Burton International Academy

2001 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Detroit MI, 48208

Phone: (313) 596-3800 • Fax: (313) 596-3807

Principal: John Wilson

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Burton International Academy, nestled between historic Corktown and the bustling Midtown cultural district, provides an excellent college preparatory curriculum  in a multicultural, multilingual school setting.

BurtonLogo2Burton, an application school, respects, supports and capitalizes on the rich and diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural heritage of its students and plans its programs to meet their needs.  The Academy offers a well-rounded academic program in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, physical education, performing arts, music, foreign language and computer education.  High expectations begin in preschool and continue through grade 8 to ensure academic success for Burton scholars.

Burton International uses the community, with its variety of ethnic and economic groups, as learning resources for the children.

Students and their parents are scheduled for a family interview and prospective Burton scholars must take a grade-level test.  The rigorous academic program routinely helps Burton scholars gain admittance into the most elite high schools such as Renaissance and Cass Technical High School.

The Academy offers a Diversity Club which provides an environment of learning where all children are able to achieve their full potential in a society that endeavors to eliminate racism, religious, social and cultural prejudice, while recognizing and valuing diversity.

Teachers also intertwine the latest in technology into the core curriculum providing a foundation for interfacing with computer technology, Netbooks, and smart boards.

School of the Week: Burton International Academy

Posted on April 7, 2014

Infusing multiculturalism into young minds to educate the next generation of global achievers

One of Burton International Academy Principal John Wilson’s favorite quotes is: It takes teamwork to make the dream work!”

With a mixture of top-notch teachers and a variety of ethnic and multicultural offerings, Burton International Academy prides itself on encouraging and preparing all students from diverse backgrounds to compete in a global society.

Nestled between historic Corktown and the bustling Midtown cultural district, Burton is an application school serving Pre-K to grade 8. To support the rich ethnic, racial and cultural heritage of his students, Principal Wilson and his staff tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of all students through offerings such as the popular Social Studies program.

In teacher Matthew Guyton’s Social Studies class, students have an entire month to research and learn about a new culture. Students also learn about a multitude of cultures at their own school such as African American Achievers. On a recent Monday afternoon, students were tasked with selecting a notable African American, researching that person’s background and presenting their findings to the class.

Eighth-grade students KaiLynn Taylor-Hawkins and Myaah Hart-Powell enthusiastically educated their classmates on the achievements of Alvin Alley and his successful dance career, and Michael Jackson and his musical journey that touched the lives of many people world-wide

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University Partnerships

wsu_at_burton_web_2Students at Burton International Academy now have their own small army of Wayne State University Warriors in-house to help pave the way for their future, thanks to a new partnership.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at WSU, with the help of several departments at the university, will provide mentors, set up parent meetings and classroom visits, and offer college and career information to incoming eighth grade Burton International students with the adoption of the academy’s middle school wing.

The partnership will help inform students about the Michigan high school curriculum, while highlighting a range of professional fields and careers–and the ways students can work toward them.

Read more here: Wayne State University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions adopts eighth grade wing at Burton International Academy

Activities and extra-curricular offerings

Burton scholars are encouraged to broaden their horizons by participating in extra-curricular activities. The academy offers:

  • An award-winning Robotics Team
  • Swim Class
  • Basketball
  • Healthy Kidz
  • PAL league
  • G.I.R.L.S.
  • Future City
  • Student Council
  • Modern Dance and Tap classes
  • Boys & Girls Scouts
  • Academic Games
  • Junior Achievement
  • Greek Methodology
  • Robotics

Burton offers an array of experiences to connect student to the real-world and make their educational experiences come alive. Those include academic visits to the Michigan Science Center; the Detroit Zoo; Holocaust Museum; Greenfield Village/The Henry Ford; Apple Orchards and Farms; Ann Arbor Hands on Museum; Ford Rouge Plant; Career Days; Compuware Tours; College Tours and much more.

Competitive activities for scholars include: the Declamation Contest; AT&T Community NETwork Oratorical Contest; Duffield Library Oratorical Contest; Fight for Freedom Fund NAACP ACTSO writing contest; Math Bee, and Talent Shows

Burton International Academy has partnered with Heritage Works/Intercessions, YMCA and Beyond Basics to continue to ensure that our students are exposed to the music and arts.


Burton International Academy’s stellar academic program and its scholars have won distinguished awards from an array of prestigious organizations including: The Skillman Foundation; Excellent Parents of Detroit; Greening of Detroit, Future City; Robotics; Gear UP; AT&T Community NETwork Essay Contest, Duffield Library Oratorical Contest, and the DPS Office of Multicultural and Bi-lingual Studies (Gold Cup).

  • Named as one the city’s 14 top-performing kindergarten through eighth-grade schools by Excellent Schools Detroit in 2014
  • Ranked in the top 100 schools in the state by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2014

Safe, Secure, Accepting and Welcoming

Burton Academy supports anti-bullying strategies to create a welcoming environment for every child of every background.  We have a “zero tolerance” policy for that behavior and continue to conduct assemblies to remind our students of the importance of acceptance, tolerance and loving behavior.  Students must adhere to the district’s student code of conduct.

Family/Parent Engagement

Burton welcomes parents and families to participate actively in their child’s educational development and offers many opportunities for parent engagement.

Some regular parent and family activities include Curriculum Night; Family Math and Science Night; Family Game Night; MEAP Awareness; Open Houses; RCT meetings; Pre-school home visits and Parent-Teacher Conferences.

The school offers a welcoming Parent Resource Room where parents are encouraged to feel at home in a space designed for them.

Latchkey care

Knowing that working parents may need extra care for their children, Burton offers a FREE latchkey program in the morning.


Burton International Academy will be recognized as a learning environment where all stakeholders of varied multilingual and multicultural backgrounds can function in a nonviolent, non racist, nonsexist manner as we change the world.


The mission of Burton International Academy is to encourage and prepare all students from varied backgrounds to develop to their fullest potential and become lifelong learners as they compete in a global society.

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

Uniform Requirements

Pk-Grade 5: Light blue uniform shirt and navy pants.
Grade 6: Light blue uniform shirt and khaki pants, navy tie and belt.
Grade 7: Burgundy uniform shirt and khaki pants, black tie and belt.
Grade 8: Yellow uniform shirt and khaki pants, brown tie and belt

Bell Schedule

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