West Side Academy of Information Technology and Cyber Security

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Basic Information

Address: 4701 McKinley Street, Detroit, MI 48208
Phone Number: 3134568000
Fax Number: 3134568001
Director: Principal Andrea Ford-Ayler

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West Side Academy of Information Technology and Cyber Security
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Additional Information

Founded: 2001
School Setting:

Urban, Detroit Inner city West Side off of I-94 at Warren and I-96 at West Grand Blvd.

School Schedule (Hours in Day): 8:00 am to 3:20 pm, Second Chance 3:30 pm - 8:30 pm
School Days in Calendar Year: 173

Southwest Detroit

School Size: 490
Classroom Size: 25
Student/Teacher Ratio: 20:1

English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Business, Technology, Physical Education and Health


Online Courses Augment Traditional Course Offerings, Foreign Language, Extended Day Course Offerings, Tutorial Support-Test Prep Café, Linked Learning Initiative-Information Technology Career Pathways, Career Tech Center, STAR Reading and Math Support Systems, Project 180® Character Education, Advisory courses, Traditional Comprehensive Senior High School Course Offerings, Credit Recovery, and Second Chance Evening courses

Percentage of Graduating Class: 80%
Support Services:

Wrap around services including: School Psychologist, School Social Worker, Speech Therapist, Specialized Student Services Personnel, Career/College Counseling, Mentoring, Peer Mediation, Community In Schools, Tutorial Support, Summer Transition Academy

Computer Capabilities:

Wi-Fi, Smartboards in every classroom, Netbook carts, Laptop carts, Mac Book cart, HP Elite Desktop computers for faculty and staff, Printer capabilities for all faculty and staff, VECS machine, Conference Center for media presentations in cafeteria and Professional Learning Center (portable projector and microphone amplifier), three computer labs with 25 - 30 computers each, and technology resource room

School Holidays: Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Martin L. King Jr. Holiday, Memorial Day, Christmas Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break
Notable Graduates:

Asia Gibson Superintendent Excellence Award, 2015

Parking Spaces/Availability:

42 spaces plus side parking within the parking lot

Uniform Guidelines:

SHIRTS: Polo or Oxford, White / Black /Grey; COVER-UPS: Black/White/Grey, (SWEATERS, TRACK JACKETS, HOODIES, ACCEPTABLE); SHOES: Basic White/Black (BOOTS/GYM SHOES Acceptable), No Open Toed Shoes, No Open-backed Shoes, No High Heels; SKIRTS: Solid-Black (knee length); SLACKS: Solid Black (JEANS/CAPRIS Acceptable) No Jogging Suits, Sweat or Track Suits; NO LEGGINGS! NO JEGGINGS! No Form-fitting Pants! No Blue colored Jeans!

All WSA students MUST be in “ACCEPTABLE” uniform on the first day of school.

Counseling Services: Yes
Mission Statement:

The mission of West Side Academy is to facilitate academic excellence and equity. We will provide a dynamic, engaging and effective educational experience that equips our students with the skills essential to thrive and contribute to a technologically evolving society which continues to infinitely increase our access to knowledge.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

*All students can learn and maximize their potential given resources, support, opportunity in a nurturing environment.
*Teachers and staff are committed to fostering an environment that prepares students for graduation and preparation for higher education or entry-level career employment.
*All students deserve an opportunity to receive a quality education.
*The school should be a safe and clean environment for all staff and students.
*We shall establish an environment in which administrators, staff and students are accountable for success and excellence.
*Students can achieve mastery of state standards given ample attention, established support, and research based instruction.

Program and Services:

Services: College counselor, Computer specialist, Gardening teacher, Coaches, Math specialist, PE instructor, Poetry / Creative writing teacher, Security personnel, School psychologist, School counselor, Special education coordinator, Speech therapists, Tutors, Wi-Fi,

Programs: Energy Squad (Go Green), Business Professionals of America (BPA), Gardening, Mock trial competition club, National Honor Society (NHS), Recycling club, Academic Games, Student Government and Teen Leadership Institute (TLI), Yearbook, Girls and Boys Varsity & Junior Varsity Basketball, Girls and Boys Cross Country & Track and Field, Varsity Cheerleading, Hybrid / Blended learning classrooms, Honors track, Multi-aged classrooms, Project-based Virtual school, World Language Program, Title I Schoolwide program (SWP), Future Project: Dream Directors Detroit The McKinney Foundation, College prep programs/courses during the year, College information sessions/fairs, SAT prep classes, School-sponsored trips to college campuses, Tutoring, Mentoring, special education programming, ESL/ELL programming as needed, Women of Tomorrow, Parent Involvement programs: Gleaners Food Distribution, PACSA monthly meetings, Detroit Parent Network Partnerships