Difference Between Starting Online and Virtual Learning Program

https://stem.dearbornschools.org/2020/08/12/choosing-a-learning-option/

Hello STEM Families!  There is a lot of information coming at you very quickly and we wanted to take a moment to clarify the most commonly asked question at the moment:  What is the difference between starting online and registering for the Dearborn Virtual Learning Program (VLP)?

Starting Online:

– Students start online with their STEM peers and with their STEM TEACHERS.

– Students will follow their STEM schedule, online, just as if they were in school (schedule information coming soon)

– STEM students WILL have STEM Apps with Segerstrom/Roberts

– Students will have a daily schedule to be “in class” at an actual time (i.e. 1st hour at 8 AM, 2nd hour at 9 AM, and so on)

– October 1st the district will re-look at the COVID 19 situation and we will either come back to school OR continue online.

– You can NOT decide to join the Virtual Learning Program in the middle of the year.


– Choosing this option means you have to do NOTHING.  Just watch your emails and the blog for the first day of school information!

Dearborn Virtual Learning Program (VLP):

– Students attend school online, BUT they are NOT with their STEM peers.

– Students are NOT taught by STEM teachers.

– Students will be assigned a random subject qualified teacher

– all teachers are Dearborn teachers who applied to teach in this program.

– Students will follow a schedule that will be created for them by the VLP.

– STEM students will NOT have STEM Apps at all.

– Choice of electives will be based on what elective teachers the VLP has.

– Students will have a daily schedule to be “in class” at an actual time (i.e. 1st hour at 8 AM, 2nd hour at 9 AM, and so on)


– October 1st when the district re-looks at the COVID 19 situation, VLP students will remain online; even if we go back to school.


– Choosing this option means you must fill out the VLP application on the DPS website.  Watch your emails for the first day of school information!- Choosing this option is a YEAR long commitment.

– If at the semester you decide you would like to come back to school face-to-face, you will be placed in any middle school that has a vacancy

– THIS MAY NOT BE AT STEM, it may not be your home middle school, and transportation may not be available.


– If you choose this option, you will be allowed to return to STEM for the 2021-2022 school year.

We hope that this clarifies the difference between the two pathways.

Jennifer Fryzel
6th and 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher
STEM Lead Teacher  2018 National Blue Ribbon School
Dearborn Heights Campus

Art Reflections Contest

STEM PTA would like to congratulate all of the district level winners for the Art Reflections program for the 2019-2020 school year.

Congratulations to our young STEM artists .

Medina Faraj : 1st place in the middle division -Literature

Maram El-Saghir: 1st place in the middle division-Visual Arts

Kadeja Rizvi: 2nd place in the middle division – Visual Arts

Neveen Seklawi: 3rd place in the middle division – Visual Arts

Certificates and gift cards will be delivered soon!

Next year theme is ” I Matter Because”

“The Art of Reality” by Medina Faraj
“Error” by Maram El-Saghir
“The eyes are the window to the soul” by Khadeja Rizvi
“Feeling inspired by a teenage mind” by Neveen Seklawi