Michigan Future Schools unveils four innovative new high schools
Michigan Future, Inc., through its Michigan Future Schools program, proudly announces grants of $2.8 million to open four innovative new high schools that will challenge and support Detroit students as they prepare them for college and careers. The schools will open to incoming freshmen in Fall 2011 and add a grade per year.
The new schools are:
– Dr. Benjamin Carson School of Science & Medicine: This school, part of the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) system, will prepare students for healthcare careers through a rigorous high school curriculum, supplemented by college courses and internships
– Cornerstone Health High School: This public charter school, in partnership with the Detroit Medical Center, will use small group instruction and high-tech teaching to guide students toward health industry careers
– Diplomas Now Detroit High School: This DPS school will keep students on track for college through a rigorous curriculum, mentoring and family support by a team of nationally proven organizations: Talent Development, City Year, and Communities In Schools
– Jalen Rose Leadership Academy: This public charter school will use Experience-based learning and a collaboration with the University of Detroit Mercy to prepare students for careers in leadership, sports management, and entertainment; the school will also offer community resources such as a clinic and a credit union.
The schools will be part of an alternative network of schools based on quality, not governance structure. The schools were selected through a competitive process open to traditional public, public charter, and private schools. The four winners were chosen from 22 applicants.
All schools share several characteristics:
– Open to all Detroit students
– Small, no more than 500 students
– Commitment to high standards: 85% of seniors graduate, 85% of high school graduates go on to college, and 85% of college students earn degrees.
– College transition and college success counselors to help students go to and stay in college
– If applicable, union agreements that allow for open hiring, no “bumping,” and no work rules that interfere with innovative teaching and learning.
These innovative institutions help fulfill Michigan Future Schools’ goal to revitalize Detroit’s failing education system by opening 35 new high schools in the next few years. This effort is a key part of the commitment by the Excellent Schools Detroit coalition to open 70 outstanding new schools by 2020.
“Opening these four groundbreaking new high schools is a powerful step in the right direction-but this work is far from over,” said Lou Glazer, President and cofounder of Michigan Future Inc. “We must work together to create many more top-quality high schools that are committed to all students succeeding in college.”
The four new campuses join Michigan Future Schools’ original school, the Detroit Edison Public School Academy Early College, a rigorous program that admitted its first class of 9th‐graders earlier this month. These new schools focus on personalized learning, measurable outcomes, student support, and college achievement.
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 an initial $13 million.
Michigan Future Schools is a program of Michigan Future Inc., a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank helping Michigan make the transition to a knowledge‐based economy. (http://michiganfuture.org/schools)
Excellent Schools Detroit is a broad collaboration of Detroit leaders in politics, education, business, and philanthropy who share the goal that every student in Detroit will be in an excellent school by 2020. (www.excellentschoolsdetroit.org)