Rutherford Winans Academy has a cohesive plan for instruction and learning that is based on and aligned with the approved standards and expectations from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). MDE provides standards and expectations for the academic program, the arts program, physical and health education program, and the technology program.
The Michigan K – 12 academic curriculum consists of Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) and detailed learning objectives which are called benchmarks. The academic content standards provide rigorous expectations of what students should know and be able to do in the subject areas of English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Mathematics and Science kindergarten through the twelfth grade. The corresponding benchmarks guide in enhancing Rutherford Winans Academy accountability on the Michigan Education assessment Program (MEAP).
Community Building occurs in every classroom to help students socially develop by building positive relationships through sharing experiences and resolving conflicts.