Frequently Asked Questions about Great Lakes Cyber Academy

Your child’s education is important, and if you’re considering an online public high school, Great Lakes Cyber Academy (GLCA) is a great option. We don’t just help our students learn the subject matter; we help them master it. Here are some frequently asked questions about the GLCA program:

What is Great Lakes Cyber Academy?

Great Lakes Cyber Academy is a statewide cyber online public school in Michigan that is authorized by Central Michigan University. GLCA began serving students throughout Michigan in the fall of 2013 and provides students in grades 6–12 with the opportunity to take classes online.

What grades does GLCA serve?

GLCA serves students in grades 6–12.

Who can attend GLCA?

Any student in Michigan who is in grades 6–12 is eligible to enroll at GLCA.

Will GLCA students receive a computer?

Technology is one of the things that makes Great Lakes Cyber Academy successful. Families will receive one desktop computer and monitor per household for students to use during the school year. Internet subsidies may also be available to eligible households while the student is enrolled at GLCA. Subsidy payments are made three times a year: December, March, and June. Families not enrolled for the entire subsidy payment period will receive a prorated payment. Subsidies are not available during the summer months. For more information visit the Hardware and Connectivity page.

Does GLCA provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?

Yes! Great Lakes Cyber Academy realizes that every student learns in a different way, which is why we design each student’s program to meet their needs. Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are welcome at GLCA. Virtual special education services provided include curriculum modification and accommodation, consultation, collaboration with general education teachers and Learning Coaches, and virtual direct instruction.

GLCA provides IEP students with related services that may include virtual speech language and virtual occupational therapy as determined by the IEP team. Additionally, GLCA develops and implements Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodations and modifications as needed if a student has a disability but does not require special education.

How does Great Lakes Cyber Academy support students with disabilities?

Great Lakes Cyber Academy strictly adheres to federal law requiring that each student, regardless of disability, be provided with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. GLCA is committed to providing every student with the tools and support they need to be successful.

We provide resources tailored to each student’s individual abilities and needs. This includes assistive technologies and individualized support. If your student needs assistance in order to fully participate in Great Lakes Cyber Academy’s education program, please contact the school’s special education director at jadams@glca.connectionsacademy.org or the school’s 504 coordinator at psepetys@glca.connectionsacademy.org. You can also obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.

Is Great Lakes Cyber Academy accredited?

Yes! Great Lakes Cyber Academy is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, an accrediting division of AdvancED. We adhere to all state and federal education standards.

How do I request a transcript or report card?

Great Lakes Cyber Academy has authorized Parchment Inc. to provide free transcripts and report cards for enrolled students. If this is your first time requesting a transcript, you will need to register by creating a new account with Parchment Inc. Once you have created your account, you can request a paper or electronic copy of your transcript or report card. For any questions regarding obtaining your transcript or report card through Parchment, please feel free to contact your student’s school counselor via WebMail or by phone at 517-381-5062.

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