Our Michigan Virtual School

At Great Lakes Learning Academy in Michigan, we take pride in our online public school program that offers students the opportunity to learn wherever they have an internet connection. Students have access to an outstanding, award-winning curriculum and certified, expert teachers. Our online learning program is designed to help each student reach his or her full potential. Students work with teachers and counselors to determine educational goals while learning from the comfort of their own home.

Authorized by Central Michigan University

Great Lakes Learning Academy is authorized by Central Michigan University and is part of the Great Lakes Learning Academy family of public virtual schools. GLLA is accredited by a division of Cognia, the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

You can view the Great Lakes Learning Academy Annual Education Report to get more information on the school’s 2020–21 educational progress.

Our Mission

The mission of Great Lakes Learning Academy (GLLA) is to focus on empowering our students to achieve academic success while creating a community of respect and responsibility through an adaptive learning program.

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The Great Lakes Learning Academy Online School Experience

Helping our students learn how to succeed in life is something we take seriously. GLLA strives to give students the tools they need to become successful, productive and confident adults. We help students build on their strengths in a way that is supportive and challenging at the same time.

Although the learning is done online, our students are connected to a large community of like-minded students, teachers, and parents through the virtual classroom.

Here are four of the commitments that drive our approach:

Free Online Education, Award-Winning Curriculum from StrongMind

At Great Lakes Learning Academy, we believe the fundamental right to a good education shouldn’t be limited to those who can afford to pay for it. That’s why our students receive an outstanding public online education at no charge to them through our online public school program; there are no fees for learning materials and no tuition charges.

GLLA is raising the bar with modern, interactive, and engaging coursework that’s developed especially for our students by StrongMind, our curriculum and technology partner. The GLLA curriculum includes core classes, interesting electives, and AP® and Honors courses.

Our courses are designed to help students develop the skills they will need after high school. Our cyber school curriculum combines the best texts, materials, and resources available that not only meet all national and state standards but may also exceed them. Our curriculum is designed to engage our students in new and creative ways.

Exceptional Teachers

Our teachers are the foundation of the Great Lakes Learning Academy experience. Their dedication to teaching our students is second to none. They are passionate about the subjects they teach and are specially trained to teach in an online environment. Our cyber school in Michigan draws teachers who care about their students and want to help them achieve their educational goals.

Individual Attention

We know that each student has unique abilities and learning styles that require a personalized approach to education. Our students thrive when receiving individualized attention in a safe and nurturing environment. We use these guiding principles as the foundation of Great Lake Learning Academy’s personalized learning approach. GLLA teachers develop a learning plan based on an individual student’s learning styles, skills, and interests, which enables the student to succeed.

Parent-Supported Learning

We’ve witnessed firsthand the connection between parental support and educational success. Students thrive when parents act as Learning Coaches. Working closely with their children allows parents to closely monitor their education and see their progress. We’ve heard from many parents that being so involved with their children’s education is one of the best aspects of the GLLA online school program.

Two Graduation Pacing Options

GLLA offers students two flexible graduation pacing options, making it possible to work at a pace comfortable to them.

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)

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)

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Easy-to-Use Technology

Great Lake Learning Academy’s user-friendly learning management system enables students to learn anywhere they have an internet connection. Our teachers conduct real-time interactive sessions using conferencing and dynamic screen tools. Students enjoy the benefits of a traditional classroom from the comfort of their own home. They gain confidence during social interactions in an online setting. This also allows parents to monitor their child’s educational progress.

Socialization, Community, and Friendships

One drawback to traditional homeschooling is the lack of socialization. At Great Lakes Learning Academy, learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Students have the opportunity to meet regularly in online sessions with teachers and peers. This allows them to have social interaction, share experiences and ideas, and have fun learning together. The flexibility of the program allows students the opportunity to also participate in activities in their community or a GLLA club.


Great Lakes Learning Academy is accredited by Cognia, the national accreditation commission that represents thirty-four thousand public and private schools and districts across the United States and in seventy countries worldwide. Great Lakes Learning Academy is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accrediting division of Cognia.

This accreditation ensures that Great Lakes Learning Academy is providing quality education that can be reciprocated with other schools. The accreditation also validates the value of our education to other accredited educational institutions.

Committed to Improving Education Everywhere

Great Lakes Learning Academy is a member of the National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) inaugural cohort on Exemplary Practices.

NAEA is a nationally renowned organization dedicated to providing “a nationally unified voice of advocacy for students in alternative/non-traditional schools and programs to promote understanding and support from state departments and agencies, school districts, charters, and policy makers” (the-NAEA.org).

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