Frequently Asked Questions

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Explore some of our most frequently asked questions below. Don't see what you're looking for? Call us at any time: (248) 289-5521

MIPS is a state-wide virtual school in Michigan, which means we accept students from anywhere in the state. We have drop-in Learning Labs for added in-person support (or as just a quiet, relaxing place to work), but attendance isn’t mandatory…our labs are simply there if you need them.

We currently have labs in Saginaw, Davison, Rochester, and Detroit. Learn more about our labs here.

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The process is intuitive, but if you hit any snags along the way, feel free to give us a call any time at 248-289-5521. We’re happy to help!

MIPS is FREE. As a state-funded public charter school, we offer 100% tuition-free education for Michigan students.
You’ll need these items:

• Birth Certificate

• Parent ID

• Proof of residency 

• Copy of transcripts (we’ll help you retrieve this from your prior district)

• Copy of IEP, if student has one 

We want to make the process as simple as possible for you. If you have any questions about what’s required, contact
Step 1: You’ll get an email confirmation. We’ll let you know if there are any items we still need from you.
Step 2: Once we have all your required documents, as well as transcripts/IEP/report card from previous school, we’ll finalize your enrollment and notify you of approval. If your student has an IEP, they’ll be contacted by our Special Education department before the enrollment is finalized. Your Mentor teacher will contact you the day after approval to begin orientation and assessments. 

We’re not currently enrolling, but if you complete an interest form here, we’ll reach out as soon as our application reopens in January for mid-year enrollment.

We get it…sometimes it’s not so easy to round up all your documents right away. You’re welcome to complete your application, and then send your documents to as you collect them. However, please remember that we won’t be able to finalize your application until all the required documents are received, so try to submit everything in a timely manner. The sooner we can get you enrolled, the sooner you can get cruising!

The best way to submit your documents is to upload them directly into your application. This keeps the enrollment process running along quickly and smoothly.

However, we understand that sometimes it can take a little longer to collect the required documentation. Once you locate your documents, you can email pictures of them to:

MIPS is fully accredited by Cognia (formerly known as AdvancEd) and the Michigan Department of Education. Our credits transfer out to other schools, and our graduates have gone on to attend major colleges and universities like Notre Dame, Wayne State, U of M, or MSU. We’re also NCAA and NAIA approved as an online course provider for college-bound student athletes.

Yes! MIPS is authorized by the Michigan Department of Education as a diploma issuing institution, accepted by all secondary institutions. 
MIPS is fully NCAA- and NAIA-approved. To ensure that your post-secondary eligibility is never in question, all transcripts are reviewed by a licensed counselor
All transcript requests can be made through Parchment.

Classes are open 24/7. That means you can work at whatever time works for you.

Our Drop-in Learning Labs are generally open Tuesday  (9-4), Wednesday (10-4), and Thursday (9-4). Any irregular hours (e.g. snow days, summer hours) will be on our school calendar, or announced via email (if the change is not scheduled in advance).

Our phone lines are nearly always open and we will respond to all inquiries in a timely matter. 

Yes! All eligible students grades 9-12 can take up to 10 college classes during their 4 years of high school. This is open to any college in Michigan, but does have some specific guidelines and requirements. To learn more about our dual enrollment options, please contact Lucas Peless.
If you’re having trouble with your computer or MiFi device, you can submit a support ticket on our tech page. Support is available Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm.

Yes – we require the MSTEP and SAT (depending on grade level). You can read more about testing in our Assessments Manual.

MIPS students can work through the summer. However, we don’t offer Summer School for non-MIPS students at this point, and we also don’t offer Summer School as a separate term – students are only able to continue working on their courses from the spring term. We want our students to have every chance for success, and if you want to keep progressing over the summer, we want to support you! Whether you’re wrapping up last year’s courses, catching up (i.e. credit recovery), or working ahead (i.e. course advancement), you’ll have until the last week in July each summer.

Our learning labs are local MIPS drop-in study labs. We think it’s extremely important for virtual students to know that they’re connected, and that they can get the support they need, when they need it.

Our labs have computers, teachers, coffee, snacks, etc. All the good stuff. It’s a calm, comfortable place where you can hunker down and get things done. If you have questions about your school work, the Labs are a place where you can talk face-to-face with a teacher. If you live near one of our labs, stop by and say hello! We’d love to have you.

To learn more about our labs, go here.

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