Michigan Future Schools

The goal of the founding funders and Michigan Future, Inc. is to create new high schools at scale in Detroit and its inner ring suburbs to substantially increase the number of low income and/or minority students attending high quality schools.
MFI starts with grants from four local foundations of more than thirteen million dollars that will allow it to help launch seven new high schools over the next three years. MFI and its funders are committed to raising the funds to reach its goal of thirty five high schools in next eight years. Schools will be chosen through an annual competition.
The initiative – Michigan Future Schools – is designed to work with traditional public school districts, charter schools and private schools. Its focus is on quality, not governance or location. It will only work with new schools. And only with schools it believes have a high likelihood of meeting its student achievement expectations.
MFI expects that all students enrolled in the high schools it supports will succeed in college. It has committed to its funders that at least 85% of each school’s students will graduate from high school, of those graduates at least 85% will enroll in college and of those who enroll at least 85% will earn a college degree.
MFI does not believe that there is one right model of teaching and learning to get to those goals. It is willing to work with schools with a variety of approaches to teaching and learning. But it believes there are some core characteristics of schools that are most likely to achieve college success. These include:
1. A school culture committed to all students enrolling and succeeding in college and being career ready
2. Smaller numbers of students
3. Project based learning
4. Teaching and learning built on academic rigor, relevance and relationships
5. Responsive to the broad needs of each student: focused on the whole child, rather than exclusively on teaching content
6. Partnerships with higher education and/or employers ideally involving teaching and learning on college campuses and places of employment as well as in school
7. Working to engage families in their children’s teaching and learning
8. Continuous improvement. Driven by a commitment to all students succeeding in college, constantly adjusting teaching and learning to improve student achievement.
In addition to the above characteristics MFS funded schools need:
• to be open to students from the city Detroit
• to help students succeed in college, staff to include college transition and college success counselors
• if applicable, union agreements that allow for open hiring, no bumping into the school, and work rule flexibility that allows for innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
• to participate in the small high school learning network co-convened by MFI and the Skillman Foundation.
• to agree to accelerator’s accountability standards
• to make available to the accelerator all student data that can legally be made available
• to agree to branding as an accelerator school

Please Click Here To Go To Michigan Future Schools Site

The goal of the founding funders and Michigan Future, Inc. is to create new high schools at scale in Detroit and its inner ring suburbs to substantially increase the number of low income and/or minority students attending high quality schools.

MFI starts with grants from four local foundations of more than thirteen million dollars that will allow it to help launch seven new high schools over the next three years. MFI and its funders are committed to raising the funds to reach its goal of thirty five high schools in next eight years. Schools will be chosen through an annual competition.

The initiative – Michigan Future Schools – is designed to work with traditional public school districts, charter schools and private schools. Its focus is on quality, not governance or location. It will only work with new schools. And only with schools it believes have a high likelihood of meeting its student achievement expectations.

MFI expects that all students enrolled in the high schools it supports will succeed in college. It has committed to its funders that at least 85% of each school’s students will graduate from high school, of those graduates at least 85% will enroll in college and of those who enroll at least 85% will earn a college degree.

MFI does not believe that there is one right model of teaching and learning to get to those goals. It is willing to work with schools with a variety of approaches to teaching and learning. But it believes there are some core characteristics of schools that are most likely to achieve college success. These include:

1. A school culture committed to all students enrolling and succeeding in college and being career ready

2. Smaller numbers of students

3. Project based learning

4. Teaching and learning built on academic rigor, relevance and relationships

5. Responsive to the broad needs of each student: focused on the whole child, rather than exclusively on teaching content

6. Partnerships with higher education and/or employers ideally involving teaching and learning on college campuses and places of employment as well as in school

7. Working to engage families in their children’s teaching and learning

8. Continuous improvement. Driven by a commitment to all students succeeding in college, constantly adjusting teaching and learning to improve student achievement.

In addition to the above characteristics MFS funded schools need:

• to be open to students from the city Detroit

• to help students succeed in college, staff to include college transition and college success counselors

• if applicable, union agreements that allow for open hiring, no bumping into the school, and work rule flexibility that allows for innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

• to participate in the small high school learning network co-convened by MFI and the Skillman Foundation.

• to agree to accelerator’s accountability standards

• to make available to the accelerator all student data that can legally be made available

• to agree to branding as an accelerator school

Please Click Here To Go To Michigan Future Schools Site