WAY Program is a personalized learning experience for all students, offering an innovative approach to education utilizing state of the art technology and project-based learning in alignment with state and national content standards. WAY is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Public Charity organization, facilitating learning experiences that encourage self-esteem, independence, and the development of 21st century skills guiding students to a college education and subsequent career paths.

Currently, we service 12 sites with over 100 districts whose youth have access to re-engage in the learning process through one of our 11 regional locations. We look forward to future partnerships and continued opportunities to expand our program on a local, national, and international level.

Program Mission

Changing lives by creating engaging and encouraging educational opportunities for all young people

Program Vision

WAY offers a personalized approach to education; one that encourages self-esteem, independence, and the development of 21st century global and career skills. We aim to make every young person a hero.

Support Structures

Each student has multiple levels of personalized support in the WAY model. Students enter the program during an individualized induction in which the student explores his/her equipment and learns to navigate the online learning environment. After the induction, two WAY staff members conduct a follow up home visit to ensure that the student can access the learning environment from home, answer any questions from the student or guardian(s), and review the researcher and guardian agreements.

Once they are enrolled in the program, students have access to our online learning environment 24 hours a day, 365 days per year with a community of highly qualified staff to assist them. Staff are available online 24 hours a day to ensure that a student can communicate with a live person whenever they need assistance. Additionally, researchers may receive one on one instructional support as needed in the learning lab. Every student is provided with a team leader that acts as a direct support to the researcher. The team leader conducts home visits; maintains a good relationship with the student and their family members; assists with the identification of local resources that are available to support the student's learning such as internships, community projects, and social services; and oversees all aspects of the student's education. Students are also followed closely within the reporting system to ensure that social or academic interventions are timely. Detailed reports from mentors and team leaders are submitted weekly for review by the program director.

Program Locations

WAY Clio

430 N Mill St // Clio, MI 48420

WAY Academy Detroit

8701 W Vernor // Detroit, MI 48209

WAY Academy East - Drive One

15900 Common Rd // Roseville, MI 48066

WAY Academy West Detroit

19321 West Chicago // Detroit, MI 48228

WAY Academy of Flint

817 E Kearsley // Flint, MI 48503

WAY East Jackson

345 N. Dettman // Jackson, MI 49201

WAY Livingston

1425 West Grand River // Howell, MI 48843

WAY Michigan

Statewide online school // serving all of Michigan

WAY Mount Pleasant

3480 S. Isabella Rd // Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

WAY Niles

111 Spruce St. // Niles, MI. 49120

WAY Watervliet

450 East Red Arrow Highway // Watervliet, MI 49098