DETROIT, June 15, 2016 – With one hundred percent of graduates accepted to a two- or four-year college, university or other accredited post-secondary program and a total of $5,481,456 awarded to continue their educational futures, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies’ Class of 2016 is the school’s highest achieving graduating class to date.
Members of the HFA: SCS Class of 2016 have been accepted to the College for Creative Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Howard University, North Carolina A&T University, and many other 2- and 4-year colleges and universities in- and out-of-state.
“Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies was founded with the express dual purpose of providing students with an intense art and design focused experience and equipping them with the academic, social, and creative problem-solving foundation to thrive in post-secondary education and careers of their choice. We are thrilled to see the impact of our program on our students as they begin the next exciting chapter of their lives,” said Nanette Gill, Superintendent of the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies K-12 District.
In addition to meeting all of the academic expectations established by the State of Michigan, HFA: SCS students are required to fulfill two graduation requirements that directly support exploration of and preparation for life after high school. They must develop and successfully present a comprehensive art and design portfolio to a panel of their instructors and peers, as well as select College for Creative Studies faculty. Another graduation requirement is the Senior Mastery Process, a signature Henry Ford Academy experience that requires students to complete a 60+ hour internship in a career area in which they are interested, complete a senior thesis based on research and their internship experiences, and publicly present their research and personal growth findings to an evaluative committee.
The art and design middle/high school was co-developed and opened by Henry Ford Learning Institute and the College for Creative Studies in 2009 with support from the Thompson Educational Foundation; this is the school’s fourth graduating class. The HFA: SCS College and Career Transitions Office, created through support from Ford Motor Company Fund, is a resource for all HFA: SCS middle and high school students and their families, and reinforces the school’s 90/90 commitment for high school graduation and college enrollment.
About the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies K-12 District
The Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies K-12 District is comprised of two art & design charter schools serving a total of nearly 1,200 students -- Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School (K-5, opened 2012) and Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies Middle/High School (6-12, opened 2009). Our schools focus on the development of learners who are prepared to succeed in college, pursue a career of choice, and identify and solve problems in the community through innovative thinking and creative problem solving. Both are Thompson Educational Foundation 90/90 schools authorized by Grand Valley State University, governed by Public School Academies of Detroit, and managed by Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), a non-profit that exists to redesign how we learn. Learn more at www.hfaelementary.org and www.schoolforcreativestudies.org.
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