Announcement: WOPS Information & Updates Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
For several years, West Ottawa Public Schools has offered students the opportunity to take online courses primarily through Michigan Virtual School (MVS). Our experience with MVS has been a good experience for our district. Michigan Virtual School offers many classes aligned to the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC).
For more information on Expanding Online Learning and the Implementation of 21f, please click here: https://goo.gl/KWdNmy.
Students at West Ottawa have the opportunity to pursue their individual educational interests by taking online classes with certified, highly-qualified instructors. Students are provided with an on-site mentor who monitors their progress, advocates for them, and serves as a liaison. Most of our online learners dramatically outperform the state averages for earning credit in their online classes!Becca VanWeerdhuizen – Coordinator, WOHS
FAQWant to learn more about this program?
If you have further questions, please contact your school counselor or the counseling office: (616) 786-1100.
Is online learning a good fit for me?
What classes are offered?
Michigan Virtual School Course Catalog: https://goo.gl/LeWioe
- Please keep in mind that there are some Michigan Virtual School classes that West Ottawa has determined do not meet our requirements for academic rigor and, thus, we do not enroll students in them.
What are the steps for enrolling in an online class at WOHS?
- Step 1: Submit the WO Online Learning Request form: https://goo.gl/forms/0RSpcCVMIydM0AdN2
- Step 2: Receive approval from counselor and principal
- Step 3: Submit the WO Online Learning Agreement (paper form provided by mentor)
- Step 4: Attend WO Online Learning Orientation in the North Library with your mentor
- Step 5: Begin your course(s)!
How does online learning work at WOHS?
Students taking an online class at West Ottawa are assigned a class hour during the school day to work on that course. Students are also assigned a mentor. The mentor serves as a support for students taking online classes, advocating for them when necessary, monitoring their progress to ensure successful completion of the course, and acting as “the liaison between the student, online instructor, parents, and administration” (Michigan Virtual School Mentor Fundamentals).
Students and their parent/guardian sign a WO Online Learning Agreement that details the expectations for students, parents, the mentor, and the district. When students finish their course, the percentage grade that is earned is translated into the equivalent West Ottawa letter grade and is recorded on their official transcript.
Can students take online classes during the summer?
Students may elect to take an online class during the summer. Unlike courses taken during the school year as part of the student’s 6-hour day, the cost of summer classes is covered by the parent/guardian. The student’s parent/guardian is also responsible for monitoring the progress of their child during the summer. Students may elect to put their final grade on their transcript but they are not required to do so. Please see the Summer School & Test Out page of the West Ottawa High School website for more details: http://www.westottawa.net/westottawa/summer-school-test-out/
WO Online Learning Request Form
WO Online Learning Request Form: https://goo.gl/forms/0RSpcCVMIydM0AdN2
WO Online Learning Agreement
WO Online Learning Agreement: https://drive.google.com/a/westottawa.net/file/d/1mBzl5P_vGxQ7SHZCsqkwA2SU-PGZ-tho/view?usp=sharing