Parents invited to consider 30 Top-Performing Schools at Excellent Schools Detroit Shopper Fair; More than half of the schools invited to participate are Detroit Public Schools or DPS-authorized charters

Thirty of the Detroit area’s highest-performing schools have been invited to participate in Excellent Schools Detroit’s upcoming 2nd Annual School Shopper Fair. The fair will be held Saturday, March 10, 10:30am-1:30pm at the WOW Church and Life Center (14111 East 7 Mile, Detroit).

More than half of the schools invited to participate in the Excellent Schools Detroit Parent Shoppers Fair are Detroit Public Schools or DPS-authorized charters. Invitations were extended based on schools’ three-year performance at meeting or exceeding state standards on the MEAP test or an ACT composite score of at least 16.5. DPS schools include those currently participating in an Application Period through March 15 as well as those that will hold Open Enrollment through April 16.

The fair will give school leaders a chance to talk with parents about what sets their schools apart and admissions and enrollment requirements. Many schools will give parents the opportunity to enroll on the spot. Families will also have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with parent coaches who can help them understand their options. There will be free lunch, as well as workshops and children’s activities available throughout the event.

“Parents cannot afford to sleep on their choices,” said Sharlonda Buckman, Executive Director of the Detroit Parent Network.  “The area’s schools have already begun to enroll children for next school year, and many of the highest performing options will soon stop accepting applications. The best way to set children on a path to success is to enroll them into schools that give them a strong educational foundation and instill a lifelong love of learning.  The schools invited to participate in the School Shopper Fair have proven that they are the best equipped to do just that.”

Detroit Parent Network has partnered with Excellent Schools Detroit to host the 2nd Annual School Shopper Fair. In addition, several organizations have helped to support the development of the fair, including Black Family Development, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, New Detroit, The Skillman Foundation, and United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

Invited schools were selected based on their performance on the state’s reading and math tests. Excellent Schools Detroit’s 2012 School Report Card provides school rankings for all Detroit Public Schools and public charter schools in the city, as well as the handful of private schools that take the state tests. It also includes results for schools in the inner suburbs where at least 30% of its students are from the city.

Rankings are based on three-year average scores on the state’s reading and math tests (5th grade and 8th grade MEAP) and the ACT (high school) college admissions test. This year’s report card uses the state’s new, much higher standards for school quality. Key findings:

  • 11 elementary and 10 middle schools met or exceeded the state averages in reading and math from 2008-2010 and/or 2009-2011. These scores were based on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) tests, which students in grades 3–8 take every year. Between 2009 and 2011, the state average in reading was 66% meeting standards in 5th grade and 58% in 8th grade; the average in math was 39% in 5th grade and 30% in 8th grade.
  • In addition, 9 high schools had an average ACT composite score of at least 16.5 from 2008-2010 and/or 2009-2011. The ACT is a college admissions test that all 11th graders in Michigan take. The state average was 19.2 from 2009 -2011.


Copies of the 2012 School Report Card, the School Shopper Fair flyer, the ESD citywide plan, and related materials are available on the Excellent Schools Detroit website at



Elementary Schools (11)

Ann Arbor Trail Magnet (DPS)

Bates Academy(DPS)

Center for Literacy and Creativity (DPS Charter)

Chrysler Elem School (DPS)

Cornerstone Primary School

Detroit Service Learning Academy

Edison Public School Academy

Mann Elementary School (DPS)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center (DPS Charter)

Thirkell Elementary School (DPS)

Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (DPS)

Middle Schools (10)

Bates Academy (DPS)

Burton International Academy (DPS)

Center for Literacy and Creativity (DPS Charter)

Cornerstone Middle School

Detroit Merit Charter

Foreign Language Immersion (DPS)

Hamtramck Academy

Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center Academy (DPS Charter)

University of Detroit Jesuit

University Prep Academy Science and Math

High Schools (9)

Cass Technical High School (DPS)

Cesar Chavez High School

Communication and Media Arts High School (DPS)

Henry Ford Academy – Dearborn

Madison High School – Madison Heights

University of Detroit Jesuit

University Prep Academy

Renaissance High School (DPS)

University High School – Ferndale


Excellent Schools Detroit was formed as a coalition of Detroit’s education, government, community, and philanthropic leaders who, in March 2010, released an education plan that calls for bold steps so that every Detroit child is in an excellent school by 2020. The plan would make Detroit the first major U.S. city where 90 percent of students graduate from high school, 90 percent enroll in college or a quality postsecondary training program, and 90 percent are prepared to succeed without remediation.

The plan requires the implementation of breakthrough strategies in public will-building, talent development, new school creation, accountability, and early childhood, in order to dramatically improve student achievement in schools of all governance models: traditional public, public charter, and private.

Coalition members include Detroit Parent Network, Cornerstone Schools, Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Regional Chamber, McGregor Fund, Michigan Future, New Detroit, New Paradigm for Education, The Skillman Foundation, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Other signatories to the plan included the City of Detroit, the Kresge Foundation, New Urban Learning, and Think Detroit PAL.



Detroit Parent Network is a premier organization that transforms parents to make the Detroit area a better place to raise and educate children.  Detroit Parent Network’s mission is to develop powerful parents (and primary caregivers) who are equipped to get the best education possible for their children.

Detroit Parent Network was founded in 2002 by parents seeking to increase and strengthen parent involvement in their homes, schools and communities.  In establishing the organization, they hoped it would empower parents by: continuously strengthening leadership and parenting skills; building a better understanding of educational issues, laws, and policies; supporting parents in their efforts to identify high-performing schools, services, and programs for their children; and connecting parents to each other in a supportive network.


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