Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education (WAVE)

Updated Feb 21, 2020
301 West Michigan Avenue - Suite 201 - Ypsilanti MI - 48197
Type of autonomy arrangement: leadership goodwill
Basic Profile

Opened In



9 through 12, up to age 20




Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
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.