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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does Intersect Virtual School work?
Intersect is designed to help each and every student maximize their potential by combining:
  • Online learning with Michigan certified virtual teachers
  • Academic online advisors
  • Live online tutors (certified teachers)
  • Local, on-site, face-to-face teacher support   
  • A commitment to student success
Students learn outside the traditional classroom—typically from home, but also from libraries, and community centers. An online education allows our independent learners a flexible schedule, a change from the traditional school learning environment, and the ability to learn at their own pace under the guidance of caring, local teachers.
The Intersect Virtual School is available for students in grades K–12 and allows students to complete all required course-work off-campus. Students are also welcome to do their work in our school computer lab. Our students have access to Michigan certified, online teachers via email and phone as well as face-to-face Michigan certified mentor teacher(s) at our Niles Center facility.
Full time students are withdrawn from their zoned school and will graduate from Intersect Virtual School. Students that graduate from Intersect Virtual School will be awarded a Troy School District (Athens) high school diploma.
Full-time enrollment is offered completely free of charge! Call 877-744-5216 or 248-823-5156 for more information.
2. What is the role of the parent or caretaker?
A caretaker is a responsible adult who assists the online student in day-to-day activities. The caretaker is typically a parent, guardian, family member, or caregiver who plays a vital role in students achieving their highest academic potential. Caretakers work directly with Intersect Virtual School teachers and the student to set academic goals and develop an appropriate learning schedule. As high school students become more independent, the role of the coach will gradually change to providing the support necessary to meet the individual students’ current needs.
3. How is attendance documented in online school?
Documented participation in the Intersect Virtual School is required in order to maintain a student's enrolled status. In order to document attendance, students are required to:

  • Show progress in all classes every week by completing lessons and assessments.
  • Document the completion of assignments.
  • Maintain regular contact with teachers via phone or email messages.
  • Complete online and offline assessments.
  • Attend in-person or online/virtual meetings.
  • Comply with any other state or local attendance requirements.
4. Who are the Intersect Virtual School teachers?
Our online teachers are Michigan-based, dedicated educators who are excited to work at a school where they can focus on what they do best—teaching. The online educational experience allows our teachers to provide one-on-one instruction and guidance when our students need it and at a time that fits in their busy schedules. Intersect Virtual School online teachers are highly qualified, Michigan certified, full-time professionals who are specially trained in the nuances of working effectively in a virtual classroom setting.
Our teachers spend time:
  • Communicating with students and parents
  • Analyzing individual student performance
  • Personalizing instructional programs
  • Delivering high-level instruction through dynamic LiveLessons® sessions, a virtual classroom where students can engage with their classroom teacher and their peers
Intersect Virtual School online teachers modify lessons and assignments to ensure that each student receives the right degree of challenge or extra assistance required to foster academic success and a love of learning.
5. What types of assessments are found within the Intersect curriculum?
In addition to the required state assessments, students engage in many different types of evaluations, both formal and informal including:

  • Quizzes: Brief and frequent online assessments that provide automatic feedback for teachers and families.
  • Unit Tests: Substantial end-of-unit assessments that provide more comprehensive information about a student's attainment of the instructed material which are computer and teacher-graded assessments.
  • Portfolio Items: Project assignments including written compositions, lab reports, short-answer paragraphs, essays, and book responses that are teacher-graded.
  • Discussions: Students participate in class discussions to post thoughts, ideas, and reactions in a teacher-monitored discussion board.
  • Quick Checks: Higher-level, summary questions that check for comprehension of a topic.
6. How can a parent monitor student success?
Intersect Virtual School recognizes that regular communication between student, teacher, and parent(s) drives focused results and increases academic success. Traditional brick and mortar schools can rarely provide feedback beyond periodic report cards and infrequent conferences. At Intersect Virtual School, we provide constant feedback with detailed reports and discussions that go beyond simple letter grades to include thorough examinations that accurately gauge student performance and progress.
Our online grade book provides 24/7 reporting on each student's progress. It also stores past quizzes and tests so you can review results online at any time.
Finally, our full-time students’ are assigned an Academic Online Advisor whose primary duty is to establish consistent and effective lines of communication between students, parents, and online teachers. The Academic Online Advisor is much like an academic “counselor” in a traditional brick and mortar school.
7. When can a student participate in athletics while attending Intersect Virtual School?   
To participate in athletics, Intersect students must meet either of the two following criteria:
1. The student is eligible to participate in athletics upon enrollment if all of the following conditions are met:
  • Student resides in-district (Note: District students will participate at their resident school).
  • Student is enrolled as a full-time Intersect student (minimum of 4 core courses per semester and working toward meeting the graduation requirements to earn a Troy School District diploma).
  • Student’s previous home-school program has been dissolved (if applicable).
2. The student is eligible to participate in athletics after completion of one semester if all of these conditions are met:
  • Student resides out-of-district (Note: Out-of-district students will participate at Athens High School or at a designated Troy Middle School)
  • Student is enrolled as a full-time Intersect student (minimum of 4 core courses per semester and working toward meeting the graduation requirements to earn a Troy School District diploma)
  • Student’s previous home-school program has been dissolved (if applicable).
8. How many in-seat courses can a student be enrolled in at a Troy School while attending Intersect Virtual School?
Intersect Virtual School full-time students can enroll in at most two (2) in-seat, non-core courses at Athens High School or a designated Troy Middle School. The remaining courses must be virtual core courses that will fulfill the Troy School District’s graduation requirements.
9. When can a student participate in performing arts and school clubs while attending Intersect Virtual School?
Intersect Virtual School students can participate in clubs and performing arts activities at Troy Athens High School or a designated Troy Middle School upon completion of their enrollment paperwork.

10. When can an Intersect student participate in dual enrollment to earn college credit?
Effective April 1, 1996, Public Act 160 created the Post-secondary Enrollment Options Act, commonly referred to as Dual Enrollment. This law directs school districts to assist students in paying tuition and fees for courses at Michigan public or private colleges or universities, if all of the following conditions are met:
1. Students are in the 11th12th grade.
2. Students must be enrolled in both the school district and Post-secondary institution during the local school district’s regular academic year and must be enrolled in at least one high school class.
3. The District must not offer the college courses. An exception to this could occur if the local board of education determines that a scheduling conflict exists which is beyond the student’s control.
4. The college courses cannot be a hobby, craft, or recreation course, or in the subject areas of physical education, theology, divinity, or religious education.
School districts are required to pay the lesser of:
  • The actual charge for tuition, mandatory course fees, materials fees and registration fees; or
  • The state portion of the students’ foundation allowance, adjusted to the proportion of the school year they attend the Post-secondary institution.
If you are eligible for dual enrollment and wish to participate, be sure to discuss this with the Principal, Deb MacDonald-Linford, at 248-823-5156 or click here to email.

11. How can a student be enrolled?
Enrollment for the school year is currently open, families who reside in Oakland, Genessee, Lapeer, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties in Michigan may apply!
Click here for enrollment instructions. Call our enrollment specialist with any questions, Deb MacDonald-Linford, at 248-823-5156.