Detroit Public Schools seeks to charter a public boarding school for fall 2012

Contact: Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542; Cell: 313-212-5636;
or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401; Cell: 313-401-9018;

Detroit Public Schools seeks to charter a public boarding school that would open for the fall of 2012.

The district is now accepting public school academy applications for the charter school, which would target educational services and residential housing for youths in grades 9-12. The school will focus on providing access to a high quality and rigorous college-preparatory public education for youths who need a thoughtful, caring, safe, and nurturing day and residential environment.

“The public boarding school is consistent with the district’s rigorous five-year academic plan, which aims to enhance teaching and learning for all grade levels and create Centers of Excellence in every school in every neighborhood,” said Robert C. Bobb, Emergency Financial Manager.

It also exemplifies the School Board’s commitment to providing alternative school programs for all young people in Detroit.

“This type of programming is exciting because it expands the arrays of educational options we have available for our children,” said School Board President Anthony Adams.

This fall, the district unveiled reforms throughout the district’s 142 schools, including expanded time for reading and mathematics under a common core curriculum, pre-algebra for 7th graders, a tutor for every pre-kindergartner through the Volunteer Reading Corps, additional language courses available, Advanced Placement courses available at every high school, more opportunities for student apprenticeships, internships, shadowing and mentorships, millions of dollars in school building improvements, and new safety and security systems in every school through a $41.7 million public safety plan.
A successful proposal for an operator for the charter school must demonstrate a promising vision, strong academic program, sound business plan, along with the ability to open a quality boarding public academy high school commencing no later than the 2012-13 school year. The district is particularly interested in management plans that incorporate a financially sound and challenging secondary school program that promotes college readiness in mathematics, science, reading, and writing.

Award of the contract will be granted on a competitive basis taking into consideration the resources available for the proposed public boarding school academy, the target population to be served by the proposed public boarding school academy, the applicant’s experience with the target population, the educational goals to be achieved by the proposed public boarding school academy, and the business plan and financial viability of the educational program. The district reserves the right to not make any award of a public school academy contract.

Proposals will not be accepted via e-mail. The application can be found on the district’s website at The district is not permitted to authorize a public school academy beyond the boundaries of the City of Detroit School District. Applications will be accepted until the close of business on Monday, February 28, 2011 to:

Detroit Public Schools
Office of Charter Schools
3011 West Grand Boulevard
Fisher Building, Suite 1800
Detroit, Michigan 48202
For questions, please contact the Detroit Public Schools Office of Charter Schools at (313) 873-7927.

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