Category Archives: Charter Schools

Welcome Message from Dr. Jendayi Gardner, DPSCD Office of Charter Schools

Greetings, It is with great pleasure that I serve as the Senior Deputy Executive Director for the Detroit Public Schools Community District Office of Charter Schools. We honor the rich legacy established by the previous Director, Kisha Verdusco. The mission for the DPSCD Office of Charter Schools “is to support, develop, and hold accountable high-performing charter schools that prepare Detroit children for college and careers”. In the 2017-18 school year, I will work to close the achievement gap and help facilitate success in academics at every DPSCD charter school. The DPSCD Office of Charter Schools will provide customized support and oversight to produce high-performing charter schools. Our team is dedicated to holding schools accountable based on multiple sources of data.

DPSCD authorizes 3 former EAA charter schools

The Detroit Public Schools Community District has issued a charter contract to the Michigan Educational Choice Center (MECC), a charter school that was previously authorized by the Educational Achievement Authority of Michigan (EAA). The MECC consists of Murphy Academy, Stewart Academy and Trix Academy. All three schools were previously operated by Detroit Public Schools before being transferred to the EAA. The three schools will be managed by Phalen Leadership Academies. They have a one-year charter contract. DPSCD also issued new charter contracts to MacDowell Preparatory Academy, Rutherford//Winans Academy and Capstone Academy, which added a third site to serve the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility. Ross-Hill Academy was closed on June 30.

Detroit Public Schools Community District Partners with Microsoft to Expose Hundreds of Children to Coding 

The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Office of Charter Schools in partnership with Microsoft will introduce more than 350 elementary and middle school students to computer science as part of the global Hour of Code initiative. The event coincides with Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11, 2016. Almost all charter schools authorized by DPSCD will participate in the activity. A total of 12 schools will use Skype to take part in a one-hour code session taught by a Microsoft developer on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9:15 a.m. In addition, 25 students from Hamilton Academy were selected to visit the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Southfield, MI. These 25 students were winners of a DPSCD-sponsored essay contest, and will

DPSCD approves two academy name changes

Detroit Public Schools Community District has completed charter contract amendments that will recognize two recent academy name changes. The boards of Timbuktu Academy and MacDowell Preparatory Academy voted to change their names in keeping with revamped missions and visions. Timbuktu Academy, which offers an African-Centered education, was formerly known as Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology. Timbuktu is managed by Magnum Education, a non-profit education management company. MacDowell Preparatory Academy was formerly known as and International Preparatory Academy – MacDowell Campus. In addition to a new name, the academy has new management, effective July 1, 2016. The school is now managed by American Promise Schools, a non-profit management company that operates three other schools in Detroit.

Glazer and Loving academies merge; both to remain open

The boards of New Paradigm Glazer and New Paradigm Loving academies have merged, creating one school that is now known as New Paradigm Glazer-Loving Academy. The merger, which became effective in July 2015, will allow both academies to continue to operate in their current locations. Both school sites will continue to be managed by New Paradigm for Education, a non-profit management company that has operated Glazer and Loving for the last five years. The merged board consists of members of the former Glazer board, the former Loving board and one new board member. Together they will work to oversee all aspects of New Paradigm Glazer-Loving Academy. Detroit Public Schools Community District reauthorized New Paradigm Glazer-Loving Academy for five years, beginning July

NACSA: DPS scores 12 out of 12 on Index of Essential Practices for authorizers

Detroit Public Schools’ Office of Charter Schools scored 12 out of 12 points on the National Association of Charter School Authorizers’ (NACSA) annual Index of Essential Practices, which was released in January 2016. DPS was one of only two authorizers in Michigan that were identified as using all 12 practices. Each year, NACSA releases an analysis of how well authorizers across the country are implementing the 12 practices that it deems critical to fulfilling the responsibilities of being an authorizer. Click here to see the full results for Michigan.  

MDE: DPS provides effective charter school oversight

Detroit Public Schools is performing effective oversight of its charter schools according to the Michigan Department of Education, which conducted a detailed review of the district’s authorizing procedures. Under the MDE’s Assurances and Verification Review, DPS charter school oversight was rated Complete, Clear and Consistent in all 16 categories measured. The district also demonstrated improvement in 15 of the 16 categories reviewed since its last Assurances and Verification review in 2012. The review reflects improvements in DPS authorizing over the last three years. “We have overhauled our authorizing practices, putting in place more stringent academic targets, improved compliance oversight and additional support for authorized schools and governing boards,” said Kisha Verdusco, Director of Charter Schools. “The goal is to build

Two DPS charters ranked among the Top 10 in Detroit

Two charter schools authorized by Detroit Public Schools are among the Top 10 schools in Detroit, according to a new school scorecard from Excellent Schools Detroit. Excellent Schools Detroit released their scorecard of schools in Detroit, which measured schools based on their academic status, academic progress and school culture, among other factors. Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center received an A as appeared at number 5, while Ross-Hill Academy received a B+ and came in at number 10. In addition, DPS was the only authorizer in Michigan with two schools in the Top 10.  

DPS authorizes two new schools for fall 2014

Detroit Public Schools has added two schools to its charter school portfolio for 2014, bringing the total number of authorized academies to 14. Escuela Avancemos! Academy, which offers a bilingual education to children in grades K-5, opened as a DPS-authorized charter school on September 2. Pathways Academy, which serves pregnant and parenting teens in grades 7-12, will open in Mid-September. Pathways Academy, which serves both girls and boys, is located at 11340 E. Jefferson. It will offer on-site child care for students’ children ages 0-4 through a partnership with Matrix Human Services. The school is governed by a five-member board and will be managed by Innovative Educational Programs, based in Basking Ridge, N.J. Escuela Avancemos! is entering its third year, but

DPS authorizes fewer Priority schools, has 1 Reward school

Detroit Public Schools has fewer charter schools performing in the bottom 5 percent of Michigan schools, according to 2013 Top to Bottom ranking data released in August 2014 by the Michigan Department of Education. DPS has gone from having 6 schools in the bottom five percent of Michigan schools in 2013 to 2 schools in 2014. Both schools that remain in the bottom five percent, also called Priority Schools, improved their percentile ranking based on their performance on the 2013 MEAP. Detroit Public Schools authorizes 13 public school academies, seven of which were converted from traditional public schools to charter public schools. Five schools were converted in the 2011-12 school year and two were converted in the 2012-13 school year.