JIA Online Academy (K-12)
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A note from Matthew Baughman, JIA Principal

Jenison International Academy (JIA) is an online program, operated through Jenison Public Schools.  The focus for our program is to provide a comprehensive online program for students to grow socially, emotionally, and physically, while becoming both college and career ready.  Our office staff, online instructors, and mentor teachers go above and beyond to create a community of support for JIA students.  Our program, in coordination with outstanding student support, allows me to say that JIA is leading the way for all online schools in Michigan.


Matthew Baughman

Online School FAQ

Q. What is Jenison International Academy?
A.  Jenison International Academy (JIA) is an online school providing elementary, middle & high school students with a web-based curriculum throughout West Michigan, and around the world. All courses have a state certified, highly qualified teacher instructing and issuing credit.

Q.  What grades are offered through JIA?
A.  Grades K - 12 are offered.

Q. Does JIA offer part time enrollment?
A. Yes.  Part time enrollment is available through homeschool partnerships.  Full time students have the choice to carry a course load of six semester classes.  Any currently enrolled Jenison student interested in taking an online class should contact their building guidance counselor/administrator.

Q. What computer skills do students need?
A. A basic understanding of computers, along with experience with email and Internet browsers is helpful.

Q.  Do I have to be a resident of Jenison?
A.  No, Jenison is a School of Choice district. Any family not residing in the Jenison district can simply apply for non- resident enrollment. All of the necessary paperwork can be found in one packet titled “JIA Enrollment Packet” on the enrollment page of the website.

Q. Will enrolling in JIA cost money?
A.  No. JIA is a tuition free, public school.

Q.  Will my child have opportunities to connect with classmates?
A.  Yes, monthly activities are planned and organized through JIA such as enrichment activities and field trips. Additionally, all students have live interaction weekly within their virtual classrooms.

Q.  Does my child have to come on campus for classes?
A.  No, students are welcome to take courses on campus, or they can take 100% of their schooling online.  All full time students are expected to report to campus for scheduled school state assessments.

Q.  Can students participate in school activities at Jenison?
A.  Yes.  Full time students may participate in school sports, clubs, groups, music & performing arts, homecoming activities, etc.

Q.  Do you follow the Jenison school calendar?
A.  Yes, JIA is a school within the Jenison school district. The JIA school calendar is based on semesters and follows all of the holiday breaks (including summer break).

Q.  Is there an attendance requirement for students?
A.  Yes, students are required to login to courses each week, and must specifically login during the State of Michigan “count days”.  It is recommended that students spend 5 hours on coursework a week for each class at the high school level.  Attendance for live virtual class connect sessions are outlined in the course syllabus by each teacher (note: recordings of class sessions are provided to students who are absent).

Q.  Who grants high school credit?
A.  Jenison Public Schools; full-time students completing course requirements as outlined and followed by the Michigan Merit Curriculum, will earn a Jenison diploma. JIA Graduation Requirements are posted on the school website for reference.

Q. Where can I get more information about online learning?
A.  The Parent Guide to Online Learning provides great information and clearly explains the requirements of online learning. (provided by MVU).  An Online Readiness Document can be helpful for students to self-identify preparedness for online learning (provided by MVU).