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Graduation Day continues to top the list of most memorable moments for many students but to the young ladies at Detroit Public Schools’ Detroit International Academy for Young Women, this year’s commencement was truly one to remember. Detroit International Academy (DIA) for Young Women, the only public all girls kindergarten through grade 12 program in the state of Michigan, celebrated its 10th anniversary during the school’s first-ever “white gown” commencement ceremony. The ceremony was held on Thursday, June 4 at the Millennium Centre in Southfield. “I told my girls that DIA was my plan and it started out with a piece of paper,” said DIA Principal Beverly Hibbler. “I wrote down a plan and defined the vision. For the past 10
Top-performing students from Cass Tech, DIA, DSA, EEVPA and King receive full-ride scholarships covering their college expenses through graduate school Seven Detroit Public Schools seniors – two more than the previous year — are among only 1,000 recipients nationwide who will receive the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship award. They include a student from East English Village Preparatory Academy who will introduce First Lady Michelle Obama as she pays a special visit to the city of Detroit in celebration of the nation-wide College Signing Day. The highly-regarded Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a full-ride scholarship covering all college expenses including tuition, housing, books and supplies through graduate school to use at any college or university of their choice.
Monster Jam drivers take 30 DPS STEM students under their wing for learning experience at Ford Field
Students from DPS’ all-girls Detroit International Academy and the all-boys Frederick Douglass Academy met Monster Jam drivers, enjoyed exclusive access to Monster Jam Trucks View video footage at MLive.com View photos from the Detroit News Feld Motor Sports, Inc. offered Detroit Public Schools’ students a once in a lifetime and exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Monster Jam on Friday, February 27 in connection with the district’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Thirty students from the all-girls Detroit International Academy and the all-boys Frederick Douglass Academy met one-on-one with Monster Jam drivers for personal mechanic lessons. The opportunity provided students educational access to the world’s largest recreational trucks from the world’s most popular Monster Truck series. Students enjoyed an up close and personal event
More than 100 Detroit Public Schools’ girls gathered to learn first-hand what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur at the GirlBiz conference on Friday, January 16 at Detroit International Academy for Young Women. GirlBiz is a program of the National Association of Women Business Owners EXCEL Greater Detroit Chapter (NAWBO/EXCEL) that provides teenage girls with exposure, education and support in the area of entrepreneurship. The program is facilitated by successful women business owners and mentors. According to NAWBO/EXCEL, GirlBiz is a personal empowerment program that introduces young women to entrepreneurship as a career option and financial independence as life goals via the four “P’s”: Passion, Purpose, Power and Profit. GirlBiz connects girls one-on-one with women business owners and women professionals throughout the full
Tigers star provides proven character-building program to students Heart of a Champion, a program designed to elevate the lives of 7,500 students in 39 Detroit Public Schools launched Sept. 23 at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy with a high-energy kick-off event including Katrina Hunter, wife of the Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, school district officials and city dignitaries. Through their charitable effort, The Torii Hunter Project, the Detroit Tigers All-Star outfielder and his wife are funding the program for the school district. Heart of a Champion is a character-building program that is proven to reduce dropout rates and increase student performance and graduation rates among students in 26 states. “We are excited to bring a program to Detroit that has been proven
Not only are the students at Detroit International Academy (DIA) for Young Woman showcasing their creative sides, teachers are too! DIA Teacher Carmen Perry created a fun and engaging song titled, “Read Along” for the students in her LitClub, an organization that fights women’s illiteracy. Now that same song is sung by girls across the globe. According to Detroit Public Schools Office of Literacy Executive Director Deborah Winston, DPS is the only district in Michigan that has a partnership with LitWorld. To view LitClubs in India and Haiti as they sing the “Read Along” song created by DIA, click the links below. Haitian Creole- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSyvmJ2G2Z8 Gujarati from India- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID4NyviG5wc
Detroit Native Big Sean serves as Celebrity Principal for the Day in Recognition of Get Schooled Detroit Attendance Challenge Winner, Bates Academy
View photos from the event below! Recording artist and Detroit native Big Sean returned to his hometown on Thursday, June 12 to act as “Principal for the Day” at Bates Academy, an Excellent Schools Detroit “Top K-8 Recommended School.” Competing against thousands of students from 37 Detroit Public Schools’ (DPS) middle and high schools, Bates won the Get Schooled Detroit Attendance Challenge this spring, which is a partnership of Viacom, Get Schooled and Detroit Public Schools. MTV’s Sway and DJ Fingers of FM 98 WJLB joined Big Sean to host an all-school assembly celebrating the school’s victory. More than half of all participating schools posted attendance increases during the challenge. Durfee Elementary-Middle School students, who saw their attendance jump a
The kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Detroit International Academy for Young Women participated in Sweet Dreamzzz’ Rest. Educate. Motivate. (R.E.M.) Sleep Program on Friday, March 7. Students learned about the importance of sleep, healthy sleep tips and received a sleep kit containing bedtime essentials including a sleeping bag or blanket, nightshirt, toothbrush and toothpaste, book and more. The participating classrooms were packed with students learning healthy sleep tips and volunteers dressed in pajamas. About Sweet Dreamzzz™, Inc. Sweet Dreamzzz™, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to improving children’s health, well-being and academic performance by providing sleep education and bedtime essentials to economically disadvantaged students and their families. Based in Farmington Hills, Mich., Sweet Dreamzzz educates children and families about the
Comerica Bank and Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix announce “Free Prix Day” with driver Katherine Legge at Detroit International Academy
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and Comerica Bank announced Wednesday, February 26, the return of the Free Prix Day during a meet and greet with driver Katherine Legge at Detroit International Academy. Legge, who will compete at this summer’s Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, spoke to a group of nearly 100 students at Detroit International Academy (DIA) for Young Women – the only public, all-girls K-12 program in Michigan. In addition to speaking with the students about her personal experience in racing and the opportunities for women in motor sports, Legge also invited the young women to tour the DeltaWing garage when they visit Belle Isle Grand Prix to experience the Comerica Bank Free Prix Day. Comerica Bank Free
Sharea Ayers, Social Studies teacher at Detroit International Academy (DIA), escorted 50 of her students, grades 9-12 to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Friday, December 13. The young ladies, under the school leadership of Principal Beverly Hibbler, had the opportunity to tour all the exhibits, including the core/main exhibit, And Still We Rise. A special treat was the display of the over-sized birthday card that was created for the former South African President, Nelson Mandela.