Detroit Public Safety Academy offers a variety of learning opportunities for our cadets that align with the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and the Common Core State Standards. We utilize Curriculum Crafter to house our curriculum and want to ensure that cadets are exposed to an array of learning opportunities within their class schedule.
HIGH SCHOOL COURSES
Designed to help bridge the gap between the transition from Middle School to High School. This class specifically targets the key topics that are required in the courses of Algebra I, II and Geometry.
This course is designed in direct alignment to the Common Core State Standards. It gives students the foundation needed for Algebra by focusing on vocabulary, mathematical rules and their applications. Cadets must have successfully acquired and mastered basic pre-algebraic skills. Students will brush the topics of Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Modeling and Statistics and Probability.
Algebra II takes the concepts covered in Algebra I and Geometry and dives in-depth into them using real-world application. There is a strong focus on Functions and Modeling within this course. Units that are covered in Algebra II have a strong STEM alignment and specifically prepare students for life beyond high school, specifically college and career readiness.
This course is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and covers an array of topics including logic and proofs, vocabulary, congruence, theorems, trigonometry, 3-Dimensional shapes, transformations, and properties of circles and parallelograms.
This course is designed for the preparation of students to transition to college level mathematics by taking the concepts of Calculus and breaking them into their smaller sub-topics. Students will briefly cover concepts in functions, matrices, vectors and trigonometry and complex number systems.
This course prepares students for their college level entrance exams and required mathematics courses in post-secondary placement. It helps ease the transition from high school to college and university level by first reviewing concepts at the heart of Algebra and Geometry, but also exploring in depth more advance concepts in the fields of Trigonometry, Calculus, and Probability and Statistics.
Personal Finance prepares students to understand economic activities and challenges of individuals and families, the role of lifestyle goals in education and career choices, procedures in a successful job search, financial forms used in independent living, and shopping options and practices for meeting consumer needs. The course also prepares students to understand real world consumer rights, responsibilities and information, protect personal and family resources, income management, spending, savings, investments, and apply procedures for managing personal finances.
This course is designed to introduce students to the essential principles of biology, or the study of life. We will be learning about the structure of living organisms, how those organisms use energy and maintain homeostasis, and how populations will change over time as their environment changes. We will also practice the skills necessary for a future career in science or any field, such as following procedures, reading graphs, interpreting data, and reading analytically.
This course is designed to introduce students to the essential principles of physics, including motion and energy, energy transformations, Newton’s Laws, linear and projectile motion, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and circuits and electricity. We will also practice the skills necessary for a future career in science or any field, such as following procedures, reading graphs, interpreting data, and reading analytically.
Earth & Space Science:
This blended course examines two branches of science: Chemistry and Physics. It explores both matter and energy. In addition this course helps students understand the relationship between Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics.
Students will study the cause and effect of life-style choices that include nutrition and exercise, drug usage, and anatomy. In this course, students will learn about diseases and disorders, environmental health concerns, and how to maintain a healthy life.
This course introduces students to the basic skills needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle through daily exercise. Students will participate in a variety of activities that include cardio-training, stretching, and weight lifting. Additionally, students will learn the basic rules and skills in many different athletic activities that include but are not limited to: kickball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, football, floor hockey and many other physically active games and sports.
Online Learning Opportunities
Careers in Criminal Justice:
Introduction to Culinary Arts:
Introduction to Women Studies: A personal journey through film:
Law and Order: Introduction to Legal Studies:
Music: The Enjoyment of Listening:
Public Speaking (9th Grade):
Theater, Cinema, and Film Production:
The main objective of this course in literature and composition is to enhance the reading, writing, grammatical, and analytical skills of each student. Students will engagingly study various forms of literary genres (short story, poetry, novel, etc.) and focus on establishing in –depth analysis, personal connection, and methods of self – expression. Students will be active in their learning process through projects, discussions, collaborative assignments, and independent practice. Media and film will be used in class to encourage and motivate expression through various sources.
The main objective of this course in literature and composition is to enhance the reading, writing, grammatical, and analytical skills of each student in relation to cultural, historical, and sociological context. Students will engagingly study various forms of literary genres (short story, poetry, novel, etc.) and focus on establishing in –depth analysis, personal connection, and methods of self – expression. Students will be active in their learning process through projects, discussions, collaborative assignments, and independent practice. Media and film will be used in class to encourage and motivate expression through various sources.
English Language Arts 11 is designed to help you develop the ability to strategically analyze and interpret the world around you through self-reflection and literary analysis. Through your participation in an array of different readings, collaborative projects and learning activities, you will develop a strong ability to think critically, perform close readings of literary texts and construct logical arguments.
English Language Arts 12 is designed to help you develop a knowledge of textual elements and structures, which will enable you to engage in close readings of complex texts. You will also develop analytical skills and strategies while reading literary texts from a variety of genres, such as short stories and essays, novels, dramas and informational texts.
Literature of Genre:
This unique course studies a variety of novels in many different genres and explores their impact on society, self, and various cultures. In addition, it explores how stories and novels are translated to different platforms like plays and movies. It makes comparisons between the different platforms and allows students to decide which ones have the greater personal impact.
U.S. History and Geography:
The course will examine a detailed history of The United States using primary and secondary documents. The class will start in the 1800’s and travel to today’s relevant topics. Students will study in detail geography, technology, people and government. The class will see how the country has changed throughout time and how events from the past have shaped this country to make it what it is today.
Civics and Economics:
Civics examines in detail the history of the United States Government as well as the rights of American citizens. Students will learn about the balances of power, the structure of our government and political system as well as compare the U.S. government to other governments around the world.
The Economics course introduces students to consumerism, production, demand, and different markets. Students will compare the U.S. system with others around the world.
World History and Geography:
The class will examine a detailed history of the world using primary and secondary documents. The class will start with learning about what a civilization is. The class will examine where humans came from and how they changed over years in time.
Contemporary World Issues:
History of Intolerance:
U.S. Ethnic Studies:
Global World Issues:
This course is designed to allow cadets the opportunity to not only stay current on the events that take place in and around their own neighborhoods but to stay abreast of the daily occurrences of the nation and world. As a globally connected society, especially through social networking it is increasingly important that cadets know what is going on, and how to take proper and immediate action as a citizen of the world.
Respect and Responsibility
Integrity and Initiative
Service and Sacrifice
The main objective of this course is to enhance the pro-social behaviors of students in order to form a positive school community and responsible, caring, and contributing citizens for the world. This course focuses on being conscious of a diverse and dynamic society, and establishing characteristics to work with others to promote social change. Students will use literature, media (global and local news), film, and form personal compositions to develop knowledge and actively demonstrate the Seven Pillars of Character Education: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Initiative, Service, Sacrifice, and Leadership. Through diverse learning activities, including projects, discussions, collaborative assignments, and independent practice, students will learn how to improve their ethical decision – making skills and become moral agents of society.
College and Career Readiness
Reading and Writing Strategies for Standardized Tests:
Students taking this course will learn a variety of test-taking strategies, writing and reading skills, and proper preparation to help our them achieve not only entrance into a college of their choosing but possible scholarship opportunities. There will be a strong focus on reading stamina, vocabulary in context, citing references, and argumentative writing using evidence to support the claim.
Mathematical Strategies for Standardized Tests:
The course is designed to familiarize our students with the tests required for admission by many universities. Well-prepared students are more likely to score higher on the ACT/SAT, which may increase their chances of receiving scholarships and enable them to have more options when selecting a college. Students will learn test-taking strategies, review vocabulary in context, math, and take practice tests and discover ways to reduce test anxiety.
College and Career Readiness:
During the course of the year, seniors in this class will begin the process of choosing their next pathway. Students will be filing for parchment, applying for financial aid and scholarships/grants, and researching academic and career pathways based on their family, financial, and personal needs. It is DPSA's goal to have 100% placement of all seniors in a secondary pathway whether that is a college, university, vocational school or job training program.
Leadership and Activities:
The main objective of this course is to allow students the opportunity to organize and plan events independently. They will go through the process of fundraising, organizing small and large group events, and collaborating with not only the entire student-body, but the community surrounding the school.
Students in workplace experience will research different careers, create resumes and cover letters and eventually apply for jobs. They will also meet professionals from various backgrounds and visit different jobs to further their research. We hope to broaden student's experiences in the classroom and their expectations for the next step by showing the variety of occupations out there.
In this course students begin learn the in's and out's of business from developing an idea, the different types of markets, how to promote your product, etc. They will use this foundational learning to then create a proposed business plan.
Middle SCHOOL COURSES
In Grade 6, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking. (2017 Common Core Initiative).
Reading and Writing Interventions
Students will apply and extend previous understands of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply and divide rational numbers, analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems and use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. They will also solve mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions, draw, construct, and describe geometrical figures, and solve problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume. Additionally, students will study statistics by using random sampling, inductive/deductive reasoning skill to develop conclusions.
During the course of the school year we will be covering the 7th Grade Michigan Content Expectations which includes standards focused on Science Processes, Physical Science, Life Science and Earth Science.
Reading and Writing Interventions
Students will know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers.They will work with radicals and integer exponents and understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations. Additionally, students will analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations; define, evaluate, and compare functions and use functions to model relationships between quantities. Many geometric concepts will be studied as well. These include, understanding congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software, applying the Pythagorean Theorem and solving real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres. Lastly, students will investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.
During the course of the school year we will be covering the 8th Grade Michigan Content Expectations which includes standards focused on Earth Science.
Reading and Writing Interventions