Who we are
Michigan International Prep School is a forward-thinking, K-12 virtual charter school. We're driven by a very simple idea: if it's good for the kids, it's good for us. We're building a culture where students are seen as individuals with unique talents, unique challenges, and a unique future.
We're rethinking what it means to learn online. Here are some of the ways we're using common sense to help our students succeed:
We keep our students connected.
Kids need attention in order to succeed. That’s why:
- Every MIPS student is assigned a Mentor to guide them from enrollment to graduation.
- We operate live Learning Labs where students can drop in and interact face-to-face with MIPS teachers.
At MIPS, everyone has a future. Everyone is visible. Everyone is connected.
We're working to level the playing field.
We want to give every student a fair shot at academic success. That means:
- 100% tuition-free education.
- A curriculum that suits the student’s learning style.
- A custom schedule that fits with work and family needs.
- A MIPS laptop and wifi device – no extra charge!
If there’s something that keeps kids from doing well in school, we’re taking it on.
We reward ambition and unique talent.
We don’t believe in holding talent back. If a student is ahead of the curve, they’ll have the opportunity to:
- Enroll in Advanced Placement courses.
- Dual enroll in local colleges.
- Work with their mentor to design their own Independent Studies Class.
MIPS students also have more time for extracurriculars. We don’t just tolerate unique talents – we get excited about them.
Meet our leadership team
Andrew Hulbert brings proven leadership, purposeful innovation, and genuine integrity to his role as Superintendent. He’s passionate about helping students tap into their intrinsic motivation to learn, and preparing them for a lifetime of success and personal growth.
Mr. Hulbert began his career in sales while completing his Bachelors of Science with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Biology from Eastern Michigan University. He completed his first Masters degree from Marygrove College in 2010, and earned a Central Office/Superintendent Certificate from Oakland University in 2014. Mr. Hulbert taught Biology and Chemistry in Bloomfield Hills from 2007 to 2011.
In 2011, Oxford Community Schools hired Mr. Hulbert to help revitalize Oxford’s struggling virtual program, Oxford Virtual Academy. Under his direction, the Academy grew to over 2,200 students, and logged the highest completion rates and test scores among Michigan virtual schools. He also established an Early College program in alliance with Rochester College, Macomb Community College and Washtenaw Community College, allowing students to earn an associate’s degree and a high school diploma in a five-year program free of all costs.
Since its inception in 2017, Michigan International Prep School has been a place where every student is seen as a valued individual. No two people are identical, and it doesn’t make sense to treat them like they are. Mr. Hulbert’s vision is to work with each student to help them tap into what makes them uniquely excited to learn and grow. He’s committed to cultivating an environment where students don’t just “play school” – they’re actually prepared for a fulfilling and purposeful future in a 21st Century global economy.
Director of Student Services
Katherine Caron is an extremely qualified specialist with over eight years of experience in school administration. She’s worked in several capacities, including Administrator, Support Service Provider, Pupil Accounting, and Enrollment Specialist. Prior to her involvement in K-12 education, Ms. Caron worked in Juvenile Criminal Justice and Social Work. Through Michigan School Business Officials, she was awarded her Pupil Accounting Specialist and Business Office Specialist Certifications.
Ms. Caron has a passion for helping students that are “outside of the box” – students that struggle in traditional school models. With extensive expertise in state requirements and school policy, Ms. Caron works to provide alternative and innovative educational options that are in full compliance with the Michigan Board of Education. Ms. Caron currently sits on the Michigan Pupil Accounting and Attendance Association Board as the Public School Academy representative.
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. William Skilling
Dr. Skilling is currently president of an international education company and President owner of Reimagine Education, LCC. Prior to his current position, Dr. Skilling was a public school’s educator for 35 years in which he served as a principal and superintendent for the last 23 years. The schools he served received numerous awards for student achievement, innovation, and in creating unique educational opportunities. His high school was a National Exemplary Blue Ribbon School in 2000. He was Principal of the Year in Michigan in 1995. Byron Center High School was a pioneer in distance learning when they started offering distance learning classes in 1993.
In 2003, Dr. Skilling became superintendent of Webberville Community Schools. While serving as superintendent for four years, he assisted in stopping eleven years of declining student enrollment. During his last three years as superintendent, the district experienced three consecutive years of student enrollment growth. Webberville also passed a sinking fund and bond issue to improve their facilities and build new ones.
A major accomplishment was the community partnerships that were developed to build and operate the Spartan Center. The Spartan Center provided the first wellness/fitness center for all community members regardless of income. The facility provided free healthcare and physical therapy services as well to those who could not afford it. In addition, the Spartan Center was used for high school athletics and physical education classes.
During Dr. Skilling’s tenure, Webberville Community Schools was recognized for academic excellence. Examples include Webberville Middle School receiving the Michigan Association of School Board’s Curriculum Excellence Award and the Michigan Best Award in 2006. In 2007, Webberville Elementary School received the Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary School Award. In addition to these awards both the elementary and middle school saw three consecutive years of student achievement growth.
As Superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, he oversaw “Project Reimagine” in which Oxford Community Schools was recognize as a lighthouse school district of innovation by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction and MDE. As a Reimagine District, he oversaw the launching of Fifth Core World Language program in which every student studied a world language for 11 years required. This program was recognized locally, nationally and internationally by the Vice Premier of China in 2013. Dr. Skilling created the vision and platform for Oxford Virtual Academy (OVA) in 2010 and which included the first virtual early college program in Michigan. OVA has been recognized as one of the best virtual school in Michigan with the highest completion rate, and highest test scores. OVA provided education to students in Oakland County, surrounding counties, Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti. Dr. Skilling also Implemented the International Baccalaureate (IB) for all of their schools. His former school district was and still is the only all district pre-k through 12th grade IB program in the state of Michigan. He launched a required 6-8 pre-engineering program and 9-12 engineering program that both received local and state awards for innovation and curriculum excellence. In addition, during his tenure at Oxford Schools they launched a pre-K through high school orchestra program in 2009. When he retired in 2015, there were over 500 orchestra students.
Dr. Skilling was an adjunct professor of Educational Leadership for 18 years teaching at Grand Valley State University for 13 years and Oakland University for 5 years. He has traveled nationally and internationally speaking about global education, educational leadership, edupreneurship, and how to use technology to improve teaching and learning. In 2012, Dr. Skilling was recognized as the Tech Savvy Superintendent of the Year from the Michigan Association of School Administrators. Finally, under his leadership, Oxford Community Schools received eight (8) Curriculum Excellence Awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards.