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An engaging online education

Many students struggle to stay interested in school. At Michigan International Prep School, we encourage students to focus on their unique talents and interests, keeping them engaged, inspired, and working towards their future goals.

Program Overview

FAQ

Are there any in-person tests MIPS elementary students are required to take?

All students are required to take select in-person state tests once per year per the state of Michigan. In order to make this as easy as possible for our families, we provide multiple pop-up testing locations across the state.

Is the MIPS program fully accredited?

Yes! MIPS is accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancEd), the benchmark of K-12 accreditation. We are also NCAA and NAIA approved for college bound student athletes. 

When and how do we pick classes?

Mentors and counselors help students review their transcript, determine what they need, and help them schedule their classes. The mentor and counselor will walk the student through the process from start to finish.

What is the difference between a Mentor and a Teacher?

The Mentor is your student’s overall Coach/Guide/Cheerleader, looking at the “whole child” and monitoring progress. Each student must communicate with their Mentor at least once weekly, as they work with the student to create and update an individualized learning plan. Our subject-specific Teachers hold teaching certifications from the state of Michigan in their particular subject area.

What is the MIPS School of Arts?

Our one-of-a-kind online arts program offers exciting courses in piano, voice, guitar, art, and theatre. You can see our offerings at: mipreparts.org

To enroll in an arts course, you need to first complete your application. When your counselor meets with you to set your schedule, let them know which courses you’re interested in joining. 

NOTE: some courses fill up as we approach the start of school, so apply early!

If we started the year online and then school goes back to in-classroom learning, could we change? Will MIPS credits transfer back to traditional schools?

Yes – MIPS follows Michigan Merit Curriculum guidelines, and our credits are fully transferable to traditional schools.

I am worried that my student is behind...what can MIPS do for them?

MIPS will meet your student where they are. Our mentors work with each student to determine what grade level is most appropriate for them in each individual subject area. If your student needs extra support in a particular area, their mentor will provide them with additional resources and tutoring to help them get caught up in that area.

Will my student’s school be all online, or will there be any handouts/textbooks, etc.?

Our elementary students each receive a wide array of learning resources, including worksheets, parent guides, and activity supplies (e.g. manipulatives, flash cards, books, art supplies, jump ropes, etc.)

My child has special educational needs. What systems are in place to help them?

Students who qualify for special education services will have an Individualized Education Plan (or “IEP”) created for them based on their specific needs. We have certified special education teachers who are assigned to each child to provide individualized instruction and to monitor their progress. Parents are consistently informed of their child’s progress and are considered a key member of the learning community for their child. Learn more about our special education program here.

Will my son/daughter have a dedicated teacher?

We believe personal connection is paramount for academic success. Each MIPS elementary student is assigned a certified teacher, as well as a mentor who will serve as a resource and support throughout their time at MIPS. Our teachers and mentors stay in regular contact with their students to guide and encourage them from enrollment to graduation. 

What is the MIPS School of Arts?

Our one-of-a-kind online arts program offers exciting courses in piano, voice, guitar, art, and theatre. You can see our offerings at: mipreparts.org

To enroll in an arts course, you need to first complete your application. When your counselor meets with you to set your schedule, let them know which courses you’re interested in joining. 

NOTE: some courses fill up as we approach the start of school, so apply early!

Do we have to live in Michigan year round?

In order to be enrolled at MIPS, a student must be a resident of Michigan (i.e. they must have a Michigan address). We have plenty of students who travel extensively (whether for sports, recreation, or to visit family), and our flexible online format allows them to stay on pace with their school. It is important, however, that traveling students stay engaged and working in their classes while they travel.

Does MIPS do field trips?

Yes! Past field trips include:

  • Cranbrook Institute of Science

  • Apple Orchard

  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

  • Detroit Institute of Art

  • And many more!

How much does this cost?

MIPS is FREE. As a state-funded public charter school, we offer 100% tuition-free education for Michigan students.

Begin your online learning journey today.