Summer school reminder

  • 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

Palmer Park and DIA are closed today due to a power outage.

Palmer Park and Detroit International Academy for Young Women are closed today- Tuesday, June 19 – due to a power outage.

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DPSCD Records Department will relocate today due to heat advisory

Please be advised the DPSCD Records Department, located in Douglas Academy, will be closing its office today at 12:20 p.m. along with the District’s early dismissal schedule. The staff will relocate to the TAV building at 1425 E. Warren in Detroit for the remainder of the day. The DPSCD Records department will resume a normal day tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For questions, contact (313) 240-4377.

Register today for summer school!

Summer School registration is now open for K-12 grade students. Enrichment courses will be available for K-5 students who wish to review their skills, and course recovery is available for 6-12 grade students.

Parents can register students by clicking here, visiting our website, or by completing a hard copy form at their school. For more information on programs, times and locations contact 313-240-4377.

Renaissance student receives WSU Med-Direct scholarship

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 to help build schools in poverty stricken communities; and Kahlid served as the team captain for the Renaissance High School robotics team.

Cody teacher named Fred Martin Detroit Educator of the Year

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.

Cass Tech student earns scholarship to medical school

During the June 12 Board Meeting, Dr. Vitti and Board Members recognized Breanna Ramsey for her demonstration of the District’s core value of Excellence – be relentless in your pursuit of greatness. Be bold and innovate. Learn from your mistakes. Hold yourself and others to high standards.

Ms. Ramsey has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through Cass Tech’s IB program, the Harp and Vocal Ensemble, and exploration of the medical field as a participant of DMC’s Project Genesis. In addition to receiving the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies $1,000 scholarship, Ms. Ramsey earned a Med-Direct Scholarship totaling more than $700,000 from Wayne State University, which pays and guarantees acceptance through the university’s medical school. Ms. Ramsey is only 1 of 10 students in the nation to earn this prestigious scholarship.

Western International High School student reaches big dreams, drafted to MLB

DPSCD student and No. 1 Michigan prospect drafted in the fifth round 

DETROIT – June 5, 2018 – Western International High School senior and baseball player, William English, age 17, was selected in the fifth round of the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft by the Los Angeles Angels. English, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher and outfielder, is one of the youngest players in this year’s draft class and began playing baseball at the age of three.  With a 90-93 mile per hour (mph) fastball, English was named the No. 1 top MLB draft prospect in Michigan. This past year, English was heavily scouted by numerous teams including the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals before being selected by the Angels.

“It’s truly an honor and I’ve worked very hard this off-season to prepare for this year’s draft,” said English. “Now, I get to start on the path to my dream.”

Principal Garcia and Coach Sanchez also commended the student-athlete on his preparation and accomplishments that led to being drafted.

“It’s a great moment for our school and athletics,” said Angel Garcia, principal at Western International High School. “We haven’t had a player drafted to a major professional organization in quite some time. I really think it’s great for future generations. I’m very proud of William and so is the rest of our staff.  I look forward to watching him when he comes to play the Tigers.”

Western Cowboys baseball coach, Juan Carlos Sanchez, added, “It’s a dream come true for all of us as coaches. All of us have had our own baseball stories—dreaming of making it to the majors or at least having the opportunity. To see one of your kids have his dream come true, it’s a blessing.”

This past November, English was offered a scholarship and signed with the University of Tennessee after receiving offers from North Carolina A&T, Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, Bethune College and four junior colleges.  Although he will soon be traveling to California to follow his dream, he contends that he will eventually go to college and complete a degree in business.  English has received All-City honors for four years and was most recently named a nominee for Mr. Baseball, Athlete of the Year, Double Duty Classic, East Coast Pro and 2018 MHSB All Star.

“I promised my mom I’d go back to school no matter what, and a promise is a promise,” he said.


Students have fun and learn at Camp Burt Shurly

Did you know the District owns a summer camp? Are you a parent looking for free and accessible experiences for your child this summer? Consider the week-long summer camp experience at Camp Burt Shurly.

The camp, located in Gregory, Mich., is open to students 8-12 years old. The series of week-long camps will begin the week of July 1 and end the week of August 5. Please check with the main office at your child’s school for the application and camp information, or fill out an application online. For additional details, visit

DPSCD School Board Community Meeting – June 20

Spread the word! DPSCD is hosting a school board community meeting on Wednesday, June 20 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Northwest Activities Center of Detroit, located at 18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit, MI 48235.

This meeting is open to the community of Detroit. Members of the community are encouraged to attend and share their questions, concerns and feedback with the District. Attendees will have the option to fill  out forms recording their comments, or have the option to speak in front of the Board.

For questions, please email Karen Morgan at or call 313-873-7860.

Cody students win $1,000 for their innovative business plan

On May 30, Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody hosted its 2nd Annual Senior Presentations – Shank Tank 2.0. The competition entails a semester-long cross curriculum (math, English, graphic design, etc.) program, which challenged seniors to create an innovative business plan. Eight teams competed for a grand prize of $1,000.00.

The 2018 winners are Cody Seniors Nala Barlow and Jamya Richardson for their creation of Barlos Burgers. Their teacher mentor was Cody Athletic Director and Coach Antonio Baker.

To prepare, students to met with the Shark Tank judges for guidance as they built their business plans. Leaders from the community visited Cody to lead workshops in the areas of product and services, market analysts and operations.

Cody would like to thank its partners Dress for Success, Oak Pointe Church, United Way and Community Connections who helped make Shark Tank 2.0 a success.

Congratulations to Nala and Jamya on your winning project as well as all those who worked diligently on their senior projects and participated in the Shark Tank 2.0 program.


Vote now for Bates students to win Quizalize Game Design Competition

Bates Academy grade 6 students Amara and William have made it to the finals of the Quizalize Game Design Competition.

Amara and William’s design was one of two entries from Michigan to make it through to the final eight. Their game “The Diverse Hospital” is about diversity.

“We decided to make a game about diversity to let people know that different races can work together and that they can have powerful, valuable, and high-paying positions such as a doctor. In the game, you play through a single level in which three doctors, one Asian, one African-American, and one Caucasian complete a heart transplant.”

We are so proud of Amara and William on designing this innovative and yet very realistic game.

Online voting is now OPEN! It will close in exactly one week, so spread the word and tell your family, friends and neighbors to vote for Amara and William’s game design!

Vote now at

The results of the online vote will be combined with scores from Quizalize’s judging panel to decide the ultimate winner.



Northwestern student receives scholarship to Central Michigan University

Congratulations are in order for Samory Buford from Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern. Recently, Samory earned a Multicultural Advancement Award of Distinction from Central Michigan University (CMU), which totals in more than $93,000 for tuition and board.

The scholarship is awarded based on merit and completion of the scholarship requirements such as an essay and interview with the Multicultural Advancement Board at CMU’s Mount Pleasant campus.

Samory is graduating DCP at Northwestern with an outstanding 4.1 GPA. His interests are chess, robotics and assisting with anything engineering or math related, which makes sense as he is choosing to study computer engineering this fall at CMU!

We are proud of Samory in his amazing accomplishment, and wish him well as he embarks on his next journey.

Students present extraordinary artwork at the Jerry L. White Art Exhibition

Students at Jerry L. White presented their innovative and outstanding artwork at the first-ever Art Exhibition organized by Special Education Teacher Patricia Moore. The event celebrated freedom of creative expression.  The Art Exhibition included student’s wonderful drawings, portraits, sculptures and collages.  The students learned the value of self-expression and the importance of S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) while creating their artworks.


Middle school students to study STEM at WSU this summer

Congratulations to Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School students Bridgette Clay, Dae’Zhane Calvo and Kamyle Jamison on their acceptance to the 2018 Engineering Society of Detroit’s Girls in Engineering Academy Summer Program.

Our students will spend four weeks on Wayne State University’s campus engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshop activities, as well as learning more about what engineers do, while instructors provide hands-on experiences designing engineering projects. The students will embark on field trips to engineering facilities and expose students to other STEM related and college life experiences.

The purpose of the program is to improve academic achievement and increase interest in engineering topics and careers among girls from Detroit; and decrease the gender gap  through STEM education, creating a pipeline into STEM careers, particularly into engineering.

We congratulate our students on their academic success and interest in STEM education, and look forward to hearing about their experience.

Cass and Carstens are closed today due to building problems

Cass Tech and Carstens Academy are closed Tuesday, May 29 due to building problems.

Renaissance students participate in Intercultural Exchange Program

Renaissance High School is participating in an Intercultural Exchange Program with the U.S. Embassy in Spain called: Visiting Spanish Teachers. It is an International Program where our students have the possibility to learn Spanish taught by Native Speakers. The teachers at Renaissance have done several exchange projects where they have been working together with Cardenal Xavierre Dominicos High School in Zaragoza, Spain and King Richard III College in Portals Nous in Mallorca, Spain. They have been exchanging videos on their neighborhood, cities, their services and comparing them with what they have in Spain. It has been so rewarding that Spanish Teacher Ms. Nuria Guillen-Pueyo says they are willing to repeat the exchange again.


Vote now: Student winner of the Lenovo Scholar Network App Development Competition

DPSCD students competed in the 2018 Lenovo Scholar Network National App Development Competition and this year there were six top apps to celebrate, with the Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody placing as a winner! Additionally, Ben Carson High School placed with an Honorable Mention.

Please view Cody App from the top teams and vote for our Cody Student on

As part of this announcement, Lenovo is launching the Fan Favorite contest where the public can vote on their favorite among the top six winning apps. The Fan Favorite selection will be announced at NAF Next. Please share the Fan Favorite voting site and encourage your community to vote for Cody’s app, “Human Nature: Puberty Edition.” You can view Cody App from the top teams and vote for our Cody Student on

Thank you to all the DPSCD teachers who have lead your students through this project and supported them in developing these truly amazing apps.

Congratulations Cody and Ben Carson students on your achievement!

DPSCD students to attend Ivy League programs this summer

We are proud to announce four outstanding students who will be attending Ivy League universities this summer to further their education and prepare for college.

Three Renaissance High School 10th grade students – Tyra Clark, Jalise Little and Sade Reid – will be attending Harvard University and Stanford University this summer. Tyra Clark will be attending Harvard’s Secondary Summer School, while Jalise Little will be attending Harvard’s Pre-College Program. Sade Reid will be attending Stanford’s High School Summer College. Each student will earn eight college credits for their participation.

Ronell Austin, a junior at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, will participate in the 2018 Princeton University Summer Journalism Program, where he was one out of 40 students accepted from a pool of 300 applicants. Classes at the program are taught by reporters and editors from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Politico, Sports Illustrated, and more. Students tour The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast and Bloomberg; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; film and produce a TV segment; write, edit and design their own newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journal, which is published on the program’s last day.

We want to congratulate our students on this prestigious achievement, as the application process for Ivy League schools are competitive and rigorous. By completing the pre-college programs, our students will walk away with knowledge of a campus environment, what it takes to succeed at the world’s most renowned universities, while having met students from all over the world.

Good luck Tyra, Jalise, Sade and Ronell as you embark on this exciting journey.

ATTN: Baseball Championships have been rescheduled

Baseball Championships have been rescheduled to Thursday, May 24 at Corner Park.

Game schedule:

  • 11 a.m. (Osborn vs. Mumford)
  • 2 p.m. (Western vs. King)

DPSCD Teacher Hiring Fair

Are you a certified teacher, or know of a certified teacher who is passionate about championing Detroit youth?

DPSCD is hiring in all core subjects and invites qualified teachers to its hiring fair on Thursday, May 24 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Randolph Career and Technical Center located at 17101 Hubbell Ave, Detroit, MI 48235.

Interested candidates should RSVP at Please bring copies of your resume.

DPSCD restores teacher pay and recognizes years of experience after Financial Review Committee approves the Letter of Agreement

DPSCD can now retain and competitively attract certified teachers who will receive equitable pay and begin to reduce large class sizes, transforming students’ learning experience

DETROIT – May 11, 2018 – Today, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Superintendent Nikolai Vitti announced the restoration of teacher pay after the Financial Review Committee (FRC) approved a Letter of Agreement (LOA) made with the District, the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) and the American Federation of Teachers Local Unit 231. The agreement provides a one-time bonus of $1,373.60 for the 2018-2019 school year to more than 2,000 top step teachers – as well as the District’s crediting of internal and external teaching service to current and future teachers, and the repayment of the Termination Incentive Plan (TIP) funds.

The recommendation was approved by the DPSCD Board and the FRC, following their approval of the District’s 2018-2019 budget of $732 million. Previously, the District was restricted to recognizing two years of experience, which limited its ability to recruit teachers. Now, the District can offer competitive salaries and recognize outside experience, enabling DPSCD to be a competing option for certified teachers who are currently considering suburban school districts.

“This is unquestionably one of the longest steps we have taken toward rebuilding the District,” said Nikolai Vitti, DPSCD superintendent. “It simultaneously moves us closer to making teachers whole after Emergency Management while also having a sustainable impact on our children by limiting vacancies and reducing class size.”

“I am pleased about today’s Financial Review Commission approval of the District’s plan to better compensate educators who have endured years of salary cuts and step freezes,” said Ivy Bailey, Detroit Federation of Teachers President. “This effort should help to retain current teachers, recruit more, and reduce class size—a major concern of DFT members. We’ve always stated what’s best for educators is best for students. Many challenges and concerns remain but this is a step in the right direction.”

On July 27, 2017, the DFT ratified a new contract agreement with the District benefiting approximately 3,900 teachers and other school-related personnel. Since its adoption, the District saw a decrease in teacher vacancies – which were approximately 275 last year, and are currently 190 – while the District added 250 additional classrooms with the return of the Education Achievement Authority schools.

“As a school board and leadership team, we understand to reach our goals and realize our vision, we need to act boldly and strategically,” said Iris Taylor, DPSCD board president. “Dr. Vitti has problem-solved and developed trust with our teachers and DFT to strategically move our budget to address the Board’s priorities. We are now positioned to be successful by attracting and retaining employees needed to do this urban public education reform work.”

The Importance of School Nurses at DPSCD

The administration of medication by registered nurses in a school setting is a service that is provided to promote wellness, decrease absenteeism and remove a barrier to learning.   When there is a need for one of our students to receive medication in school, safe and proper administration is essential. There are currently 18 Registered Nurses employed by Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) who are responsible for the delivery of School Health Services in all of our schools.

Many of our students need medication during school hours.  Medication includes both prescription and non-prescription medications taken by mouth, taken by inhaler, are inject able (ie: auto-inject epinephrine, insulin and glucagon), applied as drops to the eye, nose and ear or applied to the skin.

During the 2016-2017 the district’s outreach nurses saw the need to improve on the way that School Health Services training was being delivered to DPSCD employees.  The decision was made to elevate our current use of computer technology in order to make training more accessible to more people.   The outreach nurses used training resources from American Diabetes Association, Epilepsy Foundation, Michigan School Nurses Association and Mylan Incorporated. The nurses partnered with DPSCD IT Department, led by Jefferson Nichols to develop online training modules. A video was filmed and edited to demonstrate The State of Michigan’s Medication Policy, with the help of DSA Teacher Mr. Clinton Chico and students from Detroit School of Arts. The students provided assistance in front and behind the camera. Mr. Chico provided the voice-over on the video and a portion of the training modules.

The health training modules include:  Medication Administration, Asthma, Food Allergies, Seizures and Diabetes. The training consists of two parts:  online courses (6 hours) with a quiz that requires an 80 percent pass rate and a hands on skill validation check-off that is required for completion of each course.

Since the roll out of the training in the Fall of 2017, nearly 600 hands on skill validation have been conducted and this is thanks to the hard work of the following DPSCD Nurses, Training Team Leader Krystal Turner, Lucia Snell, Sharon Black-Johnson, Cawhana Williams, Janice Wedlow, Glori Edge, Letrice Nash, Malvina Harris, Donna Castone and Felecia Foster-Gibson.   None of this would have been accomplished without the support and leadership of Ms. Pamela Joy, Director of Nursing.  It is our goal, in the near future to add to the list of health courses that DPSCD staff can access.

DPSCD is proud of its registered nurses for educating our staff and community on health and safety concerns.

Thank you for all the work you do!

Cody students and staff travel to Europe for a trip of a lifetime

Students and staff from Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody traveled to London and Paris to experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and history of the wonderful cities. While on the trip, the teachers tied classroom learnings to their visit. In London students visited Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Parliament, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye.

After their learning about the rich history in London, the students then traveled to Paris via Eurostar to experience the French culture they learned in their history classes.

While in Paris, students visited the Louvre and saw the Mona Lisa and other original pieces of created artwork. They also visited Notre Dame Cathedral and walked the many stairs to reach the Bell Towers. Students walked up the steps of the Arc d’Triomphe, went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, took a riverboat cruise along the Seine at night, and were witnesses to the great architecture of one of the most beautiful cities on Earth.

Thank you to the many donors who made this trip possible. It is one the students will never forget.

DPSCD alumnus is drafted to a Super Bowl Championship team

Former Martin Luther King High School football, basketball and baseball player Avonte Maddox was drafted by the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles this weekend. He was a 2014 graduate of King and held a 3.6 grade point average upon graduating.

Rated by 247sports as a three-star prospect after graduating King, Avonte committed to the University of Pittsburgh, where he was an immediate contributor as he played in all 13 games as a freshman and started all 13 games at cornerback as a sophomore in 2015. During his senior campaign he had a team-high 11 pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He earned All-ACC honors from both the media (second team) and the coaches (third team).

DPSCD is proud of Avonte on his monumental success and will be rooting for him throughout his career in the NFL.

Avonte Maddox

Avonte Maddox

Detroit NAEP Results Provide Meaningful Baseline as District Pursues Strategic Reform

Detroit NAEP results provide meaningful baseline as district pursues strategic reform

The Nation’s Report Card reinforces the urgency of the district’s improvement efforts

DETROIT – April 10, 2018
– Results from last year’s administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – also known as “the nation’s report card” – were released today in Washington, D.C. The assessment, administered every two years to fourth and eighth grade students, provides a common measure of reading and math achievement across the country, and allows states and select urban districts to understand their progress.

Detroit Public Schools has participated in NAEP since 2009, but this year’s results are particularly important for Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti and the school board as they seek to establish a baseline for measuring improvement in the district. The 2017 results were sobering, but not surprising:

Fourth graders attending public schools in large cities scored an average of 213 in reading and 232 in mathematics; Detroit under-performed every other participating district, with average scores of 182 and 200 respectively.

  • Just 5 percent of Detroit’s fourth graders were at or above proficient in reading. Only 7 percent achieved proficiency in mathematics.
  • Detroit’s fourth grade reading results were not significantly different from the average score in 2015, but in mathematics, the average score declined significantly, dropping from 205 to 200.
  • Eighth graders attending public schools in large cities scored an average of 258 in reading and 274 in mathematics; Detroit underperformed every other participating district, with average scores of 235 and 246 respectively.
  • Detroit’s eighth grade reading and mathematics results were not significantly different from the average score in 2015.
  • Just 4 percent of Detroit’s eighth graders were at or above proficient in reading. Only 5 percent achieved proficiency in mathematics.

“Our community has rallied around our student-centered priorities for improving the district over the past year, and these results reinforce the urgency of the reforms we are making. I have my eye on the 2021 administration of NAEP, when our current first graders will take part. That is when we will see what our students can do when they are working with aligned curriculum, have teachers who have been supported, and have consistent access to resources that help their students succeed,” said Superintendent Vitti.

The Superintendent’s plan for improving results is a proven one, as the district he led prior to accepting his position in Detroit, Duval County, Florida, was one of just six urban districts to show a statistically significant improvement in the tested grades and subjects while also ranking first in fourth grade mathematics among large urban school districts and in the top tier of districts in other grades and subjects tested.

“Our results show that we have tremendous work to do, but they also show that we have the right Superintendent in place to lead the necessary reform,” said Board President, Dr. Iris Taylor. “When we began our superintendent’s search last spring, the Board understood the gravity of the decision we were making. We knew our children were losing ground, and we knew we needed a proven urban superintendent. We have one.”

Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of Great City Schools, also voiced his support for the reforms underway to improve these results. “Already, the district’s leadership has conducted a curriculum review and a special education audit to help shape its future reforms along with taking a number of other important steps to get the system on track. We have confidence in the district’s leadership and considerable hope in the direction that the superintendent and board are setting,” he said.

About Detroit Public Schools Community District
Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is the state’s largest public education system located in Detroit. 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.


The Parent Academy 2018 Spring Catalog Now Available!

DPSCD recently launched The Parent Academy – a program that promotes parental involvement that supports student and family success. Expected to serve over 7,000 parents and caregivers, The Parent Academy offers FREE classes, training and workshops in schools, libraries, community centers and faith-based institutions across Detroit. The mission of The Parent Academy is to provide the necessary tools and skills to build capacity and confidence in parents in order to support students academically, socially and emotionally.

The Parent Academy focuses on three key pillars:

  • Student Achievement – workshops and activities that provide strategies and tools for parents to support academic achievement at home and in school
  • Personal and Professional Development – workshops that build confidence while addressing basic needs, employment, family support, financial literacy and goal setting for the healthy development of families
  • Parenting/Advocacy – workshops for parents and caregivers to build and increase their effectiveness in advocating and leading on behalf of children

If you are interested in attending a workshop, please review The Parent Academy 2017-2018 Spring Course Catalog and submit your contact information to begin the registration process.

All Parent Academy courses are free of charge and designed for parents, caregivers and community members. Students are welcome to attend along with their families if appropriate. Dates, times and locations are accurate at time of publication; courses listed in this guide are subject to change.

For questions or assistance with registration, call 313.873.7490 or email

DPSCD – Parent Teacher Home Visit Program

Important Update Regarding Palmer Park Preparatory Academy

The following letter will be sent home via students to Palmer Park Preparatory Academy parents and families on March 27, 2018.

Palmer Park Academy parents and families:

As committed, the District released the third-party, independent, environmental report from ATC Group Services LLC (ATC) on Palmer Park Academy’s facility concerns to the faculty and staff this past weekend.

Please note, the report’s findings do not indicate that mold levels pose a (significant, unusual or long-term) risk of harm to students, staff or visitors. Nevertheless, we will continue to work with health officials to further assess any potential health risks. Students and staff will continue this school year at the DIA building until all Palmer Park repairs have been made.

Mold testing is typically conducted by comparing the indoor mold levels to outdoor mold levels. Normally, indoor mold levels are less than outdoor mold levels. This is how environmental engineers assess whether there are elevated levels of mold inside a building. This type of indoor/outdoor mold comparison was used by ATC. ATC collected 82 indoor samples and compared them to 2 outdoor samples.

Of the 82 samples, eight (8) instances of elevated mold levels were identified due to water damage, and another eight (8) instances of fungus resulted from the water damage.

Out of the 16 instances identified four (4) were categorized as “Black Mold” (Stachybotrys). For example, Stachybotrys is not air borne and is localized. This means that you would have to be physically in the room where black mold is present, to be in contact with Stachybotrys. Further, we note that the 2nd Floor of the school, where the mold was found, was closed off by the district in 2011 and has not been utilized for student activities since. To that end, minimal persons should have been exposed to any mold (black mold or otherwise) located on the 2nd Floor of school.

Now that testing has concluded, the district will move forward with the remediation recommendations found in the report. Further, we will begin structural/cosmetic repairs to prepare the building for students and staff to return in Fall 2018. Such repairs include but are not limited to:

  • A new roof
  • Repair and restoration of the 2nd Floor or middle school wing that has been closed for use since 2011
  • Painting of walls throughout the school
  • Replacement of water stained ceiling tiles

Please know that your child’s safety and education has always been our utmost priority and continues to be at the forefront of each decision we make to ensure every DPSCD child is part of a healthy and conducive learning environment.

You can obtain a copy of the report at the school’s office or on the District’s website at


Nikolai P. Vitti, Ed.D.
Superintendent, DPSCD

Download Letter: DPSCD_PalmerParkParentLetter_MAR272018



Important Information for Palmer Park Families and Students

Attention Palmer Park Parents and Guardians,

Effective March 19, 2018 the Palmer Park Preparatory Academy will resume classes and activities at the Detroit International Academy for Young Women (DIA) located at 9026 Woodward Ave for the remainder of the school year.

The decision for this temporary transition was made by Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Palmer Park Academy teachers and faculty due to the immediate repairs needed for the building.

Classes will resume on March 19 with a new bell time. School will begin at 9:20 a.m. and dismiss at 4:30 p.m. Please note, students reporting directly to DIA cannot be dropped off before 9 a.m.

Because Palmer Park is separate from DIA, a designated entry and exit has been assigned for students. All Palmer Parks students will enter and exit through door number 15, which is located on Josephine Street.

Additionally, transportation accommodations have been made. If your child is serviced by the Office of Transportation, they will continue to receive services. If your child walks to school or if you drop your child off at school, a shuttle bus will arrive at Palmer Park on Pickford Avenue at 8:45 a.m. and depart at 9 a.m. to transport these students to DIA. Should your child miss the 9 a.m. bus, there will be an additional pick up at Palmer Park Academy at 9:15 a.m.

Students will be dropped off at the same location where they were picked up.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time. Should you have any questions regarding the transition to DIA, please continue to call the school’s telephone number (313) 494-7300.


5,000 Role Models of Excellence – Join Today

The Detroit Public Schools Community District will announce and launch the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project on Tuesday, February 27 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Southeastern High School.

This project is designed to develop a leadership pipeline for young men utilizing school-based and community mentors and role models through various methods of support including themed weekly meetings, a monthly speaker series, community service projects and college access support. The Detroit Board of Education members voted 7-0 to launch the 5000 Role Models Project to create and develop a pipeline of leadership from within the walls of the District’s schools. This project is a proven mentoring program that prepares young men for success, generated by role models in our schools who are supported by male mentors in the community. On Monday, October 30, 2017, representatives from DPSCD visited Miami, Florida to meet with staff from the 5000 Role Models Project department. The program was established in Miami 25 years ago by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and is currently operating in two additional counties in Florida. This year marks the Silver Anniversary of the project.

National, state and district data indicates the need for strategic support for males of color. While African-American and Hispanic males make up 50% of the students enrolled in the District, data trends indicate they perform lower than their counterparts in each academic indicator. Detroit has the overall challenge of the highest rate of poverty among the nation’s largest cities; the strategic plan to identify male role models is paramount to the success of our students.

The initial implementation of the 5000 Role Models Project will begin with 6th graders and continue through 12th grade. Middle school students will have the option to continue participation in the project if they transition to a participating high school.

The six participating pilot schools will identify 50 students annually and identify a role model to work with students. The 300 students identified will participate in various academic and behavioral supports as well as cultural and educational experiences. Students will serve as ambassadors for the program and the school district throughout the City of Detroit.

Based on formal and informal school data, the following schools have been selected as the 2018-2019 cohort:

High Schools

  • Central
  • Southeastern
  • Pershing


  • Durfee
  • Mackenzie
  • Law
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Become a Role Model
For additional information, contact Dwight Jones at

June 18, 2018 Early Dismissal Schedule

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Detroit area now through Monday, June 18, 2018, until 6:00 PM.

Based on anticipated high temperatures, the District will implement a three-hour early release for all schools, Monday, June 18, 2018.

Schools that have planned promotional ceremonies can continue as planned with the support of your families.

Please refer to the schedule below.

School Name AM Bell PM Bell 3 Hour Early Release 
ADULT ED EAST 8:30 AM 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
ADULT ED WEST 8:30 AM 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
ANN ARBOR TRAIL 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
BAGLEY 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
BATES ACADEMY 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
BENNETT 8:15 AM 3:25 PM 12:25 PM
BETHUNE 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
BLACKWELL 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
BOW 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
BRENDA SCOTT 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
BREWER 9:00 AM 4:10 PM 1:10 PM
BROWN 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
BUNCHE 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
BURNS 9:00 AM 4:10 PM 1:10 PM
CARLETON 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
CARSTENS 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
CARVER 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
CASS 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
CHRYSLER 8:15 AM 3:25 PM 12:25 PM
CLARK 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
CLEMENTE 8:15 AM 3:25 PM 12:25 PM
CLIPPERT 8:00 AM 2:52 PM 11:52 AM
CENTRAL 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
CODY APL 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
CODY DIT 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
CODY MCH 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
COOKE 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
DAVIS @ GOLIGHTLY CTC 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
DAVISON 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
DENBY 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
DIXON 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
DOSSIN 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
DTC @ DREW 9:00 AM 4:10 PM 1:10 PM
DURFEE 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
EARHART 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
EDISON 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
ELLINGTON @ BECKHAM 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
EMERSON 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
FIELD, MOSES 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
FISHER LOWER 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
FISHER UPPER 7:30 AM 2:32 PM 11:32 AM
GARDNER 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
GARVEY 9:00 AM 4:10 PM 1:10 PM
GOMPERS 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
HARMS 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
HENDERSON 9:00 AM 4:10 PM 1:10 PM
HENRY FORD 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
HOLMES AL 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
HUTCHINSON 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
KEIDAN 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
KING HIGH SCHOOL 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
KING J.R, ES 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
LAW 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
MACKENZIE 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
MAYBURY 8:00 AM 3:10 PM 12:10 PM
MANN 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
MARK TWAIN 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
MARQUETTE 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
MASON @ FARWELL 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
MUMFORD 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
MUMFORD ACADEMY 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
MUNGER 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
NEINAS 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
NICHOLS 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
NOBLE 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
NOLAN 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
OSBORN MST HS 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
PASTEUR 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
PERSHING 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
PRIEST 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
PULASKI 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
RENAISSANCE 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
ROBESON/MALCOLM X 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
SAMPSON 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
SCHULZE 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
SOUTHEASTERN 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
SPAIN 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
THIRKELL 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM
TURNING POINT @ H FORD 9:00 AM 4:10 PM 1:10 PM
VERNOR ES 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
WAYNE 9:00 AM 4:10 PM 1:10 PM
WESTERN 8:00 AM 3:20 PM 12:20 PM
WHITE, JERRY L. 9:00 AM 4:10 PM 1:10 PM
WRIGHT CHARLES 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 11:40 AM
YOUNG, C.A. 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:40 PM