14771 Mansfield Street, Detroit MI, 48227-1801

Phone: (313) 866-9300 • Fax: (313) 866-9304

Principal: Donya Odom

Official School Web Site

cma libraryAbout Us

Communication and Media Arts High School offers students a safe, positive, and caring “small” high school experience that prepares students for higher learning through a rigorous academic program. Our students excel in communication skills. We are a 21st century school that utilizes multi-media resources and technology to enhance student achievement. CMA, which has a 98% graduation rate, is a 21st century school with wireless technology, interactive whiteboards, and notebook computers in all classrooms, as well as Macintosh and PC computer labs. Other resources include a media center/library, career center, recording studio, writing center, and gymnasium.

Awards and Recognition

  • CMA was the only Midwest school to be selected by School Pride (2010) for a school makeover.
  • CMA was awarded a Bronze medal by the U.S. News & World Report for being one of the nation’s best high schools  (2008 and 2009).
  • CMA partnered with the Skillman Foundation in 2005 to become the first ‘contract” school and was awarded a  $1.5 million grant.
  • CMA has ongoing partnership with Fox 2 and the Detroit Free Press


3 years of Foreign Language (Spanish, French), College counselors, College classes, Honors classes, AP/Pre- AP classes, 30 minutes of tutoring available daily in all subjects, ROTC, Accelerated Reading, Journalism & Broadcasting, Robotics/Science clubs, DAPCEP, Glee club, Writing Center, Honor Society, Media clubs, Book club, Recycling program, Web design, Video editing, Student Government,  Public speaking, Volunteer Business Corps, Church/Civic group mentors, Basketball, Softball, Baseball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Golf. CMA has ongoing partnerships with Fox2 and the Detroit Free Press.

See www.cmahigh.com for more information


Our mission is to provide an atmosphere, which promotes academic and creative achievement, as well as social and emotional growth through a positive and caring environment.


The purpose of Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is to instill in CMA students the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.

Comprised solely of active duty Army retirees, the JROTC instructors at CMA serve as mentors to the outstanding young citizens of our school.

College Readiness

CMA offers ACT College prep classes. Students participate in one on one counseling conferences to review results from practice ACT tests. Students are therefore able to correlate their performance on college entrance exams with their level of readiness.

All students graduating from CMA must provide proof of there acceptance to a 2 year or 4 year college, or university.

Over 80% of CMA students go on to attend 4 year colleges and universities.  10% continue their studies at 2-year colleges 10% enter the workforce and/or the Armed forces.

College admission recruiters actively pursue CMA students to attend top ranked colleges and universities across the globe. CMA graduating classes have earned over $1 million dollars in scholarships to attend colleges.

Extra Curricular Activitiescheer team

CMA offers a wide variety of after school clubs. In addition there are many school wide activities, including: Spirit Week, Olympiad, Homecoming, Christmas Jubilee, Senior Lock-In, Sock-Hop dance, Senior Pinning/Breakfast, Halloween Dance, X-factor talent show, fashion show.

Compact School

College tuition assistance will be provided as an incentive for students to meet the Compact four year or two-year standards.

Student who successfully graduate with a 3.0 gpa and score a 21 or higher on the ACT qualify for full tuition scholarships to attend a 4 year college in Michigan.

Students who successfully graduate with a 2.0 gpa and score an 18 or higher on the ACT qualify for scholarships to attend a 2 year college, either Schoolcraft College or Wayne County Community College.

Uniform Requirements

White, black and dark purple tops. All bottoms must be black.

Bell Schedule

Morning Afternoon Half Day
8:00 AM 3:20 PM 11:15 AM