SER Learning Academy

Free High School Diploma – Any city

In partnership with Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), SER YouthBuild Learning Academy (SYLA) East & Southwest offers a chance for learners to gain knowledge, skills, and self-discipline needed to succeed in the world.


SYLA is an alternative high school for youth aged 16-21, tailored to their individual academic needs. The program offers classroom instruction by certified teachers and the chance to learn a trade while in school. From 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday to Friday, using credit recovery software, participants complete assignments. Upon completing the required 19 credits, they receive a Detroit Public School Diploma and can participate in DPSCD’s formal Graduation Ceremony in June. SYLA is open to residents of any city, providing an inclusive educational opportunity for all.


Student Services Provided

  • SER YouthBuild Learning Academy offers students access to select services based on eligibility.
  • High School degree completion (credit recovery)
  • General Education Degree
  • Construction Certifications (Multi-Craft Core Curriculum, Renovate, Repair and Paint and Safety training)
  • Information Technology Certifications (Microsoft Office Academy, IT Essentials/A+, Apple Swift
  • Health Care Certifications – Patient Care Technician (East)
  • Service projects (AmeriCorps)
  • OSHA 10/30
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Life-skills, career, and academic counseling
  • Assistance in transitioning into higher education or employment
  • Transportation assistance
  • Monetary Incentives
  • Work Based Learning

Required School Documents

  • SLA Application to be completed
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Documentation
  • Proof of residency
  • Picture ID
  • Guardian must be present if under 18
  • Shot records
  • Recent transcripts

Bryndyn Williams, SER YouthBuild Learning Academy West & Year Round Youth: Bryndyn singlehandedly won the Youth spirit award when he debuted his face mask with his SER YouthBuild Learning Academy Diploma stitched in! Bryndyn finished with IT Certifications under his belt in June and has been a shining example of a student leader and volunteer. He is going to keep narrowing his interests in Information Technology by achieving EXPERT in all 3 Microsoft certifications, aiming to Instruct and Mentor! In the meantime, he is taking advantage of SER Metro Youth Services’ work based learning opportunity at a recruiting agency.


Cynthia Olisakwe, GED & Year Round Youth at SYLA: BIG shoutout to Cynthia for starting and completing her GED track with SER Metro-Detroit during a pandemic. Cynthia plans to get her CNA license and work toward nursing. Her twin sister, Joan, completed her GED in record time as well. Joan plans to enlist to serve in the US Navy.


Student Success Spotlight

Visit the GED page here and learn more about high school diploma completion here.

To learn more or sign up, fill out the Youth Registration form, visit our center, or call 313-945-5200 ext. 2.

For more information about our programs, Click here to fill out the Youth Registration form, visit our center, or call 313-945-5200 ext. 4200.


Southwest Location

Youth Education Services Lead
Patricia Eggleston
Address: 9215 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210
Phone: (313) 945-5200 ext. 4309
Fax: (313) 584-4806
Vocations: Construction or Health Care

Eastside Location

Address: 5555 Conner, Detroit, MI 48213
Phone: (313) 945-5200 ext. 4406
Fax: (313) 332-0596


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