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Lynn Johnson, Director
Phone: (269) 427-6800 ext 2100
Fax: (269) 427-6894
Email: info@virtualvantage.org

Virtual Vantage Academy Main Campus
12 N. Walnut St.
Bangor MI 49013

Welcome to Virtual Vantage Academy!

4 months ago

Bangor Career Academy Campus

Southwest Michigan Online & On-Site Classes! 

Virtual Vantage Academy is a non-profit, tuition-free, online public school option available for students throughout Southwest Michigan.

At Virtual Vantage Academy, we know that every student has unique talents, goals, and learning preferences.

 That’s why we combine state-of-the-art technology, a State of Michigan approved, award–winning curriculum and personalized attention from state-certified teachers to deliver an online and/or on-site learning program that is tailored to each student’s abilities, interests, and learning styles.

Take your classes online - at home - or on site, in our state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs. And, you can also pick and choose, taking some classes online, and some in a traditional classroom setting. No one gives you more choices!

Virtual Vantage Academy students can learn at home - at a pace that’s right for you. Through our secure, easy-to-use education management system, students and parents can easily find everything they need to communicate with teachers, access daily lessons, complete their homework and more.

Another huge advantage to Virtual Vantage Academy students is you can participate in all our on-site extra-curricular activities at no cost! These include band, drama club, choir, art, video production, and many other school sponsored clubs and organizations.

And even more - all our Virtual Vantage Academy students can be dual enrolled, enabling you to take College classes that count towards your High School graduation requirements. These credits are transferable to the college of your choice upon graduation. You can even graduate high school with your associates degree!



Choose Your Path to Success

Online Cyber Students

The Virtual Academy is a free “Online” High School allowing students to attend school “ANYTIME, ANY PLACE, AT ANY PACE”.

Early College Students

Our Early/Middle College Program is a collaborative project between Bangor Public Schools and Lake Michigan College. Our program combines the best elements of high school and college. It is a five year program, and each student receives both their high school diploma and a college degree!

Alternative and Adult Education Options

Our Alternative Education and Adult Education programs offers students the flexibility to succeed on their own terms.  Students are able to graduate and receive their high school diploma despite the daily challenges they may face.



Our Typical Students

We don't have a typical student at Virtual Vantage Academy. Every student's needs and situations are different. We are proud to serve students including:

  • Traditional Junior & Senior High School Students
  • Homeschool Families
  • Accelerated Learners
  • Credit Recovery
  • Homebound Students
  • High School/College Dual Enrolled Students
  • High School/Middle College Student
  • Non-Traditional Students
  • Alternative Learning Styles
  • Students who struggle with a traditional school environment
  • TAP students and students with children
  • Students where a traditional on-campus school is not an option



What We Provide

The Virtual Vantage Cyber Academy fits your lifestyle with online courses that are available 24 hours a day from anywhere you have internet access.  Students continue to be exposed to curriculum and content presented by highly-qualified instructors and will complete all high school graduation requirements for the State of Michigan and participate in the MME (Michigan Merit Exam).

Our Virtual Vantage Cyber Academy program allows our students to receive a regular high school diploma without the traditional “seat time” requirement (where a student must be physically present in a school building to earn credit).

Each student is partnered with a “Mentor Teacher” from Virtual Vantage Academy.  Mentors are certified teachers available on campus and through e-mail communications.  Our Mentors are there to help you progress through your courses successfully. This is the 21st century schooling model, finally available to Southwest Michigan students!

Enroll Now!
Enrolling in Virtual Vantage Academy is easy! Applicants must print and complete the information in our enrollment packet. Include your original birth certificate and immunization records, and return the forms to us. Once you are approved there is an orientation session to attend. Then just select your classes, and begin your virtual studies!

About Us

4 months ago

Virtual Vantage Vision and Mission

  • Started in 2011, The Virtual Vantage Academy was started to offer a non-traditional educational opportunity to all high school students.

  • Virtual Vantage Academy is partnered with Edgenuity (formerly E2020)  which is a leading provider for core and electives instruction.

Students in Hallway

  • Virtual Vantage Academy is dedicated to improving the education of our students. Preparing them as they transition into life after High School, whether it be College, trade school, vocational school or entering into the workforce, our goal is to make sure you are ready.

  • Students have Highly Qualified teachers available for each content class. Individualized progress reports for each class will help keep them focused and on track toward their goals.
     
  • Students also have Highly Qualified mentor teachers available who are there to help.

  • Students can choose from 3 different educational approaches to achieving their goals:
    • Traditional Alternative Education
    • Online Cyber Academy
    • Early/Middle College

Our Vision 

Providing Educational Excellence as a Pathway To Success.  All Students will be provided barrier-free learning opportunities through collaboration, use of technology, individualized learning plans that are flexible so that they will become successful students, citizens and community members.

Our Mission

Virtual Vantage will provide:

  • Flexible programming to meet the student needs
  • High quality, rigorous, curriculum
  • Highly effective, extended year-round staff support 
  • Relevant learning experiences
  • Career/post secondary readiness for all graduates

Why Choose Virtual Vantage Academy?

4 months ago

So Many Reasons!

Virtual Vantage Academy has several significant advantages over traditional Junior and Senior High School programs, in addition to offering Alternative Ed., Adult Ed., and Early/Middle College classes!

Classes can be taken from your home, or the library or any convenient location with internet - or on-site at several locations.

Student Studying Outside

We have a wider selection of courses available than any traditional middle or high school can offer.

Every course we offer meets the Michigan State Course Content Standards and is fully accredited towards your graduation.

All enrolled are eligible for all extracurricular activities, as well as in a tradition classroom setting if you prefer, at no charge.

Upon High School Graduation, you will receive a State of Michigan authorized diploma.

Take your classes online - at home - or on site in our state of the art computer labs. And, you can also pick and choose, taking some classes online, and some in our traditional classroom settings. The choice is yours!

Students can choose from 3 different educational approaches to achieving their goals:

  • Traditional Alternative Education
  • Online Cyber Academy
  • Early/Middle College

The benefits are tremendous! Contact Us for information or simply enroll now!

Virtual Vantage Academy Points of Pride

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Why You Should Enroll:

  • Committed, dedicated staff who care and are supportive of all students
  • Certified and Highly Qualified Teaching Staff
  • State-of-the-Art Technology
  • Tuition Free - high quality classes at no cost to you!

Students

  • Personalized education programs offering the freedom of flexibility
  • Leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K – 12
  • An exemplary Alternative Education Program drawing students from several area districts
  • A strong Adult Education Program offering High School Completion and GED programs
  • We are the longest running virtual high school program in Southwest Michigan
  • Dual Enrollment and Early College Programs - graduate high school with transferrable college credits - or even with your associates degree!
  • Vocational Tech Programs available - learn marketable skills to get a great job!
  • Scholarships available
  • Video Class productions featured at the South Haven Waterfront Film Festival 2013
  • Commencement Program with all graduates receiving an accredited Public School Diploma
  • Breakfast and Lunch Program for qualified students
  • In-house Daycare available
  • Transportation available from our transportation department - with a long term safety record
  • Solid Community Support

FAQ's

4 months ago

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the student receive a diploma or certificate of completion upon graduation?
Students receive a fully endorsed Michigan Merit Curriculum diploma as long as they have taken all State of Michigan required tests (9th grade MEAP, 11th grade MME) and completed all local graduation requirements.

Students Engaged in Classroom Discussion

Do we need to purchase textbooks to go along with the curriculum?

No, it is all online. Edgenuity (formerly Education 2020) does have online content that is text-based with illustrations, similar to a text book.

Does my student have to ever physically be on campus?
Yes, we require students to take tests and exams on-campus in order to ensure academic integrity. Also, we ask that students come in once every 3 week for counseling and review of the student's progress. In addition, there will be posted parent/teacher conferences in the fall and spring semesters which parents and students are required to attend.

Is there a minimum amount of time the student must be online for the program? 
Although there is no actual "seat-time" as in a traditional school, students should plan on working a minimum of 1 hour per day per subject. If you look at a traditional school setting students attend approximately 35 hours per week. You should plan on the same in an online program. The difference is you can do it anytime, anyplace, and at any pace.

If a student is having difficulty in a particular subject, is there help available? 
In addition to your mentor being available through e-mail, phone and face-to-face, we also have Virtual labs in the building which are staffed by "Highly-Qualified" teachers from 7:55 am.-8:00 pm. Monday – Thursdays and from 7:55 am. – 3:00 pm. On Fridays. A student is more than welcome to come on campus anytime the feel they need additional help with school work.

What type of computer/Internet do I need?
High speed Internet is required to run the online programs. If you are in need of internet or a computer we will supply one for you. You must maintain an acceptable level of performance quarterly to retain the laptop. Upon graduation from the program you will be allowed to keep that laptop as your own personal property. In addition, we have virtual labs with internet access during operating hours.

Geographical Regions

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Students in the Counties listed below, have so many reasons to choose Virtual Vantage Academy!

Virtual Vantage Academy partners with nearly a dozen of the finest educational resources in the State of Michigan to offer classes and training.

Students On Stage in Play

Students through Virtual Vantage Academy can participate in all our on-site extra-curricular activities at no cost! These include band, video productiondrama club, choir, art, and many other school sponsored clubs and organizations.

And even more - all our Virtual Vantage Academy students can be dual enrolled, enabling you to take College classes that count towards your High School graduation requirements. These credits are transferable to the college of your choice upon graduation. You can even graduate high school with your associates degree!

Here are the counties that Virtual Vantage Academy provides educational opportunities to:

Allegan County

Allegan

Douglas

Fennville

Hopkins

Martin

Otsego

Plainwell

Pullman

Saugatuck

Wayland

Berrien County

Coloma

Eau Claire

Watervliet

Cass County

Cassopolis

Dowagiac

Edwardsburg

Marcellus

Vandalia

Kalamazoo County

Galesburg

Gull Lake

Kalamazoo

Parchment

Portage

Richland

Schoolcraft

Vicksburg

Van Buren County

Bangor

Bloomingdale

Covert

Decatur

Hartford

Gobles

Grand Junction

Lawrence

Lawton

Mattawan

Paw Paw

South Haven







Cyber Academy

4 months ago

Where Learning Knows No Boundaries! Tuition-Free Online Classes

Cyber Academy......puts YOU in Control

At the Cyber Academy you are in the driver's seat to take control of your high school education -- even how long it takes!

Students Using Technology

As a student in the Cyber Academy you get the flexibility and freedom to do all the things you want to do, but don't have the time. Like...go to the Van Buren Intermediate School District Technology Center, get a job, take college courses while still in high school, be in the band or choir, participate in extra-curricular activities, even accelerate your graduation by working at your pace, not the rest of the classes.

How It Works...

Choose your classes and when to take them, mornings, afternoons, evenings or even weekends. ANYTIME, ANY PLACE, ANY PACE.

You set the pace. Maybe you can fly through Algebra but you're going to need extra time and help with Biology. In the Cyber Academy, you adjust your schedule to your needs. As soon as you finish one online course, you're ready to start the next.

The Cyber Academy is all about helping you be successful and reaching your goals - whether that means making time for electives, attending the Technology Center, working, spending time with family, enrolling in Early college or Dual enrollment, or even graduating early.

Freedom to Succeed...
While you won't be alone. Everyone is assigned a "mentor" to help coach you and keep you on track with your goals.

Teachers are available to help with coursework. Essentially, help will be there when you need it.

Early/Middle College

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Tuition Free!

Bangor Public Schools Middle College is collaborative project between Bangor Public Schools and Lake Michigan College as a five-year, program combining the best elements of high school and college.

Students Using Technology

The Career Academy/Virtual Vantage High School offers students enrolled at Bangor Public Schools the opportunity to fulfill their requirements for a high school diploma while completing a rigorous college preparatory coursework experience gaining valuable college readiness skills, their high school diplomas, and earning up to sixty-two (62) transferable college credits towards their undergraduate degree and/or an Associate Degree Lake Michigan College.

Students begin the program at the start of either their tenth or eleventh grade, and if needed are provided an additional year (5th year) beyond their expected year of graduation to complete the program. This is a public early college high school. There is no cost to students or their families for attending. Tuition and required texts and fees will be paid by the school district.

Early/Middle College is a unique program for sophomores, juniors, seniors, and 5th year students who are mature, self-motivated, and ready to learn in a college setting. Students are offered an academically challenging environment to do their best academic work. The students have full access to Lake Michigan College’s onsite and/or online range of student support mechanisms and activities, and enrolled students are deeply involved in all aspects of high school life, assuming leadership roles in areas including student government, the honor society, and the fine and performing arts programs. The program will focus on students acquiring a liberal arts degree.



College and Work Success is our Goal

This is a two-phase program. In the first phase grades 7-9, students are provided with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Students acquire and demonstrate “hard” academic skills in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, as well as “soft” social and emotional skills.

“Hard and soft skills” are fundamental to student success in the post-secondary environment, and are embedded into the curriculum and school culture through a variety of “learner domains”: Attendance, Preparation, Follow-Through, Communication, and Responsibility. Students will not be eligible for the Early/Middle college preparatory program if they do not demonstrate true “college readiness” in both academic hard and soft skills. Upon completion of the college preparatory program in 9th grade, students transition to become both High School and part-time Lake Michigan College students where they begin work on their LMC general education and Bangor High School completion requirements in the sophomore year.

A core component of the Bangor Public Schools Early/Middle College experience is integrated dual enrollment in college coursework at Lake Michigan College, South Haven location. During the 10th grade academic year, students are enrolled in one college course each semester.  11th grade students take 2 college courses per semester, 12th grade 3 college courses per semester and finally grade 13 the student will take 4 courses per semester plus their final class to meet the high school graduation requirement.

The transfer rate for college coursework should be close to 100% whether it be to a Michigan college or university, depending on student grades. The intent is for students to successfully complete college courses--again, at a substantially higher pass rate than traditional college students. Lake Michigan College will provide student support services including a mandatory orientation, acclimating them to life as a college student.  Students must also schedule at least one appointment per semester to meet with an LMC adviser to discuss academic progress, college planning and preparation, as well as academic skills and other areas of concern to the student.



Consideration / Requirements for Student Admission to Virtual Vantage Academy Early/Middle College Program

  • 2.5 Overall GPA for High School Awarded Credit Courses.
  • Attach ACT or Compass scores and high school transcripts with enrollment paperwork.
  • Students must meet specific test and course prerequisite requirements for each course registration.
  • Qualifying course specific scores:
    • ACT/PLAN – Math 18, Reading 17, English 18
    • Plan scores can be used if a student has not taken the ACT.  Plan is only applicable while the student is in high school.
    • Compass scores – Pre-Algebra Math 46 (M), Reading 78 ®, Writing 78 (E)
  • Currently on track to obtain a high school diploma (appropriate course track and
  • success)
  •  Approval of the principal and appropriate school staff
  •  Student Letter (Why I would like to be admitted to the Middle College)



Evaluating Students

Organizationally, students are full time students. They are not just high school students who dual enroll in a few college courses. Instead, they are “jointly enrolled and admitted” to Bangor Public Schools and Lake Michigan College as part of the Early/Middle College program. Students who demonstrate an average rate of progress will spend eight (8) semesters in the program (not including 9th grade), with the last two (2) in the 13th year as full Lake Michigan College students while still taking a single course in their high school. All students will take the same assessments currently being taken at the high school (MEAP, MME etc.), but in addition will be required to take the Compass test. Culturally, students will eventually be fully immersed in the college environment as in their senior and 13th years.



Course Alignments

Students enrolled in the Early/Middle College program must meet the following MINIMUM (20 Credit) requirements to receive a high school diploma (as required in the Michigan Merit Curriculum):

  • 4 Math: including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a senior-level math course taken at the college
  • 4 English Language Arts: including one taken at the college
  • 3 Science: including Biology and either Chemistry or Physics
  • 3 Social Studies: including  Civics,  Economics, U.S. History, and World History
  • 1 Physical Education/Health
  • 1 Applied Arts
  • 1 Online Learning Experience (minimum 16 hours)
  • 2 World Language (beginning with the class of 2016)

In addition, the students will work toward completion of 62 credits to meet the requirements for an associate's degree. This Associate of Arts will include a MACRAO certificate, which are general credits in subject areas that will satisfy the general education requirements for many Michigan colleges and universities. MACRAO is not a guarantee of credit transfer! The Lake Michigan College adviser will work with each student about this situation, depending on where they would choose to continue their education.

Alternative Ed and Adult Ed

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Alternative Education

Alternative education at its best! The definition and meaning of alternative ed recommended for adoption by the Michigan Department of Education is:   A separate program within a K-12 public school district or charter school established to serve and provide youth a choice or option whose needs are not being met in the traditional school setting.

Students Collaborating with Technology

There are three indispensable goals for alternative schools:

  1. That students attend by choice.
  2. That the school or program be responsive to unmet local needs.
  3. That the student body reflect the racial and socio-economic mix of the community.

Virtual Vantage Academy’s Alternative Ed program is a free Michigan based alternative school designed to inspire and empower students, helping them reach their educational goals in a learning environment that will help them succeed on their own terms.

Virtual Vantage Academy has several options to help students achieve their academic goals. From high school completion to vocational training, students are on their path to success.

Virtual Vantage Academy offers students the flexibility to succeed on their own terms. Students are able to graduate and receive their high school diploma despite the daily obstacles they may face.

  • Students finish high school on their own terms
  • Students can finish as quickly as they like
  • Educators are available for one-on-one help
  • Students are empowered to finish what they started

Adult Programs

Take the next step towards earning your high school diploma through Virtual Vantage Academy.  We feel we have one of the most important things in life to offer you, and it is absolutely FREE!  It’s a chance to go back to school and earn your diploma.  These classes are designed for adults and are taught by skilled teachers who understand what it is to return to studies after you have been out of school for a number of years.

Virtual Vantage offers adults flexible opportunities to complete your high school education…online or on campus, the choice is yours.

Bangor Community Education Adult Programs offered include:

Adult Lab Available Monday – Thursday 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm for the following programs:

High School Completion – Earn the credit you need to complete your high school diploma. Online courses are available through Edgenuity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

GED Preparation – Master the skills needed to pass all four segments of the GED Test:  Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. Study at your own pace with the help of certified Instructors and computerized programs that pin point your strengths, then prescribe the right material to help you pass the GED TEST.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) – Looking to “brush up” or improve your Math, Reading or Writing skills?  The Adult Basic Education classes are her to help.  Flexible scheduling and staff support, to help you get where you want to be.

Classes offered Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm for the following program:

English As A Second Language (ESL)

  • Aprenda a hablar, leer y escribir ingles, entodos los niveles (Learn to speak, read and write English)
  • Preparese para hacerse cuidadano Americano (Prepare for United States Citizenship)
  • Enternamiento para empleo:  applicaciones, resumes, entrevistas (Learn to cope with daily living in America, Work and Job Skills)
Remember, it is never too late to complete your high school education.