DPS bilingual high school holds open house at new site

Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

Detroit Public Schools’ bilingual Academy of the Americas will hold an open house from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday to celebrate its expansion to a new high school site.

Students in grades 8-10 began attending classes at the new high school site, Escuela Preparatoria Academia de las Americas, Jan. 25.

The dual-immersion school, which includes instruction in Spanish and English, will expand over the next two years to include grades 11 and 12.

The high school academy is at 2635 Howard, next to the historic Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church. The open house at the Howard site will include a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m.

“We are very excited to expand our successful dual-language immersion program at the Academy of the Americas,” Principal Nicholas Brown said in a statement. “It is a wonderful opportunity to prepare students for a global, multilingual, multicultural workplace and society and truly prepare them for the future.”

The Academy of the Americas includes a lower academy for grades pre-K to 7, at 5680 Konkel in southwest Detroit. The high school had been housed at that site since opening in September 2014.

The Escuela Preparatoria Academia de las Americas offers a dual immersion academic program in Spanish and English. Students take most of their classes in Spanish in the earliest grades and phase in more English in later grades until their instruction is 50 percent in Spanish and 50 percent in English.

For more information about the school, visit detroitk12.org/enroll or call (313) 240-4377. The school’s number is (313) 335-1310.