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Fusion Academy Overview

Grand Rapids, MI
1001 to 5000 employees
School / School District
K-12 Education
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Fusion Academy is a revolutionary, accredited private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential. With one teacher and one student per classroom we personalize curriculum and teaching to students’ individual strengths, interests, and ... Read more

Mission: Create a fun, rewarding organization that changes the life of every single student through our customized teaching and mentoring approach.

Company Updates

  • What book should every high schooler read? We asked Fusion Academy English teachers from across the country that very question, and here are their answers (get ready to add to your own reading list):

    Books Every High Schooler Should Read | Fusion Mosaic Journal

    In honor of November being National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, learn more here) we asked some Fusion English teachers what book they think every high schooler should read. For some, it was an easy choice, for others it created much inner turmoil, but they were able to battle it and make a final choice.

  • It's important to be grateful any time of the year, but this week especially we're being extra mindful of our gratitude. Read more on our blog:

    Mindful Gratitude by Jessica Diktas | Fusion Mosaic Journal

    Fun Facts: Gratitude has been found to increase emotional well being, reduce stress, and improve physical health. The act of being grateful can in itself also foster the formation of social relationships and increase awareness of available social support.

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Fusion Academy – Why Work For Us?

Fusion is much more than an accredited private middle and high school for grades 6-12 – it’s a revolutionary community of learning where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock the academic potential in every student and create opportunities for emotional and social growth.

In a Fusion one-to-one classroom, the educational experience is completely customized to ignite a student’s passion for learning. Classes are self-paced, and course material is presented in ways that suit students’ individual interests, strengths and challenges.

The start of a revolution in education.
Fusion was born out of frustration with the status quo, and out of a passionate belief in the power of positive relationships to unlock academic potential.

In 1989, Michelle Rose Gilman, an innovative educator focused on special education, was ready to change the world. But as she entered understaffed, underfunded and uninspiring classrooms, she realized that the potential of the very students she had been trained to teach wasn’t being actualized. Michelle saw the emotional and social aspects of students’ lives being ignored – and this was preventing kids from flourishing. It was with this realization that the Fusion approach was born.

Beginning as a one-to-one tutor and mentor, Michelle worked with students to enhance their overall wellbeing and to open new pathways to learning. But as her team grew, she realized tutoring wasn’t enough – some of her students still weren’t flourishing when they returned to their full-time schools. So, to meet a pressing need, Fusion became a fulltime school.

Fusion was modeled around the needs of students who weren’t finding their place in more traditional school environments – whether they struggled with learning differences or disabilities, ADHD, social issues, the rigid scheduling of ordinary schools, or the boredom of a classroom not geared to accelerated learners.

What makes Fusion work?
Some say it’s the Fusion vibe, others say it’s our unique one-to-one approach with an individualized learning path for each and every student. They’re both right. But at its core, what makes Fusion work is the commitment to meeting each student right where they are, creating a meaningful connection, and finding the very best way to unlock each student’s passion for learning and discovery.
From the first Fusion school that opened in Solana Beach, California, Fusion is now a vital network of schools – with campuses across the country – working to change lives every single day. And although we’ve grown, Fusion remains true to our mission: to create positive relationships in a one-to-one learning environment and unlock the amazing potential in every kid.

Accredited Education
It’s our mission to prepare students to meet the world head on and flourish on their own terms – which is why accreditation is so important. We support our students in their pursuit of any post-graduation goal.

Accreditation allows students to earn transferable class credits and opens doors to scholarships, loans and military opportunities – while ensuring that every student receives the highest quality education.



Fusion culture is as unique as the students we serve, but it doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of an intentional system of dynamics that include: the one-to-one learning model; our approach to curriculum and mastery learning; our physical space design (including lighting and aroma); our insistence on authenticity; and our positive connections with each other. Fusion teachers sincerely support each other and each student’s personal style, abilities and goals. And they come from a place of compassion so students feel accepted and loved. Most importantly, we believe that teaching and learning should be F-U-N. If you can’t embrace a little wackiness at work, Fusion may not be for you… Our students may not always remember what they are taught, but they don’t forget how we make them feel. That’s culture.


You know those kids you see in other middle and high schools? That’s what our kids look like too. The only difference is our kids benefit from our personalized school environment because:

  • They may be bored because they’re underachieving or over-achieving.
  • They may have psychological stressors, lost hope or lost interest.
  • They may be gifted or have a learning difference — or both.
  • They may be in transition or just need a flexible schedule.


Imagine a room about the size of a typical office. Now imagine it with just two desks and two chairs. Add books, technology, whiteboards, soft lighting and décor chosen to reflect the academic content and the teacher’s personality. In a class of dozens, customizing instruction to each student takes a backseat to classroom management and teaching to the middle. But at Fusion, each classroom is a haven for relaxed but focused learning.


Like most good educators, “Fusionites” are passionate about the learning process and the subjects they teach.

We care A LOT about building relationships, communication, collaboration, innovation, working hard, positivity and being open-minded. You’ll find that Fusionites have a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional confidence that make us approachable – everyone likes to talk to us! We think that teaching and learning should be fun and even a little silly.

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    The company culture is great and everyone feels like family. The admin team has an open door policy which allows for easy and transparent communication.


    There used to be no way of earning more money based on performance/years of experience but the company just recently overhauled their whole compensation system and are working on improving it even more.

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    The teachers really appreciate being recognized for their work financially instead of just via verbal recognition. The new compensation system should go a long way in improving the teacher turnover issue.

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Fusion Academy Photos

Fusion Academy photo of: Fusion leaders are a passionate group of individuals committed to changing the world, one child at a time.
Fusion Academy photo of: Welcome to Fusion Solana Beach!
Fusion Academy photo of: At Fusion, we're family – we encourage authenticity, creativity, and personal and professional growth for each of our employees.
Fusion Academy photo of: We strive for individual connection to each other, teachers, parents, and of course, students.
Fusion Academy photo of: Our teachers and staff are creative, inspired, passionate, and committed educators who want to really connect with students and open new pathways to learning.
Fusion Academy photo of: In our professional recording studios, our music teachers instruct students on how to use instruments, voice, and various recording techniques to explore and create.
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Fusion Academy Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Fusion Academy.


    Someone scheduled a phone interview with me. On my scheduled day, I did not get a call from the interviewer as planned. I called the office, and finally got a call back from a different person (I think she was an assistant) who said the person who was supposed to interview me had something else going on but that she would interview me. The questions were pretty basic- I did not get a call back at all, I have a feeling that this was not because I didn't do well but because they are extremely disorganized. I followed up but did not get a response. From what I could tell this is a lot of work for very little pay.

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Fusion Academy Awards & Accolades

  • 41 Most Innovative K-12 Schools in America(Private), Noodle Education, 2015
  • Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, Inc. 5000, 2011

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