Welcome to Clara B. Ford Academy

Clara B Ford Academy (CBF) is strict discipline academy that provides an innovative learning environment integrating treatment and academic goals for students in grades 5 – 12 who are placed at Vista Maria in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

CBF strives to treat, heal, and educate its students. To be most effective in this endeavor, a school discipline system must be intertwined with the student’s treatment goals and strategies. Its emphasis is on preventing discipline issues through integrating an effective Social-Emotional Learning component teaching students self-regulation skills and social skills that can help them control their emotions, make more responsible choices, and get along with others. It recognizes that we do not have the ability to change our student’s daily challenges that they experience outside our walls. The ultimate goal of all discipline is to shape the student’s behavior, allowing them to develop self control and make appropriate decisions that ultimately will enhance success in the community. To this end, a “one size fits all” discipline system does not effectively address the depth and breadth of our student population.

Since 2012, Clara B Ford staff have been involved in a research project focusing on impact of trauma on student learning. CBF staff is working with professionals from Wayne State University to develop pre/post surveys and focus groups with staff and students to gather data for our study.

Currently one article has been published.
Click here to link to article: Student Trauma Article 2014


Food Service Advisory Board

Want input into what your students are eating at school?  Here is your opportunity to join our advisory board and provide your input. President Obama signed into law the Healthy Huger Free Act of 2010.  This was done to help combat the epidemic of childhood obesity as well as the urgent problem of childhood hunger. 

What does this mean for your school meals?  More healthy lean proteins, whole grains, multiple fruit and vegetable offerings!

To join the committee or for more information please contact:  Carey Simkanin, Director of Dining Service at 313.271.3050 ex 155.





School Colors:
Blue and Orange

Clara B. Ford School Song: (Sung to "We Will Rock You")

Girl you’re a Monarch, make a big noise

Come to Clara B work hard today

Orange and Blue Dominate our School

We got spirit How ‘bout you?

We are We Are Monarchs, Monarchs