Contact Information

Office of Counseling and Guidance
Main: (313) 873-3450

Barbara K. Smith, Ph.D.

Office of Guidance and Counseling

Guidance counseling in DPS is based on the Michigan Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Model, designed to meet the needs of all students, pre-school through high school. Our comprehensive model supports students by involving families, school, and our community in assuring academic success for ALL students. School counselors offer counseling activities that are developmental in design and preventive in purpose. Effective counseling programs are important to the school climate and use data to drive program decisions to improve student achievement. Successful programs depend upon the support and collaboration of administrators, teachers, other school personnel, students, the community and other stakeholders. Detroit Public Schools offers a host of school guidance programs to help every child meet their college and career goals, including academic planning for college. Through our Guidance Program we work to ensure that all students will acquire and demonstrate competencies in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development. We strive to make sure students acquire college and career readiness skills, pursue post- secondary degrees and become responsible citizens, productive workers and lifelong learners.

College Day in “D”PS

MBBOA scholarship application deadline is February 16, 2015

The Michigan Black Bar Owners Association Scholarship awards graduates of high school in 2015 who are interested in business and/or the hospitality industry. Awards upward of $5,000 will be granted to 5 students to assist with college expenses. The deadline to apply is February 16, 2015.

The mission of this organization is to​ provide educational scholarships for deserving high school students within the MBBOA membership community.

Students must submit the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Application
  • Headshot Picture (please be alone in the picture)
  • Two-Page Double Spaced Essay (details below)
  • Most Recent Transcripts


  • High School Senior Class of 2015
  • Attending an accredited higher learning institution in Summer/Fall 2015
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Michigan Resident

For full details, visit: and complete the application at

About our Programs

Elementary/Middle School Guidance

The Elementary and Middle School Guidance Programs are designed to provide students with the skills to be successful in career planning, personal growth, interpersonal relationships and academic achievement. Prevention and early intervention are the foundation of the Program Components. Classroom and small group guidance are strategies often employed to support developmental and socialization skills. Counselors are less encumbered with records and documents management permitting them to deliver maximum engagement of interactive guidance activities and services.

High School Guidance

Guidance and Counseling is a comprehensive and proactive program of specialized activities that assist students in identifying, planning, and attaining those goals and employment opportunities consistent with their aptitudes, needs, abilities and interests. Academic planning for college and career readiness is essential in providing supports for all students to be successful in “higher learning institutions”. The Guidance and Counseling Program is a systematically designed set of components including a counseling curriculum, responsive services, individual planning and systems support. It is developmental in design to offer sequentially planned activities which meets the needs of all students as they mature and progress through high school.

Wade H. McCree Jr., Incentive Scholarship Program

The Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholarship Program for ninth graders began as a pilot program in 1985 with seven colleges participating as scholarship sponsors. The program is designed to provide certainty of opportunity to attend college. The scholarship program offers a full tuition grant upon the ninth grade student’s successful completion of a four-year college preparatory curriculum with a minimum B (3.0) average while in high school and a composite score of 21 or better on the American College Text (ACT). In order to participate, students and their parents must sign an agreement which states that they will meet the performance standards of the scholarship program delineated in the Student/Parent Contract.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Completion of 6th, 7th and 8th grade in Detroit Public Schools
  • Completing and returning a signed contract
  • 3.0 (B) or better grade point average at the middle school level
  • Recommendations by middle school principal and counselor
  • Excellent reading and mathematics scores on the Metropolitan Achievement Test
  • Attendance at the Fall orientation for parents and students

Detroit Compact Scholarship


The Detroit Compact Scholarship Incentive Program is designed to provide incentive to students of the Detroit Public Schools to meet academic standards in order to receive enhanced financial aid for a four-year degree at a Compact-participating member institution of the Michigan Colleges Foundation.

Participating Entities

This agreement sets forth the roles and responsibilities of the three entities that represent the Detroit Compact Scholarship Incentive Program: the twelve participating universities of the Presidents Council, the Detroit Regional Chamber, and the Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

Eligibility Criteria for the Detroit Compact Incentive Scholarship Program

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Upon graduation from high school, possess a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in a college preparatory curriculum, as determined by the sponsoring university.
  2. Attain a composite minimum score of 21 on the ACT.
  3. Maintain a 95% attendance record in high school.
  4. Have no major discipline violations as defined by the high school student code of conduct.
  5. Be granted regular admittance to the sponsoring institution.
  6. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 while enrolled at the sponsoring institution.
  7. Maintain continuous, full-time enrollment at the sponsoring institution (12 or more credits per semester) until graduation but not later than 4 years from enrollment at the institution.
  8. Student must sign a Detroit Compact Incentive Scholarship Program contract allowing data to be released to the Detroit Regional Chamber, the President’s Council, and Detroit Public Schools for tracking student progress.

DPS Graduating Senior Compact Information 2012-2013 – This document will help you to determine if you qualify for Compact College funding and provide you with the forms needed to apply for funding to a four-year college program or a community college/job training program.

Detroit Compact Brochure


GEARUP/College Day Program

Enacted in 1998, GEAR UP was signed into law as part of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. The mission of GEAR UP is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.


The GEARUP/College Day Program’s mission is to provide an opportunity for underrepresented students to discover first hand, the potential of a college education and to expose students to the information, knowledge and skills they need to complete high school and prepare themselves adequately for college entry and success.


The GEARUP/College Day Program partners with Michigan’s 15 Public Higher Education Institutions, Michigan Department of Treasury, Partnership for Learning, United States Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth to target and provide services to 38 Public Secondary School districts and 92 school buildings throughout Michigan. The goal is to improve the entry into post secondary education of students from the targeted areas.

GEAR UP Benefits Michigan’s Students Our Future Workforce

In the 2009-10 academic year the GEAR UP/College Day Program served 10, 144 students in 37 targeted school districts and 57 individual high schools throughout the state. The GU/CD Program serves entire classrooms of students and has been growing up with the cohort of seventh and eighth grade students who began with the program in 2006. These students will be 11th and 12th graders during the 2010-11 academic year.

Detroit College Promise

Every DPS student who lives in the city can earn a college scholarship through the Detroit College Promise. Scholarships are available for all new DPS graduates at all DPS high schools. Students can apply starting in Kindergarten, but must apply by December 1 of their 9th grade year to be eligible.

Students in the classes of 2011-2014 must apply for The Detroit College Promise Scholarship by December 1, 2010. To be eligible, students must be Detroit residents and be enrolled in a DPS high school from December 1, 2010 through graduation. Students must complete the FAFSA (financial aid application). Younger students should apply now to get the maximum award when they graduate.

Scholarship awards are based on the balance due for tuition and mandatory fees at any Michigan public college or university, after application of FAFSA-related grants. Funds are paid directly to Michigan public colleges or universities.

To Apply

Visit, then click on the Student Login button, then click on
New Student, then fill out the form and click Save.

Or download one of these forms and mail it in:

For more information

Call: (248) 646-3269



Electronic platform designed to help students, research careers, scholarships, seek admission to colleges and universities and prepare for post high school plans.


Docufide develops a system for electronic transfer of school transcripts between high schools and colleges. Docufide provides its electronic transcript exchange system to CEPI, which serves Michigan’s K-12 public schools and students.

Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling K-12 programs for parents, students, staff and community

These programs are also supported by the Office for Guidance and Counseling:

  • Business and Industry Scholarship  Luncheon
  • Decision Day
  • Detroit College Promise
  • Detroit Urban League Future Warriors
  • Dual/Concurrent Enrollment
  • Education 313/Radio One
  • Excellence Awards Banquet
  • GEAR-UP  – College Day
  • King, Chavez Parks College Day Programs (KCP)
  • Metropolitan Teen Conference
  • Metro Youth Day
  • MACRAO and NSSFNS College Fairs Scholarship Programs
  • NACAC: National College Fair
  • State of Michigan Department of  Treasury
  • The Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation
  • Tuskegee Airmen’s Careers in Aviation History Week
  • Upward Board
  • Metro Youth YMCA College Access Network

Resources for Staff, Parents and Students

Scholarship Websites

Resources/Projects For Counselors and DPS Staff

Please note that the following resources are only available to Detroit Public Schools staff members: