Welcome to Great Lakes Learning Academy!

A tuition-free online public school for students who want a quality education with award-winning curriculum, certified teachers and personalized learning plans


Great Lakes Learning Academy now offers award-winning StrongMind curriculum!

StrongMind empowers educators with rigorous and engaging digital content that unlocks the magic of learning and improves academic outcomes.


Great Lakes Learning Academy is more than a fully accredited online school, it’s a tight-knit school community offering all the services and resources needed to create a well-rounded student experience. Great Lakes Learning Academy gives students throughout Michigan the flexibility to learn at home with award-winning curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards.


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Bring School to Life


Award-winning, engaging and interactive curriculum for grades 6-12


Experienced and certified online teachers


Activities that connect online students


Events for prospective students and families who want to learn more

Why Choose Online Public School?

Families choose Great Lakes Learning Academy for a quality 6–12 education that is individualized to meet the unique learning style of each student.

School Facts

  • Great Lakes is a public-school academy that’s authorized by Central Michigan University (CMU). Visit the GLLA page on the CMU website to view school data and the charter contract. GLLA is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accrediting division of AdvancED.
  • Over 95% of GLLA parents agree would recommend the school to other families. View our parent survey results.

Great Lakes Learning Academy fulfills the vision I’d had a long time ago—of a high school that guides a student to greater achievement, with the student leading the way.

Ms. SchwadeHigh School Teacher

What I liked most about GLLA was the flexibility because I was able to figure skate on my own time.

Ivan MokhovGLLA Graduate

Online learning has been wonderful for my children so far. They love that they no longer have to deal with bullies.

Lise CrawfordGLLA Parent

Three Flexible Graduation Pacing Options

Because Great Lakes courses are offered throughout the year—during the fall, spring, and summer sessions—our online high school provides school students in Michigan three flexible graduation pacing options for meeting state education standards.

Standard Pace

Students take a full course load in the fall and spring sessions.

6 (3 credits)

6 (3 credits)

0 (0 credits)

12 (6 credits)

Extended Pace

Students take fewer courses than a typical course load in the fall and spring sessions, but also attend the summer session.

5 (2.5 credits)

5 (2.5 credits)

2 (1 credits)

12 (6 credits)

Accelerated Pace

Students attend fall, spring and summer sessions full-time, enabling them to graduate early or take post-secondary dual enrollment courses.

6 (3 credits)

6 (3 credits)

2-4 (1-2 credits)

14-16 (7-8 credits)

Award-Winning Curriculum

Great Lakes Learning Academy now offers award-winning coursework that’s developed especially for our students by StrongMind, our curriculum and technology partner.

Michigan Freedom of Information Act Process for Great Lakes Learning Academy

Under Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act* (FOIA), people can view or obtain copies of most public records of public organizations by written request. As a public-school academy, Great Lakes Learning Academy complies with this act. Please note that student information is private and protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

If you have an FOIA request, please submit it in writing, either in person, or using mail, fax, or email. Be sure to include your name, phone number, and mailing address, plus a clear description of the public records requested. The school may charge a fee to cover costs.

View the Great Lakes Learning Academy Summary, Procedures, and Guidelines

Submit written FOIA requests to:

Great Lakes Learning Academy
Attention: FOIA Coordinator
2875 Eyde Parkway, Suite 200
East Lansing, MI 48823

Phone: 517-451-3020  |  Fax: 517-451-3025