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Applying to PrepNet Virtual Academy

Whether you're ready to apply or if you're thinking about applying, we want you to know what to expect. Below are some frequently asked questions about our application process, Michigan open enrollment and school lottery procedures, and enrollment requirements. If you have questions, email and we'll get back to you shortly.
What is open enrollment?

Open Enrollment for the 2024-25 School Year Starts Oct. 1

We’re often asked, “When is the best time to apply to an NHA school?” The answer: During Open Enrollment. Open Enrollment for the 2024-25 school year starts Oct. 1 and ends Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. Check out this blog to clear up any confusion around this important “golden window” of time.
What is Open Enrollment?

Michigan Open Enrollment and School Lottery

Michigan Open Enrollment

Michigan Open Enrollment for the upcoming school year begins on October 1 at 8:00 a.m. school’s local time and ends at 5:00 p.m. on November 30. If more applications are received than there are seats available, a random selection lottery will take place to determine which applicants are offered an available seat and determine the order of the waiting list. If fewer applications have been received than there are seats available, all students will be accepted.

School Lottery

School Lottery is a random selection process to fill available seats for all grade levels. A school lottery is only held if the number of applications received during Michigan Open Enrollment is greater than the number of seats available in any grade level. School Lotteries take place in December. School Lottery information will be posted to the school calendar.

Application FAQ

Who can apply?

As a tuition-free online public school, we invite applications from all children who reside in the state of Michigan and meet age requirements. For specific questions on the school's age requirements, please call our school directly, 313-296-1499.

When do I apply?

We want every child to have an equal opportunity to attend our school. All applications received during Michigan Open Enrollment will be given equal consideration after the closing date through a lottery. Michigan Open Enrollment for the upcoming school year begins on October 1 at 8:00 a.m. school’s local time and ends at 5:00 p.m. on the last business day in November. 
You can also apply after the Michigan Open Enrollment period. However, your application will be processed in the order in which it was received, after all previous applications that have been submitted. 

Not ready to apply yet?

Do you have more questions? Would you like to take a virtual tour? Please provide your name and email address, and we will get in touch with you soon! 

Do I need to reapply if I am interested in my child attending another NHA school?

Yes. Each school’s enrollment is separate, so a new application must be submitted to each NHA school in which you are interested. 

If there is not a seat for my child this year does my application roll over?

Applications are valid for one school year only. If your child is on the waiting list, we will notify you of the Michigan Open Enrollment period for the next school year, so you can reapply in time to be part of the school lottery. 

Michigan Open Enrollment and School Lottery FAQ

How are students selected?

When the Michigan Open Enrollment period ends, we compare the number of applications we received to the number of available seats in each grade level. 
If more seats are available than applicants, we accept all eligible children who applied during Michigan Open Enrollment.  
If we have fewer seats available than applicants, a school lottery will take place to determine which students get a seat and which students are placed on the waiting list. Preferences vary by school and will be granted accordingly during the school lottery process. 
Children who apply after Michigan Open Enrollment closes are processed in the order their applications are received and are placed on the appropriate list - accepted or waiting list. 
If your child is on the waiting list, don’t be discouraged! Often, seats become available throughout the summer. We will continue to send you school information if your child is on the waiting list. 

When is Michigan Open Enrollment?

Michigan Open Enrollment for the upcoming school year begins on October 1 of the current school year at 8:00 a.m. school’s local time and ends at 5:00 p.m. on the last business day in November. 

What is the benefit of applying during Michigan Open Enrollment?

All applications that we receive during Michigan Open Enrollment are considered equal. During the school lottery, these applications are randomly drawn for available seats. After Michigan Open Enrollment, however, applications are placed based on the date and time in which they are received. Your chances of getting a seat are greater by applying during Michigan Open Enrollment. 

Do you continue to accept applications after Michigan Open Enrollment?

Yes! We will continue to accept applications throughout the summer and the entire school year. 

Can I attend the school lottery?

Absolutely! The school lottery for next school year will be live-streamed online and can be viewed on the school's website homepage. The placement of each student will be shown by the student’s number. This number is provided in a letter that is sent prior to the school lottery. If you cannot find this letter or do not know your child’s number, please contact the school. We will only provide student numbers via phone to the verified parent/legal guardian. 

How will I find out school lottery results?

School lottery results will be displayed by the student’s ID number for the sake of privacy and will be posted on the school’s website. Acceptance and waiting list positions will be communicated by mail and email to all applying families once the lottery is complete. 

When will school lottery results be posted?

School Lottery results will be posted on the school’s website within 24-48 hours of the lottery. Results will also be mailed and emailed to families following the lottery.

What if I have more than one child?

We want to accommodate families with more than one eligible child, so we give preference to siblings of children who are already enrolled in the school. The eligible sibling will be given the first available seat, or placed on the waiting list with sibling preference, over children who have no enrolled siblings. We also grant preference to children whose sibling has been offered a seat to the school (accepted). 

Children who share at least one common parent or legal guardian and live in the same household at least 50% of the time are eligible for sibling preference. 

How our Lottery Works

Watch this short video to learn more about the school lottery process for PrepNet Virtual Academy.

Next Steps

Waiting List

If your child is on the waiting list, don’t be discouraged! Often, seats become available throughout the summer. We will continue to send you school information if your child is on the waiting list.

Questions? Check out our Waiting List FAQ


We will contact you by mail and email if there an available seat at our school for your child. Please keep your contact information up to date at our school. If we cannot get a hold of you by either means, your child’s seat may be forfeited.

Questions? Check out our Accepted Students FAQ

Enrollment Requirements

If accepted, you will receive an acceptance package with important registration forms. A proof of residency must also be submitted to complete registration. Parents/Guardians must submit to the school all of the following items by the date specified in the letter, otherwise you child may be remove from the accepted list.

Michigan Enrollment Requirements

To hold your student’s seat, the items below must be completed by the deadline provided in acceptance communications:

  • Admissions Form
  • ​Official Release of Records
  • Proof of Residency
The remaining paperwork listed below allows us to ensure student safety, student well-being, and accurate reporting. We ask you return these items as soon as possible, but no later than your student's first day of school:
  • Attendance Expectations Form
  • Birth Certificate (original certified copy)
  • Directory and Photo/Video Authorization
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Health Department Consent Form
  • Home Language Questionnaire
  • Immunization Records
  • Lunch Forms (available after July 1)
  • Student Device Agreement
  • Student Residency Questionnaire
  • Transportation Permission Form
  • Dental Health Screening (Young fives/kindergarten/first grade students only)
  • Vision Screening (Young fives/kindergarten students only)
  • High School Transcript (High School students only)
  • Course Request Form (High School students only)
  • Specialized Learning Form (High School students only)
  • Volunteer Form (only completed if interested in volunteering at the school)
  • Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan (if applicable)
  • Parent Volunteer Form (optional)
  • Medication Administration Form (only children with medications)

Parent Portal

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