DPSCD to host Teacher Fair on January 18

DPSCD will host its first Teacher Recruitment Fair of the year to continue seeking qualified educators! Applications are being accepted for all positions but there is a critical need for the following areas: mathematics, elementary/middle, science/integrated science and special education. Submit an application today at detroitk12.org/employment and help make DPSCD the best school district in the nation!

WHEN: Thursday, January 18 from 5 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine

Calling all 8th graders: It’s time to enroll in a DPSCD Examination High School

We are seeking applications from all qualifying students enrolled in the 8th grade. Please follow the directions below. We wish you the best of luck!

To enroll in a Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Examination High School for the 2018-2019 school year, current 8th grade students attending public or non-public schools must follow the placement exam application process. This process also applies to any students currently in grades 9 – 11 with a desire to enroll at a DPSCD Examination High School. All prospective students must submit a complete application packet, take and pass the placement exam before admission to:

  • Cass Technical High School
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School
  • Renaissance High School
  • Southeastern High School

Seven steps for submitting the Examination High School Application:

  1. Gather required documents
    • Examination High School Application
    • Transcript or current report card
    • Letter of reference
    • Student letter of interest
  2. Student identifies special Interests
  3. Student selects/ranks schools from 1 to 4
  4. Student chooses testing date, location and time
    • Current DPSCD Students: exam is administered at the local school during school hours (1/17/18 – 1/31/18)
    • Non­DPSCD Students: choose testing location, date & time by application due date
    • Location does not indicate the preferred school nor guarantee admission
  5. Student submits completed application packet
    • Provide all required information, documentation and a valid email address
    • Current DPSCD students: January 8, 2018
    • Non­DPSCD students: application due date aligns with requested testing date (see below)
    • By due date, application packet must be received by DPSCD Office of Assessment & Accountability
  6. DPSCD informs student of Assigned Exam Date via email
  7. Student takes the DPSCD High School Placement Exam

Key Due Dates

Student Type                                     Application Due Date                      Testing Date

Current DPSCD Students               01/08/18                                             01/17/18 – 1/31/18

Non­DPSCD Students                       12/04/17                                             12/16/17

Non­DPSCD Students                       01/05/18                                             01/20/18

Non­DPSCD Students                       01/15/18                                             02/03/18

Non­DPSCD Students                       01/22/18                                             02/10/18

Examination High Schools

Cass Technical High School

2501 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201 | 313.263.2000

Application & exam required for all students interested in all programs

Established in 1907, Cass Technical High School is a nationally recognized school of excellence in midtown Detroit. Cass Tech is an International Baccalaureate World School which offers college prep pathways beginning in ninth grade and provides a broad range of academic, social and cultural experiences in a safe and healthy environment to succeed in society.

Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School

3200 E. Lafayette Street, Detroit, MI 48207 | 313.494.7373

Application & exam required for all students interested in – MSAT, CISC, CPLA

Located in Southeast Detroit, Martin Luther King Jr., Senior High School is a comprehensive high school offering college preparatory pathways to ensure lifelong learning after graduation. Students at King learn to grow within a well-rounded, project-based educational environment designed to meet their needs by providing three examination programs: MSAT (Math, Science and Applied Technology), CISC (Center for International Studies and Commerce) and CPLA (College Preparatory Liberal A).

Renaissance High School

6565 W. Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48235 | 313.416.4600

Application & exam required for all students interested in all programs

Located in Northeast Detroit and founded in 1978, Renaissance High School offers a strong college prep curriculum preparing students for life beyond graduation. Recognized for its challenging academic standards. Renaissance is committed to non-traditional learning techniques through the use of technology and hands-on experience. The strong community presence provides students with vast opportunities in business, leadership, arts and more.

Southeastern High School

3030 Fairview Street, Detroit, MI 48214 | 313.866.4500

Application & exam required for all incoming 9th grade students

Founded in 1917, Southeastern High School offers a unique 9th Grade Small Learning Community focused on STEM, business and college prep. The personalized Learning Community environment features a small classroom size to meet the academic and social needs of 9th grade students. The program provides students the skills needed to attend college and enter high-paying career fields after graduation by utilizing state-of-the-art classrooms and technology labs.


Application & Assistance Information

The Examination High School Application can be submitted by mail, hand delivered, email or online via a web form.

Applications are available at:

  • DPSCD Office of Assessment & Accountability (OAA)
    • 1425 E. Warren Avenue, Support Services Complex, Building A Detroit, Michigan 48207
  • Detroit Public Library (all locations)
  • Examination High Schools
  • Download the Application or use the web form link to submit: http://detroitk12.org/enroll/how

Visit http://detroitk12.org/enroll for more information on DPSCD application schools.

Please advise if translation services and/or special accommodations are required regarding documentation, application submission and/or test administration.

Contact DPSCD by email at online.assessment@detroitk12.org or call 313.576.0100.

7 Successful Steps to Submitting the Examination High School Application:


Renaissance High and Jerry L. White Schools are closed due to a power outage. DTE has been notified.

1/11/2018 School Closures

Hamilton Academy will be closed tomorrow, January 11, 2018, due to a building issue.

Curriculum Connection Winter 2017/2018: A DPSCD Academic Sub-Committee Newsletter

DPSCD has released the Winter 2017-2018 edition of the Curriculum Connection, a DPSCD Academic Sub-Committee newsletter. Included, you will find a spotlight on the members of the sub-committee, meeting recaps, school news, academic initiative updates and more. This community piece will provide pertinent information of what is happening in the academic and curriculum world at DPSCD.

Curriculum_Connection WINTER1718 (PDF)

Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards

The fourth year of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards has launched! The Henry Ford and Litton Entertainment are looking for teachers who demonstrate the habits of an innovator. Teachers who inspire their students to challenge the rules and take risks, who demonstrate how to be collaborative and empathetic, and teach the value of staying curious and learning from failure.

Twenty teachers in total will receive prizes, with the top ten grand prize winners receiving a week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. Winners will be announced in June. Please listen to how this experience affected two of our first-year winners.

The awards were created to accompany the national television show, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation which airs on CBS Saturday mornings. The TV show is hosted by CBS News correspondent Mo Rocca and provides a weekly celebration of the inventor’s spirit, telling fascinating stories of historic innovators of the past and forward-thinking visionaries of today.

For more information, contact: TIA@thehenryford.org
Official Rules and nomination form
Nominations are due by February 28, 2018

A night at the (Children’s) Museum

Dossin Elementary-Middle School students had quite the experience during the Detroit Children’s Museum’s “Night at the Museum” event. During the “Survival in the Biomes” themed activity, student teams were placed in various biomes via a simulated plane crash (all survived). The teams had to cooperate and collaborate to secure basic needs for survival. They were allowed to utilize technology and a map to search and secure the necessary items for their survival. The students discovered what existed within their biome and additional items while gaining a better understanding of the weather conditions. The culminating portion of the evening included each team sharing their experiences.

“We will continue to provide these meaningful experiences for our children and families with a purpose to engage their minds fully that connects with the curriculum,” said Charles Merrell, Lead Educator at the DCM.

Learn more about the Detroit Children’s Museum at detroitk12.org/childrens_museum

M-Step prep for 5th and 8th grade scientists

Registration is now open for the Michigan Science Center M-STEP Test Prep program for students in grades 5 and 8. Students will engage in interactive Earth, Life, and Physical Science sessions aligned with science standards. The 5th grade program includes the Planetarium, Sparks Theater, Life Science Live and Exhibit Exploration and the 8th grade program consists of Mysteries of the Unseen World IMAX, Planetarium, Life Science Live and the Exhibit Exploration. Pass this along to your students to reserve their spot today! http://www.mi-sci.org/educators/mstep-prep-days/


Gather around the Giving Tree

Every year when the weather turns cold, students in Ronald Brown Academy put up “The Giving Tree.”  The tree, which stands in the front lobby, is not full of lights and ornaments, but decorated for warmth with hats, gloves, scarves, and socks for children in need. This year, donations were solicited from outside the school as well as from within.  MGM Grand Casino, ABC Transportation and Ronald Brown Academy staff have generously donated to ensure the students stay safe and warm for the season. Students from each classroom took a trip to the Giving Tree to select items they needed.

“We want to ensure that all of our students stay safe and warm throughout the winter season,” says teacher Jessica Rollins. “The added bonus is that it provides a valuable opportunity for our students to participate in giving back to the community – a lesson that never gets old!”

Students get creative to promote the Promise and Blueprint 2020

Golightly Career and Technical Center Graphics Arts and Communication department along with staff, students, and administration is committed to the Detroit Promise and the District’s new strategic plan. Assistant Principal Stephanie Jenkins enlisted the help of students to promote and inform parents and partners about the Detroit Promise.  In the front lobby of the school, a showcase highlighting the program was designed and constructed by the students, Special Instructor, Leisia Duskin and Program Manager Tanisha Bronaugh. The entire school community embraces the support of the Detroit Promise as part of the District’s new Blueprint 2020.

Western students named Best of Young Detroit

Congratulations to the Western International VIBE Dream Team for making Michigan Chronicle’s “Best of Young Detroit” by promoting unity and diversity. The Dream Team, part of the Future Project, created a Unity Mural at Western, displaying portraits of the best examples of humanity. A few of the historical figures represented are civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, champion of education and women Rosa Parks, and American Civil Rights Movement activist Malcolm X. But that’s not all, the VIBE Dream Team is just getting started! They will also begin a courtyard beautification project to display positivity throughout Southwest Detroit. See the Michigan Chronicle article here.

“Wonderful presentations of diversity like this contribute to building a healthy climate in our school,” said Western Principal Angel Garcia. “As a result of this mural, our students feel more connected to each other, the school and the community, making them equal stakeholders in their own educational outcomes.”