(Crystal A. Proxmire, March 12, 2013)
The Great Lakes Anchor Academy is on its way to becoming a new charter school in Ferndale, specializing in a Navy-style approach to student achievement. Inspired by her own child’s experience in a Naval prep academy in Florida, GLAA founder Amy Neibert is bringing the discipline and military mindset to a new private school that’s expected to open in Fall of this year. The school will be located in the old St. James School at 22111 Woodward Avenue, next to the St. James Church.
According to GLAA’s Facebook page, “Great Lakes Anchor Academy (GLAA) will be a general admissions public middle (and high school) in Ferndale that provides students (cadets) GLAA founder Amy Neibert is bringing the discipline and military mindset to a new private school that’s expected to open in Fall of this year. The school will be located in the old St. James School at 22111 Woodward Avenue, next to the St. James Church.with the mathematics, science and technology skills, and Maritime exposure that will enable them to attend selective universities and colleges, and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) and Service in the global economy. GLAA will build a foundation of respect and tolerance of all people, starting with our small cohorting and looping learning communities and moving into our outside surrounding communities with service projects.
“Great Lakes Anchor Academy will provide our students with the academic, social, and emotional skills necessary to be a healthy, happy, productive citizen of the United States, regardless of the career path they choose.”
GLAA is a non-profit, co-ed school that is partnered with the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corp. The school will accept students from Ferndale, Detroit and other nearby cities. The focus will be on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. “Using maritime applications, we will prepare our students to become self-confident, resourceful contributors to our global society,” their Facebook page says.
Neibert, who has previously worked as a teacher, hopes that people in the Ferndale community will be supportive of the new school. That’s why there will be a GLAA Community Info Meeting on March 14th from 7-8pm at 22111 Woodward Avenue. Neibert and staff members will be there to answer questions. There will also be snacks and a drawing to win an iPad. For more information go to their website http://www.glanchor.org/.