Schools to tout new programs, facility upgrades, guided tours and performances!
DPS All Schools Open Doors Day is Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The “I love DPS” hashtag (#iloveDPS) will be used throughout the weekend on our social media outlets: Twitter @Detroitk12, Facebook and Instagram to encourage students, parents, staff and alumni to promote the positive news around the District’s 97 schools. During Open Doors Day, parents are asked to enroll students, participate in guided tours, and meet the principals, teachers and staff. Students and staff at Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science sounded off to encourage you to show your love.
Several successful new programs on display will be those implemented as a result of last year’s proposal process in which staff were asked to submit their ideas for innovative programs. This includes the Escuela Preparatoria Academic de las Americas, a high school extension of the District’s popular dual language immersion program in Southwest Detroit, as well as the refocusing of the curriculum at Neinas Elementary to create the Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy for PK-5 students.
Sampson Webber-Leadership Academy also became a STEM-focused school with the implementation of a new program in partnership with Lawrence Technological University (LTU), through which students can earn free college tuition to LTU by following the established pipeline from Sampson to Detroit College Prep at Northwestern to the college. DCP also received a new upgrade to its pool, gymnasium and weight room donated by UAW-Ford. Tours will be available at each school.
An additional benefit for families interested in enrolling in Detroit schools this year is the Detroit Promise Zone Program. This program, , announced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, will provide a tuition-free path to an associate’s degree at a community college for a graduate of any Detroit high school. The program will also enable many young Detroiters to begin their post-college careers free of debt.
Current high school seniors and parents who would like more information about the Detroit Scholarship Fund opportunities should go to www.detroitscholarshipfund.org.
Applicants must register for the DSF and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by June 30.
DPS Open Doors Day Highlights:
Philip Randolph Technical High School, 17101 Hubbell Street: The school will showcase its career and technical opportunities, including the construction trades program and the new “Tiny House” students designed and will be building on campus!
Academy of the Americas (elementary-middle), 5680 Konkel Street: Showcasing the diversity and richness of this dual language immersion program, a student mariachi band will perform at 11 a.m.!
Academy of the Americas High School, 2635 Howard: Showcasing a brand new campus and grade additions that came out of last year’s proposals process, tours will be given at the beautiful historic high school building located adjacent to St. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church!
Davis Aerospace Technical High School at Golightly, 900 Dickerson Avenue: This Center provides technical pathways, allows students to receive authentic training in aviation, aerospace sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Davis Aerospace will provide ongoing drone and flight simulator demonstrations and hold a ceremony honoring the Tuskegee Airmen.
Emerson Elementary-Middle School, 18240 Huntington Road: Is locally recognized for its award-winning Arts Program and will have Art Teacher Bonita Wells on-site showcasing Emerson’s diverse art collection!
Keidan Special Education Center, 4441 Collingwood: Parents and community members will have a guided tour of this special education center that serves students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and with Moderate, Severe, and Severe Multiple Cognitive Impairments. Vistors and families can tour and explore the school’s wonderful garden. Parents and community members will have hands-on experiences with assistive technology devices used within the program to assist the school’s exceptional children.
Ludington Magnet Middle School and Honors Academy, 19501 Berg Road: This school, which added a new Honors Academy, will have a full programmatic showcase, starting with a performing arts demonstration, live sports team displays, and an art exhibit, in which students who partnered with GM will be showcasing their car designs. Teachers will conduct mini lessons. Parents and students will be offered a walking tour of the school’s permaculture garden.
Maybury Elementary, 4410 Porter: Maybury, which is collabortaing with Earhart Elementary-Middle and Western International High School to create a Pre-K to 12 campus with shared resources thanks to an approved proposal last year, will be showcasing its rigorous math and science curriculum. Free books will be offered and students will be able to participate in hands-on crafts.
Pulaski Elementary-Middle School, 19725 Strasburg: Will host a kick-off reception in the lunchroom with cookies, punch and water/ Teachers will hold Kindergarten and Pre-School Round-Up with guided tours, onsite registration for Fall 2016 and additional information.
Ronald Brown Academy, 11530 E. Outer Drive: Students and parents will complete a “passport to their future” with stamps as they travel to stations exploring different careers in a hands-on way. The stations will include Biologists observing live animals, Chemists making slime, Farmers/Gardeners planting seeds, Artists painting, Writers creating poems, and several more!
Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy, 4700 Tireman Street: Sampson-Webber, which offers a tremendous science program that includes an outdoor classroom and partnership with professors from Lawrence Technological University, will be holding a community cookout at 11 a.m. Leadership and staff from LTU will be on hand to discuss the unique scholarship opportunity for Sampson-Webber and DC Prep students!