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Detroit Public Schools Office of Charter Schools
Fisher Building, 9th Floor
3011 W. Grand Blvd
Detroit MI 48202

Phone (313) 873-7927
Fax: (313) 873-6184


Kisha Verdusco
Director of Charter Schools

Jacqueline Sims
Charter Schools Compliance Specialist


Detroit Public Schools’ Authorized Charter Schools

Detroit Public Schools authorizes 13 public school academies in the City of Detroit. The schools are part of DPS’ mission to facilitate a portfolio of outstanding schools that strive to meet the needs of children in the City of Detroit.
As a charter school authorizer, Detroit Public Schools is responsible for oversight of public school academies to ensure they meet their academic goals, are financially sound and comply with state and federal requirements.

Capstone Academy Charter School

3500 John R St.
Detroit, MI, 48202
(313) 202-6082
Brian Serafino, Principal
Email Address:
Grades: 4-12
Curriculum Focus: Strict Discipline Academy
Capstone Academy Charter
Capstone Contract Amendment – Grade Configuration
Management Company:  EdTec Central LLC
Board Liaison: Carolyn Faulkner

Capstone Academy Charter School is a 90-bed residential facility located in midtown Detroit. The adolescent residential treatment programs treat youths with mental disorders and co-existing disorders who have been adjudicated or have committed criminal acts. Students are referred or are required to undergo psychiatric treatment by a court or family service agency.

David Ellis Academy

18977 Schaefer and 16892 Schaefer
Detroit, MI  48235
Phone: (313) 927-5395
Fax:  (313) 927-5376
Keith Morris, Principal
Email Address:
Grades K–8
Curriculum focus: General Education
David Ellis Academy Charter
David Ellis Contract Amendment K-1 Bldg.
Educational Goals
Management Company:  Bardwell Group
Board Liaison: Vanessa Gulley

The David Ellis Academy, in collaboration with the community, will successfully prepare students for the 21st Century in a safe and orderly environment that will teach academic, cultural, social, physical, organizational, conflict resolution and goal seeking skills. The staff will assist students in achieving their maximum potential, help students develop positive attitudes and high self-esteem, and enable students to become productive citizens within the community and society at large.

Escuela Avancemos! Academy

3811 Cicotte
Detroit, MI 48210
Phone: (313) 596-0079
Fax: (313) 596-0075
Web site:
Grades: K-5
Sean Townsin, Principal
Email Address:
Curriculum focus: Bilingual education in Spanish and English
Escuela Avancemos! Academy Charter
Management Company: Sanga Educational Partners
Board Liaison: Vanessa Gulley

Hamilton Academy

14223 Southampton Street
Detroit, MI 48213
Phone: (313) 866-4505
Fax: (313) 866-4493
Dr. Pamela Bilbrew, Principal
Email Address:
Grades K–8
Curriculum focus: General Education
Hamiltion Academy Charter
Hamilton Contract Amendment – Name Change
Management Company: Educational Partnerships, Inc.
Board Liaison: Carolyn Faulkner

Hamilton Academy is dedicated to providing a safe and student-friendly environment that promotes learning and achievement. We offer extended blocks of English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies to help our students reach their full potential.
We utilize a staff of Highly Qualified and caring teachers to bring instruction home to our children based on the three R’s of education: Rigor, Relevance and Relationships. Our curriculum is aligned to the state core curriculum and standards as well as national standards. Our teachers use several research-based and strategies to improve academic performance, including differentiated instruction, cross-curricular instruction, Response to Intervention strategies and an emphasis on the core standards.
Additionally we utilize a cohort/looping model, which involves teachers following students through their grade-level progression.

GEE Edmonson Academy

1300 W. Canfield Street
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 228-0910
Fax: (313) 447-2533
Domini Nailer, Principal
Email Address:
Grades Pre-K–8*
*Pre-K offered through Detroit Public Schools
2012-2013 Enrollment Form
Curriculum focus: General Education
Edmonson Academy Charter
Management Company:  Global Educational Excellence
Board Liaison: Alma Hollins

Nestled in the heart of the Woodbridge Community, GEE Edmonson Academy offers a rigorous curriculum that includes two hours of English/Language instruction and 55 minutes of mathematics instruction daily.
We offer individualized instruction based on each child’s need, progress and goals. In-school tutoring and enrichment opportunities are offered, and we have strong partnerships with institutions in the Woodbridge community. We offer Parent University courses, Points for Parents and online access to students’ academic progress.

GEE White Academy

5161 Charles Street
Detroit, MI 48212
Phone: (313) 866-3595
Fax: (313) 866-3476
Kai Flanagain, Principal
Email Address:
Grades K–4

Cheralyn Sanford, Principal
Email Address:
Grades 5-8

*Pre-K offered through Detroit Public Schools
2012-2013 Enrollment Form
Curriculum Focus:  General Education
White Academy Charter
Management Company:  Global Educational Excellence
Board Liaison: Carolyn Faulkner

Global Educational Excellence, which operates GEE White Academy, has an academic program geared toward success in improving the academic performance of students who have historically not met academic standards, including a sound curricular program combined with a cohesive educational approach, instructional strategies, and assessment plan.
GEE has demonstrated success in managing charter schools, raising achievement at existing schools. The academic program aligns well with the mission to promote lifelong learning by nurturing academic excellence, positive character, and appreciation of cultures.

International Preparatory Academy – MacDowell Campus

4201 W. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48221
Phone: (313) 494-7310
Christopher Lindsay, Principal
Email Address:
Grades: Pre-K-7*
Curriculum focus: College Prep
International Preparatory Academy-MacDowell Charter
Management Company: SABIS
Board Liaison: Carolyn Faulkner

In our increasingly competitive world, a solid education gives students a wider choice and brighter prospects for the future. IPA strives to prepare students for a future of continuous learning. Through the SABIS® Educational System, IPA students will develop a solid college preparatory foundation of knowledge that will give them an edge in facing life’s challenges.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center

16827 Appoline
Detroit, MI  48235
Phone: (313) 341-4944
Fax: (313) 341-7014
Dr. Constance Price, Principal
Email Address:
Grades K–8
Curriculum focus: Fine Arts and Technology
Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center Charter
Educational Goals
Management Company:  Self-Managed
Board Liaison: Vanessa Gulley

The mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center Academy is to provide each student with an accelerated technology based academic and aesthetic foundation that instills values of lifelong learning. The emphasis will be placed on the whole child, educating him/her intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, aesthetically and culturally.

New Paradigm Glazer-Loving Academy

The boards of New Paradigm Loving and New Paradigm Glazer academies merged in 2015 to create New Paradigm Glazer-Loving Academy. The merged academy has one board that oversees two academy sites. The academy is managed by New Paradigm for Education.

Glazer Site:
The Glazer campus is located in the Focus: HOPE Community and exists to develop a love of citizenship and self achievement.
2001 La Belle Street
Detroit, MI 48238
Phone: (313) 852-1500
Fax: (313) 852-1499
Robert Hines, Principal
Email Address:
Grades Pre-K–7
Web site:
Curriculum focus: General Education
Glazer Academy Charter

Loving Site:
The Loving campus is located in the Skillman Foundation North End neighborhood and exists to inspire a love of citizenship and self achievement. The school also offers full-day pre-kindergarten program operated by Detroit Public Schools.
1000 Lynn Street
Detroit, MI 48221
Phone: (313) 252-3028
Fax: (313) 866-0989
Thea Marsh, Principal
Email Address:
Web site:
Curriculum focus: General Education
Loving Academy Charter

Pathways Academy

11340 E. JeffersonDetroit, MI  48214
Phone: (313) 209-3801
Michelle Parham, Principal
Email Address:
Grades: 7-12
Curriculum focus: College Prep and credit recovery for students who are pregnant and/or parenting
Pathways Academy Contract
Management Company: Innovative Educational Programs
Board Liaison: Vanessa Gulley
Opening: Fall 2014

Within a caring and supportive environment, this 21st Century school will provide students with the academic and ethical skills necessary for success in spite of the personal, emotional and social challenges they are facing. Day care and early childhood education services will be provided onsite, and accelerated credit recoveries will also be offered.

Ross-Hill Academy

3111 Elmwood
Detroit, MI  48207
Phone: (313) 922-8088
Fax:  (313) 922-2015
Dr. Nellie Williams, Principal/Superintendent
Email Address:
Jumanne Sledge, Dean of Students
Email Address:
Grades K–8
Curriculum focus: Math, Science and Technology
Ross Hill Academy Charter
Management Company: 777 Educational Management
Board Liaison: Alma Hollins

The mission of the Ross-Hill Academy is to provide each student with an excellent elementary learning experience that will enable the student to meet and progress upon the challenges of higher education, especially in the areas of math and science, function cooperatively in a social learning environment, and successfully contribute his/her own individuality as an asset to society. The school accomplishes its mission by creating and maintaining a safe and family-oriented atmosphere conducive to learning.

Rutherford Winans Academy

16411 Curtis
Detroit, MI 48235
Phone: (313) 852-0709
Karen Abbott, Principal
Grades: Pre-K–5*
*Pre-K offered through Detroit Public Schools
Curriculum focus: College Prep
Rutherford Winans Charter
Management Company: Solid Rock Inc.
Board Liaison: Alma Hollins

Solid Rock Management Company, which currently operates the high-performing Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts in Detroit, will be the new operator for Rutherford Winans Academy.
Solid Rock Management Company, founded by Marvin L. Winans, has managed award-winning schools in Detroit for 15 years. The company currently serves more than 1,100 students in grades K-12 on two campuses. Solid Rock schools have been recognized for their academic excellence by the Skillman Foundation’s Good Schools initiative and have produced a Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient, as well as many other full scholarship recipients.
2012-2013 Enrollment Form
MI Health Appraisal Form

Timbuktu Academy

Timbuktu Academy, Pre-K–8

10800 E. Canfield
Detroit, MI  48214
Phone: (313) 823-6000
Fax: (313) 823-9748
ChaRhonda Edgerson, Principal
Email Address:
Grades: Pre-K–8
Curriculum focus: Science, Technology and African-Centered
Timbuktu Academy Charter
Educational Goals
Management Company:  Magnum Educational Management Co.
Board Liaison: Vanessa Gulley

The mission of Timbuktu Academy, in cooperation with its community village, is to foster high academic achievement among the school’s children, particularly in the sciences and technology and to instill in them a sense of pride by reinforcing group identity and self-esteem through knowledge of African and African-American History and accomplishments.


For more information on DPS-Authorized Charter Schools:
Detroit Public Schools Department of Charter Schools
Fisher Building, 9th Floor
3011 W. Grand Boulevard
Detroit MI 48202
Phone (313) 873-7927
Fax: (313) 873-6184