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DPS 2015 graduation rates improve 6 percentage points, beating the State’s rate of increase!

DPS students continue to close gap with statewide peers and are now only 2.4 percent away from the state average; gap was more than 17 percent in 2008 Detroit Public Schools’ high school graduation rate increased six percentage points for 2015, bringing the rate to 77.35 percent, the highest rate in a decade. DPS students also continued to close the gap with their statewide peers and now are only 2.4 percent away from the state average. DPS students beat the state’s rate of increase by more than five percentage points. The District’s dropout rate also decreased by nearly 7 percent to 11.47 percent. (Note: Based on cohort graduation rates and cohort dropout rates calculated for all schools in the State

DPS’ Career and Technical Education Department host state appointed officials to showcase student work and robust curriculum

Detroit Public Schools showcased four of its Career and Technical Education (CTE) Centers on Friday, March 11, during a legislative lunch at Breithaupt Career and Technical Center. The event showcased a variety of CTE programs at DPS high schools, specializing in curriculum ranging from aerodynamics to emergency medical technician course work. Students who participate in the District’s CTE programs are learning skills to prepare them for workforce entry and college readiness. In many instances, students have the opportunity to advance into the examination phase of their desired industry and begin working upon completion of those requirements. Dozens of state appointed officials attended the event to learn more about DPS’ career and college readiness opportunities and meet the students who will soon be

DPS kicks off Application Period Wednesday, February 24 for 22 Application Schools

The district kicks off its Application Schools Period Wednesday, February 24 for the 22 Application Schools, which range from a number of top-ranked schools by Excellent Schools Detroit to robust STEM programs such as Detroit International Academy, home of the Pink Panthers and all-girls robotics team, to language immersion programs, including those offered at Academy of the Americas and Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School. The month-long Application Schools period runs from February 24 to March 23. Applications are open to families of current DPS students as well as those newly enrolling or attending school elsewhere. The Application Schools are as follows: Academy of the Americas (K-8) / Academy of the Americas (9-11) Ann Arbor Trail Magnet Elementary-Middle School Bates Academy Benjamin

DPS High Schools offer Detroit 8th grade students career path options from medical to musical and more

New High School Open House Series tailored for 8th grade students

Detroit Public Schools launched this month a NEW initiative to ensure Detroit 8th grade students can explore the District’s High Schools before the spring Enrollment period to allow parents/guardians and their children to make the best decision possible for their High School of choice. All Detroit 8th grade students graduating in June 2016 are welcome to attend these fun and engaging events.

Dozens of DPS families attended the Career and Technical Education enrollment fairs on Wednesday, March 25

Detroit Public Schools spotlighted the district’s Career and Technical Education offerings during an after-school enrollment fair at the district’s four Career and Technical Centers on Wednesday, March 25. Visitors experienced hands-on experience in construction trades at A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School, the renowned Culinary Arts Program at Breithaupt Career and Technical Center, free health screenings by health professionals and students at Crockett Career and Technical Center and took test flights at Davis Aerospace Technical High School’s in-school flight simulator and more! Families seeking to apply for spots in these schools should apply at the school building site for the 2015-16 school year. The Open Enrollment Period for all schools is April 18-May 1 and include additional opportunities to visit and learn

Detroit Public Schools to spotlight Career and Technical Education during after school enrollment events Wednesday, March 25

Detroit Public Schools will place a spotlight on the district’s Career and Technical Education offerings during an after-school enrollment fair at the district’s four Career and Technical Centers on Wednesday, March 25. A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School, 17101 Hubbell St., 4:00-6:00 p.m. On Wednesday, visitors will hear how Randolph students gain a hands-on experience in construction trades. Offerings include business partnerships with industry leaders and a new 9th Grade Career Academy program. Students can earn a high school diploma, an associate’s degree, trade skill certification and paid internships through extensive coursework. Breithaupt Career and Technical Center, 9300 Hubbell St., 3:30-5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Breithaupt Career and Technical Center students will demonstrate skills used in the restaurant, cosmetology, automotive fields

More than 7,000 students’ classrooms grow brighter as DPS adds high quality, energy-efficient LED lighting to 11 school buildings

District to enhance learning and realize hundreds of thousands in annual savings: 60% reduction in classroom lighting energy utilization and the elimination of maintenance cost. Detroit Public Schools is adding new, energy-efficient LED lighting to 11 school buildings, which will not only provide a cost-savings to the district but will enhance the educational environment for more than 7,000 students by making classrooms brighter. “The key benefit to the project is improvement in our classrooms, where teachers and students will spend their academic day in brighter settings that are more conducive to learning and academic achievement,” said DPS Emergency Manager Jack Martin. “The LED technology also utilizes approximately 60% less electricity, lasts more than twice as long as our previous lighting

Torii & Katrina Hunter Launch Innovative Program to Benefit Detroit Public Schools Students

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

24th Annual Detroit Branch NAACP art/essay contest winners

Many DPS students placed in the annual Detroit Branch NAACP Art and Essay Contest. The contest is a wonderful opportunity for elementary through high school students to showcase their artistic talents. A reception will be held Friday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.  The 2014 winners include: Elementary School Essay 1st Place                A’Liyah Higgins                5th Grade             Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (FLICS) 2nd Place               Devin Powell                      5th Grade             Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy 3rd Place               Jamareia May                    5th Grade             Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (FLICS)  Middle School Essay 1st Place                Kyrah Kimbro                     7th Grade             David Ellis Academy 2nd Place               Ariana Wingfield               7th Grade             Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (FLICS) 3rd Place               Brenda

School of the Week: Davis Aerospace Technical High School

Where students learn ‘the sky is the limit’ Davis Aerospace Technical High School offers a one-of-a-kind learning experience that engages students in a rigorous college preparatory academic curriculum coupled with a remarkable technical education program that prepares students for careers in aviation, aerospace, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The only program of its type in the entire State of Michigan, students learn to maintenance and fly Cessna aircrafts—yes fly! And they can earn their Private Pilot license prior to graduation. The school partners with Delta Air lines, Western Michigan University, College of Aviation, Tuskegee Airmen, Detroit City Airport and other business/community organizations.   Something You Didn’t Know… Davis Aerospace was the only school-based program to host this year’s Michigan Aviation Association