cullen hillCommonwealth Community Development Academy, a K-8 elementary school, charted by Eastern Michigan University, is celebrating 20 years (1996 – 2016) of helping students succeed at his/her maximum potential, and providing consistent support to the community!  Friday, June 3, 2016, during the promotional exercises of its 20th Eighth Grade Class, Commonwealth will also honor the founder and executive administrator, Dr. Cullian W. Hill, at a Cotillion themed ball. The event will be held at the American Serbian Memorial Hall, 19940 Van Dyke, Detroit, Michigan.  There will be a red carpet arrival from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Dinner will be served at 7:15 PM.

Not only will the Ball celebrate the class of 2016,Commonwealth  will also celebrate Dr. Hill for the hard work and dedication he has given these past 20 years… providing a stimulating learning environment to attract those families in search of alternative approaches to public education.  His mission was and continues to be: building champions who can compete globally, by providing a solid academic foundation.  Academic and social excellence is encouraged through effective instruction and cooperation between faculty, parents and students.

Because Dr. Cullian W. Hill has a vision and passion to educate kids and motivate them to achieve excellence, Commonwealth Community Development Academy was established in June 1996.  The first campus was located at 8735 Schoolcraft in Detroit, Michigan, 48238.  The first enrollment consisted of 187 students, grades sixth through eighth.  In 1998, the elementary school opened at 13477 Eureka Road in Detroit, Michigan 48212 servicing grades K-5.  In 2000, CCDA began using Step Up to Writing, a model designed to teach writing across the curriculum.  During the 2001-2002 school year Commonwealth formally contracted with Success for All (SFA) to implement their research-based reading reform model, which extends across the entire curriculum.

In 2006, Commonwealth re-organized and merged grades K-6 on the Eureka campus to focus on the intensity of their programs in the lower elementary grades.  Grades 7 and 8 were re-added in 2007, once the school established consistency in maintaining adequate progress as measured by State and standardized assessments. The school continues to make academic progress and close the achievement gap.

In 2012 a brand new state-of-the-art modular was constructed to house a professional dance studio and science laboratory with additional lecture space. The elementary campus still offers an on-site library, a state of the art computer laboratory, physical education classes, hot meals cooked on site, and can accommodate up to 400 students in an air-conditioned building.  Commonwealth is currently implementing technology for classroom learning through netbooks, iPads, and interactive boards. Students are learning to complete assignments in digital workbooks and monitor their own performance/progress.

Commonwealth’s staff is committed to effectively educating and nurturing each student by providing the resources needed to be productive in society.  Commonwealth’s educational goals will adequately prepare students for successful achievement in the 21st Century.  In accordance with Common Core Academic Standards, Commonwealth’s curriculum has transformed into Project-based Learning (PBL) for students to explore and experience life skills. Partnerships with various corporations are currently under establishment to provide PBL in financial literacy, technology uses, family development and career exploration. Commonwealth’s curriculum includes: Everyday Mathematics, Success for All Reading, Step Up to Writing, English, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, Physical Education and Health.  Elective classes include: Dance, Computer Applications and Music/Drama.  Bus transportation is also provided.  Students are encouraged to excel beyond their actual grade level requirements to become prepared to meet the goals of competitive exams such as the high school entrance exam, M-STEP, ACT Explore, Smarter Balance and Scantron.  Commonwealth Academy is home of the Panthers!

As Dr. Hill officially retires from Commonwealth Academy, he passes the educational leadership torch of his legacy to Mrs. Angela Moore for continued success. Mrs. Moore has been with CCDA since its inception and gladly accepts the challenge.

Commonwealth would like to invite you to attend the 20th Anniversary Cotillion Ball, honoring Dr. Cullian W. Hill, Friday, June 3, 2016 at the American Serbian Memorial Hall, 19940 Van Dyke, Detroit, MI.  Tickets are available at the school office, 13477 Eureka, Detroit, MI  48212, (313) 366-9470.

For more information login to: www.cwdacademy.com.

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