Northern Michigan Partnership
Open House—July 19, 2017
Learn more about the Northern Michigan Partnership, which offers elective classes to homeschool students in grades K-12, at the upcoming open house on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Interlochen Elementary School building (3113 M-137). The event will allow prospective students and families to ask questions about the program and register for the 2017-18 school year.
About the Northern Michigan Partnership
The Northern Michigan Partnership offers elective classes to homeschool students, grades K-12, living in the five-county area of the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) and any contiguous ISD (including Manistee, Wexford-Missaukee, C.O.O.R., Charlevoix-Emmet, and Cheb-Otsego-Presque Isle) to supplement their at-home instruction. Classes are available to students enrolled in the Partnership and are taught by certified teachers and community experts.
The mission of the Northern Michigan Partnership is to provide innovative and cutting edge educational opportunities that will service all learners in our community. All classes will be free of charge and offered to all students. The Partnership will bring together students, parents, educators and community experts to encourage and help facilitate integrated and cooperative learning. Through careful listening, observation and reaction to how learning takes place, we will create an environment that flows with the interest of the students.
2017-2018 Classes Begin
Classes will begin Wednesday, September 6, 2017, and will meet weekly every Wednesday until January 10th, with a two-week holiday break December 20th & 27th. All classes will be held at Interlochen Community School (3113 M-137, Interlochen, MI 49643).
How to Register
Following are the steps to register your student for the Fall 2017 Session.
Submit Registration Form
- Complete the Northern Michigan Partnership Registration Form for each student eligible for the Partnership
- Obtain a copy of your child’s birth certificate
- Submit both forms to:
Northern Michigan Partnership
Attn: Mary Beth Stein
412 Webster St.
Traverse City, MI 49686
Obtain Vaccination Records/Waiver
- Confirm that your child’s vaccination records are on file with the Grand Traverse County Health Department – if not, request that your primary physician send the records there.
- Or schedule an appointment with the Grand Traverse County Health Department to complete a vaccination waiver (Grand Traverse Health Department, 2600 LaFranier Rd., Suite A, Traverse City, MI 49686. 231.995.6111).
Make Class Selections
- Class schedule is available below.
- Class selection will begin in July. All classes will be assigned based on receipt of registration forms and then on a first come – first serve basis. Current registered families will receive a one week grace period to select their classes. Students are eligible for up to four classes each semester.
- Each class has a minimum and maximum number of students – in the situation that your student’s class is cancelled, or the class is full – you will be contacted directly to select an alternative class.
- Your student will be limited in the Winter 2018 semester to the number of classes they select in the Fall.
Class Schedule & Descriptions
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About the Instructors
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Christi has two Bachelor’s degrees and two decades of experience in education and social work fields. Through a vast array of experiences as a caregiver, counselor, coach, teacher and program director – she’s worked in facilities such as childcare centers, schools, residential treatment programs and individual homes. Christi loves her profession, but being a parent has been her most rewarding job. Christi loves homeschooling her children and spending time as a family. The Morgan family enjoys watching movies together, board games, playing sports, swimming in Lake Superior, camping adventures … They hope to be able to have more adventures and follow husband/dad (Jeff Morgan) filming across the globe.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the residency requirement for enrollment?
Students living in the five-county area of Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) and any contiguous ISD (including Manistee, Wexford-Missaukee, C.O.O.R., Charlevoix-Emmet, and Cheb-Otsego-Presque Isle).
What paperwork is required for homeschool student enrollment/registration?
Enrollment requires a one page application, birth certificate, and vaccination records or waiver.
Are vaccinations required?
No. A waiver can be obtained from the County Health Department.
Can students enroll in a virtual school and the Northern Michigan Partnership?
Yes, as long as they are not full-time.
What are the age requirements for enrollment in the Northern Michigan Partnership?
Enrollment is open to students who turn five years old by September 1, or those who will be five years old by December 1 may register with a parent signed waiver. Students less than 20 years of age as of September 1 may enroll in the Northern Michigan Partnership.
What is the definition of a homeschool student?
According to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), homeschool students retain their status as long as parents provide 51% of the students total education including all core subjects: language arts (reading, spelling, English grammar, writing, literature), arithmetic, science, history and federal and state government.
Is this a charter school?
Is this a public school?
Questions About Classes
What are the important dates for the Northern Michigan Partnership?
- First Day of Class: September 6, 2017
- Count Day: October 4, 2017
- Thanksgiving Break: November 22, 2017
- Winter Break: December 27, 2017
- Last Day of Class: January 17, 2018
Where do the classes meet?
Interlochen Community School – 3113 M-137, Interlochen, MI.
When are classes held?
All classes are virtual with an optional class meeting on Wednesdays.
How are class offerings decided?
The partnership sommittee will review class suggestions made by families, create a recommended class schedule, which will then be submitted for approval by the school district.
How are instructors selected?
Instructors will be interviewed and evaluated by the partnership committee with final approval by the school district.
Who are instructors?
Instructors are experts in the community who will be teaching classes but may not possess teacher certification.
Who are certified teachers?
Certified teachers are individuals who possess teacher certification and oversee the instructors.
Are certified teachers required for every classroom?
Are background checks required for CRI’s and Certified Teachers?
Yes. To ensure the safety of all students, a thorough background check will be required of all instructors and certified teachers.
How many classes can each student take?
Students may sign up for one to four classes under the Northern Michigan Partnership.
Is there a class size limit?
Typically, class sizes are determined by the instructors.
Is there any testing required in the classes or by the school district?
Are students assigned letter grades?
Letter grades can be granted upon request. Otherwise, students are assigned pass/fail grades.
Will attendance be recorded?
Attendance is kept by Northern Michigan Partnership staff. To maintain the integrity of the program, we need to demonstrate an overall excellent rate of completion of classes taken by our students. Students who fail to show will be dropped from the class(es) but not the Partnership. Failure to consistently attend any of the classes chosen jeopardizes continuation in the Partnership.
Are fieldtrips part of class instruction? How are they funded?
They can be. The funding will be included in the Northern Michigan Partnership budget.
Are parents allowed to be in the classroom with their child?
Does the Partnership provide computers for the students?
Who substitutes for instructors or certified teachers?
Substitutes from the school district’s substitute teacher provider will be assigned if certified teachers need to be absent. Instructors take care of obtaining their replacements. We avoid class cancelations.
Will parents need to remain at Interlochen Community School while their children’s classes are in session?
Every student must have a parent, or an adult designated by the parent, on site and ready to assist the student if a need arises.
What is available for siblings under the age of five?
Supplemental optional programming provided by parents is available for preschoolers.
Will extracurricular activities be available to students?
Learning, Enrichment & Academic Program (LEAP) classes will be available for a fee just like they are for non-homeschool elementary and middle school students. In addition, parents can create extracurricular activities on their own.
How is the Partnership funded?
The per pupil foundation grant received by the school district from the State for students attending Partnership classes funds the expenses incurred in the Partnership.
Do I need to use a certain curriculum at home?
No. The curriculum you choose for your core classes or any other class is entirely up to you. The school will not inquire about your homeschooling.
How is discipline handled?
Discipline will be handled by the parent or responsible adult on site.
How are snow days determined?
The Partnership will follow the TCAPS school closing policy.
FAQs updated June 26, 2017