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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nexus Academy?

Nexus Academy is a FREE public high school program with a “blended learning” approach. We have school locations in Indianapolis, IN; Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Royal Oak, MI; and Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo, OH. Our program features an engaging curriculum of core, Honors and AP, and elective courses that are taught online and in person.

What does it cost to attend Nexus Academy?

Nexus Academy high schools are tuition-free.

What is blended learning? What are the benefits of Nexus Academy and blended learning?

Blended learning’s holistic approach helps each student thrive in the personal way that works best for him or her. With this combination of in-person and online instruction, students get both support and flexibility. And Nexus Academy’s safe, modern environment and specialized teachers (including personal trainers) put a positive focus on learning to bring out the best in every student.

Do students need home Internet access?

You’ll need easy Internet access in your home for the approximately 12 hours per week of online lessons that your student must complete away from campus. We recommend high-speed Internet access such as broadband for the best delivery of course materials and virtual classes.

Who is Connections Education?

Nexus Academy is part of Connections Education, a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality virtual education solutions for K–12 students. The company’s Connections Academy division has been at the forefront of online learning through virtual public schools since 2001 and a private online academy. Connections Education is part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO). Connections Education is accredited by AdvancED.

Is Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids accredited?

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accrediting division of AdvancED.

What is the curriculum, and what subjects and electives are available?

Our curriculum includes core subjects such as English, math, science, and social studies designed for multiple skill levels; advanced Honors and AP courses; and a wide selection of electives, including Art History, Engineering Design, and six foreign languages. Al ofl our courses are taught with Nexus Academy’s proven personalized learning approach. Learn more about our curriculum.

What are the campuses like?

Our campuses keep the focus on learning: the safe, modern environment, open floor plan, and comfortable space let students collaborate with each other and feel supported by our instructors. Campus Team Zone and classroom furniture is versatile and movable so students can work together or on their own effectively. And every Nexus Academy campus is equipped with a state-of-the-art fitness center that students can access whenever they’re on-site. Learn more about our campuses and see photos.

When do students attend classes, and what is a student’s typical day like?

Students attend either a morning (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon) or afternoon (12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) session at the Nexus Academy campus four days a week: Monday–Thursday for the afternoon session, and Tuesday–Friday for the morning session, with extra time on campus for those who need it. They also spend approximately twelve hours a week completing online lessons away from campus. Learn more about a typical day at Nexus Academy.

When does the school year start and end?

Please see the school calendar for start and end dates.

How do we enroll at Nexus Academy?

You can begin the enrollment process for your student through the website for the Nexus Academy school location of your choice.

Can we enroll after the school year has started?

Yes. Unless your Nexus Academy school has already reached capacity, you may be able to enroll after the school year has begun.

Does Nexus Academy provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?

For students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) Nexus Academy provides a continuum of virtual special education services that range from consultation, curriculum accommodation and modification, collaboration with families and general education teachers, to virtual direct instruction. Nexus Academy provides students who have IEPs with related services that may include virtual speech language and virtual occupational therapy, as determined by the IEP team.

For eligible students with disabilities who do not require special education, Nexus Academy develops (as needed) and implements Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodations and modifications.

In accordance with federal law, the school assumes responsibility for the location, identification, and evaluation of students in our school community who require special education and related services. This includes students who are advancing from grade to grade, wards of the state, and children who are highly mobile, such as migrant and homeless children.

For more information about education for students who have disabilities, please contact the school leader.

How does Nexus Academy determine a Specific Learning Disability qualification?

Nexus Academy is committed to the implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) practices. Nexus Academy will use the following procedures to determine a Specific Learning Disability:

  1. Evaluation teams will primarily use the data from a Response to Intervention (RtI) process.
  2. In the event that RtI practices are not fully implemented in the area of concern or grade level, the evaluation team may use assessment results to determine whether a child exhibits an academic pattern of strengths and weaknesses in performance, achievement, or both, relative to age, state-approved grade-level standards, or intellectual development.
  3. The use of a severe discrepancy between achievement and intellectual ability may not be used solely to determine eligibility. Data from standardized ability and achievement instruments may be incorporated with other assessment data to demonstrate a pattern of strengths and weaknesses.
  4. If a school in a district has a fully implemented response to scientific, research-based intervention process in select grades, the school must use data from that process to document interventions and student progress for the purpose of determining the existence of a SLD. The other grades in that school, and the other schools in the district (i.e. secondary grade-level buildings) who have not fully implemented a response to scientific, research-based intervention process must use a pattern of strengths and weaknesses process until each grade is phased in to full implementation.

Can students attend Nexus Academy during the summer?

Many Nexus Academy students take advantage of the online summer school program through International Connections Academy, the Connections Academy–affiliated, tuition-based virtual school.

Can we meet other Nexus Academy students, parents, and/or staff?

Yes! Attend one of our online or in-person Information Sessions to learn more about the Nexus Academy school location that interests you, ask questions, and meet our current administrators and instructors, as well as students and their parents. Find an upcoming Information Session.

Where are Nexus Academy schools located?

Nexus Academy high schools are located in Indianapolis, IN; Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Royal Oak, MI; and Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo, OH. You can learn more about each school at the links below: