WSA Profile

West Side Academy

West Side Academy, committed to excellence and equity in Climate Change Youth Summitacademic achievement, provides a dynamic, engaging, and effective educational experience that equips students with the requisite skills and essential knowledge vitally important to their contribution in this technologically evolving society.

West Side Academy, proud recipient of a Congressional Award for its’ outstanding graduation rate among alternative schools in the country, represents the district’s model for alternative education within Detroit Public Schools.  WSA serves as a last bastion of hope for students disenfranchised from traditional comprehensive high schools for poor attendance, poor choices made in the past or because of circumstances beyond their control.

West Side Academy, proudly serving students ages 14-20 in grades 9-12, strives for academic excellence by providing students with multiple opportunities to accelerate learning through a personally customized curriculum design. WSA’s credit recovery program offers online courses with tutorial support in conjunction with traditional courses.   Our ultimate goal is to assist students in being successful and competitive in their post-secondary training as well as with meeting the critical demands of the ever-changing workplace.


  • Fast Track Credit Recovery Program
  • Online Course Offerings
  • Information Technology Career Pathway
  • CISCO Certificate Training
  • National Honor’s Society
  • Academic Games
  • Foreign Languages
  • Character Education
  • Winning PSL Athletic Program
  • Teen Leadership Institute
  • Michigan Youth in Government
  • Detroit Future Project
  • Summer Internships
  • Job Shadowing
  • Wrap Around Support Services