Creativity. College. Career.                 It all starts here.                                        Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA: SCS), Detroit's premier art and design school middle/high school, serves students in grades 6-12. HFA: SCS is built on the idea that learning needs to be hands-on, connected to the real world, and should develop not only students' academic knowledge and skills, but also their potential as creative thinkers and innovative problem solvers. As a public school academy all enrolled students attend all enrolled students attend tuition-free.

Our focus is on engaging our middle and high school students and preparing them for the future through our college preparatory curriculum, career exploration, and real world experiences that focus on innovation and creativity. Through our partnership with the College for Creative Studies, HFA: SCS students are ensured intensive art and design preparation with access to are ensured intensive art and design preparation with access to world class instructors, resources and facilities.

HFA: SCS also provides students with:
  • Inspiring teachers and other caring role models in an environment that is nurturing, safe and secure
  • Immersion in a college-going culture
  • Small class sizes, targeted support for student success
  • Project-based learning that incorporates community resources and technology
  • Structured workplace experiences in the community, such as internships and job shadowing
  • Seamless transition between middle and high school
  • Gymnasium, sports program and state-of-the-art facilities
  • And so much more.
HFA: SCS is a Thompson Foundation 90/90 school, committed to graduating at least 90% of our students and sending at least 90% of those graduates on to college.

"At HFA: SCS, my child has been given many opportunities to hone her talents and make real things she only got to dream of three years ago."

- Brenda Cook, High School Parent

Our Address

Henry Ford Academy:
School for Creative Studies

485 W. Milwaukee
Detroit MI 48202
(313) 481-4000

Office hours:

8:00am - 3:30pm
on regular school days

8:00am - 2:30pm 
on early release days

Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year in grades 6-11!

Our K-12 district has received national recognition for our innovative learning practices. Learn more.

Class of 2017 Update

On June 6, HFA: SCS families, staff, partners and friends 
celebrated our third graduating class with joyful 
Commencement Exercises at Orchestra Hall. 
  • 100% of graduates were accepted to college or post secondary training 
  • 100% of graduates prepared and successfully presented their art portfolio 
  • 100% of graduates successfully completed their Senior Mastery Process Defense 
The Class of 2017 was offered more than $3M in scholarships. Our graduates attend a range of colleges/ universities, including the College for Creative Studies, University of Michigan  - Ann Arbor, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Wayne State University, and many others.


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Recent Announcements

  • The D Brief Interview Highlights Night of the Arts A new interview with HFA: SCS Art & Design Chair Manal Kadry explores the school's impact on young people and the community. Read the Q&A
    Posted May 25, 2018, 12:44 PM by Lisa Kreinbring
  • K-12 Night of the Arts - May 31 Don’t miss the largest K-12 visual art/design exhibition in Detroit! Open for one night only, with hundred and hundreds of pieces of student work spanning four floors ...
    Posted May 20, 2018, 11:17 AM by Lisa Kreinbring
  • School Closed - March 2 Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies will be closed on Friday, March 2, 2018 due to inclement weather conditions.
    Posted Mar 2, 2018, 2:59 AM by Lisa Kreinbring
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District Student/Family Handbook

2017-18 HFA: SCS District Student/Family Handbook

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Board of Ed. Meetings

2017-2018 PSAD Meeting Schedule 

Please note that the date, time, 
and  location of the Public School 
Academy meetings are subject to 
change from what is posted on the
schools’ website. For final date, 
time, and location of the PSAD 
Board meetings, please check 
the meeting notice that is posted,
at least 10 days prior to the 
meeting, at any of the school 

Annual Education Report