Middle School Parent Resources
- What if my student is advanced? Will they be able to work ahead of their grade? How does class placement work?
At MIPS, we encourage students to work at a pace that works for them. Students may take as many courses as they wish (based on ability and parent approval). Students also have the ability to graduate early.
- Do you have other parents that we can talk to about your program?
We would be happy to connect you with other MIPS parents! Just contact our registrars office
- When and how do we pick classes?
Mentors help students review their transcript, determine what they need, and help them schedule their classes. The mentor will walk the student through the process from start to finish.
- What is the difference between a mentor teacher and a teacher? Do the mentors have a teaching degree?
The Mentor is your student's overall Coach/Guide/Cheerleader, looking at the "whole child" and monitoring progress. Each student must communicate with their Mentor at least once weekly, as they work with you to create and update your individualized schedule as needed. Our subject-specific teachers hold teaching certifications from the state of Michigan in their particular subject area.
- What is the MIPS School of Music?
A program that offers individual lessons
- How will my child be placed in the right curriculum?
Our mentors work with each student to design a custom-fitted learning pathway that matches the interests, talents, and needs of the student. Each student will take an initial NWEA assessment that’s used to determine the child’s learning level. Using these NWEA scores as a starting point, the mentor will then work with the student and guardian to build a course schedule using curriculum, courses, and timing that will help them succeed.
- I'm not sure how to help my student succeed with online school. What should I do?
Don't worry! Your student's mentor will work closely with you and your student throughout the school year to ensure that your student knows how to thrive in our learning format. We want to help you in any way we can! In the meantime, you can get started with this quick guide to online learning success.
- What if my son or daughter was expelled from their old school?
MIPS isn’t a perfect fit for everyone, but for many students, it’s a place to start fresh. Most young people who develop behavioral issues in the traditional brick and mortar setting have experienced (or are still experiencing) peer pressure, bullying, and anxiety. For many of these students, the safe, quiet, and relaxed nature of an online learning environment can give them the space to step back, breath, and start moving in the right direction again. The one-on-one mentor relationship provides a level of support and care that many students simply do not receive in a traditional school environment.
- Are there any foreign language programs?
We offer entry level foreign language courses to middle school students. These classes give middle school students the opportunity to earn high school credit, depending on performance.
- How much does this cost?
MIPS is FREE. As a state-funded public charter school, we offer 100% tuition-free education for Michigan students.