Do you have questions about schools, enrollment, accreditation, or something else? Brows the list of commonly asked questions below. You'll find answers to your questions about WAY.

What is WAY?

WAY is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Public Charity organization. We offer a project-based and competency-based learning model to schools. WAY partners with school districts and manages public charter schools.

How did WAY start?

WAY was founded in 2009 to provide a personalized, project-based, and competency-assessed learning experience for all students. WAY was created to to align with emerging trends in education involving integrating 21st Century skills, competency-based assessment, and the works of prominent voices in education.

Is WAY private or for-profit?

WAY (Widening Advancements for Youth) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which partners with local school districts and manages public charter schools in the United States.

How do I enroll my child?

To learn how to enroll, head to our enrollment page. If you have questions on how to enroll, contact us!

Is WAY accredited?

WAY is a Cognia (formerly AdvancEd) accredited organization, meeting their high standards of education. Cognia represents 34,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide. See our Accreditation page for more information.

Are WAY teachers certified?

Yes, all WAY online and in-person teachers are Michigan-certified teachers.

What grades does WAY serve?

Each WAY school determine which grade levels they serve. Most WAY schools serve grades 6-12.

What tools or materials do I need to be in WAY?

Each student in a WAY Program or WAY Academy is provided with a computer workstation at no cost to the student.

WAY provides all of the books and instructional materials needed to complete the program, at no cost to families enrolled in our schools.

Do I have to go to a building every day?

No. All of our WAY schools are blended schools where you work online and in-person throughout the week. Each WAY school has a requirement for how many days and hours each student must attend in school.

Students work online and offline - reading books, conducting science experiments, collaborating with other students, and watching instructional videos.

How long does it take to graduate?

That depends on the school in which you are enrolled, the amount of credits you entered with, and how motivated you are to finish! You dictate the type of projects you want to do based on the credits you need to finish and your interests.

How do I earn credit for courses at WAY?

The curriculum at WAY is focused on demonstrating national and state standards. Certified teachers grade your work to determine which standards you met. The curriculum is cross-curricular, giving you an opportunity to earn credit in more than one course at the same time. As you demonstrate the national and state standards, you make progress in the course and earn credit.

What does my first day look like?

Your first day is called your induction. This is your welcome to WAY. During your first day, you will set up your equipment, learn about the school, online community, meet the teachers, set your schedule, and start your first project.

Do you have a prom, team sports, etc.?

Each WAY school decides which extra-curricular activities to offer and they are always open to suggestions from you! The extra-curricular activities are student driven and staff supported, with limitless possibilities.

Do you have a graduation ceremony?

Each WAY school typically has two graduation ceremonies each year in the Fall and Summer.