Congratulations to the 526 high school 11th graders invited to join the district’s Henry Ford Collegiate Academy this year, and welcome to the 161 who opted to join the program.
Typically, students are invited over the summer based on the PSAT score in the spring of 10th grade. However, the spring tests were cancelled due to the pandemic. Instead, the district used grade point averages and results from either the optional fall 11th grade PSAT or the required 9th grade PSAT. Invitations were mailed late in the fall with the program starting with the second semester this year.
Students who opt to join the Collegiate Academy will attend a total of five years of high school and Henry Ford College. They will graduate from their home high school and potentially earn an associate degree or up to 60 hours of college credit at the same time at no cost to the family. College classes, books and fees are included in the program.
During their 11th grade year students in the program begin taking classes at Henry Ford College while continuing to have classes at their home high school – Dearborn High, Edsel Ford or Fordson.
When they start their 12th grade year, students will take most of their classes at HFC and at least one class at their home high school. They can continue to participate in all the activities at their home high school, even walking in graduation ceremonies with their classmates.
Then, in their final and thirtieth year, while their classmates are just starting college, the Collegiate Academy students can complete their associate degree at HFC one year ahead of their peers. The college credits students earn are transferable to a four-year college or university.
Dearborn Public Schools started the Collegiate Academy in 2013.
The district also jointly runs three Henry Ford Early College programs at Henry Ford College. Those programs also offer students the chance to attend five years of combined high school and college, earning both a high school diploma and associate degree or trade certification at no cost to the family. Those programs focus on college programs related to medical, manufacturing/skilled trades, and education. Early College students start the program in ninth grade, after applying in the winter/spring of their eighth grade year.