Frequently Asked Questions about Great Lakes Learning Academy

Your child’s education is important, and if you’re considering an online public high school, Great Lakes Learning Academy (GLLA) is a great option. We don’t just help our students learn the subject matter; we help them master it. Here are some frequently asked questions about the GLLA program:

What is Great Lakes Learning Academy?

Great Lakes Learning Academy is a statewide cyber online public school in Michigan that is authorized by Central Michigan University. GLLA began serving students throughout Michigan in the fall of 2013 and provides students in grades 6–12 with the opportunity to take classes online.

What grades does GLLA serve?

GLLA serves students in grades 6–12.

Who can attend GLLA?

Any student in Michigan who is in grades 6–12 is eligible to enroll at GLLA.

Will GLLA students receive a computer?

Technology is one of the things that makes Great Lakes Learning Academy successful. Students will receive a Chromebook to use during the school year along with a MiFi unit.

Does GLLA provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?

Yes! Great Lakes Learning Academy realizes that every student learns in a different way, which is why we design each student’s program to meet their needs. Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are welcome at GLLA. Virtual special education services provided include curriculum modification and accommodation, consultation, collaboration with general education teachers and Learning Coaches, and virtual direct instruction.

GLLA provides IEP students with related services that may include virtual speech language and virtual occupational therapy as determined by the IEP team. Additionally, GLLA develops and implements Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodations and modifications as needed if a student has a disability but does not require special education.

How does Great Lakes Learning Academy support students with disabilities?

Great Lakes Learning Academy strictly adheres to federal law requiring that each student, regardless of disability, be provided with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. GLLA is committed to providing every student with the tools and support they need to be successful.

We provide resources tailored to each student’s individual abilities and needs. This includes assistive technologies and individualized support. If your student needs assistance in order to fully participate in Great Lakes Learning Academy’s education program, please contact the school’s special education director at [email protected] or the school’s 504 coordinator at [email protected]. You can also obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 844-765-2858.

Is Great Lakes Learning Academy accredited?

Yes! Great Lakes Learning Academy is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, an accrediting division of AdvancED. We adhere to all state and federal education standards. Many core high school courses are also approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

How do I request a transcript or report card?

For active and former students wishing to request a student copy of a transcript, please send your request in writing to [email protected].  Graduates who wish to request a transcript be sent to an institution of higher education, Great Lakes Learning Academy has authorized Parchment Inc. to provide free transcripts and report cards for enrolled students. If this is your first time requesting a transcript, you will need to register by creating a new account with Parchment Inc. Once you have created your account, you can request a paper or electronic copy of your transcript or report card. For any questions regarding obtaining your transcript or report card through Parchment, please feel free to contact your student’s school counselor via WebMail or by phone at 517-451-3020.