We get that a lot.
Where is MIPS located?
MIPS is a state-wide virtual school in Michigan, which means we accept students from anywhere in the state. We have drop-in Learning Labs for added in-person support (or as just a quiet, relaxing place to work), but attendance isn’t mandatory...our labs are simply there if you need them.
We currently have labs in Sandusky, Ortonville, Oak Park, Howell, Saginaw, and Detroit. Learn more about our labs here.
How much does it cost to go here?
MIPS is FREE. As a state-funded public charter school, we offer 100% tuition-free education for Michigan students.
I'm a student athlete. Are you NCAA-approved?
MIPS is fully NCAA-approved. To ensure that your post-secondary eligibility is never in question, all transcripts are reviewed by a licensed counselor
Is MIPS accredited?
MIPS is fully accredited by AdvancEd and the Michigan Department of Education.
Is a MIPS diploma real? Will it be acceptable to colleges?
Absolutely. MIPS is authorized by the Michigan Department of Education as a diploma issuing institution, accepted by all secondary institutions.
For specific college transfer questions, please contact our Guidance Counselor, Kris Kirby.
What are your school hours?
Classes are open 24/7. That means you can work at literally whatever time works for you.
Our Drop-in Learning Labs are generally open M-F 8-3. Any irregular hours (e.g. snow days, summer hours) will be announced on our homepage.
Our phone lines are always open and we will respond to all inquiries in a timely matter.
Do you offer dual enrollment? How does it work?
Yes! All eligible students grades 9-12 can take up to 10 college classes during their 4 years of high school. This is open to any college in Michigan, but does have some specific guidelines and requirements. If you'd like to learn more about dual enrollment, contact Katherine Caron.
How do I reach tech support?
If you're having trouble with your computer or MiFi device, you can submit a support ticket on our tech page.
You can also call tech support directly at 833-647-8324. Support is available Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm.
Does MIPS do state testing?
Yes - we require the MSTEP and SAT (depending on grade level). You can read more about testing in our Assessments Manual.
Do you offer summer school?
Short answer: Yes! MIPS students can work through the summer. However, we don't offer Summer School for non-MIPS students at this point.
Basically, we want our students to have every chance for success, and if you want to keep progressing over the summer, we support you 100%. Whether you're wrapping up last year's courses, catching up (i.e. credit recovery), or working ahead (i.e. course advancement), you'll have until the last Thursday in August each summer.
Note: at the moment, we don't offer summer options for students who aren't enrolled at MIPS.
What is a Learning Lab?
Our learning labs are local MIPS drop-in study labs. We think it's extremely important for virtual students to know that they're connected, and that they can get the support they need, when they need it.
Our labs have computers, teachers, coffee, snacks, etc. All the good stuff. It's a calm, comfortable place where you can hunker down and get things done. If you have questions about your school work, the Labs are a place where you can talk face-to-face with a teacher. If you live near one of our labs, stop by and say hello! We'd love to have you.
Our labs are open M-F, 8am-3pm. To learn more about our labs, go here.
How do I apply?
The easiest way is online at: miprepschool.org/enroll
The process is fairly intuitive, but if you hit any snags along the way, feel free to give us a call any time at 248-289-5521. We're happy to help!
What will I need to complete my application?
You'll need all these items:
Proof of residency (if address doesn't match ID)
Copy of transcripts (if available)
Copy of IEP, if student has one (if available)
We want to make the process as simple as possible for you. If you have any questions about what's required, contact Tara Davis.
I just applied. What happens next?
Step 1: You'll get an email confirmation. We'll let you know if there are any items we still need from you.
Step 2: Once we have all your required documents, as well as transcripts/IEP/report card from previous school, we'll finalize your enrollment and notify you of approval.
If your student has an IEP, they'll be contacted by our Special Education department before the enrollment is finalized. Your Mentor teacher will contact you the day after approval to begin orientation and assessments.
Are you enrolling students right now?
Yes we are! We enroll new students year-round.
What's the fax number?
Can I submit my application and send the required documentation later?
Certainly! Submit your application whenever you're ready. When you have the documents, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: we won't be able to finalize your application until all the required documents are received, so try to submit everything in a timely manner. The sooner we can get you enrolled, the sooner you can get cruising!
Where should I send my documents to?
The easiest way is to email them to: email@example.com
If you'd rather send them through traditional mail, you can send them to:
8989 East Colony Rd. Elsie MI