Nexus Academy Blended Learning FAQs
What is Nexus Academy?
Nexus Academy is a FREE public high school program for students in Ohio and Michigan with a “blended learning” approach that combines the best of both online and in-person teaching. We have school locations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Royal Oak, MI; and Columbus and Toledo, OH. Our program features an engaging curriculum of core, Honors and Advanced Placement® (AP), and elective courses.
What does it cost to attend Nexus Academy schools?
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 individual 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 modern schooling 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 approximately 14 hours per week of online lessons that your student must complete away from their school’s campus. We recommend high-speed Internet access such as broadband for the best delivery of course materials and online classes.
Who is Connections Education?
Nexus Academy is part of Connections Education, a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality online 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.
What is the blended school 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. All of our courses are taught with Nexus Academy’s proven personalized approach. Learn more about our curriculum.
What are the school campuses like?
Our campuses keep the focus on learning: the 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 blended learning 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.
Is the online portion led by a teacher as well, and is he or she certified just as an on-site teacher?
Yes. We are unlike other blended schools in that certified, dedicated teachers lead students both on campus and in the virtual classroom via our interactive LiveLesson® sessions. Students receive the same extensive support online from virtual teachers as they do on campus.
When does the school year start and end?
Please see the individual Nexus Academy school webpages 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 who have 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.
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.