Summer School Academy 2013

IMG_4011June 17-July 26

Teachers report June 17. Students report June 18.

Aligning with the district’s strategic plan, the 2013 Detroit Public Schools Summer School Academy will be held June 17-July 26 with programs targeted to attract students from outside of the district in need of Credit Recovery courses and a Pre-Kindergarten Transitions Program to provide enrichment activities to students prior to entering kindergarten.

A K-8 program will be offered to DPS students only with a focus on social studies and science—areas where students received low-ranking MEAP scores—integrated with language arts and mathematics. This program is strongly recommended for under-performing students in grades 4-8. The K-8 program is not open to students outside of the district.

Extended Year

A mandatory, all-day program based on the school’s normal hours will take place from June 17-July 12 (four weeks) at 34 priority schools including Beckham, Blackwell, Bow, Brewer, Ronald Brown, Burton, Carleton, Carstens, Carver, Dossin, Douglass,  Moses Field, Fisher Lower, Gardner, Gompers, Greenfield Union, Henderson, J.R. King, Mann, Marshall, Marquette, Neinas, Nichols, Noble, Northwestern, Oakman, Palmer Park, Pulaski, Sampson-Webber, Thirkell, Wayne, Wilkins, Wright, and Coleman Young.

These 34 schools were placed on the state’s priority list and will provide a curriculum based on the Common Core Standards, MEAP data and Individualized Learning Plans.

For detailed information, please see the Extended Year webpage


Summer Camp Fun

1. IMG_4885In addition to these strategic programs aimed at raising academic achievement among low-performing students, the Summer School Academy will also offer weekly educational/experiential field trips for PreK-8 students focused on science and social studies to institutions including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Rouge Factory, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Finance Park, and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

“We must think of creative new methods to help our students succeed, both academically and socially,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics for Detroit Public Schools. “In areas where we see students lacking, we have to get them on track to catch up with their peers and ensure they’re prepared for graduation and post-secondary options. And not only will we work harder and smarter to better educate the students that we have, we must grow the district and open our Summer Programs to prospective students as well.”

This is the first year that DPS has offered credit recovery courses and pre-kindergarten enrichment to students outside of the district. The district will also offer its Driver’s Education to out-of-district students.

This new move supports the district’s strategy to provide more Pre-K programs and to find innovative methods of attracting new students.

admin-ajaxThe Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) Camp will be offered again this year free of charge for students in grades 3-5 at Mackenzie PreK-8 School, and will be facilitated by the National Society of Black Engineers to provide A World in Motion (AWIM), an interactive curriculum focused on mathematics and science. SEEK camp aims to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to life.

See a clip from WXYZ on last year’s program:

Roughly 50 collegiate mentors from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), who are undergraduate engineering and/or mathematics students, provide the instruction.

Last year was the first time in the program’s history that the SEEK Camp was offered in Detroit. Students participate in competitions during the camp and take part in an awards ceremony each Friday to showcase their work.

Program partners have included the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE); Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE); The Dow Chemical Company (DOW); Delphi; General Electric (GE); Ford Motor Company Fund; Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC); and Detroit Auto Dealers Association.


Summer School Academy Details

IMG_3755The six-week summer school program will run from Monday, June 17 through Friday, July 26 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily for grades PreK-8 with free breakfast and lunch provided. Pre-K programs will follow the same schedule, but will be broken into multiple time frames with age-appropriate activities. High school programs will be administered from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. All current transportation routes will continue.

This year’s Summer School Academy will target an estimated 14,000 students. The K-8 programs are paid for through Title I Funding and 4-8 programs are funded by the district. All students who qualify for the 2013 Summer School Academy should have received a letter mailed home to parents beginning the week of May 13.

The deadline to apply for non-mandatory Summer School programs is June 17. Students can apply at their local school.


Targeting students in need of enrichment prior to entering kindergarten; provided at schools including: Academy of the Americas, Ann Arbor Trail, Bagley, Bates (FLICS students can attend at Bates), Bennett, Bunche, Chrysler, Clark, Clippert, Cooke, Davison, Detroit International Academy, Detroit Lions, Dixon, Durfee, Earhart, Edison, Duke Ellington, Emerson, Garvey, Golightly, Harms, Hutchinson, Ludington, Mackenzie, Mark Twain, Mason, Maybury, Munger, Pasteur, Priest, Clemente, Robeson-Malcom X, Schulze, Spain and Vernor.


IMG_1269Grades 4-8, strongly recommended

Targeting students who received partially proficient or non proficient MEAP scores; offered at priority schools including Academy of the Americas, Ann Arbor Trail, Bagley, Bates (FLICS students can attend at Bates), Bennett, Bunche, Chrysler, Clark, Clippert, Cooke, Davison, Detroit International Academy, Detroit Lions, Dixon, Durfee, Earhart, Edison, Ellington, Emerson, Fisher Upper, Garvey, Golightly, Harms, Hutchinson, Ludington, Mackenzie, Mark Twain, Mason, Maybury, Munger, Pasteur, Priest, Clemente, Robeson-Malcom X, Schulze, Spain and Vernor.


Grades K-8

Offered at schools including Ann Arbor Trail, Bagley, Bates (FLICS students can attend at Bates), Bennett, Bunche, Clark, Clippert, Cooke, Davison, Detroit International Academy, Dixon, Durfee, Earhart, Edison, Ellington, Emerson, Fisher Upper, Garvey, Golightly, Harms, Hutchinson, Ludington, Mackenzie and Mason.


Grades 9-12

A Summer Bridge Program will be offered at high schools for incoming ninth-graders. A Credit Recovery Program for grades 9-12 will allow high school students an opportunity to retake core academic courses they did not pass to remain on track for graduation and post-secondary options. This program is open to students within Detroit Public Schools and students outside of the district. There is a $250 fee for both in-district and out-of-district students. 

Credit Recovery Programs for Detroit Public Schools

IMG_1122High School students who received a “D” passing grade will also be allowed to make up core academic courses, or retake physical education or personal health management courses for a fee of $250.

Student athletes who earned a “D” in a course that may make them ineligible for athletics may also retake the course for $250. Core subject areas for high school students include Math, Science, English, History and select electives based on each school listing.

Participating schools include Cass Tech, Communication and Media Arts, Davis Aerospace, Detroit International Academy, East English Village Prep, M.L. King, Northwestern, Renaissance, Westside Academy and Western International.

High school students who would like to retake a course must complete a request form and provide payment by June 17, 2013. Information can be requested at your high school. Out-of-district students should call  313-873-7966.

Payments may be made via money order or certified check, payable to Detroit Public Schools at:

Frederick Douglass Academy
South Wing, Conf. Room 166 B
2001 W. Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48208
Phone: 313-748-6461
Summer School registration hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools – Summer Programs

The following self-governing schools are offering summer school programs:

  • Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine
  • Detroit School of Arts
  • Cody:  Detroit Institute of Technology College Prep High School
  • Cody: Academy of Public Leadership
  • Cody: Medicine and Community Health Academy
  • Osborn Evergreen Academy
  • Osborn Math, Science and Technology Academy
  • Osborn College Prep Academy

Summer Learning Enrichment at Osborn Evergreen Academy will encompass a variety of learning experiences in Reading, Mathematics and ACT Preparatory classes through on-line activities, hands-on activities and small and cooperative learning groups. Students will have exposure to outside learning experiences through field- trips/speakers related to the content area. Credit Recovery courses will also be offered in the core areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology will offer the following summer school programs:

  • Credit Recovery Summer School for Grades 9-12
  • “Jump Start” Early College Bridge Program for incoming 9th graders
  • “Dream” (Dare to Revisit English and Math) Summer Enrichment Program geared toward MST students moving to grades 10-12 who need refresher courses in the areas of English (Reading & Writing) and Mathematics

The Detroit Institute of Technology College Prep High School at Cody will offer Credit Recovery and Summer Enrichment programs for the upcoming summer school period.

Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody (MCH) will offer free Credit Recovery, Enrichment and a 9th grade Bridge Program for their high school students in grades 9-12. Students may take up to three classes and earn a total of 1.5 credits.   Medicine and Community Health Enrichment classes are for any MCH student that wants to strengthen their skills in any content area and ACT Prep. Students will also participate in Health Care related activities, summer employment, community service projects and a college-going experience.

For full details on school offerings, contact your individual school.


Special Summer Programs

admin-ajax (1)SEEK Camp (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids): Current 3rd, 4th and 5th grade DPS students are eligible to apply. The program is free and will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. July 22-August 9 at Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School, 9275 Wyoming. For details, call 313-873-8337. 

Dr. Burt R. Shurly Summer Camp: This free Summer Camp is offered through Title I funding for students ages 7-12 featuring a six-day overnight experience with emphasis placed on math, science, reading, arts and crafts, archery, boating, swimming, fishing, cook-outs, basketball and other outdoor activities. Applications are available at all K-8 schools. For details, call 313-873-7739.

Driver’s Education: The four-week program will be held from June 24-July 20 six days per week (Monday-Saturday) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. It will be offered at five locations including Cody, M.L. King, Osborn, Renaissance and Western high schools. Cost: $280, covering Segments I & II. Students can obtain information at their local school. Out-of-district students should call 313-873-3352.

Payments may will be processed at each site.


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21st Century Community Learning Centers: A focus on academic enrichment and youth development activities will be offered to students in grades 1-8 to enhance academic standards in all subject areas. The program will be offered from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 20 schools including Beckham, Bow, Bunche, Carstens, Durfee, Earhart, Emerson, Fisher Upper, Garvey, Gompers, Harms, Mackenzie, Mark Twain, Marshall, Mason, Oakman, Priest, Pulaski, Sampson-Webber, and Coleman Young.

Summer Camp Migrant Program: Offered to K-12 migrant students. A student is identified as a migrant student if his/her family moved to the district within the previous 36 months to obtain temporary or seasonal work. Migrant students are eligible to participate in reading, mathematics, science and social studies courses in small class-size settings. Parents must sign a certificate of eligibility.

High-Needs Bilingual Program: Bilingual students will be able to participate in content area instruction with an emphasis on literacy development. Students in this program are most in need of English language support and would not qualify for participation in other district programs because they are new to the country or have not been tested on state assessments. Bilingual High-Needs Schools include: Academy of the Americas, Bennett, Clippert, Davison, Earhart, Maybury, Munger, Priest, Clemente and Western International.

Special Education/ASD Summer Program: An all-day program based on each school’s normal hours will be provided from July 8-August 12 at centered-based schools including: Drew, Keidan, J.L. White, and Moses Field. Turning Point will offer its summer program from June 17 – July 26.



Grades PreK-8

Students will receive science/mathematics instruction for two hours followed by social studies/literacy instruction for two hours daily.

7:45-8:00 a.m.: Arrival and Breakfast

8:00-10:00 a.m.: Science/Mathematics instruction following structured curriculum

10:00-12:30 p.m.: Social Studies/Literacy instruction following structured curriculum

12:30-1:00 p.m.: Lunch

1:00 p.m.: Dismissal

Pre-K will follow the same reporting and ending times, but their day will be broken into small time-frames for activities that are more age-appropriate.

High School

7:45-8:00 a.m.: Arrival and Breakfast

8:00-10:0 a.m.: First Period

10:05 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: econd period

12:10-12:30 p.m.: Lunch

12:35-2:00 p.m.: Third period

2:00 p.m.: Dismissal


Basic Information

Attendance is a critical factor in student achievement. Attendance will be taken daily and reported no later than 10:00 a.m. each morning. Due to the accelerated nature of the Summer Academy 2013 programs, students may not miss more than 3 days.  Students will be dropped from the program after 3 absences. Exceptions may be granted by the Summer Academy Site Supervisor for reasons of documented illness, family emergency for family bereavement.

Transportation will be provided utilizing the same stops as during the regular school year.  Adjustments will be implemented based on the re-routing of students and enrollment data.

Special Education transportation will be provided as during the regular school year. Students who are attending the summer program, but are living at a different location, will need to inform their home school.

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