Open house helps families explore
Dearborn’s high school programs
High school and middle school parents are invited to an open house at
Michael Berry Career Center to explore the District’s many special high school
programs. The open house is March 4 from
5 to 7:30 p.m.
MBCC houses or oversees several career and technical programs for
students including culinary, construction, business, criminal justice, computer
programing, medical careers, digital design, education, welding and more. Automotive technician courses are also
offered at all three high schools. Students
and families can learn more about what is offered and specifics for each
The open house, though, will also provide information on other high
school programs offered in the district.
For example, the District now offers three Henry Ford Early College
programs – one each for medical, education and manufacturing. Manufacturing covers careers ranging from
HVAC to welding to maintaining/programing manufacturing robots. All three programs are housed on the Henry
Ford College campus, with transportation provided from the student’s home high
school in Dearborn. All three allow
students to attend for five years and earn both a high school diploma and an
associate degree at no cost to the family.
The medical and education programs also accept students from outside the
district, but those students need to have their own transportation.
Similarly, the District offers the Henry Ford Collegiate Academy. However, those students attend two years at
their home high schools – Fordson, Dearborn or Edsel Ford. Then if they score well enough on their 10th
grade PSAT, they are invited to participate in the academy and start taking
college courses. Students would again
attend for a total of five years to graduate and get their associate degree.
In all four of the five-year programs, Dearborn Schools students are
eligible to participate in activities at their home high school, including
sports and clubs, through 12th grade. The programs differ in degree options, school
environment, transportation, and more.
The open house is a great opportunity for students and parents to get
more specific details to find the best fit for the student.
The open house will also have information about the Dearborn Center for
Math, Science and Technology (DCMST), a selective program for top performing
students in the district. Those students
attend half a day at the Dearborn Heights Campus, and half at their home high
school with busing provided. The
selective Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Middle School also
will be on hand to talk to students and families.
Representatives will also attend from the Dearborn Magnet High School,
Henry Ford College, Michigan Institute for Aviation Technology, Dearborn Adult
and Community Education, and more.
The District hopes curious parents and students take this opportunity
to explore what Dearborn Public Schools has to offer. The Early Colleges and DCMST are currently
accepting applications for next year’s ninth grade class.