Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School

7635 Chatham, Detroit MI, 48239-1027

Phone: (313) 274-8560 • Fax: (313) 274-8074

Principal: Darron Jackson

About Us

School Brochure

Ann Arbor Trail Magnet PreK-8 School, an application school, has a college preparatory focus with an instructional program that includes AP Courses, Introduction to Pre-Algebra, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Open Court, Language Literacy, World Language, Global Science, and much more.

We have created a sound learning environment ensuring that our instruction is aligned to the state and national standards.   We have consistently met Adequate Yearly Progress in Core Content Areas.

Ann Arbor Trail starts at an early age preparing our students for the rigors of high school and college. We emphasize that, through self-discipline and determination, they will be successful students and adults. It is our commitment that our students receive the most outstanding social and academic experience possible. We will work with every child and parent to challenge, motivate, and drive each child to his/her personal best.

School of the Week: Ann Arbor Trail Magnet Middle School

Posted on December 2, 2013

In Cynthia Banks-Andrzejak’s fifth-grade science classroom at Ann Arbor Trail Magnet Middle School, students dressed in gray plaid with yellow shirts and maroon ties recently huddled together over their science projects.

Their expertly-crafted mini solar systems were made from a variety of creative materials, including fruit (with the sun as a grapefruit) or balls (with a baseball serving as the solar system’s largest star) and even candy and cereal (with a delicately-painted blue and green Cheerio as Earth).

In Sakina Burch’s Science and Math classroom, students tied their learning to real-world concepts by recycling over 95% of the containers used for breakfast to minimize waste, weighing their recycling using a Kilogram scale, and being challenged to accurately measure the bags of waste using a traditional scale.

Down the hall in one of the school’s four pre-kindergarten classrooms, some students were busily using their creativity to learn how plastic gears work (a pre-engineering concept) and build 3-foot-tall buildings out of wooden blocks as part of the district’s research-based High Scope Curriculum.

In room after room, students displayed creativity through hands-on projects and exploratory learning at the PreK-8 application school located on Detroit’s west side.

But this was just an ordinary day in what Principal Darron Jackson calls an extraordinary school.

When asked if the school mimics the feel and curriculum of an elite private school, where students are often dressed in uniforms and in which high academic standards are a must, Jackson utters a passionate “No.”

“This is not like a private school, a traditional public school or any other school,” Jackson said. “We are a trail-blazing school. Ann Arbor Trail is an extraordinary school with extraordinary classrooms.”

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Our school site

Our beautiful school borders Redford and Dearborn in a quiet park like setting west of River Rouge Park.  We are a small school that has a family atmosphere.   Our single floor building makes for a smooth transition from class to class.  The size of the building also provides for greater collaboration and cooperation among staff.


Instrumental Strings, Accelerated Reading/ Math, Spanish, 6-8th Grade AP Courses, After-school Tutoring/Extended Day, Science Club, Chess, DAPCEP, Beta Honor Society, Book, Science and Foreign Language Clubs, Dance, School garden, Cheerleading, Student Government, Elementary & Middle School Basketball, Volunteer Reading Corps and more.

High Quality Pre-Kindergarten

We offer a high quality early learning experience for special needs and general education students 4 years of age by November 1. Detroit Public Schools’ Pre-K classroom curriculum is aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan State Board of Education’s Early Childhood Standards of Quality.

More information about Pre-K Programs



All students must have a completed application on file. Students must have a 3.0 or higher for admission and submit a copy of MEAP Scores, birth certificate, and immunization record. Parents wishing admission to the preschool program must complete a preschool package. Students must maintain at 2.0 to remain at Ann Arbor Trail. Once accepted, students are expected to adhere to all of the schools’ policies and procedures. To ensure that every child has the greatest success possible at Ann Arbor Trail, parents are expected to be involved in their child’s education and school programs.


It is our goal to recognize the entire child. To do so, we have several programs to recognize students throughout the year. Students that maintain an honors level throughout the school year will participate in an end of the year recognition luncheon. The school’s Birthday Club recognizes students and staff birthdays throughout the school year. Most improved students receive an ice cream social.


“On Time, On Task, On a Mission.”

These three characteristics must be evident in order to create an exemplary school which develops strong traditions and prides itself on offering children a safe, secure and challenging learning environment.  Our school vision is built upon the principle of the school as a community of learners and leaders. Grade level teachers work as collaborative teams when planning curriculum, designing and implementing an academic program that is consistent throughout their grade level. Teachers individually enhance the program with their own creative, artistic and technological skills and style.

Uniform Requirements

Burgundy and gray plaid skits, jumpers, tan khaki pants, yellow shirts, blouses (oxford), with burgundy or plaid ties.

Bell Schedule

  Morning Afternoon Half Day
Mon–Thur 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 10:45 AM
Friday 7:30 AM 1:50 PM