Wayne RESA authorizes three public school academies that are unique in mission and focus and are committed to offering high quality, diverse educational alternatives to meet the needs of the students they serve. The Office of Public School Academies is responsible for oversight of the three schools authorized by Wayne RESA. Oversight includes two primary functions:
- To ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws that apply to PSAs
- To support and guide PSAs towards sound educational, operational and governance practices
In addition to the oversight of PSAs authorized by RESA, the Public School Academies Office also serves as a liaison for all 111 Public School Academies in Wayne County, helping to identify systems of support and services as well as information and communication on educational trends, legislative updates, reporting requirements and other general information.
Public School Academies Authorized by Wayne RESA
In 1995, Wayne RESA became the first ISD in Michigan to authorize, or charter a public school academy. Casa Richard Academy (formerly known as Ser Casa Academy), was RESA's first authorized PSA. It was authorized with the goal of serving at-risk students, who have either dropped out or have been suspended from traditional high schools. To date, Wayne RESA authorizes three academies that include: Blanche K. Bruce Strict Discipline Academy, Creative Montessori Academy and Henry Ford Academy.
Wayne RESA's authorized public school academies are responsible for maintaining an academic program that is both unique and supported by the local school district where it is located. In order to ensure this directive has been met, Wayne RESA is proud to have been the first ISD to institute a rigorous and continuous annual oversight review process of PSAs. The PSA Review Team evaluates the progress of each school to monitor its compliance with state and federal mandates, insures effective delivery of services to promote student achievement, and determines the viability of the PSA to continue being chartered by Wayne RESA. A comprehensive handbook illustrating this process has been produced and shared with currently authorized charter schools, Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and fellow authorizers throughout the state.
PSAs authorized by Wayne RESA include:
Current Status: October, 2014
Blanche Kelso Bruce Academy (5-12)
Blanche Kelso Bruce Academy is a strict discipline academy that opened in September 2001 in two sites. It now has five sites. As a strict discipline academy, BKB Academy enrolls students who have been placed by the courts or students who have been expelled from their previous schools and are required by law to attend strict discipline academies only, or are referred by their parents. The mission of the Blanche Kelso Bruce Strict Discipline Academy is to provide effective educational services to students, who, due to legal and/or other environmental risk factors impacting their lives, are unable to participate in regular school settings, and/or are identified as at risk of academic failure in traditional school environments. The philosophy of education is based on a commitment and belief that each child can learn and succeed, that students at risk can overcome with a caring community of learners, that through unique contributions, understanding strengths and needs, and the collaborative efforts of all engaged adult constituencies, great results can be achieved. Due to the demographic nature of student population (i.e., court placement), the number of students fluctuates throughout the year. Although enrollment figures show approximately 375 students are enrolled in the six sites operated by the Academy, it is estimated that the Academy serves approximately 2000 students annually.
Superintendent: Blair Evans
Management Company: Evans Solutions
- Bowman House
Detroit, MI 48205
- Don Bosco Hall - DePaul Youth Treatment Center
609 E. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 656-2600 Ext. 240
- Samaritan Center
Detroit, MI 48213
- Selden Site
Detroit, MI 48213
- Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility
1326 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48226
Creative Montessori Academy opened in January 2001. This Academy employs the Montessori philosophy and teaching practices to offer a unique school environment and learning opportunity for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Approximately 775 students are enrolled. This uniqueness is even greater because most Montessori schools are pre-school or early education schools only. The Academy's mission is to create a strong, constantly evolving mutually supportive partnership with parents and families for the purpose of maximizing every child's academic and personal growth.
Principals: Nicole Robinson
Management Company: Choice Schools
15100 Northline Road
Southgate, MI 48195
Henry Ford Academy (9-12)
Henry Ford Academy, which opened its doors for enrollment in 1997-98, is located on the premises of the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. This academy is the nation's first charter school developed jointly by a global corporation, public education and a world-renowned cultural institution. Conceived, developed, and implemented in cooperation with Ford Motor Company and The Henry Ford, and chartered by Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency, the academy represents a model of partnership that focuses some of the best thinking to utilize best practices in preparing students for the 21st century. There are approximately 500 students in grades nine through twelve. The tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students are assigned an individual laptop computer. The ninth grade students share a laptop computer with another student. Twelfth grade students complete a personalized research project as part of their high school graduation requirements. Students utilize the resources of the Museum, the Village and Ford Motor Company in their learning. The Academy continues to design and implement a demanding high level curriculum as reflected by its mission to provide a rigorous, relevant, and unique educational experience to its diverse student body, and create critical thinkers, life-long learners, and responsible citizens, who are prepared for college, career, and the global society.
School Principal: Ms. Cora Christmas
20900 Oakwood Blvd., P.O. Box 1148
Dearborn, MI 48121-1148
What is a Public School Academy or Charter School?
The state of Michigan authorized the creation of public school academies (PSAs), also known as charter schools, in 1994.
PSAs are public schools with public oversight. They are part of a continuum of public educational options available to students and parents in the state of Michigan. PSAs do not charge tuition.
All eligible students are given the opportunity to enroll in a PSA. Should the number of enrollees exceed the number of available spaces, a lottery must be held to ensure a fair selection process.
There are currently more than 240 PSAs in the state of Michigan, with more than 89 of them in Wayne County.
How are PSAs authorized?
A PSA is a public institution, eligible to receive public funds once authorized by an authorizing body.
There are four institutional entities in Michigan that may authorize a charter:
- Any one of the15 state universities
- All community colleges
- All educational service agencies or intermediate school districts and
- All local school districts
- Any individual or group may apply to these institutions to operate a PSA.
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