In a world where test scores and grades increasingly determine a child’s future, students and families crave a place where learning is more than just achieving good grades and spitting out answers. True learners ask questions about the world in which they live and what they can expect from it. They search for places where big questions are asked, the kind that do not always have an answer. They want a safe place where they are encouraged to be the best version of themselves. HighPoint Hybrid Academy seeks to be that place.
Like most traditional schools, HighPoint focuses on the core subjects in the upper grades. We offer science classes including Physics, Biology, and Chemistry. The history classes cover all aspects of both American and World History. In the Language Arts classes, students read quality books, learn to analyze, write and communicate clearly, and discuss and debate many forms of literature, while the math classes continually increase each student’s math proficiency.
The language arts and history classes are oftentimes connected so that students can begin to understand world events through many points of view. In this manner, they learn to interpret the world for themselves rather than waiting for the media to tell them what to believe. The math and science classes encourage students to ask questions and learn at a deeper level than just trying to pass a test. In all areas, instructors strive to foster within students a sense of curiosity and a joy of learning. At HighPoint, learning is the goal, not the byproduct of grades.
By partnering with parents in their child’s education, HighPoint can help educate students without interfering with family time and dynamics. Coming to class two days a week and receiving at-home assignments for a portion of the other days allows upper school students to pursue their passions outside of a school environment. We strongly encourage our older students to volunteer, work in apprenticeships, or study a particular area that interests them, because we believe there is so much more to life than academics alone. Trying new opportunities can cause students to grow and can give them greater insight into what they may want to do with their lives.
At first glance, HighPoint Hybrid Academy may seem to be a traditional school that meets two days a week. We would like to invite you to come join us and see for yourself. We hope you will feel a spark of creativity, a renewed joy of learning, and an inkling of the possibilities that lie within each individual.
Frequently Asked Questions
What classes does the high school offer?
Our high school program offers all the necessary core classes to meet the Michigan Merit Graduation requirements. Additionally, we offer foreign language, fine arts, and physical education classes.
What is the average class size for HighPoint's High School?
On average, our classes are 14-16 students. Classes are capped at 16 students.
What does the typical day look like for a high school student?
Students meet with their core class teachers on both days and meet with one of their two electives each day.
|Day 1||Day 2|
|Period 2||Language Arts||Language Arts|
|Period 3||Social Studies||Social Studies|
|Period 5||Elective 1||Elective 2|
What curricular resources does HighPoint use for high school?*
- Lightning Literature
- Friendly Science
- Marshall-Cavendish Singapore Science.
- Harold Jacobs series for Math
- History Detective
- Economics: Principles in Action
*This is not an exhaustive list but gives a general idea of what we utilize. Our teachers use the relevant and engaging books listed above as a springboard for projects, debates, and experiments.
How much time should I anticipate for at-home assignments?
Each child has different needs and works at a unique pace. What may take one student 15 minutes to complete may take another student an hour. On average we suggest planning 3 to 4 hours per home day, for a high school student.
How do teachers communicate at-home assignments in high school?
HighPoint Hybrid uses a Learning Management System called FACTS to help teachers, students, and parents communicate. Students and parents are able to log into the secure system to see all of the assignments and due dates.
Are there parent/teacher conferences?
Yes. Twice each semester, parents are sent a progress report via email. Additionally, parents and teachers meet in person mid-way through the semester. Since parents and teachers are working so closely together, these conferences are a great way to continue to develop this partnership and ensure the student’s success.
Does HighPoint provide report cards or transcripts?
At the end of each semester (January and May) digital report cards are emailed to parents. Additionally, progress reports are emailed every five weeks and Parent-Co-teacher Conferences are hosted in the fall and spring. At any time, parents can view student progress through the FACTS student information system. Teachers update their grade book weekly.
Our educational consultant can help parents create a homeschool diploma or if a family is working with one of our funding partners, that district can issue a transcript.
If a public school funding program is being used by your family to pay for HighPoint Hybrid classes, then credits earned in HighPoint’s high school will transfer to other public or private schools.
What if my child isn’t working at grade level? What if my child has special needs?
We recognize that each child is unique and special. Students are placed in learning groups based on their learning needs, not solely on their chronological age. This means some students might be a year older or younger than others in their group. During class, students are expected to participate in activities and group learning. At home, parents have the freedom to tailor lessons, activities, and homework to meet their child’s unique learning needs. If a student needs additional practice or reinforcement, our teachers and Academic Director are happy to partner with you to provide additional resources. However, we recognize that HighPoint might not be the best fit for every child. We do not offer special assistance or paraprofessional support for students who have significant behavior or learning challenges.
What types of elective classes, clubs, and sports teams does HighPoint offer?
At this time, HighPoint does not offer after school clubs or sports teams. Electives vary depending on interest and availability. Options have included yearbook, computer programming, creative writing, Spanish, American Sign Language, physical education, theater/improv, and art classes.
If your family chooses to partner with Clarkston Community Schools for funding, students may be eligible to try out for and play for Clarkston sports teams.
Does HighPoint allow students to Dual Enroll? How does DE work?
Junior and senior-level students can take one 3-credit hour class in place of a HighPoint class. If using public school funding, students must get their approval as well as qualify to attend the college of their choice. If a class is more than 3-credit hours, parents are responsible for covering the additional cost of the class.
Dual Enrollment (DE), taking college classes while in high school, is an exciting option for those homeschoolers who are ready for that level of academics. This program allows students to take college classes each semester through local colleges and will be paid for by funding partners, with no extra expense to families.
These are the Dual Enrollment guidelines:
Grade 9 – no DE
Grade 10 – no DE
Grade 11 – one 3 credit class per semester
Grade 12 – one 3 credit class per semester
- Students must have a C average to be able to participate in DE.
- DE class choices must be approved by the funding program.
- DE class may not be during hybrid class meeting times.
- If a DE class replaces a hybrid class, students may take a study hall instead of the class.
- If a DE class replaces a hybrid class, students may participate in the class at HighPoint, but must fully participate in the class, doing the required work for that class.
- If a student fails a DE class, they may not take another class the following semester. The student must also get HighPoint’s permission to take another DE class in the future.
Feedback from parents with high school students at HighPoint:
“The teachers are doing a fantastic job; I really appreciate their connection with each of my children and the encouragement and instruction they give them at school. The clear communication of assignments gives my older kids the independence to complete their work readily at home.” – Parent, Rochester
“It is the best fit possible for my teen right now, and I am so grateful. Because of different strengths and weaknesses, it allows each student/child to grow individually and gain true KNOWLEDGE. The small class sizes are a blessing. The ready-made curriculum is a HUGE weight off my shoulders, and also gives her (and I) more accountability.” – Parent, Clarkston
“Hybrid is ideal. I wish my oldest daughter could have had this quality curriculum. It has consistency! My high schooler doesn’t feel like a number, the teachers are kind mentors, and it’s obvious they care and want my child to succeed.” – Parent, Rochester
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