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Charles Wright takes No. 1 spot at elementary level and Renaissance High School ranks No. 1 for grades 9-12; Four DPS Pre-K programs also ranked in Top 10 ESD Highest Rated Schools Detroit Public Schools’ Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science is the highest-rated elementary school in the City of Detroit, according to a new report released this week by Excellent Schools Detroit. DPS’ Renaissance High School ranks No. 1 for grades 9-12. A total of 28 Detroit Public Schools were ranked as top-recommended schools at the pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school levels by ESD based on a grade system that takes into account how students perform on standardized tests, how much they’re learning over the course of
Expanded DPS pre-kindergarten classes commence Sept. 22 following mandatory home visits with every family Approximately 3,000 Detroit Public Schools pre-kindergarten students head to school for the first time on September 22, 2014 following mandatory home visits by their teachers with every family. The district will offer 189 Great Start Readiness and Title I pre-kindergarten classrooms, including four of the top 10 ranked preschool programs in the city that were newly rated this week by Excellent Schools Detroit. DPS’ Pre-K classrooms include new programs at Chrysler Elementary and Nichols Elementary, where a satellite Pre-K classroom will be held at nearby Moses Field. Both Chrysler, ranked as one of the top ten elementary schools in the city by Excellent Schools Detroit, and Nichols have never
Update: The special DPS “Open Doors Days” through Monday include top-recommended schools by Excellent Schools Detroit!
Update! The special Detroit Public Schools “Open Doors Days” through Monday, including extended hours through 7 p.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 11), include many of the very best schools in Detroit as recommended yesterday by Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD). Opening their doors today until 7 pm to prospective parents include these schools that ESD recommends: Charles Wright (the highest rated school in Detroit, DPS, charter or otherwise) Burton International Clippert Academy Davison Elementary-Middle Dixon Elementary-Middle Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School Harms Elementary School Pasteur Elementary School All of these schools have limited seats still available for families making choices at this time. View the full release: DPS to host NEW four-day “Open Doors” series Wednesday through Monday, district-wide
Detroit Public Schools announces major educational initiatives in Southwest Detroit, including new dual-immersion high school program, new adult education site, new gifted and talented program
Detroit Public Schools has announced several major educational initiatives for schools in Southwest Detroit, including a new dual-immersion high school program, new adult education site, a new gifted and talented program and much more, following a community engagement process with many parents, students, partner organizations and agencies in Southwest Detroit.
More than 100 top readers from one of DPS’ excellent-rated schools walk the red carpet and enjoy a stretch limousine ride to a celebratory lunch
School is on track to read 30,000 books, collectively, this year Harms Elementary School students were treated like celebrities during a “Red Carpet” event on Monday, June 9. Family “paparazzi” cheered for the students and took photos as 119 Harms students walked the red carpet and entered the stretch limousines. As a culmination celebration for participating in the Accelerated Reader Program, where students track the number of books read throughout the year, all Harms students in grades 3-5 who met their reading goal three times out of the four card markings were invited to ride in a limousine and have lunch with their fellow accomplished readers. The students traveled to Pizza Papalis in downtown Detroit, where they made their own mini pizzas. The
…Lying on tummies, sharing big picture books in small groups on a colorful rug in the kindergarten classroom. …Whispering quietly, hovering over an assigned book with a tutor at a table in the hallway on the second floor. …Sitting with a friend, sharing a chapter book under the blue sky during recess. Everywhere you turn at Harms Elementary, children are reading, reading, reading. “Reading is the gateway to all other academic subjects,” said Mauro Cruz, principal of the Southwest Detroit School, which is recognized by Excellent Schools Detroit as one of the top elementary schools in the City. Indeed, Harms students are on a path to read 30,000 books, collectively, by year’s end – once again – for the school’s
Schools gain on-the-spot enrollments, showcase offerings to prospective parents Open Enrollment Now – May 20 Hundreds of parents and students attended the new series of ‘Open Doors Day’ events held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at schools across the district. Dozens of schools reported on-the-spot enrollments and interest from prospective parents, proving the value in hosting open house events, said Emergency Manager Jack Martin. “If schools were able to enroll even one new student at their events this past Saturday, it is a true gain for the district and continues the positive enrollment momentum we began last fall,” Martin said. “Hosting events like this, on the weekend and during afternoon hours, is convenient for parents and families and is another example
As part of second annual “Green Weeks in DPS,” the district announces planned enhancements at 10 schools through energy-efficient equipment, better lighting, new thermal comfort systems
Detroit Public Schools launches Green Weeks with announcement of energy efficiency projects, dozens of Green Living parent workshops, a new Healthy Recipes Cookbook and a challenge staff and students to demonstrate healthy living and green lifestyles through a variety of contests.
View beautiful photos below from the Excellent Schools Detroit Awards Ceremony held Tuesday, May 13 Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD) has issued a new report on Detroit’s schools, this time identifying the top 31 elementary and middle schools it recommends parents select for their children. Detroit Public Schools again make up a majority of the new, Spring 2014 list, with 16 DPS schools and two DPS-authorized charters included. Nine other charters, two EAA and two private schools complete the list. Similarly, in 2013, DPS schools comprised 12 of 18 ESD top picks and eight DPS schools were among the top schools in the city as identified by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. According to ESD, which is an independent organization,
Governor Snyder, Mayor Bing launch expansion of AmeriCorps Governor & Mayor Initiative Urban Safety Corps
Program will work to reduce crime in five new areas of need in Detroit DETROIT, MICH.–Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Dave Bing announced on Monday, November 4, 2013, the launch and expansion of an innovative crime reduction model in the city of Detroit: the AmeriCorps Governor & Mayor Initiative Urban Safety Corps Program. A unique public-private partnership, the program utilizes 36 AmeriCorps members as catalysts to mobilize and recruit community volunteers to join them in improving public safety in targeted Detroit neighborhoods. “AmeriCorps programs across the country provide powerful and low-cost solutions to serious community challenges,” Snyder said. “The Urban Safety Corps Program is among these programs and has already demonstrated much success with a cost-effective program model that is