER & continues on w/her speech!! Is she serious? She literally won't stop talking over me until both of us are almost yelling @ one another. Does herself and Miss Becky in arts & crafts find these "teachers lounge shenanigans" amusing? Well I DON'T!!!! She called me again today with the same BIT!! If this school hires people like this, who are in positions of authority to wrk for them, I DONT FEEL AS IF THEY SHLD BE TEACHING ANYONES CHILD!! I mean gheese... they must get paid per phone call!

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2013
My daughter just completed the 1st grade with the K-12 (MVCA) online charter academy. My wife and I researched and tried a number of schools ranging from public, charter, Montessori, private and legacy home schooling programs and found all these options to be lacking in some way or another. We knew that the K-12 program was the perfect solution at this stage and even after our in depth research we were pleasantly surprised by the extreme level of excellence by everyone involved in the program. (Teachers to administration) My daughter thrived in this program and was eager to learn more and more. It was a parents dream come true, not to mention all the upsides of home schooling through an online academy. I travel the world in my profession and this allowed me to bring my family with me on some of these trips; which would not have been an option with a traditional school. We highly recommend this program for any and all parents/students. This should be your first and only choice for the education of your children. The level of attention, performance and results are so much greater than all the other options for education. Bravo Mrs. S and everyone at K-12 (MVCA).

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
MVCA allows my child with food allergies to have a normal school environment in the safety of her own home.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
MVCA is just what my family needed, the teachers work with my children at their speed of learning. Wow, there is no bullying, my children do not suffer from any of the illnesses they had when they were learning in a brick and mortar environment. MVCA has provided my family with an awesome alternative to learning. And due to the fact that everything has gone techno, we feel that we are keeping up with the times, being a virtual family.

- submitted by a teacher
May 17, 2013
this school is a very excellent opportunity for anyone who is able to stay home with their children in some areas the schooling system is failing the online schools ensure that your children will receive the education needed to succeed in life regardless of the failing economy or the community that they currently reside in. we also no longer have to deal with bullying or being harassed by grownups on the way to school in the morning plus my family are night owls and i love the convenience of being able to sleep in in the mornings as well. Also being a single parent mvca helps trumendously with having my children all in the same school under one roof. If you can join a virtual school please do so the benefits of it is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
This was our first year & we couldn't be happier. I loved that I could still take my son to all of his medical & specialist appointments & not having to miss out on any school work or attendance. My family will be continuing this school with all 3 of our children....it is really that great!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
very nice set up, materials provided are easy to use. Easy to adapt to students pace. Fast pace students can move up grade levels in individual subjects as fast as they are comfortable.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
Experienced, responsive and compassionate teachers who go the extra mile to match my children's abilities with the schoolwork. My kids are no longer bored! We have been here for K-3, starting the 3rd child this fall. Great online lesson supplementation, son especially liked the phonics and math games, daughter likes the study island lesson animations and History audio books. The Language Arts and History sections in particular seem to take the best of the different homeschool methods that I've looked at, giving you the option of approaching the curriculum from whichever side you prefer. The provide lots of options within each lesson for you to choose, depending if your child needs a more kinesthetic or auditory or visual approach for that subject. I like the online schedule that I can rearrange as needed and easily track progress and project end dates.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
This school is a great school because it is so flexible and the teachers are really great.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
Michigan Virtual Charter Academy has been a great experience for our family. We love the study program, classes, the flexibility the school has, and the curriculum. We have been with MVCA going on 3 years now and would not change a thing. Our kids and excel to there full potential. There is a lot of interaction with the teachers and the staff is always ready to answer any question you may have. We do wish there were more field trip type things once a month would be nice so we could have more interaction with their friends in their classes. We are looking forward to next year:)

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
This school is very time consuming and unless you love for your child to be glued to a computer all day, typing a 4 paragraph essay, watching videos about stuff they are interested in, or reading an online math, literature, history or science lessons, and so on -it will not be for you. I have been using this program for three years now and I like that it is FREE. I also like that so far there are physical books,Student Guides and Teacher Guides. If you need help understanding something they have tons of resources-not to mention you have the internet and your child right there. The teachers are helpful if you take the initiative and get into the computer too. My school could improve by providing better and multiple ways of teaching online and with books. Once a student gets interested in something he must quickly change gears to start another subject. There should be lessons that cover multiple core material.-the only ones remotely so only involve history and art. MVCA seems like they realize online learning for middle school is a growing and changing phenomenon.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
I would never take my son out of this school it is the best part of my day watching him learns so many things and knowing I am a part of it MVCA has the best teachers we have been doing it for 2 years and every teacher I have delt with goes beyond what she needs to answere all my questions and his LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
well so far the school is allsome i havent been with the school very long but hope the rest of my experice is good to .

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2012
You could not find a better school for your child. I have children with special needs, the special education department at MVCA is phenominal. I would recommend this school hands down. The teachers and administrators are great, they are in contact with the students and parents regularly. The kids attend live online sessions several times per week with other students and teachers. The lessons are comprehensive and the curriculum is a very high quality. This was my first time homeschooling and I absolutely love it!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
We started MVCA in 2012. My kids did very well intraditional school but we had tinkered with wanting to homeschool. For our family this was the perfect of both worlds. Initially, it was overwhelming learning how everything worked on-line but eventually we got the hang of it. It was well worth the effort and my kids love how the learning process works with the K-12 curriculum. I have gifted students who needed a fast paced, individualized school work. It has a few quirks, but is evolving beautifully. It's exactly what we needed and gives my children high quality schooling with accountability!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
My child was enrolled in MVCA last school year (2010-2011) and it was great. I don't vaccinate my child and have an exemption form that I use (the Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines form), MVCA accepted this form in 2010-2011. Then I went to enroll him for the coming school year (2012-2013) using the same form with an updated revision date, they rejected it, violating mine and my child's rights. MCLA 333.9215 states; (2) A child is exempt from this part if a parent, guardian in loco parentis of a child presents a written statement to the administrator of the child's school or operator of the group program to the effect that the requirements of this part cannot be met because of religious convictions or other objections to immunizations. The Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines exemption form is my written statement.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
Your student falling behind in school because of lack of teacher attention and knowledge? Send your Student to MVCA! The school is online, but still meets with teachers and other students to learn. This has allowed us to make sure that our student can be under a watchful eye and achieves his potential. Check it out at www.k12.com.

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Michigan Virtual Charter Academy
678 Front Avenue, Nw, Suite 265, Grand Rapids, MI  49504
(877) 900-5602
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