Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education (WAVE)

301 West Michigan Avenue - Ypsilanti MI - 48197
Type of autonomy arrangement: Leadership Goodwill
Basic Profile

Opened In



8-12, up to age 20


Online, Urban




Determine learning program
Set school-level policy
Determine professional development
Determine authorizer assessments
Determine state assessments


Select colleagues
Evaluate colleagues
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine tenure policy
Select leaders


Determine school budget
Set staff pattern
Determine compensation
Determine teacher workday
Set schedule
Teacher Authority Is...
De Facto

Authority rests on the goodwill of the school director and Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium governing board.

About the Learning Program

The Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education is a free, public high school program for students in Washtenaw County school districts.

The school offers a flexible, student-centered, project-based approach to learning for students who need an alternative to the traditional high school model. Students follow a rich, flexibly-paced curriculum offering guided by highly-qualified subject area teachers, a teacher advisor, and online teaching staff. WAVE emphasizes interdisciplinary connections throughout the curriculum, and also support students in developing study areas of their own interests.