Three Flexible Cyber High School Graduation Pacing Options

Great Lakes Cyber Academy students enjoy the flexibility of three flexible pacing options for high school graduation.

Because Great Lakes Cyber Academy courses in grades 9–12 are offered throughout the year—during the fall, spring, and summer sessions—we can provide Michigan high school students a choice of three flexible pacing options that allow them to move toward graduation at a pace that fits their needs.

  • Standard Graduation Pace students take a full course load in the fall and spring sessions.
  • Extended Graduation Pace students take fewer courses than a typical course load in the fall and spring sessions and also attend the summer session.
  • Accelerated Graduation Pace students attend fall, spring, and summer sessions full time, enabling them to graduate early or take postsecondary dual enrollment courses.

Typical Number of Courses (Credits) Taken During Each Term


Graduation Pacing Options Fall Spring Summer Total Number of Courses (Credits)
Standard Pace

Students take a full course load in the fall and spring sessions.
6 (3 credits) 6 (3 credits) 0 (0 credits) 12 (6 credits)
Extended Pace

Students take fewer courses than a typical course load in the fall and spring sessions, but also attend the summer session.
  5 (2.5 credits)  5 (2.5 credits) 2 (1 credits) 12 (6 credits)
Accelerated Pace

Students attend fall, spring and summer sessions full-time, enabling them to graduate early or take post-secondary dual enrollment courses.
6 (3 credits) 6 (3 credits) 2 – 4 (1 – 2 credits) 14 – 16 courses (7 – 8 credits)

Because our cyber high school graduation pacing options are so flexible, Great Lakes Cyber Academy is ideal for students who:

  • Want a rigorous academic curriculum to prepare for college
  • Desire a broad selection of electives, Honors, and Advanced Placement®* courses
  • Wish to graduate early—or take a higher-than-usual number of credits per year
  • Require additional time during the fall and spring for competitive sports, performing arts, or other personal interests
  • Need a nontraditional schedule to accommodate travel, family obligations, work schedules, or health concerns
  • Appreciate the ability to learn from home or other locations outside a classroom
  • Would benefit from working at their own pace with more one-on-one attention

* AP® and Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.