Detroit International Academy for Young Women (DIA) is the only public all girls Kindergarten through Grade 12 program in Michigan. We provide parents and students an opportunity to choose an alternative to the traditional co-ed setting.
School of the Week: Detroit International Academy for Young Women
Posted on September 30, 2013
Equipping young women to become global trendsetters
The ladies of Detroit International Academy for Young Women have a few advantages over students in the traditional co-ed school setting, according to Popy Aziz, a senior at the school.
- No boys to cause a distraction in the classroom.
- A sisterhood formed by a diverse student population including Bangladeshi, African-American, Hispanic and Caucasian, allowing the young women to comfortably learn about each unique culture.
- Most importantly, a bond to help one another succeed during their school years and beyond.
While sitting in the Robotics Room — appropriately adorned with pink décor to match the school’s Pink Panther mascot theme — filled with various sizes of robots and the engineering tools needed to win dozens of awards garnered by the only all-girls Robotics Team in the district, Aziz eagerly awaits her 20 “other sisters” who make up the VEX and FIRST Robotics Team. The young ladies of all ages and ethnicities drift into the room one by one to take a group photo. Aziz silently counts to determine who is present, then cheerfully tells Principal Beverly Hibbler that it’s OK to proceed.
It’s obvious that Aziz is a natural leader and role model amongst the group. But she didn’t always see herself this way.
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The mission of the Detroit International Academy for Young Women is to offer a college preparatory curriculum that allows students to excel academically with an emphasis on mathematics, science, technology, and leadership development, so as to equip each young woman with skills to be a positive, competitive, articulate, and competent leader in the school, community, and in an every changing global society.
Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (STEM) Programs, FIRST Robotics, VEX Robotics, Lego League, You Be the Chemist, JROTC, Accelerated Reading/Math, Tutoring, Art, Basketball, Book Club, Cheerleading, Chess Club, Choir, Computer Lab, Conflict Resolution/Violence Prevention, Creative Writing, D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read), DADS CLUB, Dance Club, Debate, Great Expectations Leadership Program, InsideOut Literary Arts Program, Jewelry Club, Young Entrepreneurs, Double Dutch Jump Rope Team, Drama Club, Dress Code, Diverse Student Association, Foreign Language Classes, Future Teachers Program, Journalism, LSCO, National Junior Honor Society, Parent-Teacher Community Organization (PTCO), Parenting Club, Peer Tutoring, Photography, Principal’s Club, Mentoring Programs, Spelling Bee, Sports, Student Council, Summer Enrichment Program, Technology/IT Classes, School Community Organization, Spanish and French Language Classes
Pink Panther Pledge
Each student learns to incorporate the principles and attitudes outlined in the Pink Panther Pledge:
“I am a proud Pink Panther of Detroit International Academy where I pledge to put forth my best effort to mature socially, excel academically, an to grow spiritually; to become a productive citizen, an astute leader, a compassionate friend and a positive role model for young women everywhere.”
About the Principal
Ms. Hibbler is the founder and current principal at DIA and has worked in a same-gender educational environment for over 22 years.
9-12: Formal Uniform: Pink blouse, designated plaid skirt, black vest (black bottoms, pants or skirts).
6-8: Formal Uniform: White blouse, designated plaid skirt, black vest (black bottoms)
K-5: Formal Uniform: White blouse, designated jumper, (black bottoms)