The Count Down is on to the First Day of School!!!

Going back to school is an exciting time for both parents and students after a long and hot summer. Detroit Public Schools Community District is preparing to receive all of our 47,000 students back to school on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.       Did you know Detroit Public Schools Community District is a Brand New District? The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is the new public school district for the Detroit community. It was created through the Michigan Legislature’s passage of the education reform bills in June 2016. DPSCD has replaced the former Detroit Public Schools. It will maintain all 97 schools, as well as with its necessary support services, including transportation, school nutrition, special education, early childhood

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NEW! DPSCD Radio Spots

Have you heard the new Detroit Public Schools Community District radio spots? To listen, click on the links below!

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Detroit Public Schools Community District Opened Three New Regional Enrollment Centers Today Monday, August 15.

On August 15, 2016 the new Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) opened three new regional enrollment centers for new families and families who are returning from other non DPSCD schools or for DPSCD students who graduated 8th grade. The three new regional enrollment centers are open to help parents enroll their students and understand what items will be needed to complete the process. To enroll a new student or to re-enroll a current student, parents and guardians must be able to provide the following: Child’s Birth Certificate Proof of Address (W-2, pay stub, public assistance documents, any official government mail, utility bills, driver’s license, etc.) ImmunizationRecord Transcripts or Report Cards Locations: Communication and Media Arts High School, 14771 Mansfield (West side:

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Mike Morse to Provide Backpacks to DPSCD Students

Mike Morse Law Firm is excited to give back to Detroit Schools Community District for the second year in a row by supplying students in grades K – 8 with backpacks and school supplies for this upcoming school year. Stay tuned for more details! VIDEO: Mike Morse Backpack Giveaway

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DPSCD Montessori Enrollment Applications

Detroit’s first public Montessori programs will be available at seven classrooms throughout the district and transformed into Montessori learning centers, providing students an opportunity to learn at their own pace. Teachers spent the entire summer entrenched in intense training to prepare their new learning environments for Detroit’s students. This model focuses on each students unique developmental and learning needs. Classrooms will consist of students in grades K-2. Montessori Applications: Detroit Public Montessori-Non PreK Detroit Public Montessori-PreK Montessori programs will be available at the following DPSCD schools: Edison Elementary School, 17045 Grand River Ave.: Early childhood (ages 4-6) Edison Elementary School, 17045 Grand River Ave.: Early elementary (grades 1-2) Spain Elementary-Middle School, 3700 Beaubien St. – Early childhood (ages 4-6) Maybury Elementary

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Drew Family Farm Days!

Are you interested in learning how to provide healthy food for your family? Have you always wanted to learn more about gardening and growing your own food? Join us at Drew Farm, a 2 acre farm located at Drew Transition Center, a Detroit Public Community School! Family Farm Days Dates: Saturday, July 9: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 13: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 17: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 8: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Location: Drew Farm at Drew Transition Center, 9600 Wyoming (corner of Wyoming and Chicago) Schedule: 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Drew Farm Interactive Tour (get your hands dirty in compost!) 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Nutrition Education Lesson-make lunch with fresh veggies! 12:00-12:30 p.m.: Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.: How to Garden at Home AND outdoor games

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DPSCD hosts Board Candidate Education Session

A Detroit Public Schools Community District School (DPSCD) Board Candidate Education Session was held on Monday, August 1, 2016 at Renaissance High School. The meeting was open to candidates only with a goal to inform, educate and excite the qualifying 2017 DPSCD School Board candidates. The meeting was led by Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes and Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather with presentations from six current DPSCD cabinet members, on the current state and future goals for Detroit Public Schools Community District. The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is the new public school district for the Detroit community. It was created through the Michigan Legislature’s passage of the education reform bills a few weeks ago. DPSCD has replaced the former

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Picking the Perfect School!!!

Hot off the presses! Take a look at the 2016 Picking the Perfect School Guide!
2016 Picking the Perfect School

From Dual Language Immersion to single-gender schools to African-Centered Education, Detroit Public Schools Community District has a school for your student’s unique learning needs including Montessori classrooms!

See the full guide here: 2016 Picking the Perfect School Guide

Learn more about our “Best Kept Secrets,” like our offerings at Camp Burt Shurly and Sampson Academy’s classroom to college scholarship program.

Did you know ALL Detroit Public Schools Community District grads can apply for the Detroit Promise scholarship program. Enroll Today!!

To pick up guides to take out to your neighborhood, grocery stores or businesses, call the DPS Enrollment Growth room at (313) 873-6345. Or sign up to be an AMBASSADOR!

Become a DPS Ambassador!

See our GREAT students and the fantastic learning opportunities happening in Detroit Public Schools Community District.

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Public Montessori programs to open in three neighborhoods this fall as part of new DPSCD innovations

ury-old proven focus on educating the whole child now equitable and accessible to all; funds made available through recent state legislation enables implementation after 5 months of planning The first seven new public, tuition free Montessori classrooms will open in Detroit for the start of the 2016-17 school year, Detroit Public Schools Community District Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather announced today. The district has begun taking applications for early childhood (ages 4-6) and early elementary (grades 1-2) multi-age classrooms at Edison Elementary School, 17045 Grand River Ave.; early childhood classrooms at Spain Elementary-Middle School, 3700 Beaubien St., and an early childhood classroom at Maybury Elementary School, 4410 Porter St. The early childhood classrooms utilizing the approved Montessori curriculum complement the district’s

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Detroit Public Schools Community District kicks-off exciting enrollment campaign

Interim Superintendent Meriweather announces back-to-school enrollment campaign, new academic innovations for the upcoming school year, community engagement and extensive summer learning opportunities for the new District New district’s campaign touts new academic programming enhancements/innovations including Montessori programs, building improvements, steps challenge and more! Today Interim Superintendent for the new Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), Alycia Meriweather, announced an enrollment campaign centered on investments in academic innovations for the new school year, such as first-ever Montessori programming and more dual language immersion classes, as well as a robust community engagement call-to-action and extensive free summer learning at major educational venues emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (S.T.E.A.M.), to ensure students are prepared on the first day of school and

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DPS’ Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather’s Academic Advisory Council Presented Phase I of the New District’s Academic Plan that will Serve as the Foundation for the New District

Meriweather issued a call to the community to join the committees in Phase II Detroit Public Schools Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather held a public meeting Wednesday at Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School along with the District’s 15 committee Academic Advisory Council. The Council is comprised of more than 150 employees, staff, and parents who committed their time to develop recommendations for a long-term pathway forward for the new District. Meriweather also issued a call for the community to join Phase II. Phase II will be the development of the actual plan, which will require input from all stakeholders. Each committee presented in their respective category from curriculum development to wraparound services for students and their families. Some of

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Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes Presents Balanced FY2017 Budget for New Detroit Public Schools Community District

Proposed budget, based on realistic assumptions, presents fresh start for children and families of Detroit Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes today presented the citizens of Detroit with a proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget for the new Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD).  It is a balanced budget based on realistic assumptions.  Because all projected expenditures will be paid from expected revenues, the budget does not require any new debt. “This honest budget will enable the new district to pay its hard-working staff and its vendors when our obligations to them are due, allowing us to regain the public’s trust and attract and retain the best people to work in our schools,” said Judge Rhodes. “While challenges remain, we are on a

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DPS Seniors Receive More Than $164 Million in Student Scholarships and Grants for 2015-16 School Year

More than $75 million of the steadily growing number is fully dedicated to academic subsidies including six prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarships valued at $600,000 each! With exams and graduation ceremonies complete, Detroit Public Schools is pleased to announce that its 2,592 graduating seniors, have earned $164,518,555 in student scholarships and grants for the 2015-16 school year. According to the DPS Office of Guidance and Counseling, this amounts to an average of $65,886 per student. The total dollars earned by this year’s graduating class is nearly $50,000 more than that earned by 2014-15 graduates. Students from across the District spent countless hours researching and applying for opportunities to alleviate some of the financial challenges that often hold many back from perusing

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“I Love DPS” Essay Contest Winners

In support of Detroit Public Schools’ Annual Literacy Fair, the Office of Enrollment invited all DPS students to express their DPS Love in an essay contest! Participants were asked to show their DPS Love by expressing what Detroit Public Schools (or an individual DPS school) means to them! 2016 “I Love DPS” Winners Academy of the Americas (Winning Essays) Uriel Hernandez Berelim Espinoza Eder Maciel Moriana Segura Ricardo Meza Osvaldo Covarrubias Cass Technical High School (Winning Essay) Kalil Whitehead Chrysler Academy (Winning Essay) Logan Hrabowski Davison Elementary-Middle School (Winning Essay) Ma’Kya Bentley Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern (Winning Essay) Duantile Turner Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School (Winning Essays) Kamaya Bedell Deshawn Davis Aniyah Hutchins Zaire Fuller Chaste Humphal Apollo Andres

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WXYZ All Star: Jana Goodwin inspires a whole new generation of her peers!

Seniors everywhere are wrapping up high school and preparing for college. And though they all persevered to get their diploma, one Detroit student is inspiring a whole new generation of her peers, through her strength. This week, our All Star is an incredible 17-year-old from Martin Luther King Jr. High School who is overcoming so many obstacles and now, she has big dreams for the future. “Humble, humility, sunshine, light, all positivity,” Principal Dr. Deborah Jenkins said to describe student Jana Goodwin… Read the full story!

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Cass Tech seniors reap benefits of education provided by DPS

A 34 composite on the ACT and full ride to Harvard, three Gates Millennium finalist, 12 Scholastic Art awards and a major in Medical Illustration and $925,000 in scholarships have been awarded to Cass Tech’s Senior Scholars. Detroit Public Schools was established in 1842, now in 2016 DPS isn’t nearly the system it was years ago. Even though the district is facing appalling conditions, it is still able to produce future leaders of tomorrow… READ THE FULL STORY! Written by: Kiryn Swain and Alyson Grigsby, Dialogue Detroit

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15 DPS “All A” Students Awarded for Academic Achievements with All-Access Shopping Spree at Office Depot in Oak Park Valued at $15,000

Students from Ben Carson, Cass Tech, DIA, Osborn MST, Renaissance and Western select items such as laptops, tablets, specialty calculators, etc. in preparation for college with individual $1,000 gift cards donated by Office Depot Office Depot, Inc. awarded 15 DPS “All A” students with $1,000 Office Depot gift cards on Thursday, June 16, to purchase school supplies in preparation for their freshman year of college. The recent graduates are recipients of the 2016 Office Depot and OfficeMax Scholarship program and also DPS Excellence Awards honorees. The students were acknowledged during a celebratory ceremony immediately before they began an in-store shopping spree. DPS Office Depot and OfficeMax Scholarship recipients from: Benjamin Carson High School for Science and Medicine Alexis Barker, University

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MIKE MORSE LAW FIRM PARTNERS WITH DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE BACKPACKS TO STUDENTS IN GRADES K-8 FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

Mike Morse is expanding the backpack program to provide more backpacks and supplies for more students Today the Mike Morse Law Firm announced a bigger and better partnership with Detroit Public Schools (DPS) to include backpacks filled with school supplies for students from grades K-8. Mike Morse has been working with the Detroit Public Schools Foundation to ensure students are ready for the first day of school. “Given the hardships many Detroit residents face, it’s important that students have the proper school supplies to begin the year winning,” said Mike Morse, Mike Morse Law Firm. “The disadvantages these students face by going to school without proper supplies can be devastating, affecting their self-worth, self-image, confidence, attitude, behavior and willingness to

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Detroit Goodfellows Seventh Annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year Contest Winner is Theresa McCants of Fisher Magnet Lower Academy

The Detroit Goodfellows announced today the winner of the seventh annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest — Theresa McCants, a fourth grade teacher at Detroit Public Schools’ Fisher Magnet Lower Academy! Detroit Goodfellows board members surprised McCants in her classroom with the news and presented her with a $200 gift card to buy classroom supplies. Additionally, she will be acknowledged at the Detroit Goodfellows Annual Tribute Breakfast this fall. The Goodfellows Board of Directors selected the winning teacher from nominations by Detroit Public School students in grades 3 through 8 who designated their favorite teachers by answering the question: “Why is your teacher so special?” in 50 words or less. This year, nominations from two 9-year-old, fourth-grade students at

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Congratulations Elementary-Middle School Track and Baseball Championship Winners!

Detroit Public Schools Middle School Track Championship was held Saturday, June 4 at Renaissance High School. Middle school teams from across the district took the track, but Bunche Preparatory Academy took home the back-to-back championship title for boys and girls! Congratulations athletes and special shout out to Coach Plonka who does a wonderful job at getting his Bunche athletes out to participate! Participating boys teams included: Bunche Preparatory Academy J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy Thirkell Elementary-Middle John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy Ludington Magnet Middle School Participating girls teams included: Bunche Preparatory Academy Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy Thirkell Elementary-Middle J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy Burton International Academy Ludington Magnet-Middle School Also held at Renaissance was the Elementary-Middle School Baseball Championship games! Burton beat Schulze

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Statement by DPS Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes on Passage of Education Reform Legislation

Below is a statement from DPS Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes on the passage, yesterday, by the Michigan Legislature of education reform legislation. “The Michigan Legislature has moved forward with the creation of a new, debt-free school district that will be governed by a school board that the people of Detroit will elect. Our leadership, staff, educators, parents, community stakeholders, and the newly elected school board will continue the work necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability and success of the new district. We are especially excited about the opportunity to provide more resources for the education of our children, and about offering new academic programs for our students, such as the first public Montessori/Open School program in Detroit, enhanced blended

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DPS Academic Advisory Council to create new long-term academic plan

DPS Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather implements Academic Advisory Council to develop new Academic Plan More than 100 DPS staff members respond to Interim Superintendent’s call to action to create a data-driven long-term academic plan Detroit Public Schools Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather today announced the implementation of an Academic Advisory Council that will steer the development of a long-term Academic Plan for DPS students. The council consists of approximately 120 DPS staff members, including the academic division at Central Office, educators, principals, and other school-based staff throughout the District’s 97 schools. “Our current Academic Plan sunsets June 30, 2016, and we are designing our new vision and plan in a transparent and collaborative manner through the Academic Advisory Council (AAC).  Now

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New Montessori, more STEAM, Honors, Language Immersion schools and programs planned in Detroit Public Schools

Program innovations selected from those submitted by educators in the second year of the District academic proposal solicitation process Detroit Public Schools Interim General Superintendent Alycia Meriweather announced today that innovative programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) will expand, and the first public Montessori schools in Detroit will open as a result of proposals selected from 36 school initiatives developed by teams of DPS principals, teachers and  educators. The dozen innovations announced today include an Arabic Dual Language Immersion and Technology Academy, an expanded Academy of Blended Learning, accelerated academic programs and smaller high school learning communities. “Detroit Public Schools teachers, principals and educators are not only focused on their ongoing passion to educate Detroit schoolchildren, but

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Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather’s Welcome Back Message

Greetings DPS Family,

I want to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back from spring break, and to share Alyicia's daffodils for websome thoughts about how this new season relates to Detroit Public Schools and our important work at hand. Please read more or click here to listen.

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Detroit Public Schools corrects health and safety violations in its buildings, 92% of Detroit Public School buildings are now up to city code

  87 of 95 school buildings have received Certificates of Compliance Water in all DPSCD school buildings has been screened and meets Detroit Health Dept. and EPA standards for lead safety. 8 schools to undergo required roof and other repairs starting this fall DETROIT – When school began last year, not a single Detroit Public School building was in compliance with Detroit health and safety codes.   Today – just one week before the start of the new school year – 92% of all the district’s school buildings are in full compliance. Over the past eight months, the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has worked closely with City health and safety inspectors to bring its schools up to code.  DPSCD

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Detroit Public Schools Community District Hosts Annual Open House Day, Saturday, August 27!

All 97 DPSCD schools open Saturday for tours, activities and enrollment opportunities! What: DPSCD Open House Day! Enrollment, school tours, staff meet and greet and fun planned activities When: Saturday, August 27, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: DPSCD locations district-wide  Detroit Public Schools Community District will open its school buildings district-wide on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to help parents prepare for the first day of school. Several schools have special activities planned for families. Witness a fly-in by the first African American pilot to fly around the world and much more! Learn more about how all students in grades K-8 will receive free supply-filled backpacks during the first week of school! All DPSCD seniors are

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DPSCD Interim Superintendent will announce the District’s Flying Classroom program this Saturday with Helicopter Fly-in

Saturday, August 27 is the District’s annual All Schools Open House WHO: Detroit Public Schools Community District Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather, Students attending Ann Arbor Trail and Fisher Upper and Captain Barrington Irving, President, Experience Aviation, Inc. will announce the District’s Flying Classroom program. WHAT: Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather will join Captain Barrington Irving, a pilot, educator and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, to announce the Flying Classroom Program that will launch at 17 DPSCD locations during the 2016-2017 school year. Interim Superintendent Meriweather will join Captain Irving on a special Fly-in to launch the program, at Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School on Saturday, August 27 during the District’s All Schools Open House Day! Captain Irving will Fly-in and land at two DPSCD locations and

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Detroit Public Schools Community District Extends Hours for STEAMy Summer Event at the Wayne County Aquatic Center

Summer Back-to-School Enrollment Initiative Centered on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) will hold its fourth STEAMy Summer family event at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center on Saturday, August 20, 2016, including extended hours! The event will offer hands-on S.T.E.A.M. activities with a special computer coding course which will engage both students and parents. This event includes a free entry for DPSCD families on a first come first served basis, at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center. A limited supply of free school supplies will be distributed at the event. Southwest Solutions and the Detroit Police Department will also be on site. In addition, a number of DPSCD schools will be at the Center with enrollment

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Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes to Kick off DPSCD Teacher Recruitment Fair, aimed at filling hundreds of open positions for 2016-17 school year

The District is also seeking certified teachers who have retired or certified teachers who are interested in part-time employment opportunities. The new Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is undergoing an unprecedented period of change and transformation that will position DPSCD as a high-quality education option of choice for families city-wide. We are excited to update our announcement that DPSCD will host a Teacher Career Fair on August 19, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine. Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes will kick-off the fair with a welcome. UPDATE: We are also seeking certified teachers, certified teachers who have retired and certified teachers who are interested in part-time employment opportunities. The

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