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What sets us apart from other Virtual Middle and High Schools?

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Danielle Yanssens

I often hear commercials on the radio and have advertisements pop up on my laptop for virtual middle and high schools. I work for an educational company, and a virtual school is one of many ways we assist students in getting their high school diploma. So what sets us apart from other virtual schools? That’s an easy one – our staff.

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At My Virtual Academy our staff focuses on making connections with students. Teachers and Advocates work hard to know their students, communicating with them once a week at a minimum. Employees of most virtual schools are exactly that – virtual. They work from their homes the majority of the time. Our staff works out of our Clinton Township, MI location at least 75% of the time, allowing for collaboration among teachers, quick access to information about students and lots of ongoing professional development.

“My boys are getting the education they deserve. The staff is amazing and it’s nice knowing they really do care about the students.” Kimberly P.

We always start with the question “why did you decide to attend a virtual school”? We find out if the student is struggling in life, or just wants to work independently and maybe graduate early. We ask students to set goals for themselves and consistently encourage them to achieve their goals. We hold live sessions every week so the students are able to interact with each other and their teachers in real time.

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Our staff is always addressing the basic needs of our students so that they are able to focus on their educational needs. Advocates have a list of resources for all of the areas throughout Michigan that our students live. If someone tells us that they can’t provide food or diapers for their baby, or they have been evicted from their home, we are able to direct them to services that address those needs, knowing that if those basic needs aren’t met, they won’t be able to sit down and focus on their school work.

“I’ve been to a lot of schools, and this school is by far the best I’ve been to. I love all the staff/teachers, etc. Everyone is so nice and they’re always encouraging. They try to help you any way that they can. I can’t wait to finish in the fall.” Bernadette R

At My Virtual Academy every staff member believes that each student is one caring adult away from succeeding, and they each work hard at being that caring adult in order to get the student back on track.

Danielle Yanssens is in charge of Continuous Improvement for My Virtual Academy. Her organization also offers On-site Alternative Education programs, several free online learning options and credit recovery for students throughout the state of Michigan. If you or your child are looking for a different middle or high school experience visit

My Virtual Academy.

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Have a Fresh Perspective in the New Year and Keep it All Year Long!

Danielle Yanssens

My Virtual Academy is starting off the New Year at a new location. Everything is clean and new and open. There is fresh paint and many windows and enough space for everyone plus room to grow. We are encouraging everyone to be healthier in 2016, a bag of fruit was on their desks when they arrived back to work after the holidays and there is a workout room available to use on breaks. It is a new beginning for our virtual school, our staff and, most importantly our middle and high school students.

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Just like our staff, our students need a fresh start in the New Year. Our staff has set goals for themselves, and we want our students to do the same. Starting with small attainable goals, like “I will complete my classes by the end of the semester”, or “I will raise my scores by at least 10%”. If you are close to graduating – definitely make getting your high school diploma your ultimate goal for this year!

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The most important thing to remember when setting goals is to put a plan into place to help you get there. For example, if your goal is to complete all of your classes by the end of the semester, print up a calendar and write down how much time you will spend each day and on which subjects. Put in place mini milestones, like “I will complete my English paper by this Friday”. If something happens and you don’t reach one of your goals, forgive yourself and then get back on track. Life can get in the way for all of us, but never give up on that final goal. And when you do reach that final goal – celebrate and then set a new goal! Life is about constantly changing, learning and growing. You may have setbacks, but you will get there!

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Danielle Yanssens is in charge of Continuous Improvement for My Virtual Academy. Her organization also offers On-site Alternative Education programs, several free online learning options and credit recovery for students throughout the state of Michigan.

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