Our Curriculum

Recognizing the importance of a strong educational foundation, Barack Obama Leadership Academy students are given the tools and support necessary to realize their full potential. Students are highly encouraged to develop their leadership, critical thinking and social skills to build their self-confidence and ignite their enthusiasm for learning. Our curriculum is uniquely designed to help our students develop:
  • A well-rounded education including mathematics, reading, science, art, communication and leadership with an enthusiasm for learning
  • A sense of individual responsibility and self-discipline, respect for others, and pride
  • An ability to expand their horizons and always strive for excellence
Barack Obama Leadership Academy is a Kindergarten through-8th Grade Elementary School that provides a curriculum to meet the academic needs for all 21st century learners.  Our curriculum focuses on four core subject areas: Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Social Studies, plus electives that are aligned to educate the hearts, minds, and hands of all students. Our engaging curriculum provides daily experiences driven by common core state standards (CCSS) to encourage all students to explore, discover, and excel while learning fundamental concepts that will lead to academic success for years to come. Our curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards:
  • Content in mathematics, reading, science, and social studies
  • Full implementation of researched based best instructional practices
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) Intervention

Leader In Me

Barack Obama Leadership Academy is one of few Leader in Me (LIM) schools in Detroit. We are actively engaged in the transformational model that will empower students with leadership qualities. The LIM program helps students learn how to become self-reliant and develop the skills and self-confidence they need to lead their lives and succeed in school and in the future. Our future leaders learn life skills and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People which will prepare them for the 21st Century.  Our goal is to embody Stephen Covey’s leadership traits and model the characteristics daily.  


African Centered Education (ACE) is Academic Excellence.  ACE is the reinforcement of the intellectual capability, learning and performances of African people historically. African Centered Education utilizes an integrated model of individual identity and children understanding their greatness.  It promotes an educational environment that is caring and supportive of self-acceptance and validation of African people.  Family participation is part of the school culture as a way to promote learning, enhance feelings of inclusion and self-acceptance.  The 7 Principles are embedded into our K-5 Curriculum.