Category Archives: Featured School

School of the Week: Dixon Educational Learning Academy

More than 100 girls, family members and staff from Dixon Educational Learning Academy are set to enjoy a fun-filled overnight stay in Dundee, Michigan at a splash park and hotel, with proceeds fully covered by donations from partners like Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, the Department of Human Services, Dixon staff and others. The “Girls Lock-In for Dixon” event, which typically happens at the school in the gymnasium and has included games, workshops, movies, mini-manicures, crafts and so much more, is not new and is not an anomaly for this school community which considers itself a family. Indeed, long before DPS launched a program where 21 schools will serve as Community Schools, open longer days and offering services for

School of the Week: Renaissance High School

A ‘Renaissance State of Mind’ Confidence. Balance. Intellectual superiority. Exposure. And above all others: Prepared. According to three talented students who attend Renaissance High School on the city’s west side, if the ‘Renaissance State of Mind’ had to be summed up in five phrases, these may suffice. Notably ranked as the No. 1 high school academically within Detroit Public Schools; the No. 1 high school in the City of Detroit, according to U.S. News and World Report; and the No. 35 ranked high school overall in the state — Renaissance is “a pretty big deal.” “When you come to Renaissance High School, you will be prepared for college,” said Treasure Roberts, a senior who has secured more than $60,000 in scholarships

School of the Week: Catherine C. Blackwell Institute of International Studies, Commerce and Technology

Continuing the family-link generated by African-centered, 21st century learning At Catherine C. Blackwell Institute, students are taught beginning with the earliest grade levels that your character changes the world. A 20-year Detroit Public Schools educator, Blackwell Principal Patricia Hines focuses her curriculum on three basic concepts: culture, 21st century learning, and being able to express oneself artistically. Hines is determined to help her students become dynamic contributors in the multicultural environment in which they live. One of DPS’ premier African-centered schools, Blackwell was named in honor of the late Catherine C. Blackwell. Mrs. Blackwell’s deep passion and long-time advocacy for the African culture carried over to her teachings, resulting in the school keeping her tradition alive by continuing to infuse the African culture within the curriculum.

School of the Week: Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School

It takes a team, and there are many, to support the educational mission at Greenfield Union Teamwork. Community. Family. They come in many forms. At Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School, there’s the teachers and staff who continually go the extra mile, such as the middle school teachers (known as the ‘Mighty Middles’) who came in during a recent break week to paint every locker in the historic wing of classrooms, changing them from a peeling orange to calming blue-matching the blue paint they applied to every classroom door, along with new red “I’m In” ribbons. There’s the leadership team comprised of Principal Beverly Campbell, Academic Engagement Administrator Geraldine Chestnut, Science Instructional Specialist Rudaina Kainaya and Special Education Lead Teacher Anna Knott, who provide vision and direction

School of the Week: Burton International Academy

Infusing multiculturalism into young minds to educate the next generation of global achievers One of Burton International Academy Principal John Wilson’s favorite quotes is: “It takes teamwork to make the dream work!” With a mixture of top-notch teachers and a variety of ethnic and multicultural offerings, Burton International Academy prides itself on encouraging and preparing all students from diverse backgrounds to compete in a global society. Nestled between historic Corktown and the bustling Midtown cultural district, Burton is an application school serving Pre-K to grade 8. To support the rich ethnic, racial and cultural heritage of his students, Principal Wilson and his staff tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of all students through offerings such as the popular Social Studies program. In teacher Matthew

School of the Week: Communication and Media Arts High School

Derrious Hunter, a 12th grade student at Communication and Media Arts High School, may one day grace the airwaves of your local radio station. The seemingly shy 17-year-old gets a boost of confidence each time he places those distinct black headphones over his ears and turns on the radio equipment inside of CMA’s broadcast studio. Then again, Hunter may become a veterinarian. It’s a career field that’s always piqued his interest. “I still have a little time to figure it out,” he said. “But whichever one I choose, I know I’ll be good at it.” This is the advantage that CMA students have over others in the area: options. Exposing her roughly 600 students to college preparatory and career track programs

School of the Week: Coleman A. Young Elementary School

“I want to be a scientist!” – Brett Brown, 5th grade student “I want to go to Harvard!” – Isabella Gibson, 4th grade student “I want to go to Howard University and study English so that I can write poems!” – Chinyere Amaisat, 5th grade student Principal Melissa Scott believes the young scholars at Coleman A. Young Elementary School are incredibly moldable, and by starting them off right, they will be prepared for middle school, high school and beyond. Coleman A. Young holds the namesake of the first African-American mayor of Detroit, who went on to serve an unprecedented five terms. Young’s thirst for knowledge, coupled with exemplary academic accomplishments, is an inspiration to the students at CAY. Remaining true to Mayor Young’s legacy of

School of the Week: Fisher Magnet Upper Academy

After trying her hand at the flute, Fisher Magnet Upper Academy fifth-grader Lovely Rogers was excited to test her skills at the clarinet as part of her school’s new music program. But Rogers, 10, is not content with learning just two instruments. She already has her eye on the saxophone, which Fisher Upper students can select as their chosen instrument in their later grades, and she’s thankful that music is being offered again at her school and in elementary and middle schools throughout DPS as one of the district’s Strategic Initiatives. “It’s a good opportunity for kids to learn a talent,” said Rogers, who plans to be a lawyer. Music classes are just one of the many programs Fisher Upper offers to

Elementary-Middle School sports leagues busy emphasizing healthy competition, good sportsmanship

DPS strategic initiative adds after-school, Saturday enrichment to hundreds of kids’ lives Note: The K-8 Sports feature will replace this week’s School of the Week story. On the football and soccer fields behind Bates Academy on a late Monday afternoon in October — and on a recent wintry Saturday afternoon inside the Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School gymnasium, and on countless other occasions after school and on weekends — parents of students on teams from kindergarten through eighth-grade filled the sidelines and the stands this year to attend programs that, in large measure, did not even exist a year ago. Not only parents, but aunts, uncles, friends and other supporters watched the young students showcase their playing skills as well as their

School of the Week: Adult Education-West Campus

There are no shortcuts, but plenty of paths to success and wraparound support, at Detroit Public Schools’ Adult Education-West Campus Like schools across DPS, this educational facility has storyboards of recent graduations with photos of successful students who have completed the program. Data walls demonstrating academic progress are on the walls of every classroom. A code enforcing appropriate behavior is posted for prominent viewing. On Career Day, there’s a presentation from a Tuskegee Airman. The classrooms are centers of differentiated instruction. There are nutritional offerings. And students get free bus passes. But inside this solid brick, nicely remodeled building facing Puritan Ave. in northwest Detroit, the students in the photos are all over 18 (one, 80 years old), the data