Consistent with Detroit Public Schools’ commitment to excellence in education, the Office of Scientific Studies and the Detroit Mathematics and Science Center are dedicated to the advancement of Scientific and Mathematical literacy for all students.
We provide all of our students with:
Grades 1-8: Curriculum for grades 1-8 are designed as integrated science courses to include physical science, life science, and earth science aligned to the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE). Teachers are encouraged to utilize technology, science equipment, and provide hands on experiences as they teach science. Middle schools may also offer a DAPCEP (Detroit Pre College Engineering) class if they have a qualified DAPCEP teacher on staff.
High school: The standard high school science courses are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science, which are aligned to the High School Content Expectations (HSCE). Science electives available in the district include: Forensics, Robotics, and Environmental Science. Additionally schools may offer a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses which allow students to receive college credit if they pass the AP Exam with a qualifying score.
According to the graduation requirements for the state of Michigan, students must complete the following courses in high school:
In order to have a more robust college application, it is the recommendation of the Office of Science that high school students go beyond the minimal graduation requirement and take four years of Science, which should include at least 1 Advanced Placement course. This can possibly give an advantage when applying to colleges, or to the workforce.
Additionally, with the current focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), it is strongly recommended that students participate in an after school or weekend science enrichment program such as DAPCEP (Detroit Pre College Engineering Program), Robotics, Environmental Science Club, or the Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit.
New National Standards for Science are being created. They are expected to be finalized early 2013. For more information, please visit http://nextgenscience.org
Parent Activity guides (Grades 1-7) are also available by request from the Detroit Mathematics and Science Center. Please call 313.873.4519 to make your request.
Local destinations that will spark interest and provide opportunity for your student to learn more about Science.
In the state of Michigan, students take the Science MEAP at grades 5 and 8 only. In high school, students take the MME/ACT in the 11th grade.
The NAEP website is an excellent source of sample assessment items. On the left margin of the website, you must select the grade level, then click on the topic of the question in the center panel of the web page to see the actual assessment item. You can also print the items.
The State Practice Tests website includes examples from all over the United States, as well as the TIMSS and NAEP items. Scroll down the page until you find the grade level/state examples and some brand new items related to Science process skills.
Office of Science: (313) 873-1488
Fax: (313) 873-8586
Office of Science
Natalie (Jacobson) Rich
Barb (Pulford) Syrian