About Detroit Public Schools

Detroit Public Schools is creating Centers of Excellence in every school in every neighborhood. The district’s primary mission is educating students to perform at high academic levels. DPS offers educational advantages to students and parents/guardians across the system and reforms throughout the district’s schools. Those include:

  • $138 million in student grants and scholarships
  • Art/Music enrichment for every elementary-middle school student
  • High Quality Pre-Kindergarten
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Free healthy breakfast and  lunch for every child
  • Eight different world languages offered across the district
  • New Parent University and abundant parent programs
  • Safety initiatives with more community volunteers
  • Netbooks for every student in grades 6–12 and take-home Netbooks for grades 8–12
  • A new Career Academy, and high schools focusing on science and medicine, the arts and aviation

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Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation dedicates a new 21st Century Learning Center at Detroit Lions Academy

The Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation revealed a new 21st Century computer lab and learning center called the “Project Phoenix Learning Center” at Detroit Lions Academy Friday, September 12. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the school with current Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell, his wife Cheryl and current Detroit Lions players.

The new 21st Century Learning Center at Detroit Lions Academy marks the sixth Project Phoenix Learning Center of the Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation in the United States and the first in Michigan. The learning center includes 20 new computers with Promethean ActivBoards, ActivSlate, ActivExpressions, network printers, Internet accessibility and specialized interactive instructional software.

About the Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation

According to Jarrod Grant, CEO and Principle Educator at Learning, Technology & Leadership, the Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation seeks to enhance selected community centers, public schools, charter schools and other educational facilities by creating 21st Century learning centers for children in under served communities. These 21st Century learning labs are providing needed high-level technology access to bridge home and school.

28 Detroit Public Schools ranked as TOP schools in the city by Excellent Schools Detroit

Charles Wright takes No. 1 spot at elementary level and Renaissance High School ranks No. 1 for grades 9-12; Four DPS Pre-K programs also ranked in Top 10 ESD Highest Rated Schools

Detroit Public Schools’ Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science is the highest-rated elementary school in the City of Detroit, according to a new report released this week by Excellent Schools Detroit. DPS’ Renaissance High School ranks No. 1 for grades 9-12.

A total of 28 Detroit Public Schools were ranked as top-recommended schools at the pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school levels by ESD based on a grade system that takes into account how students perform on standardized tests, how much they’re learning  over the course of the school year, annual improvement rates, and from feedback provided by community reviewers who observed each school’s environment and culture during a site visit.

According to Excellent Schools Detroit, “these schools will help students learn what they need to know and will allow students adequate opportunities to succeed in college and work.”

The top-rated PreK-4 program at Charles Wright offers a technology-rich learning environment where students thrive academically and showcase increases on MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program) annually.

As well as receiving the ranking of top high school in the city by Excellent Schools Detroit, Renaissance also is notably ranked as the No. 1 high school academically within Detroit Public Schools; the No. 1 high school in the City of Detroit, according to U.S. News and World Report; and one of the top 10 high schools in the state of Michigan and top 250 schools nationally, according to Newsweek’s annual ranking of the best high schools in the nation. Renaissance is the only high school of any governance in the City of Detroit honored by Newsweek’s recent report.

For the Excellent Schools Detroit ranking at the Pre-K level, four programs were selected among the top 10 in the city, including: Harms Elementary, Cooke Elementary, Burton International Academy, and Duke Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art at Beckham. A total of 13 schools received Silver or Bronze medals, the top rankings.

At the high school level, five Detroit Public Schools also rank in the top 10, including: Renaissance High School, Communication and Media Arts High School, Western International High School, Cass Technical High School and Douglass Academy for Young Men.

DPS’ top-ranked K-8 schools by Excellent Schools Detroit include:

  • Bates Academy
  • Bennett Elementary School
  • Burton International Academy
  • Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science
  • Chrysler Elementary School
  • Clippert Academy
  • Davison Elementary-Middle School
  • Dixon Elementary-Middle School
  • Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (FLICS)
  • Harms Elementary School
  • Mark Twain School for Scholars
  • Maybury Elementary School
  • Pasteur Elementary School
  • Thirkell Elementary School

DPS’ top-ranked Pre-K programs by Excellent Schools Detroit include:

  • Harms Elementary School Pre-K (Silver medal)
  • Cooke Elementary School Pre-K (Silver medal)
  • Ellington Conservatory of Music & Art at Beckham Academy Pre-K (Silver medal)
  • Burton International School Pre-K (Silver medal)
  • Beard Early Learning Pre-K (Bronze medal)
  • Carver STEM Academy Pre-K (Bronze medal)
  • Dixon Learning Community Pre-K (Bronze medal)
  • Emerson Elementary-Middle Pre-K (Bronze medal)
  • Fisher Magnet Lower Academy Pre-K (Bronze medal)
  • Gardner Elementary Pre-K (Bronze medal)
  • Neinas Elementary Pre-K (Bronze medal)
  • Palmer Park Preparatory Academy Pre-K (Bronze medal)
  • Thirkell Elementary Pre-K (Bronze medal)

DPS’ top-ranked high schools by Excellent Schools Detroit include:

  • Renaissance High School
  • Communications and Media Arts
  • Western International
  • Cass Technical High School
  • Douglass Academy for Young Men

To view the full Excellent Schools Detroit Scorecard, visit: http://scorecard.excellentschoolsdetroit.org/. To view Newsweek’s ranking of America’s Top High Schools, visit: http://www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-schools-2014.

Update: The special DPS “Open Doors Days” through Monday include top-recommended schools by Excellent Schools Detroit!

Update!

The special Detroit Public Schools “Open Doors Days” through Monday, including extended hours through 7 p.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 11), include many of the very best schools in Detroit as recommended yesterday by Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD).

Opening their doors today until 7 pm to prospective parents include these schools that ESD recommends:

  • Charles Wright (the highest rated school in Detroit, DPS, charter or otherwise)
  • Burton International
  • Clippert Academy
  • Davison Elementary-Middle
  • Dixon Elementary-Middle
  • Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School
  • Harms Elementary School
  • Pasteur Elementary School

All of these schools have limited seats still available for families making choices at this time. View the full release: DPS to host NEW four-day “Open Doors” series Wednesday through Monday, district-wide

DPS to host NEW four-day “Open Doors” series Wednesday through Monday, district-wide

Parents who have not yet selected a school will be able to tour ALL schools across the district Wednesday through Monday during regular school hours, with extended hours at 53 schools on Thursday, Sept. 11 until 7 p.m.

Detroit Public Schools will host a NEW four-day “Open Doors” series inviting parents who have not yet selected a school to tour ANY school across the district during regular school hours.

Beginning today, Wednesday, September 10 through Monday, September 15, all schools will be open for public touring. Special extended hours will be available on Thursday, September 11 until 7 p.m. at 53 select schools. (See full list below.)

This new effort aims to boost enrollment district-wide during the first two weeks of school as some parents may still be in the decision-making stage. All schools will showcase their academic and college/career-track offerings to perspective families.

All schools are now accepting enrollment for available seats for the 2014-2015 school year. Many of the district’s application schools also have available seats and will be open for touring Wednesday through Monday.

Programs at all grade levels include those in Fine and Performing Arts, Bilingual Instruction, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program offerings, Medicine and Science, Aerospace, Design and Alternative Energy, Dual Immersion Bilingual, Communication Arts, Technology, Agriscience, Public Leadership, and others. Included are the state’s only two public single-gender schools.

New enrichment programs offered to DPS students include career track recommendations, Safe Routes to and from school, interscholastic athletics, career/technical centers, and college scholarships. DPS graduates were able to earn more than $137 million in scholarships and grants for the 2013–2014 school year.

The four-day “Open Doors” series is being held in conjunction with Detroit Public Schools’ new “See It Believe It” Retain/Gain Enrollment Campaign launched in July to ensure the district retains all current students and gains new enrollees. The new “See It Believe It” branding seeks to demonstrate the school system’s commitment to providing academic programs and initiatives that families desire, and making strategic decisions to attract and retain families. Ultimately, what the district came to understand is that the public needs to be reminded that amazing things are happening in each and every one of its 97 schools every day; that programs are being offered at Detroit Public Schools that parents can’t get anywhere else; and, if people take the time to visit/explore schools and interact with the students, teachers and administrators in those schools, they will see proof of this progress.

Parents or guardians who have questions should call (313) 873-6345 or email enrollment.growth@detroitk12.org. For more details, visit detroitk12.org/enroll.

Special extended hours will be available on Thursday, September 11 until 7 p.m. at these select schools:

  • Bagley
  • Blackwell Institute
  • Bow Elementary-Middle
  • Brewer Academy
  • R. Brown Academy
  • Bunche Preparatory Academy
  • Burton International Academy
  • Carleton Elementary [*closed Thursday due to loss of power]
  • Carstens Elementary-Middle
  • Carver STEM Academy
  • Clark, J.E. Preparatory Academy [*closed Thursday due to loss of power]
  • Clemente Academy
  • Clippert Academy
  • Cooke Elementary [*closed Thursday due to loss of power]
  • Davison Elementary-Middle
  • Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern
  • Detroit International Academy
  • Dixon Educational Learning Aacdemy
  • Durfee Elementary-Middle
  • Earhart Elementary-Middle
  • East English Village Preparatory Academy
  • Edison Elementary School
  • Edward “Duke” Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art Academy at Beckham
  • Emerson Elementary-Middle
  • Frederick Douglass for Young Men
  • Fisher Magnet Upper Academy
  • Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School
  • Garvey Academy
  • Golightly Education Center
  • Gompers Elementary-Middle
  • Harms Elementary
  • Henderson Academy
  • Holmes Elementary-Middle
  • Hutchinson Elementary-Middle at Howe [*closed Thursday due to loss of power]
  • J.R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy
  • Ludington Magnet Middle School
  • Mann Learning Community
  • Marquette Elementary-Middle [*closed Thursday due to loss of power]
  • Mason Elementary-Middle
  • Neinas Elementary
  • Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design and Alternative Energy [*closed Thursday due to loss of power]
  • Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology [*closed Thursday due to loss of power]
  • Osborn College Preparatory Academy [*closed Thursday due to loss of power]
  • Pasteur Elementary
  • Priest Elementary-Middle
  • Pulaski Elementary-Middle [*closed Thursday due to loss of power]
  • Robeson/Malcolm X Academy
  • Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy
  • Schulze Academy for Technology and Arts
  • Spain Elementary-Middle School
  • Wayne Elementary School
  • West Side Academy
  • C. Young Elementary

 

 

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