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Creativity. College Career. It all starts here.

Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School (HFA: Elementary School) is designed to develop students who perform well in traditional academic settings and possess a rare and extremely valuable capacity – the ability to work together in creative ways to solve real-life human problems. Our students will read, write and do math at grade level or above and will have a strong foundation in art and creativity and the thinking skills that will fuel success in the rest of their education and life beyond school.

Students at HFA: Elementary School study everything required by the State of Michigan as outlined in the Michigan Curriculum Framework. In addition, they learn the processes and ways of approaching problems of “design thinkers.” This means that they have many experiences exploring real-life problems and learning a specific way to understand and solve those problems. This allows students to apply the skills and information they are learning in their other studies in an interesting and real way.

The school day begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Small class sizes are important to student learning. In grades K-1, the targeted class size is 16:1. In grades 2-5, the targeted average class size is 21:1. 

All of our students receive instruction daily in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, led by a highly qualified teacher who is certified in the State of Michigan.

Students participate in visual arts, physical education, music, health and technology programs. Morning Meeting and recess are other important daily experiences. Latchkey is available before and after school through the Farmington Hills YMCA's School Age Child Care program. 

View the Curriculum Plans on file with our authorizer and school board: