Henry Ford Academy - School for Creative Studies                                    
Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA: SCS), Detroit's premier college prep art and design school, serves students in grades 6-12. HFA: SCS is built on the idea that learning needs to be hands-on, connected to the real world, and should develop not only students' academic knowledge and skills, but also their potential as creative thinkers and innovative problem solvers. As a public school academy all enrolled students attend tuition-free.

Our focus is on engaging our middle and high school students and preparing them for the future through our college preparatory curriculum, career exploration, and real world experiences that focus on innovation and creativity. Through our partnership with the College for Creative Studies, HFA: SCS students are ensured intensive art and design preparation with access to world class instructors, resources and facilities.

HFA: SCS also provides students with:
  • Inspiring teachers and other caring role models in an environment that is nurturing, safe and secure
  • Immersion in a college-going culture
  • Small class sizes, targeted support for student success
  • Project-based learning that incorporates community resources and technology
  • Structured workplace experiences in the community, such as internships and job shadowing
  • Seamless transition between middle and high school
  • Gymnasium, sports program and state-of-the-art facilities
  • And so much more¦
HFA: SCS is a Thompson Foundation 90/90 school, committed to graduating at least 90% of our students and sending at least 90% of those graduates on to college.

"At HFA: SCS, my child has been given many opportunities to hone her talents and make real things she only got to dream of three years ago."

- Brenda Cook, High School Parent

Our Address

Henry Ford Academy:
School for Creative Studies

485 W. Milwaukee
Detroit MI 48202
(313) 481-4000

Office hours:

8:00am - 4:30pm
on regular school days

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Class of 2014 Update

On June 10, HFA: SCS families, staff, partners and friends 
celebrated our second graduating class with joyful 
Commencement Exercises at Orchestra Hall. 
  • 79 seniors (95%) seniors graduated on time 
  • 100% of graduates were accepted to college 
  • 100% of graduates prepared and successfully presented their art portfolio 
  • 100% of graduates successfully completed their Senior Mastery Process Defense 
The Class of 2014 was offered nearly $2.5M in scholarships. 
Our graduates are attending a range of colleges/universities 
this fall, including the College for Creative Studies, Grand 
Valley State University, Michigan State University, and many 


Recent Announcements

  • Holiday Performance - Dec. 18, 7pm HFA: SCS students are not only scholars and visual artists - they are performers too! We are excited to announce our first holiday production, "A Christmas Carol in the City". The ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2014, 2:20 PM by Lisa Kreinbring
  • HFA: SCS is Not Experiencing a Power Outage 11:19am: HFA: SCS is OPEN and students are currently in their studios learning. We did NOT experience any type of power outage. All students are expected to complete the ...
    Posted Dec 2, 2014, 9:26 AM by Lisa Kreinbring
  • Parent Meeting - Dec. 4, 6-7pm HFA: SCS Parents:  Help us finish 2014 STRONG! Make sure you attend our upcoming Parent Meeting:*Thursday, December 4, 2014*6:00-7:00pm*1st Floor Commons Area*A light ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2014, 8:17 AM by Lisa Kreinbring
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Work at HFA: SCS

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Annual Education Report


District AER Cover Letter and Report

HFA: SCS AER Cover Letter and Report

HFA: Elementary School Cover Letter and Report

Improvement Plans



HFA: Elementary School 

Parent Involvement 

Involvement Plan

Quarterly Financial Statements

September 2014

June 2014

March 2014

December 2013

September 2013