Frequently Asked Questions
Where is iCademy Global Located?
iCademy Global is available to any Michigan resident, regardless of where they live in the state. Our headquarters are located in Zeeland, Michigan, at the Homestead campus, which is also where we have K-5 onsite classes and a 6-12th grade Core Lab, Learning Library, and Studio Experience offerings. Although we are located in Michigan right now, the vision for our school is to become global in the years to come.
What does the calendar for the 2016-2017 School Year Look Like?
iCademy Global functions on a balanced calendar where students begin August 8th and end on June 27th. The weeks in between are strung together in 6-8 week chunks with a one week break in between sessions. iCademy Global shares the same spring break and Christmas Break as schools in Ottawa County.
What does it cost to attend iCademy Global?
Nothing! iCademy Global is a free public school academy.
Do I need to purchase a computer for my child to use while attending iCademy Global?
No. We loan your student a school-issued learning device for the duration of the time your child is a student with us at iCademy Global. There will be a cost for instances in which we would need to repair or replace the device. We also provide instruction on the care and the keeping of the device.
What does the schedule look like for my child?
One of the top reasons so many families are considering an online education is for flexibiltiy. Maybe Dad travels for work and would like the family to join him; perhaps mom would like to schedule dance and piano lessons during the day rather than over-committing the few evening hours available to the family. If you can identify with these feelings – or have other circumstances that demand flexibility – you should know that you’re not alone in wanting more choices for your kids.
On-campus schedule for middle and high school students for 2016-2017 Homestead Campus are shown below:
Middle/High School Live Lesson and Onsite Offerings Schedule – visual here (Weekly calendar breakdown)
Does your school offer special education services?
Yes. We have a special education teacher on staff at iCademy Global who ensures that we work toward meeting the goals and objectives outlined in a student’s individual education plan. For additional therapy services, we contract with an outside company.
How do students connect with teachers?
There are many options for students to connect with teachers and mentors; phone, Skype, email and face-to-face meetings.
What is a teacher?
A teacher is a Michigan-certified educator with a major or endorsement in a particular content area. For K-5, a student’s teacher is their mentor too!
What is a mentor?
A mentor coordinates a student’s schedule, transitions into online learning and serves as a liaison for the family. You will connect with your mentor on a regular basis.
How many hours will my student devote to “doing school” each day?
Typical learning time is 6 hours each day, including online instruction and homework. For students in grades K-5, much of their learning is done through guided activities and hands-on materials that they receive. The curriculum and style is very much like a supported-homeschool situation; side-by-side instruction from parents and teachers. As students progress through middle and high school, their online learning time increases.
What are “Studios” for students in grades 6th – 12th?
Studios provide hands-on, career focused classes at the Homestead building. These electives blend one 2 hour physical lab per week with an online component for further understanding. These are great options to enhance your experience with industry relevant curriculum!
Protégé Game Studios
- 6-8 career exploratory electives
- 9-12 art elective and general elective
What is RE:FUEL time for students in grades 6th-12th?
The purpose of the RE:FUEL time is to provide a quiet environment that promotes education and social interaction. It will be open to students in grades 6th-12th from 9am-3pm on Tuesday and Thursdays.
What are Synergy Sessions for students in grades 6th – 12th?
Our staff member in charge of the RE:FUEL Coffee Shop is also busy planning off campus adventures for our students on Fridays each week. Sometimes students meet to do a stewardship project together, visit a local business to learn more, or meet to enjoy a new park, museum or other venue. It’s an opportunity for students to socialize and learn together with other iCademy students and staff members OUTSIDE of their time doing school.