Southwest Detroit is a thriving neighborhood that is home to a number of corps members. Known for its Hispanic population, the food and festivals in this area represent the rich culture of the students and families who live there. Corktown is close by and is another popular place for corps members to reside. Corktown is Detroit's oldest neighborhood and is well-known for its great Irish food, bar scene, and urban garden movement. This authentic and fun area is also home to Slows BBQ and Astro Coffee, two local businesses that have been buzzed about from coast to coast.
Get to Know Western International High School
Just a few blocks from the Canadian border, Western International High School is one of the most culturally diverse high schools in the Detroit Public School district. Of the student population, 68% identify as Hispanic or Latino, 25% are African American and 6% are White. Seventy-eight percent of students receive free or reduced lunch.
The school offers several academies for students to choose from, including the STEM Academy for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the International Business Academy, the Fine and Performing Arts Academy, and the Ninth Grade Ambassador Academy. Within its individual focus, each academy teaches self-management skills, learning and study skills, and social skills.
Six Teach For America corps members currently teach at Western International High School. In 2011, the school underwent a renovation that includes a new athletic complex with a swimming pool and an exercise facility. A visual and performing arts wing was also built, including a black box theater, two dance studios, language laboratories, and art classrooms in addition to a cultural center to serve as a community marketplace.
Western International High School believes that teachers and students must have ownership over student achievement. Honesty, clarity, collaboration, and accountability by all stakeholders in an open and supportive environment are key levers in achieving their mission and vision.
Subjects And Grade Levels
- Math, 6-12
- Sciences, 6-12
- English, 6-12
- Social Studies, 6-12
Corps members must take and pass the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification in order to qualify for interim certification in the region. Upon passing these content-specific tests, corps members must enroll in a certification program with one of our university partners—Oakland University or the University of Michigan. Both university partners offer an optional master's program in addition to the required certification courses. Although corps members complete their commitment to Teach For America in two years, the state of Michigan requires that teachers must be in the classroom for three years before they can receive their provisional teaching certificate