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Our Michigan Online School Program

K–12 Online School from Home

Students throughout the state of Michigan now have the opportunity to receive the individualized educational experience they need to help them excel by enrolling in Lighthouse Connections Academy (LCA). Lighthouse Connections Academy is a tuition-free, K–12 online public charter school that students attend from home.

Authorized by Oxford Community Schools

Oxford Community Schools authorized Lighthouse Connections Academy to serve students in grades K–12. Students who reside in the state of Michigan are eligible to enroll.

Operated by Michiganders for Quality Education, a nonprofit corporation, the school is also governed by an independent board, the Lighthouse Connections Academy Board of Directors. Connections Education LLC has been chosen by the board to provide the school’s educational services such as curriculum and administration. All meetings of the board are open to the public.

View Lighthouse Connections Academy's Annual Education Report which provides key information on the school's 2018-19 education progress.


The mission of Lighthouse Connections Academy is to help each student maximize his or her potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program.

The Lighthouse Connections Academy Virtual School Experience

At Lighthouse Connections Academy, we have the same goal that parents do: to make sure that students become productive, successful, confident adults. Lighthouse Connections Academy’s online school in Michigan is a full-time program that recognizes a student’s individual strengths and interests, and personalizes a learning plan and adapts curriculum to best fit each student’s needs. The online charter school setting offers a safe, supportive program from the comfort of your home, but also keeps students and their families connected to a larger learning community.

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

Free Education, Outstanding Curriculum

The Lighthouse Connections Academy charter school in Michigan provides a great public online education at no charge. There are no tuition charges and no materials fees. Our K–12 online charter school classes meet or exceed all state and national standards while integrating innovative texts, materials, and resources to create a curriculum that is exceptionally engaging.

Exceptional Teachers

Lighthouse Connections Academy teachers are the foundation of our online charter school experience. As required by state guidelines, our teachers are certified and complete continuing education on a regular basis. More importantly, they are passionate, creative, and specially trained to succeed in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our online school in Michigan because they care about students. They embrace education through modern technology, and they strongly believe that customized instruction works best for many students.

Individual Attention

Every student has unique abilities, and LCA understands that all students achieve greater success when they receive individual attention in a nurturing, flexible learning environment. These principles are the foundation of Connections Academy’s approach. Through Personalized Performance Learning, teachers adapt their lessons and teaching style to optimize each student’s skills, strengths, and interests. Each personalized performance program is reviewed throughout the year and adapted to the changing needs of the student. This approach allows accelerated learning in areas of strength and provides extra attention in weaker subjects.

Parent-Supported Learning

In all educational settings, when parents take an active role in education, students prosper. LCA empowers parents or other trusted adults to act as Learning Coaches. This opportunity for daily involvement with their child’s education helps them identify trends and track learning process so changes can be made if necessary. Parents have found that their involvement in their child’s daily education is one of the most gratifying aspects of LCA.

Easy-to-Use Technology

Connexus® is the user-friendly online education management system used by Lighthouse Connections Academy. It lets students access a welcoming and collaborative learning experience anywhere they have an internet connection. Students have the ability to view their daily and monthly schedules, access lessons, participate in clubs, and communicate with teachers and other students. Parents enjoy easy access to their child’s schedules, assignments, and grades. They can monitor progress and easily communicate with teachers.

Socialization, Community, and Friendships

Online learning is not isolated learning. It provides an alternative means of accessing the educational system. Even in a virtual setting, students meet in online LiveLesson® sessions where they can share ideas and experiences and have some fun while learning as a group. There are even chances to attend in-person gatherings, activities, and field trips that enhance the overall experience.

We understand that education goes beyond the online “walls” of a school. Lighthouse Connections Academy provides many opportunities for K–12 students to participate in extracurricular activities and clubs.