Oxford Fusion Academy isn't really close to where we live, but after two years in the program, I know it's worth the drive to have this excellent instruction and support.
My kids' confidence and test scores have both gone way up. We would travel to the moon for this!
Andrea -parent- Commerce Twp, MI
Questions and Answers
Q: What in the world is a FUSION school?
A: It is simply a combination of homeschool and traditional school with teachers and classmates and clubs and awesome electives. (Or think: a private school where students are only in the classroom two days a week, but learning ALL THE TIME.)
Q: Exactly how does this work? How is it funded?
A: You can have your tuition covered by registering your child as a full-time student with the Oxford Virtual Academy (aka: OVA-- see the green link above-right).
Here's a quick break-down:
1) OVA is an innovative public school funded as part of the Oxford Community Schools district. As an OVA student you will have state-qualified teachers available, but you don't have to spend M-F at the school. You get to choose from a fabulous variety of core classes, electives and programs. And you get to choose where to take all these cool classes: online, with teachers in the OVA building (they call it the lab), with businesses in the community, at private schools, or at the Oxford Middle and High schools. OVA will also provide each Fusion student with a lap-top or chrome book.
2) When you, as an OVA student, choose Oxford Fusion Academy-2 as your curriculum provider, OVA pays your full tuition so you can enjoy our small classes, creative teachers, excellent books and materials, and time with new friends.
3) OVA will also pay your tuition for two electives of your choice. These could be online, at the Fusion academy, at the OVA lab, at the middle or high schools, or with a community partnership.
Q: Do I have to register with OVA in order to attend Oxford Fusion Academy-2?
A: Nope! You are welcome to join with us as a self-pay student. Call or fill out the contact form (on the registration page) to find out more about self-pay.
Q: Is there an online portion students have to do for their classes?
A: There is no online portion unless a student is funded through OVA. In this case, the state of Michigan does require online portions for each class (as OVA is funded as a virtual school). The state has recently increased these online demands for both core and elective classes. Because of this we have scheduled time to fulfill these online requirements (OBUZZ and Haiku) together during our Tues. and Thurs. time on-site, supervised by an OVA mentor.
Q: Do Fusion students have to take standardized state tests?
A: Fusion students don't, per se, but if you are part of OVA, you take the tests like all the other state funded kids. (If you choose to self-pay tuition as a traditional homeschooler, you will not be required to take ANY tests.)
Just a personal note here: I'm not a fan of standardized testing. (Does anyone know someone who IS a fan??) BUT we try to make it fun and get it over with as painlessly as possible. AND I have noticed that it helps my kids get ready for the test environment of ACTs and SATs. (Oh! And OVA pays for those expensive tests, too, so that's a plus!)
Q: Are there any costs or fees that students will be responsible for?
A: Yes. There is a $50 registration fee for each student (to cover registration costs.) This will NOT be assessed until the final step of enrollment - an in-person interview to make sure all your questions have been answered. (There is NO COST to fill out the registration papers to hold a spot for your student.)
Other optional (not required) costs may include:
* Pencils/pens, notebooks, calculator, math compass/protractor, etc.
* End of year yearbook
* Individual school photos
Q: My daughter loves her school orchestra and clubs. I don't want her to miss out on these things.
A: She doesn't have to miss out on anything! Your student will have full access to programs and clubs at the Oxford Middle and High Schools.
Q: What electives are available for my students?
A: There will be some onsite electives (which will change to match the needs and wants of the students) but there are dozens offered by OVA: painting, drama, photography, ceramics, sewing, yoga, fencing, piano, dance, boxing, gymnastics, and Urban Air-- just to get started! Check out the green OVA Partnerships link above-right! Electives offered at the middle and high schools will vary. Check these through OVA, as well. There are also several online electives (including foreign languages) you can find out about through OVA.
Q: What would a typical week look like?
A: On Mondays and Wednesdays, students work at home, using the instructions and material provided the week before. (Student can also go into the OVA Lab-- see link above-right-- to get help from teachers there.) On Tuesdays and Thursdays, student are dropped off at (or drive themselves to) the site (address below) for classes led by subject experts. Classes start at 11:30am and end at 4:30pm. (Students don't have homework on these days.) Fridays are reserved to spend in any way you like, ie: field trips with family, friends or other homeschool groups, getting ahead on work, catching up after taking a sick day, etc.
Q: Will my student get to graduate?
A: Yes! If they have met the requirements of OVA, they will graduate (they even get a graduation ceremony and official diploma) with other full-time OVA students.
Q: Does my student have to have attended Oxford Fusion Academy primary school to attend Oxford Fusion Academy-2?
A: Not at all. Though many students transfer up when they reach 6th grade, we are happy to welcome students coming in at any grade.
Q: What about Prom?
A: I don't see why not! We are free and happy to take any suggestions for student activities. We could even join with other Fusion schools or home-school groups to make a nice big group, if we wish.
Q: How much does it cost to self-pay?
A: That would depend on how many classes you would like your student to take. The four core classes combined (math, science, history, and language arts) costs $3300 per student, per school year.
Q: I've heard about construction closures on M-24 where the school site is. Will we still be able to get there if the road is closed?
A: Absolutely! The site is actually easier to access from the back- on Glaspie street. This entry will remain open.
Q: Do you offer classes for younger students?
A: Our sister school, Oxford Fusion Academy, provides classes for students in Kindergarten - 5th grade. You can learn more at oxfordfusionacademy.org (or hit the link above-right!)