Engagement with a range of institutions and people significantly contributes to the development of HFA as a school and to the enrichment of the academic curriculum.

Our school is managed by Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), a non-profit organization that is redesigning how we learn. The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company Fund founded HFLI in 2003 to model new ways of teaching and learning. Today, HFLI’s approach includes Design Thinking, a human-centered problem solving process that HFLI refined to explicitly develop innovators and lifelong learners. In addition to its small schools, HFLI provides programs that empower learners in K-20 education, youth initiatives and workplaces worldwide to think creatively, work collaboratively with others, and implement innovations.

By intentionally locating our school in the heart of San Antonio’s culturally rich and emerging downtown area, we are positioned to engage with, learn from, and develop deep strategic partnerships with employers and a range of educational, arts and community organizations to provide our students those real-world learning experiences that help them prepare for college, career and innovative thinking.

For example, HFA partners with local institutions of higher learning (Southwest School of Art, University of Houston), employers (Ford Motor Company, City of San Antonio, Muñoz & Co Architecture Firm, and others), community organizations (Centro San Antonio, San Antonio River Authority, United Nations-Peace Pals, San Antonio Public Library, Artpace, Southwest School of Art, SaySí, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Salvation Army) and various funders (Ford Motor Company Fund, Lowes).

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