Model Center is a community of learners, providing Bloomfield Hills High School students the opportunity to take college prep classes with a twist. Developed in 1990, Model Center is one of the rich opportunities Bloomfield Hills Schools provides to help students form strong relationships and think creatively in a personalized, empowering environment.
Students in grades 10-12 can select two, four or six classes at Model each semester, with the credits being applied to their Bloomfield Hills High School graduation requirements. Model is fully supported by the Board of Education and has received recognition from outside sources such as CNN.
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Model's curriculum incorporates the following beliefs, creating a learning environment unlike any other in Bloomfield Hills Schools.
Education research suggests that to graduate autonomous, life-long learners, schools need to be smaller, with more parent involvement and more personalized curricula. Learning theory supports the value of hands-on experiences. Developmental psychology reminds us that children thrive when surrounded by nurturing adults.
Each student's learning plan grows out of his or her unique needs, interests and passions. Rather than the traditional "top-down" educational approach, where students learn material in the order and manner in which it's laid out in a textbook, Model students work with faculty to build a personalized curriculum around their unique needs and interests. They take theory and abstract knowledge and apply them practically.
This approach creates a school culture where students take pride in their work and internalize elevated standards.
Model developed the following six Core Competencies that are the basis for our curriculum. We have identified skills in each of these areas which we hope to cultivate in our students. By creating an active learning environment which involves students in research, discussion, involvement in the community, production of knowledge and presentation, we engage students in using these competencies everyday...whether they are fully conscious of it or not. Students of this generation will continuously be put in the position of having to learn new things. These skills should give them the power to whatever they need to know, whenever they need to learn it.
- Inquiry & Investigation
- Problem Solving & Decision Making
- Creativity & Aesthetic Awareness
- Communication & Human Interaction
- Self Awareness
- Ethics and Social Responsibility
Model has developed the following six Core Values that determine how we operate together as a staff, and with students. These are the filter through which we make decisions, and the values that we want our students to operate from. Students who choose to enter Model need to buy into these values on some level; the program breaks down if we lose sight of any of them.
- Meaningful Work
- Intellectual Engagement
- Quality Relationships
- Building Community
- Fostering Creativity
Model's goal is to enhance the curriculum taught at Bloomfield Hills high schools though unique course offerings like:
- Multi-Modal Composition
- Botany and Genetics
- Detroit Studios
- Literature of Social Connections
- Multicultural American Literature
- Film and Composition
- Studio Intensive Imaging
These courses allow deep learning to take place, giving students alternatives to standard high school courses yet still fulfilling important academic requirements. At Model, students feel safe, free to explore new ideas and discover the world. With an average student to teacher ratio of only 18:1, our instructors let students take the lead, shaping the curriculum to fit their needs, interests and abilities.
Deep engagement takes place when students are empowered to construct their education and a natural sense of responsibility and accountability usually leads to extraordinary success.
Model courses are described in the High School Course Description Book.
Classroom methodology centers on dialogue, themes, individual and group research, conferencing, presentation, peer response, community involvement, online referencing and active engagement with content. Students demonstrate their learning not by test scores, but by assessment of course logs, journals, writing and oral presentations. Because we focus on active demonstrations of knowledge, there is no grading by bell curve.
From Harvard to the Sorbonne University in Paris, Model graduates enjoy tremendous success at their university of choice. While transcripts and SAT/ACT scores are virtually identical to those students who attended Bloomfield Hills High School full-time, Model students enter the college admission process with clear advantages. Our emphasis on strong written, visual and oral communication skills assists in the college essay portfolio and interview process. A smaller school allows for more personalized recommendations for students' college applications. And participation in our distinct learning environment is of interest to many college admissions personnel.
Model provides an interdisciplinary, part-time program option for students from Bloomfield Hills High School. Students take Model courses in two, four or six course time blocks. They may weave their courses together by designing research projects that examine problems through the lens of the different disciplines, overarching questions, or themes.
Model is not an alternative school. It is a completely restructured program with a structure that is more akin to a contemporary workplace. Model acts as a lab school for the District. The faculty commits to keeping abreast of the latest research on the brain, on learning theory, in futuring, and in specific disciplines. Faculty base their curriculum on this research.
Model stresses passion for learning and active involvement in the process. This is a place for students who are clear about what they value and want to surpass the limits imposed by textbooks. This is a place where they can write four novels in two years, compose a symphony to the spotted owl, write a film script and produce the film, learn a computer language and write software, or pose a scientific question and design the labs to answer it. If a student is searching for meaning, we support the search.
Model grades are based on an individual student's growth during a semester, not on a bell curve. Because all instruction at Model is individualized, recommendations from Model teachers or conversations with them are the best way to determine the academic strengths of a given student. Model students should also be able to present you with a portfolio of writing and research in an admissions interview.
Because of the energetic learning environment that values participation in building community, Model alumni tend to be enthusiastic contributors to campus life at college. They are likely to bring creativity and their ability to solve problems into their relationship with your school.