W-A-Y Academy Application

W-A-Y Academy 

About W-A-Y Academy:  W-A-Y Academy offers an innovative approach to education. This approach encourages self-esteem, independence, and the development of 21st century skills that facilitate a college education and subsequent career paths for each young person. Each student is provided with a customized, standards-based learning plan and paired with a mentor to coach them toward graduation. Each student is equipped with an iMac workstation and Internet connectivity within his or her home. W-A-Y Academy combines a blended model of personalized, project-based learning with both online and face-to-face interaction. Our staff are invested in the success of each student, providing online support 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, all year round. This dedication allows students to excel at their own pace, developing customized learning plans on topics that truly appeal to them.

W-A-Y Academy’s mission is “Delivering a blended global learning model to encourage positive self-esteem, academic excellence, and life-long learning for young people in Detroit.” We focus on this mission so that students develop the skills to compete in a global economy and succeed in any post-secondary endeavor. W-A-Y Academy builds on the personal interests of youth and surrounds them with a community of learners using high-powered cyber and hands-on technology, embedded in an engaging, project based learning environment. This model engages students in a mentored community of learning and collaboration that collapses barriers of time and distance, and provides access to scaffold learning.

The curriculum in the W-A-Y Academy is project based, standards focused and proficiency based. In both ELA and Mathematics the Common Core State Standards are used for project design and assessment while the standards from the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Michigan High School Content Expectations are utilized for all other content areas, including the ability to create personalized electives based on student interest.

Students in the W-A-Y Academy engage in the curriculum in a variety of ways. Students can complete projects that have been designed by highly qualified content area teachers (known as experts); can work collaboratively with experts to design personalized projects based upon the individual students’s interests; and can work collaboratively to design projects with other students. In the W-A-Y Academy the curriculum is personalized to the learner level in order to ensure that the student’s needs are met and that the student takes an active role in his/her education.

Benefits for Teachers: Why Way?

  • Statewide collaborative network
  • Flexible schedule
  • Become and expert in Project Based Learning
  • Shatter the walls of time and space

Desired Job Fair Certification Areas:  Middle school and high school certifications all content areas.

Webinar Time and Interviews:  May 22nd at 2:00pm EST

Interested Candidates in W-A-Y Academy Submit Resume Below (be prepared to possibly interview immediately following the May 22nd 2:00pm webinar)

Submissions CLOSED on MAY 14th.  You are still welcome to attend the webinar session.