Detroit Public Schools Community District 33 Qualities Survey:  Qualities Desired in the New DPSCD Superintendent.  

The Board of Education of the Detroit Public Schools Community District is currently in the process of searching for a new Superintendent to lead our District.  You are important to our effort and we value and appreciate your participation in this process.  Please complete the following survey and let us know what you think are important qualities for the Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District.

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DPSCD’s New Board of Education

Detroit Public Schools Community District welcomed its new board of education at a public swearing in ceremony at Cass Technical High School on January 11, 2017. The ceremony officially ushered in the return of the school district to local control under the governance of the seven member board.

The members of the board are:

  • Iris Taylor, President
  • Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, Vice President
  • Misha Stallworth, Secretary
  • Sonya Mays, Treasury
  • Deborah Hunter-Harvill
  • Georgia Lemmons
  • LaMar Lemmons

Board Appointments are:

Academics – Deborah Hunter-Harvill
Detroit Public Schools Foundation (DPSF) – Angelique Peterson-Mayberry
Finance – Sonya Mays
Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) – LaMar Lemmons
Wayne County Association of School Boards (WCAS) – Misha Stallworth

DPSCD continues to build on its new start, marked by a virtually balanced budget, a comprehensive academic plan, stabilized enrollment and a host of innovative academic programs.

Click here for the approved calendar of meetings

DPSCD’s Selective and Themed Schools including those with Innovative New Programs are now accepting applications

Families must apply at each school site using the district’s Common Application; Spaces are limited!


WHEN:        Thursday, January 12 at 10 a.m.
WHERE:      Detroit School of Arts, 123 Selden, Detroit
WHAT:        Vocal Arts students from Detroit School of Arts will be rehearsing for their upcoming “Spend the Day at DSA” event January 18, in which middle school students from around the area will be offered a behind-the-scenes look into the performing arts high school during a “Spend the Day at DSA”event from 5-7 p.m.

Detroit Public Schools Community District is kicking off its Application Schools Period Wednesday, January 11 for limited slots available at its selective and theme-based schools, including those with innovative programs, such as the Mark Twain School for Scholars, a gifted and talented program that this year launched A.S.A.P. (Accelerated Scholars Advanced Program) for high-performing kindergarten and first grade students and families seeking an even more rigorous program.

Other offerings include Academy of the Americas and Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS), which offer language immersion programs; Detroit School of Arts, metro Detroit’s premier fine and performing arts high school; Detroit International Academy and Frederick Douglass Academy, Michigan’s only public single gender academies for young women and men and more.

Parents and guardians seeking to apply for spots for their children in these schools should apply at the school building site for the 2017-18 school year. Applications will be accepted until spots are filled.

The launch of Application Period marks the start of the district’s enrollment campaign, and precedes the coming announcement of other new programs as part of the DPSCD’s Proposal Process. During that process, staff are encouraged to propose detailed, research-based concepts for innovative school and district programs.

Applications for all selective and themed schools for the 2017-18 school year are open to current DPS students, as well as those newly enrolling or attending school elsewhere.

To streamline the application process, Detroit Public Schools Community District is again using a Common Application for selective schools. Schools’ criteria and the new Common Application form are on the district’s website at Further information is available at 313-240-4377.

Application Schools include the following:

Academy of the Americas
A. Philip Randolph Technical High School
Bates Academy
Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine
Burton International Academy
Chrysler Elementary School
Clippert Academy
Communication and Media Arts High School
Davis Aerospace High School
Detroit International Academy for Young Women
Detroit School of Arts
Douglass Academy for Young Men
Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS)
Golightly Education Center
Ludington Magnet Middle School
Marcus Garvey Academy
Paul Robeson – Malcolm X Academy
Mark Twain School for Scholars
Application Guidelines Parents Should Know:

Families should use the DPSCD Common Application when applying to one or more of the District’s Application Schools. Some application schools have their own requirements for consideration.  For example, schools may require applicants to participate in an interview, take a test or submit a portfolio of their work. Go to for full details.
Parents should research all schools of their interest.  Students may apply to as many schools as they wish.
The grade point average, disciplinary record, attendance record and the interests of the child may be assessed.
Limited slots are available at each school.
Each school may maintain a “wait-list.”
The application period begins January 11, and schools will take applications on an ongoing basis until slots are filled.
The decision of the school review committee is final.


DPSCD’s New Board Members to be sworn in on Wednesday, January 11

The district’s newly elected School Board Members will be sworn in by Hon. Cynthia Stephens on Wednesday, January 11 at 5 p.m. during an organizational meeting followed by the seven-member board’s first general meeting. The community, parents, stakeholders, staff and students are invited to attend the celebration of the district and its bright future.

DPSCD Organizational Meeting Agenda
DPSCD Regular Board Meeting Agenda

The board meeting will be held at:

Cass Technical High School’s Auditorium
2501 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

The seven members of the board are:

  • Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill
  • Georgia Lemmons
  • LaMar Lemmons
  • Sonya Mays
  • Angelique Peterson-Mayberry
  • Misha Stallworth
  • Dr. Iris Taylor

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is undergoing a historical period of change and transformation that will position DPSCD as a high-quality education option of choice for families in Metro Detroit.

DPSCD STEM Students debut solar car frame at the NAIAS

Congratulations Alexia White, a senior at DSA, Tai Pearson, a senior at DSA, and Jahmal Goldman, a sophomore at Cass Tech!! They participated in the NAIAS (auto show) media preview press days where the solar car frame built and designed by the students was unveiled last week. The Lieutenant Governor was at the event and crawled under the car!


Detroit’s Students of “Heroes’ Alliance”
Unveiled Solar Car Project at NAIAS Press Event
Students from Heroes’ Alliance, a Detroit-based after school STEM enrichment program
Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley
General Michael A. Stone, Assistant Adjutant General for Installations, Michigan Army National Guard Heroes’ Alliance Detroit’s Anika Smith

Students, sponsors and supporters of Detroit-based Heroes’ Alliance unveiled a concept electric-solar vehicle developed by high school students during after-school programs Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Auto Show. The vehicle will be on display in Cobo throughout preview days of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in the new AutoMobili-D section. Attendees will see the vehicle’s worldwide debut and be able to interact with Heroes’ Alliance students, staff and sponsors during the worldwide reveal.

Sponsors include General Motors, Alion Science and Technology, Macomb County, Michigan National Guard, the Michigan Defense Center, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army TARDEC, NextEnergy, Calstart, Odyssey Battery and Michigan Technological University.

About Heroes’ Alliance

Based on the national agenda for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education as a priority for American youth and a foundational component of every child’s educational experience, Heroes’ Alliance has created a platform to engage students, especially underrepresented minorities in the Metro-Detroit area, in STEM education through after-school enrichment. Our program works to recreate the tension of necessity that exists in the real world through project and product based learning with the understanding that the real goal of the learning should translate not in the grades received, but in the skills and knowledge acquired. This approach and emphasis will be the only means through which our nation will be able to significantly reduce the increasing skills gap. Our children must see learning as a bridge to knowledge, knowledge as a bridge to skills, and skills as a bridge that links our problems to our solutions. Through acquired knowledge and skills, we can create processes and products that resolve conflict and solve problems.

Senior Jaylen Bradley is going to Disney World for the Dreamers Academy

Senior Jaylen Bradley from Renaissance High School was chosen in the Steve Harvey/Disney Dreamers Academy for 2017. He won an all-expenses 4-day vacation to Disney World with a parent in March 2017!  He was one of the 100 students chosen out of thousands after an intensive application and selection process. Congratulations!!

Disney Dreamers Academy is a power-packed, 4-day event held annually at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida; students, ages 13-19, are inspired to dream big and get a jump-start on making those dreams come true! Students chosen to attend travel from every corner of the country to participate in a series of sessions and workshops held within the magical setting of Walt Disney World Resort, virtually turning the theme parks into vibrant classrooms where Dreamers can imagine bright futures, make exciting discoveries and learn how to put their goals into action.

Dreamers engage in a wide variety of experiences while working side by side with some of today’s top celebrities, community and industry leaders and dedicated Disney Cast members.




Committee of the Whole

Thursday, January 5, 2017

5:30 P.M.

Fisher Building
3011 West Grand Boulevard
12th Floor Conference Room
Detroit, Michigan 48202-2711
(313) 873.7860

Special Board Meeting Notice of the Whole- 1.5.17 DPSCD Board Meeting Committee of the Whole Agenda 1.5.17



Happy Holidays and Winter Break Activities for Students and Parents

Family and Fun Activities

Winter Break:
December 26, 2016 – January 6, 2017

Below are a few fun activities for you and your family to enjoy.

Activity 1Activity 2Activity 3  ∗Activity 4


Office of Parent & Community Engagement
DC Prep @Northwestern
2200 W. Grand Blvd.


Maybury Elementary will be closed today 12/22/2016 due to a building heat issue