Mathematics in DPS

Mathematics is the science of patterns and relationships.



Mathematics is the science of patterns and relationships. It is the language and logic of our technological world. Today’s ever changing technological world requires dissemination of vast amounts of quantitative information. The level of mathematical thinking and problem solving needed in the workplace has increased dramatically. In such a world, those who understand and can do mathematics will have opportunities that others do not.


The mission of the Office of Mathematics Education is to empower students mathematically through their ability to explore, make conjectures, reason logically and use a variety of mathematical methods effectively to solve problems.


Our goals go beyond just learning the basics. Learning the basics is important; however, students who memorize facts or procedures without understanding often are not sure when or how to use what they know. In contrast, conceptual understanding enables our students to deal with novel problems and settings as well as solving problems that they have not encountered.

  • Students will acquire mathematical skills, including the ability to perform routine
    computation and symbolic manipulation.
  • Students will develop an understanding of mathematical concepts and will be able
    to apply it to new situations.
  • Students will become mathematical problem solvers.
  • Students will learn to value mathematics and the quantitative nature of our world.


Detroit Public Schools offers a rigorous, high quality and relevant curriculum aligned to Michigan Standards. Our students begin their preparation in kindergarten getting ready for college and careers in mathematics.

Our schools offer many opportunities for students to work at their own levels as well as advance to accelerated courses throughout the grades. We take great pride in offering individualized intervention in order to close gaps in students’ prior knowledge. Technology is an essential tool for learning and modeling mathematics i.e., calculators, netbooks, SmartBoard™, and other handheld devices. The secondary mathematics course offerings include the following:

  • Pre-Algebra (Grades 6 and 7 only)
  • Algebra 1 (Grades 8 and 9)
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Advanced Placement Statistics
  • Pre-calculus
  • Calculus
  • Advanced Placement Calculus
  • Discrete Mathematics

High school graduation requirements mandate the completion of four years of secondary mathematics beginning with Algebra 1.

Curriculum by Grade Level

Student Programs

Chess League

DPS Chess teams have consistently brought home trophies from multiple tournament classifications. Chess is a game of imagination and strategy, one that provides rules, order and opportunities for intellectual growth. Chess teaches a skill that can be applied to other aspects of life. For example, it teaches one to plan carefully in advance, to visualize various situations before making a move, and the importance of patience. How many of us have acted without thinking and then wished we could take back our actions? Well, the game of chess will quickly teach a child to analyze before acting. Studies support the assertion that chess improves a person’s organizational and analytical skills. Chess involves an infinite number of calculations, anything from counting the number of attackers and defenders in the event of a simple exchange to calculating lengthy continuations.

Academic Games

Academic Games™ is a series of games designed to test a student’s knowledge in several different subject areas. Students compete in games that cover math, English, social studies, & logic. The primary purpose of Academic Games is to make learning fun for students. All too often it seems, students turn off to math, English, or social studies because the students are bored or not challenged by the material. Academic Games helps to alleviate that problem by challenging students to pursue their own education in these subjects in order to succeed in the competition.

Michigan Architecture Prep Program (MAPP)

Detroit Public Schools has partnered with the University of Michigan Taubman
College of Architecture and Urban Planning to offer eleventh grade students an
opportunity to study and learn about architecture. The Michigan Architecture Prep
Program is a one semester offering that has been customized for high school students.
The participants are students from the following high schools: Cass Technical, Detroit
School of Arts, Renaissance, and Western. The teachers are Fellows of U of M
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The main requirement for
participation is a genuine interest in any aspect
of the architectural field.

Students study architectural design, create blueprints, and design scale models. The courses consist of Applied Geometry and Visual Arts and are geared towards college and career readiness opposed to industry or vocational trades. Therefore, emphasis is placed on project-based learning that requires knowledge in constructing, drawing, and producing two- and three-dimensional models.

Summer Engineering Experiences for Kids (SEEK) Camp

The Summer Engineering Experiences for Kids (SEEK) Camp is a fun, hands-on, interactive, and engaging project-based engineering program that helps children better understand important mathematical and scientific concepts in a fun and exciting way. This camp is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students and is co-sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers. The full-day 3-week camp runs during July and August.


The mission of robotics in DPS is to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build mathematics, science, engineering and technology skills. Participation in robotics will inspire innovation and foster real-world life characteristics including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Most DPS high schools have active robotics teams with many of the middle schools coming on-board. The school teams work throughout the school year designing and building their robot to pre-set specifications culminating with the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics regional, state and national competitions.

Mathematics Bee

This District-Wide competition allows elementary school students to demonstrate their expertise and fluency in recalling the basic facts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. After winning their way through their class and school-wide competitions, the school’s winners gather in the spring to compete against their grade-level peers from across the district for the honor of being the DPS Mathematics Bee winner.

Project SEED

Project SEED instruction combines a non-lecture, questioning method with techniques designed to encourage constant verbal and nonverbal feedback, promote student participation, and improve focus. The Project SEED method makes the class the arbiters of knowledge giving them a sense of ownership of the material.

Parent Corner

Student Center

Content Specialists

Mathematics Instructional Specialists

Contact Name Email Address Phone
Rita Barksdale (313) 870-3492
Audra Brannon (313) 873-7491
Andre Floyd (313) 873-3496
Tamara Glenn (313) 873-4317
Rochelle Jamison (313) 873-8966
Kimberly Peel (313) 873-8039
Halmond Pringle (313) 873-3221