Ronald Brown Academy offers an integrated curriculum with a strong emphasis on science, mathematics, technology and Mandarin Chinese for grades PreK-6. Ranked as one of the top 50 schools in the state by the Mackinac Center, Ronald Brown provides a premier learning experience for students on Detroit’s eastside. With $1.3 million in building renovations, the intimate school setting features committed staff members who have been in place since the school building opened.
With small class sizes, strong community partners—such as the Michigan Literacy Corps— and a hands-on learning approach modeled in every single classroom, Ronald Brown is able to intrigue students in all subject areas to ensure they enjoy learning.
School of the Week: Ronald Brown Academy
Posted on March 17, 2013
Watch your step when entering one of the many science classrooms at Ronald Brown Academy. You may stumble over a bushy-tailed, pink-eyed bunny rabbit, a hairy tarantula, or a slithering corn snake.
Well…only the bunny really scurries freely in the classrooms. The other critters are safely secured in their glass tanks. But if you’re as brave as the teachers and students of Ronald Brown, you’re welcome to come and play with any of these friendly creatures.
Science, Science and more Science
When Principal Damon Sewell is asked what is the “it” factor of Ronald Brown, he quickly replies science, while sticking his hand in a salt-water fish tank purchased through grant funding filled with eel, corals and other marine fish that resemble the characters of Disney’s Finding Nemo.
It’s obvious that an added emphasis on the science curriculum is one of the key elements to the foundation of Ronald Brown. But there is much more. The many hands-on programs created to intrigue students in all subjects ensure parents won’t have to think twice about their children receiving a high-quality education at this eastside gem.
Jennifer Edwards, Title 1 Science Teacher, is collaborating with the Hawk Woods Nature Center in Auburn Hills to have her students create ecosystems out of two-liter bottles. Later in the school year, the students will travel to the nature center to scoop and examine pond water.
As the previously mentioned bunny scurries at her feet and the 8-month old corn snake named Butterscotch slithers around her hand, Edwards shares why it’s important to have nature in the classroom.
“Students need to be exposed to nature in a positive way,” Edwards said. “These are things they may never experience otherwise, and it makes them excited to come to school. Hopefully this type of exposure will encourage them to pursue careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.”
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Business Partnerships with Michigan Literacy Corps, Bell Isle Nature Zoo, Arts & Scraps, Saint John Providence Hospital, Impact Church, Saving Birds Through Habitat, Morningside Community, FBI Junior Special Agent, and Gleaners Food Bank; a NASA Explorer School, a Michigan Green School, Skillman Foundation Grant recipient, Fruit Tree 101 School Orchard Program, Greenhouse Gardening Program, National Elementary Honor Society, Innovations for Learning TutorMate Online Tutoring, Manhood program, Grief Counseling, After school tutoring, 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Program, Advanced Classes, Cooking Matters Program, Recycling program, Athletic Academy, Service Learning Projects, Think Pink Day Cancer Awareness fundraisers, Title I Parent Involvement Organization, Extracurricular clubs: Beta, Chinese, Computer, Student Safety Guards, Art, Science, and Enrichment Clubs: Jewelry Making, Fiber Arts, Gardening, Exercise and Girls Club.
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.
The mission of Ronald Brown Academy is to provide a safe student-centered environment conducive to academic excellence. Academic development is achieved through a diverse, nurturing, technological and data-driven culture. In collaboration with parents, community, and business partnerships, we cultivate life-long learners.
The Name We Honor
The school is named in honor of Ronald Harmon Brown, a United States politician. Ronald Brown was an advocate for equality, social progress, and public service. He was elected as chairman of the Democratic National Committee and was later appointed Secretary of Commerce by President Bill Clinton. He was the first African American to hold the position and fought to create jobs and opportunities for “ordinary” Americans. He believed everyone should have a chance at success; a message that the school aims to instill in its students.
Commitment to College Success
Ronald Brown Academy is dedicated to guiding students towards a college bound path. The staff members and counseling department are committed to providing the support, resources, activities and opportunities to help all students maximize their potential and visualize their long term goals and successes post high school.