Academy Coordinator

Ms. E. McBrien
(248) 746-8638
erin.mcbrien@southfieldk12.org

The Southfield Public Schools Academies are based on professional career themes. Each Academy offers enrichment opportunities while operating as a school-within-a-school. Students participating in an Academy will be enrolled in rigorous academic and career-focused curriculum meeting both requirements for entrance in a four year college and/or industry. Students accepted into an Academy are required to successfully complete Academy specific courses and related Task Benchmarks in order to graduate with a designed Academy Major.

Each Academy has an Advisory Board that helps provide the district with information on current workforce trends that helps to decide instructional focus. This information helps us to provide our students the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. Southfield Public Schools has also developed post-secondary partnerships with colleges and universities for each Academy. These partnerships can enable students to move from one of our academies into one of our partnering post-secondary schools.

Mission

The mission of the Southfield Public Schools Academies is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that is centered on particular professional career themes that prepares them to make informed educational and career choices in a global changing world.

Goals
 

  • Utilize teaching strategies that makes learning relevant
  • Develop strong relationships among Academy Members
  • Develop strong relationships among Academy Members
  • Provide authentic learning opportunities that will engage students
  • Skills:
  • Academic Foundations
  • Communications
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology
  • Safety
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Responsibility
  • Employability and Career Development
  • Technical Skills

Students in the Global Business & Information Technology Academy receive a state-aligned curriculum focused on Accounting/Finance, Information Technology, and Management/Marketing/Human Resources. Student's involvement in various activities will foster the growth of skills such as leadership, communication, technical and teamwork needed for success in any career.

Courses

In addition to Academic Core Courses in Math, English, Social Studies and Science, academy students are required to complete courses from among the following during their 11th and 12th grade years:  

  • Management/Marketing Information Tech. Accounting/Finance
  • Business Law 1 & 2
  • Into. to Marketing 1 & 2
  • Small Business Ownership & Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International Business
  • Visual Basic Application 1 & 2
  • Applied Business Technology
  • Digital Graphics & Careers
  • Business Finance 1 & 2
  • Accounting 1 & 2
  • Co-op