Banks, Diann Williamson Center

5020 Cadieux, Detroit MI, 48224

Phone: (313) 347-7280

Principal: Roslyn Fluker

About Us

Where Every Child Yearns To Learn

Diann Banks-Williamson Educational Center (DBWEC) is a Secondary Center-Based Special Education Program servings students ages 14-19 and in grades 9-12 with Moderate Cognitive Impairments, Severe Cognitive Impairments, and Severe Multiple Impairments. We have certified teachers, support staff, and teacher assistants. Instruction is based on the Michigan Curriculum Framework Extended High School Content Expectations and Common Core Essential Elements. Students are assessed with the Michigan Alternative Assessment known as the MI-Access Participation, Supported, and Functional Independence in mathematics, science, social studies, and English language arts. Students also receive instruction in life management skills, personal management, and remedial reading.

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Special Olympics
  • Swim
  • Physical Education
  • Community Based Instruction
  • Promotion Ceremony

Support Services

  • Psychologist
  • School Social Work
  • Speech and Language
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Daily / Family Living
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Certified Nurse
  • Consultant for the Visually Impaired
  • Consultant for the Hearing Impaired
  • Consultant for Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Consultant for Orientation and Mobility
  • Education Technician


DBWEC will be the first choice of parents, guardians, and caregivers of students with multiple developmental disabilities. The staff of DBWEC will offer consistent state of the art instruction to students with multiple developmental disabilities. There will be an individualized education and transition program for each student that fosters an optimal level of independence for that student. Teachers will provide concise and accurate feedback to students, parents, guardians, and caregivers as it pertains to student ability and achievement. Upon graduation our students will have demonstrated their individual ability to live as productive citizens.


DBWEC is a Secondary Center-Based Special Education Program in collaboration with staff, students, family, and community. We will successfully educate in a manner consistent with each student’s ability. We will seek out, utilize, and evaluate “Best Practice Methods” to ensure that all of our students develop their cognitive, social, creative, vocational, physical skills, and abilities.


It is our belief that all students can achieve when placed in a positive, cohesive environment that focuses on respect and understanding. We believe each student has unique strengths and needs; regardless of their physical and/or cognitive limitations. In addition, each student has the ability to learn the skills to live as independent as possible and work in today’s society. Each student has the right to expect that he or she will be provided educational materials, individualized instruction, and certified instructional personnel necessary to attain their full potential.

Uniform Requirements

Shirts: Special ordered purple or gold Polo Shirts/shirts with school logo
Pants: black or beige khaki
Skirts: black or beige

Bell Schedule

Morning Afternoon Half Day
7:30 AM 2:40 PM 10:45 AM