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First-Ever Early Middle College Program at Virtual School in Michigan Now Available

April 24, 2019 GMT

MESICK, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 24, 2019--Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan  (HVAM) has been chosen as the first-ever virtual public school in Michigan to offer an Early Middle College (EMC) program.

EMC is a three-year program at HVAM designed to allow eligible students to earn a high-school diploma while also earning an associate degree, a Michigan Early Middle College Association (MEMCA) technical certificate, an industry-recognized technical certificate, or 60 transferable credits. HVAM is a tuition-free public charter school available to students statewide.


As part of this EMC program, HVAM will partner with Baker College to offer students an associate degree in business administration, and with Davenport University to offer an associate of applied science – computer information systems degree. Students must begin either program in the 11 th grade. EMC credits may apply to additional degree programs at Baker and Davenport universities.

All EMC classes are administered online, however HVAM students can opt to take face-to-face classes at the Baker University campuses in Allen Park, Auburn Hills, Cadillac, Clinton Township, Flint, Jackson, Muskegon, or Owosso. Students can also take classes at Davenport University campuses in Grand Rapids, Holland, Lansing, Midland, Warren, Flint, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, or Detroit.


Outside of the EMC program, HVAM students can also participate in the school’s dual enrollment program. Qualifying students can take college credit-bearing classes while still in high school, which can be used to fulfill both high school graduation requirements and count for college credit. More information can be found at the Michigan Department of Education.

Students enrolled in both programs will receive college ID cards, making them eligible for college-level tutoring, study sessions, and even access to campus amenities like computer labs and the gym.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our online students and their families in the state of Michigan,” said Mary Moorman, HVAM Head of School. “The EMC and dual enrollment programs could greatly reduce student and parent college cost and give Michigan students a significant advantage towards pursing additional college credits and starting their careers.”

Per the Detroit News, “Michigan has seen exponential growth in its early middle college programs and schools in the last five years. From 2013 through 2017, the number of programs and schools has increased 69 percent, reaching 135 programs and schools and nearly 11,208 students in the 2016-17 school year.”

EMC programs were established in Michigan brick-and-mortar schools as far back as 1991, with significant funding to expand the programs added to the state budget by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2006. This new collaboration with HVAM was approved by the Michigan Department of Education in February and will run as a pilot to determine the efficacy of a virtual EMC, and how it could continue to help students and families in Michigan.

HVAM is a full-time online Michigan public-school, authorized by Mesick Consolidated Schools, and open tuition-free to all students who reside in Michigan. Delivered entirely online, HVAM offers a personalized approach to learning, with rich, engaging curriculum designed to assist students who seek alternative pathways to education.

Virtual classes are taught by Michigan-licensed teachers who provide instruction during live online class sessions, and are available to students via phone, email, and one-to-one meetings.

Families are invited to apply now for the Fall 2019 semester program.

More information on HVAM, EMC, dual enrollment, how to enroll, and a schedule of upcoming events can be found at An online orientation – required for new HVAM families, will take place September 25 th.

About Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan

Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan (HVAM) is a tuition-free online public charter school authorized by Mesick Consolidated Schools that currently serves students in grades K through 12 throughout the state. As part of the Michigan public school system, HVAM is tuition-free and gives parents and families the choice to access the engaging curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about HVAM, visit

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