WAY Program is a personalized learning experience for all students, offering an innovative approach to education utilizing state of the art technology and project-based learning in alignment with state and national content standards. WAY is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Public Charity organization, facilitating learning experiences that encourage self-esteem, independence, and the development of 21st century skills guiding students to a college education and subsequent career paths.
Currently, we service 12 sites with over 100 districts whose youth have access to re-engage in the learning process through one of our 11 regional locations. We look forward to future partnerships and continued opportunities to expand our program on a local, national, and international level.
Changing lives by creating engaging and encouraging educational opportunities for all young people
WAY offers a personalized approach to education; one that encourages self-esteem, independence, and the development of 21st century global and career skills. We aim to make every young person a hero.
Each student has multiple levels of personalized support in the WAY model. Students enter the program during an individualized induction in which the student explores his/her equipment and learns to navigate the online learning environment. After the induction, two WAY staff members conduct a follow up home visit to ensure that the student can access the learning environment from home, answer any questions from the student or guardian(s), and review the researcher and guardian agreements.
Once they are enrolled in the program, students have access to our online learning environment 24 hours a day, 365 days per year with a community of highly qualified staff to assist them. Staff are available online 24 hours a day to ensure that a student can communicate with a live person whenever they need assistance. Additionally, researchers may receive one on one instructional support as needed in the learning lab. Every student is provided with a team leader that acts as a direct support to the researcher. The team leader conducts home visits; maintains a good relationship with the student and their family members; assists with the identification of local resources that are available to support the student's learning such as internships, community projects, and social services; and oversees all aspects of the student's education. Students are also followed closely within the reporting system to ensure that social or academic interventions are timely. Detailed reports from mentors and team leaders are submitted weekly for review by the program director.
Blended local school district partnership program for high school and middle school
80% online 20% face-to-face
Blended public school academies, run directly by WAY, for grades 7-12
50% online 50% face-to-face
Online virtual public school for grades 7-12
430 N Mill St // Clio, MI 48420
WAY Academy of Flint
817 E Kearsley // Flint, MI 48503
Statewide online school // serving all of Michigan
301 S Kalamazoo St. // Vicksburg, MI 49097
WAY Academy SW Detroit
8701 W Vernor // Detroit, MI 48209
WAY East Jackson
3000 Blake Road // Jackson, MI 49201
WAY Mount Pleasant
3480 S. Isabella Rd // Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
450 East Red Arrow Highway // Watervliet, MI 49098
WAY Academy West Detroit
19321 West Chicago // Detroit, MI 48228
1425 West Grand River // Howell, MI 48843
111 Spruce St. // Niles, MI. 49120
WAY Academy Washtenaw
555 Briarwood Circle // Ann Arbor, MI 48108