Academy of the Americas/PK-8/ 770 Students
Denise Fielder, Principal
From the first day of school in September to the last day of school in June, there’s learning going on in the Academy of the Americas. It is a school with leadership that prides itself on being well organized and ahead of the game when it comes to educating children.
Located in southwest Detroit, the Academy is a dual immersion, Spanish/English school where multiculturalism is heartily embraced. The school’s approach to education is successful, and that attracts students. They have a waiting list.
At the heart of learning at the Academy is the well structured approach to teaching students. They boast an overall School Planning and Management Team along with Curriculum, Committees, and Grade Level teams that meet weekly to map out plans that translate into continued student achievement. “Whether in the core curriculum classes taught in the rooms or enrichment and extra-curricular learning environment, the teaching approaches can be individualized to meet the needs of the student,” said Principal Naomi Khalil. The processes at the school also include uniform attire, a rigidly followed discipline plan, and weekly teacher evaluations.
To better prepare the students for ‘real world’ living, there is a very high level of widespread community involvement-partnerships with entities such as the International Institute, the Skillman Foundation, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Compas, City Year Detroit, Latino Family Services, Focus Hope and Safe and Drug Free Schools. These not only provide learning opportunities and services for the students, they help the parents as well. At the Academy they live and breathe their mantra- “We function for the benefit of the students, parents and the community.”
School Mascot: White Tiger