Online Learning with Community

Through Jenison International Academy, the Jenison Public School district has had the privilege to offer unique education choices. For the last decade, this fully accredited option has allowed us to partner with families of elementary, middle and high school students throughout West Michigan and even around the world. While it is indeed an online program, there’s much offered locally to create, and enhance a blended experience through community. Families find Jenison International Academy to offer mainly online options, with a community experience that doesn’t leave one feeling isolated or remote.

(*Some photos taken prior to Covid-19 protocols)

Many opportunities for students and families are available to touch base in a face-to-face capacity. Some of these include field trips, student led activities to promote social engagement and in-person learning centers/lab time for homework help.

One innovative program for high school students is called, ‘Transportation & Safety Applications’ and is taught in partnership with Century Driving School. This helps students learn about the safe use of the technology that is now prevalent in all aspects of our life. This includes learning about the responsible use of cell phones and other internet devices, from online safety to understanding digital footprint. One of the tasks is for students to go a full day without their cell phone – a daunting endeavor for a modern teenager! Students also learn about the steps needed to earn a driver’s license in the state of Michigan and about other concepts related to safe driving, especially the importance of avoiding distracted driving. At the end of the semester, they will have completed the requirements of the first segment of driver training education and driving practice, and will be allowed to apply for their learners permit.

Some subjects really come to life in an in-person setting, and Engineering and Science are definitely two of those subjects. Through a series of face-to-face labs, students work with our awesome Engineering and Science teachers on hands-on projects, including items such as creating their own longboard, flying drones, building robot “delivery trucks”, and many other cool activities that bring the learning to life! Complementing these labs are other exciting opportunities that JIA students can participate in, including the Drone Flying Team (competing against other schools) and Science Olympiad. 

Students learning to use Python code language to code a smart robotic arm.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing applying processes to building longboards.

If you would like to investigate additional educational choices, such as completely online or blended learning, please join us for our upcoming informational meeting.

A virtual Informational Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26 from 6-7pm. Complete the form to register for the meeting. This is intended for families who are interested in enrollment for all K-12 programming for the 2021-2022 school year.

Capstone class: Engineering Design and Development. Seniors returned to a project from Engineering Explorations (a middle school elective) to enhance simple battery buggies with Arduino control structures and hardware.

Our mission is to provide an engaging,

personalized learning experience,

bringing the home, school and world together.


Jenison International Academy

The entire Jenison Public Schools district is full of education professionals working day in and day out to make sure our district continues to provide the best educational programming possible. We are committed to working closely with the families who choose to partner with Jenison Public Schools in educating their children. For nearly a decade, we have proudly offered educational choice through the Jenison International Academy.

Jenison International Academy is a fully accredited blended and online school educating elementary, middle and high school students throughout West Michigan and around the world. As an integral piece of our educational offerings, JIA stands by their mission to provide an engaging, personalized learning experience; bringing the home, school, and world together through K-12 Full Time Online programming, K-6 Blended Program, and Part Time Homeschool Partnership. JIA also works to plan, develop, implement, and oversee international projects and programs.

The JIA teaching staff excels at numerous educational challenges including creating curriculum and building online courses with user experience in mind. Planning in a way that provides students a quality online learning environment with high caliber content and giving them the ability to schedule themselves a week or more at time. As another campus in the district, the JIA staff is also working hand in hand with other building administrators and counselors to make sure the programming complements the traditional schooling experience.

While a student’s education can be largely online, there is the availability of a physical Learning Center at the local JIA campus, providing a quiet space or teacher guidance to complete school work. As teachers in our traditional buildings are available to students for content clarification or relationship building, JIA teachers also have open office hours and participate in Virtual Learning Centers. They know the value of working diligently to develop relationships with each student as there is typically much less face-to-face than in the traditional environment. They are seeing the fruits of their labor as they continue to guide students through their online learning during the current COVID-19 school closure.

JPS Robotics Family: Ian, Adam, Rebekah and Alex Timmer

Alex and Ian Timmer joined JIA at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year after coming from the traditional program. Alex is a junior and has really appreciated the smaller class sizes and his streamlined day. Getting his work done without distractions of other students in the morning and then participating in the Tech Center for Diesel/Heavy Equipment Mechanics program. A freshman, Ian, was really intrigued by the Engineering program at JIA and he is involved in the Jenison Robotics and J-Stem programs. He also likes focusing on his work to complete in his own time and has been pleasantly surprised by how much he is on the JIA Campus. Although the shift of owning their daily schedule required some getting used to, both brothers agree that the flexibility is something they have grown to love.

We are excited to be able to offer a world-class education that prepares ALL students to achieve their goals and chase their dreams. The JPS Fine Arts programming is recognized nationwide for its excellence in performance. Our athletic offerings provide numerous opportunities for students to be part of highly competitive teams. The Jenison community has generously provided our students, educators, directors, and coaches with incredible facilities to train and perform. I’m so grateful that we are able to offer these resources to ALL our students. No matter their experience (blended or traditional), or which environment is hosting the learning (home or on campus), we are all WILDCATS! We are Jenison!

Whether students are receiving instruction face-to-face or through online learning programs, JIA has created an atmosphere of community through traditional school experiences. Including talent shows, spirit days, classroom parties, or other outings. Check out their happenings on Twitter @JIAOnline or Facebook.