Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School will hold a “Community Grade Conference”

Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School will hold a “Community Grade Conference” on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the school’s cafeteria.

The school is located in Building A on the east side of Northwestern High School.

The purpose of this conference is to provide students the opportunity to reflect upon their grades and academic path with a community leader.  The process will yield weeks of reflection for students.

At 8:30 a.m., community leaders will receive the necessary supplies, a brief introduction, and a personal thank you for participating in the day’s activity.  By 9:00 a.m., students will enter the cafeteria in groups to be seen by community leaders for less than 5 minutes.  A community leader will see as many as 10 students where they will review student grades, subject support in their area of career interests, inquire about personal/school related interests, possible changes to current practice that might help predict future success, and how classes contribute to state mandated graduation requirements.

Depending upon the total number of community members, the school expects the conferences to conclude by 10:00-10:30 a.m.

DC Prep will stress student ownership and professionalism.  The school asks community members to dress, talk, sit, and engage students with eye contact and a firm hand shake to encourage students to personalize their communication with an interested adult.  The school is picking a community leader, instead of teachers and/or parents, because students are already used to and see these individuals daily. DC Prep wants to make this a unique, personal, and potentially demanding experience.

To RSVP, please call the DCP main number at 313 899-7370 and ask for Paula Johnson, Communities in Schools.

About Detroit Collegiate Preparatory Academy:

Detroit Collegiate Preparatory Academy offers Detroit students a college-going learning experience to prepare them for academics and careers.  The high school, which includes 9th and 10th graders and is continuing to enroll through second semester, provides a college preparatory curriculum allowing students to explore college courses and visit college campuses, participate in Upward Bound Detroit, work at internships, engage in community service and academy based projects.  The school has partnerships with Johns Hopkins University, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Wayne State University, City Year, Communities in Schools, and other business and community organizations.  Grades will be added each year through 12th grade. Students participate in extra-curricular activities such as the Urban Planning Academy with a focus on City of Detroit service projects and Entrepreneur Academy with a focus on school store marketing and management.

The academy also is one of nine Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools.

This new line of nine self-governing schools is designed to replicate high-performing urban school designs at scale within a collective bargaining agreement. The schools are committed to putting every student on a path to graduation and college. The schools will work to ensure at least 90 percent of incoming 9th graders graduate and at least 90 percent of all graduates go to college.

The idea is to delegate power to principals and teachers at the school level, but hold them accountable for performance, in an attempt to get the innovation and quality of high-performing schools.

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