Eligibility Requirements

You must meet specific state and program eligibility requirements to attend Michigan Connections Academy. Student eligibility requirements in Michigan are determined by the Michigan Legislature and the Michigan Board of Education. Michigan Connections Academy is authorized by the Ferris State University Charter Schools Office. Before enrolling, review the following eligibility requirements carefully to determine whether your student(s) is eligible to participate in grades K–12.

Note: Michigan Connections Academy does not accept students who are currently expelled from their local school or district.

Age Limitations

  • Kindergarten: Any student enrolling in kindergarten must be five (5) years old on or before September 1 to be eligible for enrollment in Michigan Connections Academy.
  • First Grade: Any student enrolling in first grade must be six (6) years old on or before September 1 to be eligible for enrollment in Michigan Connections Academy.
  • Maximum Age: A general education student who turns twenty (20) years old on or before September 1 will not be eligible to enroll. A special education student who turns twenty-six (26) years old on or before September 1 will not be eligible to enroll.

Required Documents

A copy of the official birth certificate for each child must be provided to verify age eligibility. To avoid unnecessary delays, provide a copy of this document along with your enrollment documents.

Geographical Limitations

You must reside in the state of Michigan and provide acceptable proof of residency to be eligible for enrollment in Michigan Connections Academy.

Required Documents

A copy of one of the following documents must be provided to verify your legal residence. If you do not have any of these documents, please contact the enrollment team to discuss acceptable alternatives.

  • Gas, electric, internet, trash, propane oil or water bill from the last 60 days that includes your name and service address
  • Mortgage statement from the last 60 days or current lease agreement
  • Property tax statement

Immunizations

All Michigan Connections Academy students must provide a certificate of immunization obtained from and signed by health care provider.

See Michigan School Immunization Requirements

Medical and Personal Exemptions

Michigan allows for medical, religious, or personal exemptions. Parents seeking immunization waivers in Michigan must have the immunization waiver certified by their local health department.

Prior Public Schooling Limitations

There are no prior schooling limitations. Any age-eligible public school, private school, or homeschool student may enroll in Michigan Connections Academy.

Other Documentation

You may need to provide additional documentation if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • Custody order: If your legal guardianship is determined by a court order, please submit a copy of the order.
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