What makes us unique?

ACADEMICS: Any other programs in the Detroit area, (and even most others, regardless of location) that are in existence or in the process of coming together that are remotely similar to Rolston’s Hockey Academy--blending hockey and academics together--offer only a “virtual” academic program (meaning an online learning program). With RHA academic administrator and certified teacher Rolston’s Hockey Academy is the only program in the state that offers a traditional, certified teacher-based program school-aged children, and one of the few that has a certified teacher overseeing the virtual portion of the high school component.

Students throughout Michigan are thriving at Michigan Connections Academy (MICA), a tuition-free online public school, also known as a Michigan virtual school or cyber charter school. MICA gives K–12 students the flexibility to learn at home with a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. Our mission is to help each student maximize his or her potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program, featuring:

A challenging, K–12 curriculum developed by leading education experts. Instruction from state-certified teachers recognized as highly qualified under the No Child Left Behind Act. Support from trained counselors, principals, and administrative staff. Curriculum materials needed to participate in a dynamic online learning environment. View Michigan Connections Academy’s Annual Education Report for key information on the school’s 2014–15 educational progress.

Michigan Connections Academy

Grades 4-12 Online School Connections Academy

What is Connections Academy?

Connections Academy is an online, virtual school.  It is a charter school that is authorized by Ferris State University Charter Schools Office.  Parents and the Rolston school administrator will need to work closely to be sure the students are staying on task with their work.

How does Connections Academy work?

Students and their parents will choose their classes each semester.  Every week, students are given a schedule of classes they are expected to “attend” (watch/listen to) online on specific days at specific times.  These classes are live, being taught by a certified teacher.

When do students attend classes?

Students will attend their classes with certified teachers online.  Their classes will be scheduled for them (by Connections) to watch/listen to live online.  If they cannot attend class at that time (if they are in a tournament for instance), a parent or the academic administrator will contact Connections in advance, and students can typically view the lesson (recorded) at later time.

When do students do their work?

Just like in a traditional school setting, students will have some time when the teacher presents the lesson, and time to work independently. Students should use the time they are at RHA, but not scheduled to be in a “live class session” to do their assignments.

There are times students may have some homework or may have to study at home, but most assignments should be able to be worked on during the school day at RHA.

When do students attend classes?

Students will attend their classes with certified teachers online.  Their classes will be scheduled for them (by Connections) to watch/listen to live online.  If they cannot attend class at that time (if they are in a tournament for instance), a parent or the academic administrator will contact Connections in advance, and students can typically view the lesson (recorded) at later time.

When do students do their work?

Just like in a traditional school setting, students will have some time when the teacher presents the lesson, and time to work independently. Students should use the time they are at RHA, but not scheduled to be in a “live class session” to do their assignments.

There are times students may have some homework or may have to study at home, but most assignments should be able to be worked on during the school day at RHA.

What if my child has a question about their assignment?

Teachers at Connections will give students, parents, and the academic administrator an email as well as an office phone to be able to contact them. Students and parents are highly encouraged to contact teachers (typically via email and arrange a phone call if needed) immediately, no matter the frequency, if questions arise regarding their assignments.

Additional sessions are set up for questions or extra help in some classes as well, so please have students take advantage of this feature

What services does Connections offer for my student?

Connections, of course has state certified teachers teaching all of their classes. Additional support staff would include a guidance counselor for high school students, a technology support department, a special ed. director, and a 504 coordinator.

Preparing Students for College

Beyond their daily online school counseling activities, our counselors offer services designed to help high school students prepare for college and career with:

  • Personal learning plans focusing on post-graduation goals.
  • Interactive, online LiveLesson sessions connecting Connections Academy families across the country with real-time information on financial aid and scholarships, college application processes, entrance requirements, and more.
  • College test preparation courses for the ACT or SAT examinations.
  • One-on-one guidance counseling with seniors to provide resources and assistance with post-secondary  planning, including career options, vocational training, and selecting the right college.
  • College Planning Club: Designed for students in 9th–12th grade, this club helps those who plan to attend college develop a portfolio that focuses on elements sought by college admissions committees.

How are high school students monitored in their online program?

The RHA school administrator as the Learning Coach for the students in grades 8-12 while they are at school, will have several responsibilities, one of which is helping parents monitor their child’s progress.  For these students, the academic administrator will

  • Assist students and parents in becoming acclimated to the online process if needed,
  • Record daily attendance,
  • correspond with Connections teachers and staff via email and phone when necessary,
  • act as a liaison between the Connections and parents,
  • monitor the daily progress of the students enrolled in Connections,
  • on a weekly basis, communicate to parents any work that is not completed and/or low grades their child may have.

Are high school students held accountable for their grades at RHA?

Students in a virtual program can easily fall behind in their work.  At RHA, we want only the best for all of the students, and will be holding all students to high standards.  Therefore students will be held accountable for the completion of their work as well as for their grades.

The academic administrator will be monitoring attendance and academic progress of students attending Connections Academy.  Students who do not complete 80% of their weekly assignments and/or who have lower than a C- in two or more classes OR are failing at least one class will have limited on and off-ice activities for the following week which will be determined by the academic administrator and the hockey director.

What role do the parents have in online learning?

At high school age, students take the lead.

In grades 9–12, online students start to really take charge of their education—setting goals, working independently, and exploring their future options.

“Learning Coaches” (parents) encourage their students’ growing independence as they:

  • Commit about thirty minutes per day to overseeing schoolwork
  • Verify that lessons and assignments are completed
  • Communicate with teachers, referring students to teachers for help when needed

Will My Child Be Required To Take Standardized Tests?

Yes. All students must complete the standardized tests that are required in their state or district. We also provide a test preparation program to develop the skills that students will need to perform well on many types of assessments. Connections will arrange testing locations throughout the state and will inform you in advance of where and when your child is scheduled to attend.

(Parents are responsible for transportation to and from testing sites for their children.)

Contact Info

 

Rolston Hockey Academy
13950 Oak Park Blvd.
Oak Park, MI 48237
(248) 450-5300
brian@rolstonhockeyacademy.com

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