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.