While much news has been made of Detroit Public Schools shuttering schools across the district, new partnerships with entities like Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center will give students specialized training and attention at two new public high schools in the 2011-2012 academic year.
Incoming freshmen at the Benjamin Carson School of Science and Medicine will embark on a curriculum heavily focused on math and sciences to prepare for careers in the health care industry. And their learning isn't limited to the classroom -- students will access the Barbara
Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, the Kresge Eye Institute, the DMC and Wayne State for real world education.
Another school, Detroit Collegiate Prep, targets keeping at-risk students on track for college through 8:1 student-to-teacher ratios and block scheduling.
"We know that there is a huge parent demand for high-performing
schools," said Jennifer Mrozowski, spokeswoman for DPS. "These two new
schools are part of our commitment to create a portfolio of successful
school options that attract parents. The schools are funded by the state and Michigan Future Inc., through
its Michigan Future Schools program, as part of a $2.8 million plan to
open four new high schools in the city.
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