The Office of Education believes that it is important to provide a solid baseline of success when beginning any initiative. As such, ASPIRE will start out small. As interest grows, and God continues to lead, we will consider expanding appropriately to enable even more students to take advantage of this Adventist Educational opportunity. God has opened every door thus far and we are walking through them.
FRAMEWORK OF OPERATION
Space is limited and an application process and tier system will be used for registration. Families who are interested in ASPIRE should fill and submit the pre-application form.
This program will be unique and appealing because there will be an emphasis on live interactive instructional elements where relationships will be built with students and instant feedback provided.
Tuition will be comparable with other distance education programs.
Families who are a 30 minute drive or longer from a brick and mortar SDA school will have first-level access to ASPIRE. These TIER 1 applicants have sole access until JULY 13. If seats are still available, TIER 2 and TIER 3 level applicants will be given consideration until we have reached our enrollment cap. Our goal is to provide access to Adventist Education to as many students as possible.
Once a quarter (four times a year) there will be a “capstone” weekend where students from across the state will come together to spend time bonding, building rapport, school spirit, and spiritual formation with their ASPIRE classmates.
ASPIRE will follow North American Division standards and curriculum within a framework that contains flexibility for families.
Encouragement will be given for students to grow individually and be “independent thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men’s thoughts.”
At its core, ASPIRE will reflect and carry out the Michigan Conference Education Departments 3 Keys:
1. Bringing students to the foot of the cross.
2. Quality at all levels
3. Training students in the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Margarett - ASPIRE Parent
ASPIRE has been a blessing to our family, especially during this pandemic. I like the fact that it is a real school - just online with an online teacher! They have strict behavioral protocols for the children since they are using technology, and as a parent, I am comforted by the fact that our son is being well supervised. The programs are creative and challenging, and there is personalized instruction for each grade - explaining concepts that may have been missed. We especially appreciate the efforts to regularly and actively present Christ and Christian content to the children.
Chandra - ASPIRE Parent
We really have been blessed by ASPIRE and feel privileged to be a part of it and have the opportunity to join again next year. It’s a good fit for our family. Some of the things we love include the spiritual aspect of ASPIRE. This is the most important. God is the focus and I appreciate how each day stands and ends with Him. We love having our child at home but she still gets live interaction with her teachers and peers. Even though it’s online, the bond is strong and the relationships are great. We love the special days that ASPIRE plans, like the Christmas party and Valentine's Day party. ASPIRE teachers go above and beyond in our minds. Sending special things in the mail and being available to answer questions. Even though it’s online, we have sensed a strong community feeling with the teachers and students. Our daughter is a happier child doing ASPIRE versus homeschooling. It’s a great balance between being home and getting social interaction that is focused on God. It works well for our family.