Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School City Year Corps Members hosted its first annual College Days featuring undergraduate students representing 8 universities.
The theme “College – That’s What’s Up” showcased African American fraternities and sororities undergraduates who each talked to the students about being from Detroit, what their college experience is like and balancing Greek life with academics. Each student shared personal testimonials about how graduating from Detroit Public Schools prepared them for college and the importance of staying focused. Many experienced a great deal of academic collegiate success carrying grade point averages between a 3.5 – 3.9. DCP City Year corps member Sakeida Langford, a member of Zeta Phi Beta, and graduate of Central State University coordinated the event and explained that ninth graders at DCP need to see college students in Greek organizations overcame the same obstacles that they are experiencing now and are proving that the dream of going to college is in everyone’s grasp. College students participated from the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Central State University, Tuskegee University, Howard University, Wayne State University and the University of Detroit.
About DC Prep
Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School is a DPS Michigan Future High School. DCPHS using the Johns Hopkins Talent Development reform model to educate students. DCP’s climate and school culture is designed to fast track the collegiate experience with ninth and tenth graders. Every week the school hosts College Wednesdays featuring schools from every major college in the United States including all HSBCU and Ivy League schools. One of the highlights this year was the Spring College Makeover which more than 250 college mailed DCPHS pennants, t-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers and requirements on how to prep and train students in the Talent Development Four Pillars which is recited by the ninth grade Toastmasters Club but also accelerates the college-going process in ninth grade. The DCPHS Way fast track to college system exposes students to college tours and the language of the college-going process. 100% of DCPHS memorize “the way” as a prerequisite to earning 10th grade status. The school motto is “Where Excellence is an Expectation!”