EAA-Denby High School

12800 Kelly Road, Detroit MI, 48224-1506

Phone: (313) 866-7200 • Fax: (313) 866-2032

 Changes for Fall 2012

Denby High School has been selected to transition to The Education Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan, a new statewide system of schools that will assume operation of the lowest 5 percent of the Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) schools in the state of Michigan. The EAA’s mission is to develop a new approach to educating children who are growing up in a 21st  Century digital environment.

The EAA of Michigan will begin operating its first schools in September 2012 when 15 elementary, middle and high schools in Detroit are transferred into the new system of schools.

About The Education Achievement Authority

The EAA of Michigan will support a student-centered system of education that emphasizes a culture of continuous improvement. It plans to eliminate the traditional model in which students progress through school based on their age and “seat time,” or the required time a student must spend in a class to receive official credit for the class. Students will be organized by instructional levels based on completion of course content rather than by grade levels based on age. In other words, they will progress to the next level in school based on their mastery of content rather than the completion of a nine-month school year.

If a student can complete course work in six months, rather than nine, they will be advanced to the next level of course work.

If a student needs 10 months to complete course work, they will not be penalized because it takes them longer.

The EAA of Michigan will hire proven leaders and personnel to work in the schools that are brought under its jurisdiction. Principals will be empowered to assemble their staff, hire the best teachers and support them in a multitude of ways to improve individual student academic growth. The EAA of Michigan will direct 95 percent of the resources to the school classroom level.

For more information, go to Michigan.gov/eas

About Denby

Denby High School is a comprehensive high school with open enrollment to all students of all nationalities, disabilities and academic skill-sets. We embody a culture and climate indicative of a “village.”  We endeavor to create life-long learners and build social capacity in every student within our learning community.  Denby offers a traditional high school curriculum that is rich in opportunities that connect students to the world beyond the classroom in an effort to make their educational dreams academic realities.

Current offerings

Spanish and French, Teen Court, GM Internship and Law Program, Student Government, Explorer’s Program (Law Career Partnership with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office), Michigan Youth and Government, Teen Leadership Institute, Young Men of Distinction, Denby Mentors, Glam Squad Dance Team, Drama, Choir, Ecotek Science Lab Collaboration and Honors Courses in English, Math and Science.


The $16.5 million renovation of Denby High School in 2011 included construction of a new commons area for student dining and other activities as well as a major renovation to restore school’s original 1930s auditorium.  A portion of the existing dining area was repurposed to provide adequate kitchen, serving, and delivery / receiving areas. The remaining space was renovated to create a new multi-purpose area designed for use as a student dining room and as a meeting space for student clubs and organizations. The media center was repurposed to include two computer labs, a small group room, and a team room. Classrooms were modernized and upgrades were made to the lighting and electrical and mechanical systems. A new building security entrance was added to incorporate state-of-the-art security technologies and enhance student safety. Exterior upgrades include a new roof and new decorative fencing at the front of the building.


Denby High School’s mission is to create “Thought Leaders” by educating students through Access, Equity and Excellence.  We aim to build social capacity in our students so that they have opportunities to connect to networks that excite and stimulate them cognitively.  It is our goal to make all students life-long learners who will be productive citizens of the world.

About the Principal

K.C. Wilbourn was named principal of Denby in 2009.  She is a native of Detroit and graduate of the Detroit Public Schools.  Currently she is pursuing a doctoral degree in Urban Education.  With a strong administrative team and dedicated staff, Ms. Wilbourn has transformed the culture and climate of Denby High School into a learning community that is structured in discipline, rigor and added value.