ATA offers additional educational opportunities including:
-Platinum Implementation of the Ford PAS Curriculum
-Study Abroad Program in conjunction with Ford PAS
-Free Robotics, Business and Health Exploration Camps at Lake Superior State University
-National Honor Society
-Business Professionals of America
-After-School Tutoring Programs for Grades 3-12
-ACT Preparatory Course
-Multiple Coordinated Learning Experiences (CLE ’s)
-U of M and U of D Mercy Ford PAS days
-The Henry Ford Museum and Rouge Tour
-International Auto Show
-Detroit Economic Club
-Cultural Arts Museums
Why A Charter School?
Charter schools have the freedom to be innovative and to build effective learning programs from the ground up. As of December 2007, Michigan had 230 operating charter schools with an expected enrollment to exceed 100,000 students.
A charter school is a public school funded by the state and free to all students. The community-based school is operated by its own board independently of other public schools.
AIM HIGHERATA is authorized to deliver selected, pre-approved Davenport University Courses to qualified students under the supervision of Davenport University, and coordinated through the Office of the Provost. This program offers your child the ability to obtain college credits, saving your family thousands of dollars in college tuition.
CAREER READINESSATA has established a comprehensive ACT WorkKeys computer-based instructional program to help students qualify for the National Career Readiness Certificate.
The Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (FordPAS) Curriculum
ATA centered its curriculum on the Michigan Department of Education requirements and the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies, a program based upon project-based learning modules. Ford PAS provides students with high quality interdisciplinary learning experiences that challenge them academically and develop their problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills. By building strong local partnerships with business and higher education, Ford PAS encourages and prepares students for success in college and professional careers in fields such as business, engineering, health care and technology. The high school curriculum is designed to merge the last two years of high school with the first two years of college. At the conclusion of sophomore year, all students are required to choose one of four career pathways: -Business
The Ford PAS Modules-From Concept to Consumer: Building a Foundation in Problem-Solving
-Media and Messages: Building a Foundation of Communication Skills
-People at Work: Building a Foundation of Research Skills
-Careers, Companies, and Communities
-We All Run on Energy
-Energy from the Sun: Biomass
-Is Hydrogen a Solution?
-The Nuclear Revolution
-Energy for the Future
-Closing the Environmental Loop
-Planning for Efficiency
-Planning for Business Success
-From Data to Knowledge
-Different by Design
-The Wealth of NationsMarkets Without Borders
-Calculating Your Future; Personal Finance
Executive Director/ Chief Administrative Officer/CEO ATA Management Company
Mr. Hawthorne is responsible for management, operation, administration and education at the Academy.
Implementation and administration of the educational program
Management of all personnel functions
Operation of the school building
All aspects of business administration
Provision of food service
Any other functions necessary for the administration of the Academy
B.S. Eastern Michigan University
Ford Academy of Manufacturing Sciences (FAMS) Certification
Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (FPAS) Certification
Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Labor (19791983)
Executive Director, Wayne County Employment and Training Department
Wayne County Private Industry Corporation (19831987)
Acting Director, Michigan Employment Relations Commission (19801983)
MDSS Project Edge (19901992)
Chief Fiscal Officer
Mr. Wittmann is responsible for budget development, financial procedures, and reporting. He provides monthly detailed statements of all revenues received. He oversees the development of all fiscal compliance matters, including the development of appropriate policies and procedures. He assures that annual audits are conducted in compliance with state laws and regulations. He helps determine how best to disburse the available cash against the appropriate expenditures in order to prevent cash shortfalls prior to receiving state aid payments.
Chief Academic Officer
Master of Arts – Roosevelt University, Economics, Statistics
Post Degree Certification, University of Michigan, Mathematics
Bachelor of Arts – Michigan State University, Economics
State of Michigan Certification, EX, CA
Hannah Hawthorne M.Ed
Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Assistant Chief Academic Officer
Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management
Master of Arts in Teaching, University of Michigan
Ford Next Generation Certificated
Michigan State Board Of Education Teacher Certificate
Michigan State Board Of Education Administrative Certificate
Bachelor of Arts Eastern Michigan University Language Arts, History
David J. Esper
Marquis J. Scott
All recordings and documents from previous board meetings available here.
Recording of the ATA Board of Directors meeting on October 28th 2020 available here.
Recording of the ATA Board of Directors meeting on November 18th 2020 available here.
Recording of the ATA Board of Directors meeting December 16th available here.
Recording of the ATA Board of Directors meeting January 20th available here.
Live stream and comment in the next board meeting February 17th available here.
Click on the event date in the calendar below for information on how to join our board meetings hosted by Google Meet.
Cynthia Andersen - Business
-Bachelor of Science Madonna University
-Master of Science Eastern Michigan University
-State of Michigan Provisional Teacher Certificate
-American Management Association Certificate
-Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (FPAS) Certification
-Vocational Certification State of Michigan
Sharon Bowman - Psychology
-Master of Arts, Eastern Michigan University
-Reading, Bachelor of Arts, Michigan State University
-English, Psychology State of Michigan Certification, BA, CE, BR
Kimberly Clark – English, Communications
-BS, Eastern Michigan University
-Written Communications MAT Wayne State University
-Education MA, University of Michigan
-English Language and Literature State of Michigan Certification, English (BA), Economics (CA)
Mary Jo Ferguson – Physics, Engineering
-MS Civil Engineering, Wayne State
-BS Engineering, U of Illinois Chicago
-State of MI Certification: Secondary Math EX, Physics DE
Patricia Moroz - History
-Master of Arts, Eastern Michigan University
-History Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan
-English, History/Social Studies State of Michigan Certification, BA, CC, RX
James Nelson- Earth Science, Anatomy, Chemistry
-Master of Science, Wayne State University, Science State of Michigan Certification, DI
Eric Richardson – Computer Science
-B.A., Alma College, Physics. B.S., Alma College
-Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Secondary Education. A.B.D., Ohio State University
-Biophysics. M.S.I.S, Baker College Center for Graduate Studies
-Professional Certifications: DX (Natural Sciences), DE (Physics), EX (Mathematics), grades 6-12
Lake Superior State University
American College Testing (ACT)
Ford Partnership For Advanced Studies
Michigan National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
Michigan Association of Public School Academies
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth
Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education
Michigan Charter School Partners
Michigan Department of Education
Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency
Henry Ford College