14771 Mansfield Street, Detroit MI, 48227-1801

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

Principal: Donya Odom

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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.

School of the Week: Communication and Media Arts High School

Posted on March 31, 2014

Derrious Hunter, a 12th grade student at Communication and Media Arts High School, may one day grace the airwaves of your local radio station. The seemingly shy 17-year-old gets a boost of confidence each time he places those distinct black headphones over his ears and turns on the radio equipment inside of CMA’s broadcast studio.

Then again, Hunter may become a veterinarian. It’s a career field that’s always piqued his interest.

“I still have a little time to figure it out,” he said. “But whichever one I choose, I know I’ll be good at it.”

This is the advantage that CMA students have over others in the area: options.

Exposing her roughly 600 students to college preparatory and career track programs – even those outside of the communication and media arts sector – is something Principal Donya Odom said makes CMA stand out from competing high schools.

“We cater to the interests of our students to offer specific programs to ensure they’re ready for college when they walk out of those doors,” Odom said. “This is a college preparatory school. Starting in 9th grade, we work with our students to plan for college and beyond. If you want your kid to come to a competitive school that has an outstanding attendance rate, graduation rate and a four-year scholarship opportunity, CMA is your school.”

New Radio and Television Broadcast CTE Program

Hunter is among a group of students at CMA taking part in a pilot program to launch the new Radio and Television Broadcast CTE (Career Technical Education) Program in the fall of 2014.

The pilot launched in 2013 with 11th and 12th graders offering all components of radio and television broadcasting, such as on-air anchoring and hosting, production, script writing and editing. The program also offers a social media component, web-page design/management and more. And students are not just taught these concepts in the classroom. They are putting their training into action by maintaining the school’s webpage and social media sites, and providing daily announcements.

Once the program officially launches in the fall, CMA will have an internet-based radio and television show that airs directly from the school weekly.

“We live in such a visually-stimulating society. Kids want to learn how to make careers out of what’s exciting to them,” Odom said. “This gives them an opportunity to learn how to master radio and television broadcast skills and how to utilize social media the right way.”

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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