Changes for Fall 2012
Law Academy has been selected to transition to The Education Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan, a new statewide system of schools that will assume operation of the lowest 5 percent of the Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) schools in the state of Michigan. The EAA’s mission is to develop a new approach to educating children who are growing up in a 21st Century digital environment.
The EAA of Michigan will begin operating its first schools in September 2012 when 15 elementary, middle and high schools in Detroit are transferred into the new system of schools.
About The Education Achievement Authority
The EAA of Michigan will support a student-centered system of education that emphasizes a culture of continuous improvement. It plans to eliminate the traditional model in which students progress through school based on their age and “seat time,” or the required time a student must spend in a class to receive official credit for the class. Students will be organized by instructional levels based on completion of course content rather than by grade levels based on age. In other words, they will progress to the next level in school based on their mastery of content rather than the completion of a nine-month school year.
If a student can complete course work in six months, rather than nine, they will be advanced to the next level of course work.
If a student needs 10 months to complete course work, they will not be penalized because it takes them longer.
The EAA of Michigan will hire proven leaders and personnel to work in the schools that are brought under its jurisdiction. Principals will be empowered to assemble their staff, hire the best teachers and support them in a multitude of ways to improve individual student academic growth. The EAA of Michigan will direct 95 percent of the resources to the school classroom level.
For more information, go to Michigan.gov/eas
Marion Law Academy is a Pre-school through 8th grade campus with separate elementary and middle school buildings on the northeast side of Detroit. Our dedicated team of more than 40 teachers and support staff is dedicated to caring for the needs of the whole child. We service over 700 regular education and special education students. We are partnered with the community to ensure that the families we service have resources to successfully educate their children from pre-school until the completion of middle school.
Our partners, No Color Lines Global Inc. and Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services, help connect parents with necessary resources to successfully educate children with economic challenges. We have monthly family activities where parents and children can participate in various content related events. We also are the only school in the district with an in-house planned-parenthood program that is extremely popular in high schools across the nation – “Baby, Think it Over” — where our middle school students have the opportunity to experience parenting with a computerized infant simulator while participating in modules on basic infant care. We stress the use of technology to enhance instruction and make learning fun for all children.
- Vocal Music/Choir
- Basketball Art
- After-school Tutoring
- Saturday Tutoring
- The Gentlemen’s Club
- Ladies First
- Baby, Think It over
- No Color Lines Global
- Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services
- Volunteer Reading Corps
- Head Start
- Drama/Modern Dance
- Monthly Family Night Activities
The staff and community at Marion Law Academy will commit to increasing student achievement by catering to the whole child. We will address the academic, emotional and social needs of our students, committing ourselves to developing leaders of the 21st century. We will operate as a shared-decision making professional learning community incorporating all stakeholders including parents and community leaders. We will utilize the latest research-based approaches with data driven instruction while utilizing 21st century cutting-edge technology focusing on continuous improvement.
Marion Law Academy’s mission is to propel high-achieving learners into the 21st century by providing specific, measurable and observable goals, through the utilization of technology-based learning with real-world applications in a safe and clean, supportive learning environment, with an interactive parental and community presence. We promote life-long learning by providing a developmentally-appropriate curriculum that helps students improve kinesthetic, written and oral communication, develop problem solving strategies, enhance critical thinking skills, nurture artistic creativity, understand the principles of democracy and economics, and conceptual computation skills of mathematics. Our endeavor is to be a community resource providing social, emotional, and physical support to the families we service.
We, at Marion Law Academy, believe that all students can achieve a high standard of academic achievement. We believe in using a variety of data to identify areas of need in order to differentiate instruction. We believe in utilizing technology as a learning tool. We believe that a collaborative, student-centered work environment produces a healthy school culture. We believe that education is a shared responsibility between the students, parents, school, and community. We believe that we are all lifelong learners and have a strong commitment to continual professional development.