Detroit Lions Academy

10101 E. Canfield, Detroit MI, 48214

Phone: (313) 852-9677 • Fax: (313) 852-9676

Principal: Cheryl White

About Us

Detroit Lions Academy offers students a comprehensive learning experience in preparation for high school. Our school provides additional academic and social support in a small learning community. Our comprehensive curriculum, intended to increase student achievement, includes Accelerated Reading and Math, Project-based learning, individualized assignments, data driven instruction, and Netbooks for each student. One hundred percent of our content-area instructional staff are rated highly qualified.

School of the Week: Detroit Lions Academy

Posted on November 3, 2014

Committed to preparing students for high school success and beyond

“Honolulu blue” is a commonly known hue among Detroit residents as one of the colors of the city’s own Detroit Lions football team. However, that same color not only reminds us of the NFL team, but also the Detroit Public School which proudly honors the team’s namesake.

Detroit Lions Academy, located on the city’s east side, is an alternative education school cultivating bright young minds in grades 6-8. According to 13-year Principal Cheryl White, DLA offers students a comprehensive learning environment where all stakeholders are prepared to meet each individual student at their current level; encourage and challenge him/her to set attainable goals; and are committed to preparing the students for a successful high school experience.

“We meet each student right where they’re at when they first come to the Detroit Lions Academy,” explained White. “This way, we can better support each specific individual as they progress, move ahead, and prepare for high school.”

DLA offers a small learning community with small class sizes providing a more intimate educational setting. Principal White is a firm believer in the “middle school concept,” which is a critical developmental period where students grow out of the elementary school setting, yet need more time to mature before intermixing with the high school population.

“Middle school is a very important time for students. Serving grades 6-8, my students are able to stretch and grow in a structured environment as they focus on preparing for high school,” White said.

The Detroit Lions Organization has been very instrumental within the school by volunteering, mentoring and donating resources to ensure the students are attaining a star-quality education. One of the ways the organization helps the school academically is by providing learning tools for students to gain a 21st Century educational experience.

Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell, his wife Cheryl and current Lions players visited the school on Friday, September 12, 2014 to reveal a new 21st Century computer lab and learning center called the “Project Phoenix Learning Center” donated by the Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation. The new learning center marks the sixth Project Phoenix Learning Center of the Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation in the United States and the first in Michigan. It includes 20 new computers with Promethean ActivBoards, ActivSlate,ActivExpressions, network printers, Internet accessibility and specialized interactive instructional software.

“The Lions are always trying to find different ways to make the school feel a part of the organization,” White said.

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Offerings/ Community Partners

Tutoring/extended day program, Accelerated reading/math, Media clubs, Book club, Student Netbooks, mentoring, and conflict resolution. Partnerships with Detroit Lions Organization, Detroit lions Women’s Association, Community In Schools, COSTCO, and Developmental Centers.


Cheryl White is principal of Detroit Lions Academy. She is known for her exceptional leadership skills and commitment to the community. She has been recognized for Outstanding Leadership by Community In Schools and Outstanding Community Involvement by MET Life.

Vision Statement

Students learn best when actively engaged in the learning process. By collaborating with stakeholders, we can creatively develop a student’s unique talents and experience. Our school will continually evolve to address the caning need of our students and community. Positive learning behavior will be taught. Our program will allow students to reach maximum and social academic potential.

Mission Statement

The Detroit Lions Academy staff, in collaboration with parents, stakeholders, and community believers, provides a data and success driven student centered learning environment in which at-risk students receive educational, technological, and social support needed to equip them to become successful high school students and productive citizens.

Commitment to High School Success

Detroit Lions Alternative Academy will provide a comprehensive curriculum which meets state standards, integrate technology, and provide character education through community service projects to prepare our student for high school. Our commitment to high school success will be supported by all staff, support staff, and school leadership. Our school guidance counselor provides transition activities to guide students with high school decision making.

Uniform Requirements

Shirts/Blouses: White, Navy or Gray.
Pants/Skirts: Black, Navy or Khaki.

Bell Schedule

Morning Afternoon Half Day
8:15 AM 3:07 PM 11:30 AM

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