Clara B. Ford Academy

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Clara B. Ford Academy

Clara B. Ford Academy is a charter school located in the city of Dearborn Heights, Michigan. The school is located at 20651 West Warren Avenue. The Sisters of the Good Shepherd ran a Detroit area outreach program for young women and in the 1930s began fundraising with the Salvation Army for a large campus. The automaker Henry Ford and his wife, Clara B. Ford, donated 50 acres of land. The residential school opened in 1942 as part of the Vista Maria facility.[1] By the 1980s the facility had evolved into a lay-run "residential treatment and detention facility for young women, placed [t]here by the court".[2] The school has grades 5 - 12[3] and serves about 170 students at any time but 450 individuals in a school year. For some years Clara B. Ford was operated by the Dearborn School District although it is located in Dearborn Heights.

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  1. ^ Our History, Vista Maria, 2012
  2. ^ Our Academy, Clara B. Ford Academy
  3. ^ Schools/Facilities by Public School Academy District, Michigan Department of Education

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