Course Descriptions


Art Exploration

Core 10     

This one trimester course introduces students to the world of artistic expression and design through a variety of exploratory projects and the introduction of basic art concepts and techniques: linear line drawing, perspective, beginning design and painting skills.  Since the emphasis is on appreciation and skill development, students without natural artistic talent at the start can still earn an A in the course through their personal growth and effort.  This course serves as the prerequisite for other electives in Art. 

Auto Design 1

Elective 10, 11, 12     

This one trimester art course will focus on the basic design principles of automotive design. Students enrolling in this class should have some sort of interest in cars and or design. This is a drawing intensive course; students are responsible for completing anywhere from 3 to 10 drawings per class period. Successful completion of any art class and an interest in cars and or design will help you to do well in this class.

Auto Design 2

Elective 10, 11, 12     

This one trimester course will focus on the advanced techniques of automotive design. This is a drawing intensive course and not for the weak at effort. This class will draw autos from numerous angles, as well as render them in full color with numerous media. Students who plan on enrolling in this class should also have a strong interest in automobiles and design. Some purchase of artistic supplies will be expected.  Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Art Exploration and Auto Design I; Drawing I is also recommended.

Cartoon and Caricature Illustration

Elective 10, 11, 12

With the increase in American attention to and appreciation of cartoon and caricature illustration, this one trimester drawing and design course is of high interest to many students.  Students are involved with 3 units; Caricature Illustration, Cartooning, and Comic Book Creation. Students will be expected to produce a range of sketches and final drafts in a wide variety of genre for their individual portfolios.  Students should have an interest in art and should be experienced in drawing.

Drawing I

Elective 10, 11, 12

This drawing class, serving as a mandatory pre-requisite for most other art Electives, will challenge all art students no matter their talent or level of experience. It addresses a wide range of drawing techniques, media and subject matter. Students will be expected to use still-life arrangements, photographs and their imagination. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Art Exploration.

Illustration, Commercial Art, Design

Elective 10, 11, 12     

This one trimester course will challenge art students to create a wide range of design type art. From personal logos and fonts to story-boards and design layouts, art students will be thrust into the world of a free-lance artist. Students who sign up for this class should be interested in art as a possible career choice. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Art Exploration and Drawing I.

Independent Study

Elective 11,12     

This one trimester course will challenge art students to create a wide range of art work. From personal logos and fonts to story-boards and design layouts, art students will be thrust into the world of a free-lance artist. Students who sign up for this class should be interested in art as a possible career choice.


Elective 10, 11, 12

This one trimester course will focus on painting. Students will paint using still-life arrangements, photographs and examples of masters from art history.  Students will work with oil pastels, water color, tempera and acrylic paints and should expect to spend significant time refining their initial sketches as well as perfecting their techniques with each medium. Students should have some drawing experience and an interest in art before they enroll in this class. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Drawing I and Art Exploration.


Elective 10, 11, 12

This 3-dimensional art course will focus on designing, forming and building artistic sculpture. Primarily non-traditional 3-dimensional media will be used and explored. Students should have some drawing skills and a creative knack for building things. Foam Core sculptures, print making and modeling paste forms are just a few of the projects that will be assigned. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Art Exploration.


English Language Arts

9th Grade English Language Arts

Core 9

9th Grade English Language Arts introduces freshmen to the foundations of Language Arts: sharpening reading comprehension skills, analyzing complex texts, developing vocabulary and language skills, and broadening writing skills in various modes.  Students study high interest novels and stories, as well as classics like Romeo and Juliet and To Kill a Mockingbird. 

Advanced Placement English

ACE Core 12       

Advanced Placement English is a college-level class that is designed to meet the standards and expectations of an entry level English course at a major college or university.  The students study various writers and their works through novels, short stories and poetry.  Additionally, students prepare a wide variety of essays in response to literature.  The course additionally focuses on preparation for the AP test, which is taken in the spring and, if passed, allows students to earn actual college credits.

American Literature

Core 10    

Students will explore the unique and complex American identity and its expression in American life via a wide range of formal and informal methods: texts, including novels, short stories, speeches, poetry, and personal narratives.  Students will have the opportunity to tailor the course content and level of challenge through the selection of several novels for literature circle reading groups and discussion.  Several significant inter-disciplinary projects align this course with American History, taken concurrently.  In addition, this course will help students improve their skills in writing, presentation, and communication.


Elective 10, 11, 12

The Journalism elective allows students to write about various topics ranging from school-related issues to world news events.  Students understand best journalistic practices including getting good sources, remaining objective, and grabbing a reader's attention.  The class produces and edits these articles into weekly school newspaper editions.


Elective 10, 11, 12

This elective course will focus on many different poetic devices.  Students will learn poetic voice, allowing them to distinguish between verse and prose.  They will read poems portraying imagery, giving them the opportunity to see how poets use words to portray images in the reader’s mind.  They will write different types of poems, such as haikus, limericks and concrete poems.

QUEST/World Literature

Core 10, 11

This course teaches communication skills necessary for life in a modern global society. Using thematically related literature from around the world, students will improve these necessary skills, including reading for understanding, writing for multiple purposes, and presenting to diverse audiences.  All skills will be honed with the intention of preparing students for college and other secondary options.

Senior English

Core 11, 12

By examining a variety of modern texts, including short stories, poetry, drama, extended prose, non-fiction and novels of individual choice, students will explore “Contemporary Issues in Life and Literature.”  They will also have the chance to refine their communication and writing skills through assignments designed to prepare them for college-level performance expectations as well as draft several of the essays required on most university admissions applications. 


Elective 10, 11, 12

A study of this great master of English Literature provides students with a strong foundation in what many regard to be essential pieces in the traditional canon.  Students will read a variety of dramatic pieces, both complete plays and selected scenes, from Shakespeare’s collected works to explore timeless themes and character development.  Primarily a text-based course, they will also have the chance to experience these pieces through film, contemporary dramatic interpretation and cooperative artistic assessment projects.


Elective 10, 11     

This one trimester course is the formal study of the art and skill of public speaking.  Students in this class will learn the techniques of text selection, voice, pacing, diction, dramatization and presentation that are inherent in a quality performance.  They will test their developing skills by actively engaging in public speaking in the forms of poetic dictation, children’s storytelling, marketing products and persuasive speech.

Strategies in Math & Lang Arts

Elective 11 

Students will work to sharpen their standardized test-taking skills by analyzing and taking released versions of commonly administered tests: the MME, ACT, and SAT. They will also learn test preparation and test taking strategies that have a history of improving student's scores.

Writers Workshop

Elective 10, 11,12

Writers Workshop focuses on supporting students seeking to improve their personal writing skills through the portfolio process. Students will write a variety of pieces, selecting their own assignments based on their individual needs, and perfect them for their final class portfolios.

Foreign Language

German 1

Core 9       

Willkommen in Deutsch 1A! In this class, students will begin their functional knowledge and study of German through the use and exploration of communication, culture, content connections, comparisons and communities, as aligned with state standards. By the end of this course, students will be able to talk about themselves and their family, and about everyday topics such as the date, the time, and the weather.

German 2

Core 10     

Willkommen in Deutsch 2! In this class, students will continue their functional knowledge and study of German through the use and exploration of communication, culture, content connections, comparisons and communities, as aligned with state standards. This is where German gets fun! By the end of this course, students will be able to speak, read, write, and listen to the language at at least a Novice High level; they will be able to speak in full sentences in cultural situations, such as in the city or at a restaurant, and write in the past, present, and future.

German 3

Elective 11 

Willkommen in Deutsch 3! Make German become more meaningful as you and your team continue learning and using grammar and vocabulary while investigating fairy tales, German comic book heroes, contemporary political conflicts/resolutions and much more! This course is designed to help students learn additional grammar and vocabulary generally taught in German 3 courses, but using a number of team-led, performance-based units and projects for implementation. Successful completion of this course may enable students to test out of some university foreign language requirements.

Spanish 1

Core 9

In this class, students will learn how to speak, listen, write, read interpret Spanish, as well as become familiar with the common cultural customs of Spanish speaking countries. By the end of the class students will be able to carry on a meaningful conversation about daily activities both personal and general. Topics such as their name, personal descriptions, family members, food and drink, likes and dislikes, clothing, colors, current dates, time, weather, and activities. Students will be familiar with the culture and geography of most, if not all, twenty Spanish speaking countries around the world. After twenty-six weeks in this class you will have fulfilled the first year of the two-year foreign language requirement.

Spanish 2

Core 10

This course will build upon the topics learned in Spanish 1.  There will be an emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.  Learning will be done via group dialogs, team projects, skit performances, songs and demonstrations.  Other topics that will be implemented in addition to enhancing of past topics are generational issues, personal wellness and social activities.  At the completion of this course the student will have fulfilled the two year foreign language requirement.                                    

Spanish 3

Elective 11, 12

Spanish 3 will enhance a student’s ability to fully communicate in another language.  This course is designed to help students bridge the gap from beginner to enhanced speaker.  Grammar and vocabulary will be built upon via more performance-based units, and project implementation and completion.  With a successful outcome of this course, students may be able to test out of some university foreign language requirements.  Entrance into this class is based on performance in Spanish 1 and 2.  Travel and study abroad opportunities are available for students at this level.

Spanish 4

Elective 11, 12

Spanish IV is a wonderful opportunity to enhance your ability to fully communicate in another language. You have successfully completed your required courses in this area, and now can elect to become proficient. This course is designed to help students bridge the gap from beginner learners to enhanced speakers. Grammar and vocabulary will be built upon via more performance-based units, and project implementation and completion. With successful outcome of this course, you may be able to test out of some university foreign language requirements.                      

Spanish Culture

Elective 10,11,12

This course is a project based course that introduces students to the world of Hispanic painters, their lives, and influences their art has made on all cultures.  Four main painters will be covered including Diego Rivers, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso.  Each unit will incorporate direct instruction, group projects, individual art expression, and artist reproductions.  This class will enhance the understanding of the Spanish language, its culture, people, and customs.


Accelerated Topics in Geometry

ACE Core 9

This course is intended for 9th grade advanced students seeking a more aggressive educational path in mathematics. Students explore the topics of coordinate geometry, quadrilaterals, logic and proofs, quadratic functions, right triangle trigonometry, 2-dimensional area and volume, and circles.  Completion of this course with an overall grade of 80% or better allows the student to advance to Algebra 2.

Algebra 1

Core 9       

Students will study algebraic concepts through an investigation of data representation, algebraic equations, linear equations, direct variation, reasoning and measurement, and ratios and probability.  They will have the opportunity to apply their developing knowledge and skills to several small and extended math-related projects.

Algebra 2

Core 11     

Topics of study include advanced linear equations, quadratic equations, rational and irrational numbers, and exponential functions.  The unit on Trigonometry includes a review of right triangle ratios and an introduction to the Laws of Sine and Co-sine.  Students will spend a considerable amount of time applying their math knowledge to real-life situations. 


Core 10

Geometry will allow students to learn and discuss shapes in the world around them. They will explore the topics of constructions, transformations, rigid motions, congruence, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, circles, and 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional space.  Throughout the class, there are opportunities to apply their knowledge to a variety of activities, innovations and projects. 

Math in Daily Life


Math in Daily Life is a class that covers the types of math used everyday: Banking, Credit, Buying and Using a car, Buying a home, Income Taxes and Budgeting. Students will learn how to calculate loan payments, fill out income tax forms, compare banks and credit cards, and budget their income. The objective of this course is to prepare students for life after graduation.


Elective 11, 12

 Pre-calculus is designed for students preparing to take college-level Calculus. The primary objectives are to: help students understand the fundamental concepts of algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry; foreshadow important ideas of calculus; and show how algebra and trigonometry can be used to model real-life problems. Twelve basic functions are emphasized throughout the course as a major theme and focus: identity, quadratic, cubic, reciprocals, square root, exponential, natural logarithm, sine, cosine, absolute value, greatest integer and logistic functions. There are ten units: functions and graphs; polynomial, rational and power functions; exponential, logistic, and logarithmic functions; trigonometric functions; analytic geometry; vectors, parametric equations, and polar equations; systems and matrices; analytic geometry in two and three dimensions; discrete mathematics; limits, derivatives, and integrals.

Probability & Statistics

Elective 10,11,12   

This one trimester course is designed to provide students with basic probability and statistics knowledge. Topics to be covered include:  Organizing Data, Measure of Central Tendency, Measures of Position, Quartiles and Box Plots, and Probability Basics. 

Senior Algebra

Core 11,12

Senior Algebra is designed for students preparing for college algebra. Symbolic manipulation skills (simplifying expressions, solving equations, graphing, etc) are refined and extended. Real-world applications are integrated into the course. Topics studied include: systems of linear equations and inequalities; quadratic functions; polynomial and rational functions; inverse, exponential, and logarithmic functions; trigonometry; and series and sequences.

Strategies in Math & Lang Arts

Elective 11 

Students will work to sharpen their standardized test-taking skills by analyzing and taking released versions of commonly administered tests: the MME, ACT, and SAT. They will also learn test preparation and test taking strategies that have a history of improving students’ scores.



Elective 9-12      

Students participating in the HFA Choir are given an opportunity  to express themselves through vocal music and performance.

Creating Music with Reasons

Elective 10,11,12   

This course will cover the 7 elements of music (Rhythm, Harmony, Pitch, Dynamics, Melody) by using the software program called “Reason” to create musical compositions (songs) which will include, melody and rhythm (drum) tracks using different textures, instruments, sounds, file editing, copying, pasting, and sound shaping.

Music, Media, and News

Elective 10, 11, 12

Students will explore the effects music has on different media outlets and news reports by creating and maintaining weekly student announcements that are broadcast to the student body.

Musical Performance

Elective  9, 10, 11, 12

This course is an introduction into the techniques of singing and acting. Each day a different technique or aspect is introduced, including warming up, improvisation, character development, environment, staging and so forth. Students will audition for a small theater production, ultimately serving in either the cast or production staff. Following several weeks of intense rehearsal, the show is presented to the larger HFA community.  Each theater presentation supports the extra-curricular drama program as a fundraising event. 

Physical Education


Elective 11, 12

The Fitness Course is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and necessary attitudes for a lifetime of personal fitness. This class promotes team and individual sports as well as cardio endurance.


Core 9       

The Health Education Course is designed to enhance the awareness and knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices. The topics covered include: alcohol, tobacco, and drug use, managing conflict and preventing violence, nutrition and sexual education while advocating for the students to make healthy choices for their overall health.

Physical Education

Core 9

The Physical Education Course is an essential part of the total education of every student. In this class, students will obtain the knowledge and skills needed to lead an active life. It will include physical fitness, various team sports and individual sports



Core 10

Students explore the nature and formation of cells, evolution, ecology, biodiversity, and recycling. This course addresses microscopic as well as larger life forms and their interactions with each other and the environments in which they live.


ACE Core 9

This course is intended for 9th grade advanced students seeking a more aggressive educational path in science. Students explore the nature and formation of cells, evolution, ecology, biodiversity, and recycling. This course addresses microscopic as well as larger life forms, and their interactions with each other and the environments in which they live. Completion of this course with an overall grade of 80% or better allows the student to advance to Chemistry.


Core 11

This two trimester course is designed to prepare students for introductory college chemistry by fostering critical thinking skills, developing basic chemistry knowledge, and encouraging awareness of the effect of chemistry on the world around us.   Inquiry, experimentation, analysis, writing, and collaborative participation are the methods that will be used. This course will culminate with the Soap Making Project utilizing acid-base chemistry, non/non-polar solutions, and stoichiometry calculations.  Use of the textbook will be taught, encouraged and emphasized to further prepare students for future college science courses.

Conceptual Physics

Core 12

Conceptual Physics provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter and the universe. Students will also develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, which will be practiced during laboratory activities. Upon completion, students will be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied.

Ecology of the Oxbow

Elective 10, 11, 12     

Ecology of the Oxbow is a hands-on course focusing on understanding the relationship between organisms and their environment, the protection and management of that environment, as well as its use as a resource. Projects include constructing and maintaining a model ecosystem, examining the effects of pollution on the environment, building a model water treatment plant, and participating in the Rouge River clean up. Data collection, analysis and interpretation are used to monitor the health of the river. Student performance is based on homework, writing assignments, laboratory and group activities. The Oxbow, located on The Henry Ford grounds, is used for monitoring as well as our outdoor classroom.

Forensic Science

Elective 10, 11, 12

Delve into the inner workings of Forensic Science to explore Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Entomology, fingerprinting, DNA analysis and more. Learn scientific methods used in forensic labs to equip yourself to solve the final puzzle!  Students will expand their knowledge and skills through a variety of mysteries that draw upon their prior and developing skills as a scientist. 

Honors Biology

Elective 11,12     

Advanced Topics in Biology is designed for students who want to explore current biology topics in greater depth.  Although the topics may vary to incorporate recent advances in biology, the course currently begins with an exploration of the characteristics of life, followed by a review of genetic crosses involving one as well as two traits.  The chi square test will be used to determine how well the observed results of those genetic crosses match the predicted results.  Students will isolate DNA from wheat and investigate the processes of DNA sequencing and gene regulation.  They will then use the information learned to create a hypothetical genetically modified organism where characteristics from one are introduced into an unrelated organism. Finally, the national database of protein sequences and their programs will be accessed to compare the relatedness of various organisms at the molecular level.

Human Body Systems

Elective 10, 11, 12

Students are introduced to select body systems, how they function, and how disease affects these systems. Students will work in cooperative groups as well as individually on various models and projects to illustrate how the organs function in different circumstances. Hands-on dissection of a fetal pig brings to “life” the various body systems and how they interact. 

Physical Science

Core 9

Freshman students are introduced to the fundamentals of physical science and basic chemistry.  The topics include but are not limited to: Scientific Method, Measurement, Force and Motion, Matter, and Chemical Composition.  Students will explore these topics with real-world centered projects integrating scientific concepts principles, community and environmental resources, and technology to highlight each theme.


Core 11, 12

This course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving ability through the application of algebra and trigonometry.  The major topics covered are mechanics, energy, electricity and magnetism, wave properties, and modern physics.  Considerable effort is made to relate physics theory with real-world and laboratory experiences.

World & Beyond

Elective 10, 11

This course consists of Earth Science and Astronomy. The Astronomy portion explores the outer reaches of our solar system, the galaxy, and the universe. Students learn how scientists determined that our universe is expanding and use mathematical equations to determine distances to distant objects such as stars. They also build a solar viewer to measure the size of the sun, investigate the planets making up our solar system, and learn why we see the moon in different phases.



Senior Mastery Program

Junior Workshop

Core 11    

Junior Workshop is the first phase of the Senior Mastery Program. In this technology rich course, students examine their personal strengths and learning/work styles, explore various career and educational pathways, develop a set of job search documents and related skills, and begin to prepare for their Senior Practicum in a career area of interest. This intensive course culminates in students completing an extensive personal portfolio which includes a 20-page autobiography, several personal reflection papers, a formal resume, career and college research, and plans for the Practicum placement.  This collection serves as a record of this critical starting point in HFA’s Senior Mastery Program.

Senior Practicum

Core 11,12

The Senior Practicum Experience, part two of the Senior Mastery Program, is a supervised work-based learning experience in which students are placed with an Adult Partner in a local working environment. With the guidance of the Adult Partner and the Senior Practicum Director, students engage in meaningful learning and work activities, research a specific question about issues that are intriguing and challenging, as well as gain valuable experience in a career of their interest. Students must complete 75 hours of fieldwork to fulfill the Senior Practicum requirements. 

Senior Workshop

Core 11,12

Senior Workshop is the final phase of the three-part Senior Mastery Program in which students finalize their research process to answer a focus question related to their area on career interest, write an extensive reflective paper and prepare for their Senior Defense.  Each student must give a formal 30-minute presentation to a diverse evaluation committee in which they share a detailed description of their Practicum experience and future plans, explain their research process, discuss their conclusions, and respond to critical questions from the audience.  Successful completion of the Defense is mandatory for graduation from HFA. 

Social Studies

American Pop Culture

Elective 10, 11, 12

Nearly 20 years into the 21st century, many of the ideas of the 20th century - the things that your parents and grandparents grew up with - are a thing of the past. In this class we will investigate the history in each decade of the 2th century, and we will analyze how that history relates to that era’s popular culture. Be prepared to swing dance, watch old movies, reenact events, be in a variety show, play emulators, and debate! American Studies.

American Studies

ACE Core - 12     

This course investigates past and present trends in racial, ethnic, gender, class, and religious diversity in the United States.  All course work will place the subject matter of the course in a historical context, with much of the material focusing on intergroup relations after the World War II period. Students will discuss issues of dominance and subordination and look at forms of prejudice and discrimination. Students will examine the success of subordinate groups struggling to gain status in the face of opposition from topics, including gender roles, immigration, legislation, crime and deviance, education and class, reproduction, and other issues. 


Core 9

Civics is an introductory class devoted to the study of the Foundation of American Democratic Ideals. The course uses English, mathematics, and other social sciences to apply Core democratic concepts to real life situations. Throughout the course, students will explore the need and relevance for laws and government in our lives.

Cultural History

Elective 10-12  

While normal history classes look at the leaders and dates, Cultural History looks at the ordinary people who make up that society.  This 12 week elective course will introduce students to historical societies while playing the games they played, eating the food they ate, wearing what they wore, and generally living how they lived.

Current Events

Elective 11, 12        

This course will examine current events in the United States and around the world from a sociological and economic stance. We will also explore the news media and the ways in which it communicates information about these events to people. We will use and analyze periodicals, television, the Internet, political cartoons and film. We will also study elements of geography to gain a stronger sense of where these events are occurring and how they impact their region and the world.


Core 9       

Economics is an introductory class devoted to the study of the American Free Enterprise System. The course uses English, mathematics, and other social sciences to apply economic concepts to real-life situations. Throughout the semester, we will explore the need and relevance for economic principals in our lives.

Economics 2

Elective 10, 11, 12

Economics 2 is a course designed to provide students with hands on experience that will enhance the understanding of American History and the innovations that have lead the United States into the Twenty-First century. Working with curators and historical interpreters from The Henry Ford, students will actively experience many of the daily responsibilities and leisure time activities of people living in the United States from the 1700's to 1950, using innovations that were pertinent to their individual lives and representative of American culture.

Food and Agriculture at Firestone Farm


This hands-on course will explore the development of food and agriculture from the 1890’s at Greenfield Village’s Firestone Farm to modern issues in how we eat, what we eat, and where our food comes from.  The course takes place largely in Greenfield Village where students, in cooperation with presenters, curators, and agricultural experts, will raise and sheer sheep, grow a garden, process wool, shuck corn, and join a real 4H club.  The class focuses on US History and research-based writing.  

Global Economics


Global Economics is a class devoted to the study of economic systems around the world and how they interact in the world market place. Students will be exposed to real-life interactions in the global marketplace, current events, microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts, geography, personal finance and globalization. 

Honors US History

Core ACE 11

Honors U.S. History fulfills the required U.S. requirement for Junior students in the ACE program.  It evaluates primary and secondary sources while also exploring the grounds of the Henry Ford within the context of American History.  By the conclusion of the course, students will be able to evaluate the validity of primary sources within its context, determine potential bias and reasoning for decisions made in the past, and how issues in history have influenced future decisions.

Hollywood History

Elective 10,11,12

Hollywood History is a 12-week elective course that takes the subject of history and analyzes it through its most popular method; the motion picture.  Students will learn the historical background of a subject and then watch a film depicting it.  Afterwards, students analyze the accuracies and inaccuracies to determine what mistakes were made and if those mistakes were detrimental to the learning of the subject matter.

Michigan History

Elective 10, 11, 12     

Michigan History is a 12-week elective course that investigates our state's role in major world and American events. Through a chronological approach, students will look at our state from the time of its foundation, through its earliest inhabitants, reactions with European explorers, and into statehood. Outside investigation of our state around us as well as internal investigations with the resources of the Henry Ford adds context and clarity to a history that feels very local.

Modern American History

Elective 10, 11, 12

Modern U.S. History: 1890 to the present is a survey course that explores the critical events, issues and personalities that have impacted our development as a nation from the Gilded Age to the contemporary era.  Using a variety of primary and secondary sources, many from the collection of the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, students interpret, critically analyze and explore the country's past to better understand the present.  Several significant inter-disciplinary projects align this course with American Literature, taken concurrently.

Practical Law

Core 10,11,12

Practical Law is a class devoted to the study of the United States Constitution, state, federal law and application of law.  The course uses English, technology, and other social sciences to apply legal concepts to real-life situations. In this course, students will broaden their understanding of case law, procedures and application of the law and become more confident in public speaking and problem solving.

U. S. History

Core 10

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the historical developments in the late nineteenth century and the Twentieth-Century United States. Students will review important American events and ideas prior to 1877, but will primarily focus on Modern American History.  The period following Reconstruction until the late twentieth century have a direct bearing on the generations that lived at the times in which they occurred but also our present. Students will use primary and secondary sources, the Henry Ford Museum, and Greenfield Village as a guide to modern thoughts and understanding of American History.                                    

Village History


Village History is an institute-intensive course intended for Sophomore students in the ACE program.  Students will explore the Henry Ford through the usage of historic buildings, costumed presenters, curators, conservators, and other experts in the field to connect points in history.  By the conclusion of the course, students will be able to recall major points of the Henry Ford, present portions of the institute from all sides, and develop a deeper appreciation and understanding for how unique and special this venue truly is.

World History & Geography

Core 11

World History explains the formations of major civilizations and how they evolved based on numerous factors including geography, climate, and leadership.  The course includes research projects regarding mythology and World War II.  Through primary and secondary sources, students will look at historical events and discover how societies react to one another and how their successes and failures lead to new issues in the world, some still being felt today. 


Graphic Design

Elective 10,11,12

This course is designed to introduce students to Graphic Design. Students will learn basic photography skills, basic design skills, and professional graphics programs including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. 

Introduction to Computer Science 

Elective 10, 11, 12

TEALS Introduction to Computer Science is an engaging course that explores basic computational thinking and programming concepts through project based learning.  Intro to CS-1 uses SNAP!, a visual block-based programming language, to introduce students to coding for the first time. Every Unit of the course culminates in a comprehensive project and roughly 75% of student time will be spent building projects and practicing programming skills. Intro to CS-2 uses and industry standard text-based programming language called Python. Additionally, trained volunteers from the technology industry will join in teaching the class.


Elective 9

Steam 9 is a course that blends Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  It asks students to learn to problem solve like a scientist or engineer.  Students learn basic science concepts such as simple machines, acceleration and mass, and aerodynamics and conductivity.  Students use The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village to see real world and hands-on examples of STEAM concepts.  Students also utilize Innovation Nation videos, LEGO engineering concepts, soldering, pinewood cars, and computer basic skills and coding. 

STEAM Applications 

This course is designed for students to thoughtfully engage in the interdisciplinary nature of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). Students will study, research, and engage with STEAM careers, HTML/CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator, Cryptography and Cyber-security, Artificial Intelligence, and Computational Thinking.

Web Design

Core 11, 12

Web Design is a student-centered, skill-based course with real-world application. Students will learn the necessary coding, and design skills needed to produce a professional web page. Through a variety of small and extended projects students will develop skills in using HTML and CSS.     


Academic Coaching

Core 9, 10, 11, 12

This course meets twice per week and focuses on effective note-taking, organizational, time management and study skills.

Dual Enrollment

College courses taken concurrently with a least one high school course.

Foundations of Innovation

Core 9

Foundations of Innovation introduces students to the design process.  This process is applied in many contexts and used especially during design challenges that are post-hold throughout the curriculum.  Design-based thinking is woven into each area of academic instruction (math, science, social studies and English language arts), as well as in interdisciplinary units and project experiences.                                    

High School Readiness / High School Success

Elective 9, 10

High School Readiness focuses on individual and small-group instruction to help students develop their skills in math, reading, and writing.  Students receive an individualized learning plan tailored to their needs.  These needs are addressed using a combination of traditional approaches and technology.                                      

Resource Room

Elective 9,10,11,12    

Resource Room is an elective course with an emphasis on learning strategies and one-on-one assistance for students that struggle with organization, comprehension, completing and submitting assignments.  Students will learn how to effectively utilize their planners, study for academic achievement, complete and submit assignments.  They will also be given weekly updates on how they are doing in each class.  At the end of each trimester students will reflect and analyze what strategies worked for them, what they could have done more effectively and if those mistakes were detrimental to their academic success.


Not all courses are offered in all trimesters.