DETROIT- Hope of Detroit Academy hosted a groundbreaking celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 at 3 p.m. for its new middle and high school campus.
The ceremony took place at the site of the new construction, 4444 35th St., Detroit. Hundreds attended the event, including students, staff, board members, authorizer representative Ron Rizzo, Leona Group support staff and CEO Dr. William Coats, and representatives from Taktix Solutions.
The new state-of-the-art facility will be completed in time for the 2016-17 school year, and will feature state-of-the-art technology throughout, in support of the school's focus on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The new building will initially house grades 5-9, adding an additional grade each subsequent year to ultimately serve grades K-12. Students in grades K-4 will continue to attend classes at Hope of Detroit Academy’s existing campus located at 4443 N. Campbell.
Hope of Detroit Academy has been a Michigan Reward School for three years running, offering individualized attention with a focus on mastery of core academics, second language learning opportunities for both students and parents, computer lab, library, dress code and full-day kindergarten.
The academy is chartered by Ferris State University and managed by The Leona Group.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy released its 2015 Michigan Public Elementary and Middle School Context and Performance Report card, naming two Leona Group schools in the top 100 and in the top 10% of schools in the state of Michigan.
Cesar Chavez Academy Middle School was ranked 78th in the state of Michigan and Northridge Academy was ranked 95th of all elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan. The report card’s “CAP Score” adjusts the most recent three years of MEAP Grade 3 through 8 assessment scores based on expected performance according to a school’s free (not reduced) lunch student population. Cesar Chavez Academy Middle School has a 97.1% free lunch rate and was awarded a CAP grade of an A with a state rank percentage of 96.5%. Northridge Academy has a 97.6% free lunch rate and was awarded a CAP grade of an A at 95.8%.
Congratulations to Cesar Chavez Academy Middle School and Northridge Academy!
The Arizona Commission of African American Affairs and the Arizona African American Legislative Conference, selected Mr. Larry McGill, school leader at South Pointe High School in Phoenix, to be the recipient of the “Unsung Hero” award in the Education Pillar.
"Your tireless efforts in the field of education have been greatly appreciated by the citizens of Arizona," said Cloves C. Campbell, executive director of the Arizona Commission of African American Affairs. "We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge your commitment and inform others of your accomplishments!"
The Unsung Hero Award Reception will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural from 6pm-9pm; immediately following the reception, the Phoenix African American Town Hall will be held. The event is free.
Congratulations, Mr. McGill!