Our 2012 High Schools

Our Michigan Future Schools initiative proudly announces grants of $2.4 million to open three innovative new high schools that will challenge and support Detroit students as they prepare for college and careers. The schools will open to incoming freshmen in Fall 2012 and add a grade per year. Pretty exciting!
The new schools are:

• Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy. The school is sponsored by the Detroit Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. And will have a social justice theme.

• YMCA – Detroit High School Leadership Academy. The school will allow the Y to offer a compete k-12 education. They opened last year an elementary school and added a middle school this year.

• Detroit Schools for the Future High School. The most innovative of the schools to be awarded a MFS grant. SFF is a national operator which has just opened its first school in Jacksonville, Florida. They are designed to serve students entering the ninth grade at least two years behind chronologically delivering teaching and learning both in the classroom and online.

The schools were selected based on quality, not governance. The three winners were chosen from 18 applicants through a competitive process open to traditional public, public charter, and private schools.

Our philosophy is to let the schools design their own black box, but we do require them to (1) be open to all Detroit students, (2) enroll no more than 500 students, (3) commit to high student outcomes: 85% of seniors graduate, 85% of high school graduates go on to college, and 85% of college students earn degrees (4) hire college transition and college success counselors to help students go to and stay in college and (5) where applicable, have union agreements that allow for open hiring, no “bumping,” and no work rules that interfere with innovative teaching and learning.

The three new schools join four previous Michigan Future Schools’ grantees. The Detroit Edison Public School Academy Early College of Excellence, now in its second year of operation. And three just opened schools: Dr. Benjamin Carson School of Science & Medicine, Detroit Collegiate Prep and the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.

These and future new high schools are made possible by the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the McGregor Fund, and the Skillman Foundation, which have contributed nearly $14 million to the initiative.

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