Davison Elementary-Middle School

2800 E. Davison Street, Detroit MI, 48212-1680

Phone: (313) 252-3118 • Fax: (313) 866-0919

Principal: Dianne Holland

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Davison Elementary-Middle School is a PK-8 Learning Facility that has been recognized by the Skillman Foundation as a high performing school.  We are a National Blue Ribbon School and Golden Apple Award Winner for our outstanding achievement.  We continue to be recognized by Excellent Schools of Detroit and Mackinaw Report as a Top K-8 School in the City and the State of Michigan.

Davison is a MicroSociety School, where the students participate in student run and operated businesses and agencies. All students participate in MicroSociety which builds character and develops the students academically as they write business plans, apply for positions and manage employees.  We are a very diverse school and we embrace our cultural diversity.  Currently, we have a population that varies between 675- 700 of which reflects a student population of African American, Bangladeshi, Polish and Arabic students.

We also support special education programs (Cognitively Impaired, Learning Disabled, Deaf – Hearing Impaired and Resource Room).

School of the Week: Davison Elementary-Middle School!

Posted on November 12, 2012

Where “collegiate” and “family” meet

Teachers at Davison Elementary-Middle School never want to leave. Substitutes who are assigned elsewhere stay in regular contact with Principal Dianne Holland to check on opportunities to return. A retired, 38-year Kindergarten teacher arrives at the school every Friday for regular service. Staff and volunteers spend Saturdays painting stairwells and lockers. And, longtime families and community leaders remain intensely loyal in spreading the word to new families about the educational opportunities and programs at the school.

Located in two century-old buildings sandwiched between a freeway interchange, City of Detroit neighborhoods with significant disinvestment, and the borders of enclaves Hamtramck and Highland Park, Davison staff and leaders could easily find many excuses for failure, or even giving up.

However, a visit to this learning community on any school day demonstrates ample and flowing evidence that this is a school of excellence teeming with support programs and a warm, welcoming, bright and colorful learning environment serving an unusually diverse set of African-American, Bangladeshi, North African, Arabic and Polish students including a sizable special needs population.

Asked how Davison, a neighborhood school, is listed by Excellent Schools Detroit as the fourth highest achieving Detroit Public School of any type based on student success in Reading over the most recent three-year period, Principal Holland, who has been at the school since 2003, says simply, “We work with the whole child. Whatever the need is, we look at it and try to make it happen. We don’t see differences. We just see students, families, and staff.”

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Our staff

Our exceptional instructional and non-instructional staff are highly qualified, certified, motivated and are child-centered in their approach to education. Our support staff is outstanding and ready to support the various needs of our students. We have a full time Speech Teacher and Social Worker. We also have part time Physical Therapist, Nurse, Occupational Specialist,  Hearing Impaired Speech Therapist, Social Worker for the Hearing Impaired, Counselor and Intervention Specialist.

Our Vision and Mission

We believe in educating all children in an academically rigorous environment.  Our mission is to empower students through intense higher learning practices and obtain business and commerce skills.


We offer a well-rounded curriculum with a focus on improving student achievement with our School Reform Model of Differentiated Instruction and MicroSociety. Other school offerings include: Preschool Programs (2),  Academic Games, Basketball, Archery, Cheerleading, Computer Classes, Art Classes, Health and Physical Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Sign Language Classes, After School Tutorials, Early Bird Tutoring,  Bilingual After School Classes, Financial Literacy Classes, World of Motion (Engineering), DAPCEP, You Be The Chemist, Parent University, Daily Radio Broadcasting “Good Morning Davison” operated by students,  After School Bible Classes, Halal & Regular Lunch Menu and Breakfast served in every classroom.  In addition, we annually sponsor Spelling Bee, Declamation Contest, Poptastic Program, Honors Program, 4.0 Celebration, Black History Program, Monthly Parent Meetings, Science, Math and Writing Fair, Family Fun Night, Mother/Daughter Tea, Father/Son Adventure and Father/Daughter Dance, Grade Level Field Trips, Open House and numerous other activities to motivate and education students.  We also have business partners that support education which include:  Lenscrafters (eye glasses), Mobile Dentist (dental exams) and Birmingham Rotary Club (Financial Literacy and Classroom Libraries).

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.

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National Blue Ribbon School, Skillman Foundation- Making the Grade “High Performing School” and “Continuous Improvement Award”, Excellent Schools of Detroit has consistently recognized Davison as one of the Top K-8 Schools in the City, Mackinaw Report recognizes Davison as the #8 School in the State, Golden Apple Winner, Academic City Champions, State & Local Champions for Academic Games, DIA Art Winners, MACUL (Technology Awards),  Technology Showcase Award (Good Morning Davison), Michigan Science Teacher of the Year  (MSTA), Administrative Excellence Award, Principal of the Year (Fine Arts Dept.),  DPS Student Annual Art Exhibition, Golden Arrow Award, and numerous Grants and Awards.  We are also champions in Mock Trials and Financial Literacy.

About the Principal

Dianne N. Holland in a native Detroiter and has been an educator/administrator in Detroit Public Schools System for the past 38 years. She has been recognized for her work as a teacher (Special Education and Regular Education) and an administrator (Staff Coordinator, Assistant Principal and Principal). Some of the recognition includes the Booker T. Washington Award, Principal of the Year Award and the Administrative Excellence Award. Ms. Holland received her education at Wayne State University with a Bachelors, Masters, Education Specialist Degree and is a candidate in the Doctoral Program at Wayne State University. Ms. Holland believes in educating the “whole child.” She continues to secure effective programs, refine curriculum, support highly qualified staff and encourages students to be confident high achievers.

Bell Schedule

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