Our Michigan Cyber School

With Great Lakes Cyber Academy (GLCA) in Michigan, students connect over the Internet to our outstanding curriculum and certified teachers. We provide a personalized, online learning experience designed to help each student achieve his or her goals.

Authorized by Central Michigan University

Great Lakes Cyber Academy is authorized by Central Michigan University and supported by the Connections Academy family of public virtual schools. GLCA is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accrediting division of AdvancED.

View Great Lakes Cyber Academy’s Annual Education Report for key information on the school’s 2017–18 educational progress.

Our Mission

GLCA’s mission is to help each student maximize his or her potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program.

The Great Lakes Cyber Academy Online School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. Great Lakes Cyber Academy’s online program helps students build on their individual strengths and interests in a setting that is both safe and connected to a larger community.

Below are a few of the driving forces behind this unique approach:

Free Online Education, Outstanding Curriculum

At GLCA, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. The Great Lakes Cyber Academy curriculum offers a robust selection of core courses, including AP® and Honors courses, that are designed to help students gain the knowledge and thinking skills they’ll need for life, work, and higher education. Our cyber school classes meet and exceed all national and state standards while also integrating the best texts, materials, and resources available to create a curriculum that keeps students engaged in new and creative ways.

Exceptional Teachers

The teachers are the foundation of the Great Lakes Cyber Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our cyber school in Michigan because they care about kids and believe that personalized one-on-one instruction really works.

Individual Attention

Each and every student has unique abilities, and all students perform better when they receive individual attention in a nurturing learning environment. These guiding principles are the foundation of Connections Academy’s Personalized Performance Learning® approach. Using this method, GLCA teachers get to know the learning style, skills, and interests of each student so they can give every student the best opportunity to excel. This approach also allows students to accelerate learning in areas of strength or receive extra attention in areas of weakness.

Parent-Supported Learning

When parents take an active role in education, students prosper. As Learning Coaches, parents can be closely involved in their children’s daily education. They’re able to see real progress every day and work with dedicated teachers to keep their students on track. Parents say this involvement is one of the most gratifying aspects of the online high school program.

Three Graduation Pacing Options

GLCA students have three flexible graduation pacing options that make it possible to focus on personal interests—or to accelerate studies and graduate from our high school early.

  • Standard Pace: Students take a full course load in the fall and spring sessions.
  • Extended Pace: Students take fewer courses than a typical course load in the fall and spring sessions, but they also attend the summer session. This track provides students with more time for other activities throughout the traditional school year, while still allowing them to complete a full workload over the course of the year.
  • Accelerated Pace: Students attend fall, spring, and summer sessions full-time, enabling them to graduate early or take postsecondary dual enrollment courses.

Easy-to-Use Technology

Connections Academy’s user-friendly system, Connexus®, lets students access a welcoming and collaborative learning experience anywhere they have an Internet connection. Using conferencing and dynamic screen tools, our teachers conduct real-time interactive LiveLesson® sessions. In this virtual class time, students enjoy the lively interactions of a traditional classroom—but in an online setting. Parents love how easy it is to schedule lessons and access grades, too!

Socialization, Community, and Friendships

Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Even in a virtual setting, students meet regularly in online LiveLesson sessions and have opportunities to share ideas, compare experiences, and have fun learning together. And the flexibility of the program allows plenty of opportunities for students to pursue and explore other extracurricular activities outside of Great Lakes Cyber Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!