Vista Meadows Academy, a high school in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, teaches around 200 ninth to twelfth grade students. The staff at Vista Meadows strives to ensure every student leaving their doors is college ready, prepared to enter the real world with the right skills, and be a productive member of society. To achieve this, the school aims to have small class sizes to allow a more one-on-one interaction with educators so they can meet each student's specific needs. Additionally, the school offers a large, beautiful campus for students to enjoy, great out-of-the-classroom events, free credit recoveries to make sure students are graduating on time, and college readiness assessments.
Vista Meadows Academy in Dearborn Heights
In their student handbook, Vista Meadows lays out a four-year plan to prepare their students for college. Their freshman year is a planning stage with students picking seven different schools they have an interest in attending and then planning their courses to match the prerequisites for attending. Sophomore year is intended to narrow down those schools to five but also pick five different potential career choices. In their junior year, students are advised to dwindle their school choices down to three and tour those schools to see how they feel about them, while also narrowing career interests to two. In their senior, the student picks the college they wish to attend.
This college-preparedness plan sets Vista Meadows students up for success for the future. Beginning to think about college during their freshman year allows students to get honed into a college mindset early on in high school and develop ambitions towards attending their dream school. Having such ambitions and foresight will be the fuel for their success in high school, college, and beyond!
Additionally, Vista Meadows recognizes students' desires to get out of the classroom sometimes to see the world, and there are many events which give students a great education in a non-traditional classroom setting. One of the most recent experiences included attending the Broadway play, Hamilton.
Vista Meadows students enjoying Hamilton
is about the Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and details his life through raps and songs, in ways a traditional classroom setting simply cannot. In April, a few Vista Meadows students were able to see the play as a part of the Hamilton Education Program, and after watching the performance made their own raps, songs, poems, and other creative methods to share their knowledge on the time period.
Great times at Comerica Park!
A few Vista Meadows students also had the opportunity to attend a Detroit Tigers' baseball game. The students, who are apart of Dr. Harrison's Math Group, hit all their NWEA Winter targets and helped turn around the Tigers' luck by cheering them on to a win over the Chicago White Sox.
A few of Dr. Harrison's students enjoying the Tigers' baseball game in April
Keep up the great work, Vista Meadows!
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