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Superintendent's Welcome

Dear School Families, Staff and Community Members,

As Northville Public Schools prepares for the future, we seek to build on our strong Tradition of Excellence by forging a path forward to open a World of Possibilities for our students as they navigate an increasingly interconnected and digitally rich world. Across the school district’s learning community from early childhood through graduation, we are deepening our focus on authentic learning opportunities that allow students to make connections between what they are learning in the classroom and real-world issues. The district is building a culture of student empowerment, along with enduring leadership principles that will ensure our students are college, career, and future-ready.

Northville Public Schools operates six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an Early Childhood and Extended Day Program. The district also includes a special education center program, financed by the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency and staffed by Northville educators.

 

We continue to grow and strengthen a culture of learning and leadership in each of our schools and programs, from Pre-K through graduation and post-secondary. Beginning with our youngest students, our nationally accredited Early Childhood Program supports children’s thinking and learning across disciplines by promoting a balance of child-initiated and teacher-guided experiences.  Leadership work continues to deepen at each of our elementary schools through The Leader in Me framework, with all six of our elementary schools achieving the distinction of Leader in Me Lighthouse School.

 

Northville High School and the district’s two middle schools are fully authorized as International Baccalaureate World Schools offering the Middle Years and Diploma Programs. 

 

Our comprehensive Northville High School offers rigorous opportunities and a variety of pathways for students to build their graduate profile –with more than 215 course options, including 21 Advanced Placement Courses, 19 IB Diploma Program courses, extensive course options in the visual, performing and applied arts, along with six Project Lead the Way offerings. Career vocational training is available through the Livonia Career Technical Center, and has been expanded to include options at the William D. Ford Technical Center in Wayne-Westland beginning in 2019-20.  

 

Our Cooke Center program serves students ages three through 26 with significant special needs, building on the integration of academic content in ways that also address students’ functional needs, with community-based instruction providing students with opportunities to practice academic and life skills in the actual settings in which they will be expected to apply them.  Both Northville High School and Cooke School are accredited by AdvancED.

 

Our students and families are the ultimate beneficiaries of these rigorous processes that examine the district’s programs and services to determine how we can better meet the needs of our students. When an entire school community is aligned and focused on a shared vision for learning, students thrive.

Northville Public Schools is also home to one of the largest and most successful vocal and instrumental music programs in the state; a comprehensive visual arts program with work recognized at the local, state and national levels; and an athletic program that includes a significant number of all-state, all-academic teams and individuals each year. The district also offers a wide variety of extracurricular pursuits through more than 80 student clubs that allow students to pursue their interests and explore various career paths.

Northville Public Schools’ success is a testament to the enduring dedication of the district’s students, teachers, staff and parents, along with the abiding devotion of the entire Northville community in making the education of our young people a top priority. The collaborative spirit that exists among our city, township, businesses, community groups and Northville Public Schools makes our community a beacon for families and businesses alike. We are also fortunate to have the ongoing support of the Northville Educational Foundation, our strong and active PTAs and PTSAs, our athletic and music boosters, Northville Youth Network, the Northville District Library, the Northville Community Center and the Northville Chamber of Commerce.

The students in our school system today will be the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, entrusted to care for our world and raise the next generation of compassionate world citizens. It is our responsibility as Northville educators, students, families and community members to ensure they are ready to shoulder these responsibilities.

Sincerely,
Mary K. Gallagher
Superintendent