Carstens Academy of Aquatic Science at Remus

13000 Essex Avenue, Detroit MI, 48215-3243

Phone: (313) 866-5500 • Fax: (313) 866-5580

Principal: Donna Thornton

About Us

Carstens offers a nurturing environment so that all students can learn and demonstrate mastery of essential skills. With the support of many community groups, we implement a rigorous curriculum to promote growth and achievement for each student – preparing them with the skills needed for the future in a global society.

Carstens Elementary-Middle School is now located in what was the Remus Robinson building and serves Pre-School through 8th grade students.  We are a school-wide/Title 1 program that focuses on educating the whole child.  We partner with community programs, such as Gleaners, The Parent Network, Gift of Sight, and more to meet basic needs of students and their families, such as sending bags of food home weekly, coordinating visits from Mobile Dentist and Detroit Dental Sealant Program and securing eye-glasses for students who need them.   Carstens has a full time nurse through St. John’s Hospital.

Beyond the classroom, Activities to nurture

Field trips offer beyond-the-classroom experiences to captivate and challenge students as they learn.  Carstens has monthly parent meetings to help parents support their children’s learning and development.  Incentives, such as books, pencils, gift certificates and even Netbooks and MP3 Players, are given to encourage students who are doing their best.  Children are also recognized at Student of the Month assemblies.  Our Academic Games participants develop mathematical, logical and teamwork skills while practicing and competing.  Carstens teaches students conflict resolution and implements programs and projects to create a No-Bullying Zone.  Project Seed helps students tackle higher-level mathematical challenges.  Our Children’s Choir performed at the Fisher Building. These are just a few of the things we do at Carstens to nurture and educate children.


Art, After-school tutoring/Extended Day program, Accelerated Reading/Math, Detroit Children’s Choir, DAPCEP, Recycling program, School garden, Student government, Volunteer Reading Corps, Business partnerships, Church/civic group mentors/tutors

High Quality Pre-Kindergarten

More information about Pre-K Programs

Bell Schedule

  Morning Afternoon Half Day
Mon–Thur 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 12:15 PM
Friday 8:30 AM 2:50 PM