• $50 million commitment from Kresge puts education at the center of community revitalization efforts in the Livernois-McNichols district; largest-ever philanthropic investment into a single Detroit neighborhood.
  • P-20 campus at Marygrove brings together exemplary early childhood, pre-K-12, post-secondary and graduate education in “cradle-to-career” continuum. One of few programs in the nation.
  • Partnership to serve roughly 1,000 Detroit children at full capacity in 2029; ninth grade begins 2019, kindergarten and pre-K in 2020.
  • New DPSCD K-12 program is in collaboration with the U-M School of Education; innovative approach to preparing newly certified teachers modeled on residency for medical doctors.
  • New early childhood center to be built on campus, to open 2020 (also to house kindergarten).
  • Starfish, DPSCD and the U-M SOE will co-design the early childhood education curriculum, catered to the whole-child and family servicing to children ages birth through 5.
  • Former Bates Academy and portions of Liberal Arts Building to be renovated for student and faculty use.
  • Early childhood center to use “hub and spoke” model to support existing early childhood facilities in area.
  • P-20 partnership builds on 90-year legacy of Marygrove College.

DETROIT – Organizations gathered at the Marygrove College campus today to announce a new cradle-to-career educational partnership including a state-of-the-art early childhood education center, a new K-12 school and the introduction of an innovative teacher education training modeled after hospital residency programs.

The P-20 Partnership – one of the first in the nation – is backed with a $50 million commitment from The Kresge Foundation, marking the largest philanthropic investment in history into a Detroit neighborhood. The investment places education at the center of community revitalization efforts in the Livernois-McNichols district in northwest Detroit.

In addition to construction of a new early childhood education center, the Kresge commitment will renovate the former Bates Academy (originally Immaculata High School) on the Marygrove campus to house the K-12 school and will renovate space within the college’s Liberal Arts Building for student and faculty use.

This landmark cradle-to-career educational campus – which will offer pre-K through graduate school studies with wrap-around services and community programs – is being jointly developed through a partnership including Kresge, the University of Michigan School of Education (U-M SOE), Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), the Marygrove Conservancy, Marygrove College, Starfish Family Services, IFF and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center of the University of Detroit Mercy.

At full capacity, the new state-of-the-art early childhood education center (operated by Starfish) and the K-12 school (operated by DPSCD) are projected to serve more than 1,000 Detroit children and their families, primarily focused on the surrounding neighborhoods in the Livernois-McNichols district.

The campus will also offer degree and professional certifications for teacher education students of the U-M SOE and graduate students of Marygrove College, respectively. A new teacher “residency program,” offered by U-M SOE will place undergraduate and graduate student teachers at the DPSCD school. When they complete their degrees, they will work at the school as supervised resident teachers in an innovative program modeled after the way doctors are trained.

The first phase of the campus will include a ninth-grade pilot program to open in 2019, followed by the opening of the early childhood education center and kindergarten in fall 2020. Successive grades will be added each year, and by 2029, all grades will be offered, alongside undergraduate and graduate studies and professional development courses and certifications.

“Community development isn’t just happening in downtown and Midtown, and it isn’t just about bricks and mortar,” said Kresge President and CEO Rip Rapson. “This is community development that invests in people, in the social fabric that makes neighborhoods unique. That’s what the future of this campus represents.”

K-12 Model Learning Programs

Following the phase-one ninth grade class initiation in 2019, DPSCD plans to open a kindergarten and 10th grade class in 2020, followed by the addition of another primary and secondary class annually. By 2029, all primary and high school grade classrooms will be staffed and filled; neighborhood families will have priority enrollment.

DPSCD and U-M SOE are jointly developing the K-8 and 9-12 curriculum for the schools that DPSCD will operate. Kresge will fund renovations and updates of the district’s former Bates Academy school building, on the southeast corner of the campus, to house the majority of the 1,000 primary and secondary students.

“The cradle to college model demonstrates that DPSCD can simultaneously rebuild the district and introduce innovation,” said Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, superintendent. “The magnitude of this partnership is priceless in that it expands the city’s portfolio of high-demand, unique traditional public school options and develops a much-needed teacher pipeline with one of the top universities in the country.”

Vitti added the teacher-training component has the potential to attract college students to the teaching profession, retain teachers who otherwise leave the profession in large numbers and improve district enrollment.

“The School Board and I have been laser focused on restoring the credibility of traditional public school education so Detroit residents can send their children to the school in their neighborhood,” he said. “To achieve this, we need to establish a district that retains its best teachers and develops the next generation of dedicated teachers while supporting them in the best facilities, so each child receives a high-quality education. Detroit cannot restore its potential without a high-functioning traditional education system. Investments and partnerships such as these signal that DPSCD is on the rise and will, once again, be the preferred educational choice of its residents.”

The P-20 model has the potential to help the entire DPSCD system as it aligns with the district’s core goals of improving enrollment; improving student achievement, attendance, test scores, graduation rates and college-completion; and teacher development, retention and attraction.

“This school will not be isolated from the rest of the DPSCD system,” Vitti added. “The innovations developed here will be shared and replicated across the system for the betterment of the entire district.”


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Tuesday marked the return of students heading back to DPSCD’s 106 schools. This year had a unique feeling running through the spirits of our students and staff, with a new tagline, “Students rise. We all rise.”

DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and Board Members began the first day of school by visiting teachers and students, reinforcing that when students rise, we all rise. Dr. Vitti and Board Members greeted teachers and staff, visited classrooms, witnessed teaching and learning, encouraged the importance of high achievement and good attendance every day.

As new art and music classrooms began, as students settled in and parents signed up for volunteering, it was clear to see everyone was excited for the new school year.

The mission is to help our students rise in every way possible, driven by the knowledge that each student in every classroom has the potential to be “the one.”

Join us in our mission to empower every student, in every community, every day, to build a stronger Detroit. Tell us how you will help a student rise this school year on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram today!


DPSCD Water Quality Community Meetings

Monday, September 10 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Mumford High School 17525 Wyoming Street
Wednesday, September 12 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. East English Village Preparatory Academy 5020 Cadieux
Monday, September 17 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Western International High School 1500 Scotten Street
Tuesday, September 18 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine 571 Mack Ave

We’re excited to see you on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 4. To ensure families and students are prepared to start the school year, below are a few resourceful links with helpful information to have at your fingertips. Please bookmark this page for a quick reference. Let’s have a successful 18-19 school year!

Please visit Drinking Water Status

If you haven’t had a chance, take a look at the new 2018-2019 Student Code of Conduct, which was implemented based on student, teacher and parent input.

Additionally, don’t forget to have your student media release document signed and turned in the first week of classes:

For a full list of DPSCD schools, and helpful articles to learn more about programs being implemented this school year, read the DPSCD 2018-2019 School Directory.

Lastly, we recommend printing the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar, so you and your student(s) can stay current with parent-teacher conferences, holiday breaks and more. You can view and print the Academic Calendar in English or Spanish.

Click here to download Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For more information or questions regarding enrollment, call (313) 240-4377.

DETROIT – August 29, 2018 – Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) reported today that 60 percent of accountability areas associated with literacy and mathematics tested through the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) and the SAT showed improvement as compared to last year.  This is a baseline year for DPSCD as schools from the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA), the majority of which are considered lower performing, returned to the district July 2017. This year’s district performance combines last year’s EAA and DPSCD performance for the first time. Despite the overall improvement in most areas, the results reinforce the need for the newly adopted K-8 Literacy and Mathematics Curriculum, training on the new standards, stronger progress monitoring tools to properly intervene when students are falling behind, and enhanced family support initiatives such as the Parent Academy and teacher home visits.

“This year’s performance is not surprising. It is positive to see slight improvement in various areas due to a greater focus on general school improvement strategies, such as increased monitoring and student data analysis, but our teachers and principals were not equipped with the right training and tools to maximize student performance yet. The investments we have made to improve teaching and learning will be felt in the classroom during the 2018-2019 school year,” said Nikolai Vitti, DPSCD Superintendent. “This summer, more than a thousand teachers, along with all of our principals, participated in multiday academies on our new curriculum and culture survey data to improve the instructional culture of our schools. Everyone needs time to now implement our new and aligned resources to demonstrate to the world what our students can achieve when supported. It was promising to see that most grade level cohorts ended last year with higher levels of proficiency than in the 2017 school year, and that a higher percentage of our early readers are making progress. We will build on this in future years.”

The assessments, administered every spring to Michigan students in grades 3 through 8 and to high school students in grade 11, provides a common measure of literacy, math and social studies achievement across the state. The results allow students, families and educators to understand progress toward grade level expectations and make meaningful plans for improvement. A summary of results, include:

  • 3 of 6 (50 percent) of grade levels improved in literacy
  • 4 of 6 (67 percent) of grade levels improved in math
  • 2 of 3 (67 percent) grade levels improved in social studies
  • 1 of 2 (50 percent) of SAT areas improved
  • Overall, 10 of 17 (60 percent) accountability areas improved
  • 5 percent of DPSCD students in grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) were proficient, up 0.1 percentage point from 2017; 6.7 percent of DPSCD students in grades 3-8 Math were proficient, down 0.3 percentage points from 2017
  • Approximately half of schools (50.7 percent) increased their percentage of students proficient in ELA over 2017 results; 48 percent of increased their percentage of students proficient in math over 2017 results
  • 1 percent of fifth and eighth-grade students were proficient in Social Studies, up 1.3 percentage points from 2017
  • A greater percentage of English Language Learners earned a proficient score in ELA and Social Studies than in 2017 (13 percent proficient in ELA, up 0.8 percentage points, and 7.6 percent in Social studies, up 1.0 percentage point); results were flat for English Language Learners in Mathematics (9 percent proficient)
  • A greater percentage of third-graders were proficient in ELA than in 2017 (11.3, up 1.8 percentage points); a smaller percentage of third-graders were proficient in mathematics compared to 2017 (10.7 percent, down 1.5 percentage points)
  • Last year’s fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth grade cohorts had a higher percentage of students proficient in ELA this year than they did in the 2017 administration; in mathematics, last year’s sixth, seventh, and eight grade cohorts had a higher percentage of students proficient, but the fourth and fifth grade cohorts dipped relative to 2017 results


Percent Proficient in ELA: Result by Cohort 2017 2018 Change
Class of 2023 (8th Graders in 2018) 11.5 12.9 1.4
Class of 2024 (7th Graders in 2018) 9 11.7 2.7
Class of 2025 (6th Graders in 2018) 13.7 9.9 -3.8
Class of 2026 (5th Graders in 2018) 10.1 12.5 2.4
Class of 2027 (4th Graders in 2018) 9.5 11.1 1.6


Percent Proficient in Math: Result by Cohort 2017 2018 Change
Class of 2023 (8th Graders in 2018) 5.7 7.2 1.5
Class of 2024 (7th Graders in 2018) 4.6 5.6 1
Class of 2025 (6th Graders in 2018) 4 5.3 1.3
Class of 2026 (5th Graders in 2018) 8.2 3.8 -4.4
Class of 2027 (4th Graders in 2018) 12.2 7.4 -4.8


  • 4 percent of high school juniors met the SAT college readiness benchmark in mathematics, up 0.5 percentage points over 2017
  • 4 percent of high school juniors met the SAT college readiness benchmark in evidence-based reading and writing, down 1.4 percentage points over 2017

“Just as our NAEP results showed us this spring, this year’s M-STEP and SAT data further reinforces the need to do things differently, which is why it is promising to see the administration implement initiatives through our collective Strategic Plan and approved Board budget, to address these gaps, like our new curriculum, arts and music, the creation of the Master Teacher initiative and even a code of conduct that will keep students in school to learn,” said Board President, Dr. Iris Taylor.

The Michigan Department of Education provides paper-based parent reports for all students who take the M-STEP Assessment.  DPSCD families should expect these reports to be sent home with students during the month of September and are welcomed to schedule time to talk with their student’s teacher about what the results mean and how to support their child’s learning at home.

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), announces its partnership with 14 organizations to begin phase 1 of its Cultural Passport initiative, providing children the experience of arts and music curriculum. The experiences will increase each individual students’ self-expression, visual thinking, observational, problem solving and analytical skills.

On August 16, Deputy Superintendent of Schools Iranetta Wright and Deputy Superintendent Alycia Meriweather met with several music and art organizations at the Detroit School of Arts to discuss the initiative and how the partners can work with DPSCD to create art and music programs in every DPSCD school.

The event featured student performances, including student vocalist Alaska Wilson performing the famous opera song “per la gloria d’adorarvi.”

In February 2018, students in grades 3, 4 and 5 started stamping their “passports” at cultural landmarks throughout metro Detroit through the District’s pilot series, which featured a few of the first cohort of organizations to help DPSCD launch the initiative – The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and The Michigan Opera Theatre. After reaching more than 1,500 students during the pilot, the District is forging ahead to achieve its mission of restoring equity and access to art and music programs within DPSCD.

Now, with phase 1 kickittng-off this school year, K-8 teachers can look forward to planning up to three field trips this year at the following institutions:

  • Detroit Historical Society Dossin Great Lakes Museum
  • Detroit Opera House
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • The Detroit Zoo
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • The Henry Ford
  • Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
  • Music Hall for Performing Arts
  • Troy Historical Society
  • Wild Swan Theatre
  • Charles H. Wright Museum
  • Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Ford Piquette Plant
  • Michigan Science Center

During the July 10 Board of Education meeting, Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School graduate Alana Burke was honored for her continued demonstration of DPSCD’s core value of excellence, which states, “Be relentless in your pursuit of greatness. Be bold and innovate. Learn from your mistakes. Hold yourself and others to high standards.”

Ms. Burke earned $2 million in scholarships and grants from 20 colleges, graduating high school with a 4.2 weighted GPA, ultimately accepting a full-scholarship to the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where she plans to major in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Her accomplishments were credited from a strong community, including all her teachers, counselors and her principal, Dr. Deborah Jenkins.

During her high school career, Ms. Burke remained active in a variety of extra-curricular activities and attended a prestigious summer journalism program at Princeton University.

Congratulations, Ms. Burke on your achievements!

Devonte King, a 2010 graduate of Detroit School of Arts (DSA), who is featured in DPSCD’s new branding commercial, reflects on his high school experience, fondly noting his mentors who influenced him during times of adversity.

As a Morgan State University graduate and current DSA volunteer, Devonte remembers when DSA Founder and former Principal Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton helped him through the passing of his mother during his sophomore year.

“Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton was also my mom’s high school theatre coach while she was in high school,” said Devonte. “Dr. Davis-Cotton implemented an attitude of excellence not only within me, but to all of the staff and students that had a chance to experience her presence.”

Devonte points out that when his mom passed away it became his inspiration for helping others.

“My mom helped so many people, and I saw firsthand that your presence and positive impact can truly changes the lives of others.”

It’s no surprise that Devonte actively sought out opportunities to give back to his community after he graduated college and moved back to Detroit.

“My goal is to create a bond that promotes a positive impact with the people I help,” he stated. “I love the energy at DSA. There is so much opportunity for creativity and growth inside that building. You can tell just by walking in.”

Today, Devonte works at the Wayne County Department of Public Services where he assists in the development of media projects, and volunteers as much as possible in his spare time. His advice to students interested in pursuing the arts:

“Stay focused and your dedication to your craft will make room for you in ways that money cannot.”

 DETROIT June 21, 2018 – Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti announced today the District’s new branding campaign, which includes a new logo and tagline, “Students rise. We all rise.” Ending the school year on a high note, students, families and community members joined Dr. Vitti and members of the Board at Nolan Elementary-Middle School for the official announcement and last day of school celebration. The District will use #DPSCDStudentsRise to share on social media channels.

“We recognized that after developing and implementing our new strategic plan, we did not have an aligned brand identity. This was an opportunity to ask the community for feedback on what represents the best educational experience for students, teachers, staff and families,” said Dr. Vitti. “There was a common thread – student’s first. Our brand reflects a new vision, commitment, and opportunity to prioritize students and traditional public education in Detroit in alignment with our strategic plan.”

More than 800 community members, teachers, principals, and families provided their vision of what DPSCD represents as a new brand was considered. It was evident in the feedback that there is still passion and hope that the school district will rebuild itself to restore the pride it had.

In addition to the logo and tagline, DPSCD unveiled its highly anticipated marketing commercial, featuring its students, teachers, principals, community members, schools, and Cass Tech alumnus/Rapper Big Sean.

This rebrand is one of many initiatives Dr. Vitti rolled out under a newly elected board.

“This year we focused on analyzing and building systems and processes, engaging stakeholders,  and working toward improving teacher pay and equity,” said Dr. Vitti. “As we build upon our momentum entering into year two, we will begin implementing the reform and initiatives driven by our strategic plan and new budget priorities at scale for critical areas such as arts and music, student programs, expanded professional development, enhanced technology, and new curriculum aligned to grade level expectations.”

DPSCD thanks its partners who supported the rebranding project: BLVD Content and Real Integrated, marketing and strategy firms; Detroit Public Schools Foundation, which awarded the District a $20,000 grant; and iHeart Media/WJLB.

The District will continue to celebrate its transformative brand through events and promotions this summer and throughout the 2018-2019 school year. To learn more about DPSCD and enrollment opportunities, visit detroitk12.org. Stay up-to-date on events and news by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


About Detroit Public Schools Community District

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is Michigan’s largest public education system. It is governed by a locally-elected, seven-member board with Dr. Nikolai Vitti serving as superintendent. The District’s mission is to provide every student with a beneficial and rightful educational experience, preparing students to be career and college ready, and qualified to compete in the global market. The District has 106 schools and educates 50,000 children. For more information, visit detroitk12.org.

  • Summer school begins for staff on Monday, June 25
  • Summer school begins for students on Tuesday, June 26
  • Students in K-5 buildings are in session from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 6-12 grades are in session from 8:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
  • Summer school runs through July 26
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served

If you have any questions or concerns regarding summer school, please call the parent hotline at (313) 240-4377

Congratulations are in order for Renaissance Senior Kahlid Ali, who recently received the Wayne State University Med-Direct (Wayne M.D.) scholarship.

Wayne M.D. is a unique program that guarantees admission to Wayne State’s School of Medicine and Irvin D. Reid Honors College for 10 students each year. The program emphasizes mentoring and research by giving students the opportunity to become part of the School of Medicine community during their undergraduate studies, leading to M.D. or combined M.D. /Ph.D. degree programs at WSU.

During his academic career at DPSCD, Kahlid has earned many awards and accolades which lead him to receiving the prestigious scholarship. Not only did Kahlid graduate in the top 3 percent of DPSCD seniors, but he was an active mentee in the Pathway to Excellence program at the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; he has traveled to Nicaragua with Buildon.org to help build schools in poverty stricken communities; and Kahlid served as the team captain for the Renaissance High School robotics team.

In May, Cody Medicine and Community Health Academy social studies teacher Michelle A. Shorter, was named the 2018 Fred Martin Educator of the Year at the Coleman A. Young Foundation (CAYF) Annual Awards Experience. Ms. Shorter was nominated by two of her students, and received this prestigious award which honors Detroit education professionals who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide quality developmental experiences to Detroit youth.

The Coleman A. Young Foundation further acknowledges Ms. Shorter because she exemplifies the leadership characteristics and spirit of the late Mayor Coleman A. Young, by going the extra mile, motivating students to achieve their potential, helping them overcome obstacles and challenging them to reach their goals.

Congratulations, Ms. Shorter and thank you for your dedication and service to our students.

Western International High School and Earhart Elementary-Middle School will be dismissed today (9/20) at 12:30 p.m. due to a power outage.

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Carleton Elementary will release students early today, Sept. 6, at 12:30 p.m.

Nolan is closed today, September 6, due to power loss.

Greenfield Union is closed today, September 6, due to power loss.

The September Board of Education meetings are as follows:

Regular Board Meeting of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education will be held on Tuesday,  September 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette, Detroit.

Policy Ad hoc Committee Meeting of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fisher Building, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., 12th Floor Conference Room. 

Finance Sub-Committee Meeting of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fisher Building, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., 12th Floor Conference Room.

Curriculum/Academics Sub-Committee Meeting of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education will be held on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fisher Building, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., 12th Floor Conference Room. 

For more information, visit detroitk12.org/board/meetings.

Every School Day Counts!

Help your child succeed in school by Building a Habit of Good Attendance

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about themselves and school. It also helps them do well in high school, college and their career.

Quick Facts About Attendance:

  • Missing school just 18 days during a school year can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every month.
  • Attendance is an important life skill. It will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.

How You Can Help (K-8 Tips)

  • Set a regular schedule for bedtime and morning routine.
  • Prepare for school the night before by laying out clothes, packing backpacks and preparing lunches. Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, discuss with teachers, school counselors and other parents on how to make them feel more comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop plans for getting to school in case something comes up. Include trusted family members, neighbors and other parents in the planning.
  • Avoid making medical appointments and planning trips when school is in session.

How You Can Help (High School Tips)

Make school attendance a priority.

  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day. Make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick.

Help your teen stay engaged

  • Find out if your child feels engaged in his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.

For more tips visit awareness.attendanceworks.org / 313.841.4447

For more information about DPSCD: 313.240.4377