The Henry Ford Academy Model provides a framework through which to deliver a network of community partnerships that support and extend student learning. This framework ensures that learning at a Henry Ford Academy is embedded in the community, provides students with opportunities to connect their learning to the real world, and helps students form positive relationships with adults in school and in the broader community. HFLI’s Academy Design Framework includes four elements that drive the design of each Henry Ford Academy, incorporating the strengths and focus of its community partners:
This framework promotes mastery of Five Developmental Areas, which are aligned with what is often called “21st Century Skills” or “Deeper Learning” and organize the scope and sequence of knowledge and skills. These developmental areas are: 1) Academic Content, 2) Technology, 3) Communication, 4) Personal Development, and 5) Thinking & Learning.
The Five Developmental Areas are complemented by other instructional design elements that include project-based learning, the school as a learning community, a college-bound culture, and strong relationships.