Gardner is one of DPS’ most culturally diverse schools. The student population mirrors the Detroit community with a rich mixture of races including Middle Eastern, African American, Caucasian and Hispanic. Gardner offers a PreK-5 curriculum of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, and places a heavy focus on cross-curricular learning. All teachers from each subject area—including physical education—have been instructed to integrate all subjects into their classroom material to meet Grade Level Content Expectations. Gardner has also added the research-based Success for All Program to its curriculum.
School of the Week: Gardner Elementary School, where students learn to share a warm, welcoming “Hello” in 21 languages
Posted on January 14, 2013
Al salaam a’alaykum. Tung. Parev. Oh-see-YOH. Ni hao. Halito. Bog. Nazdar. Hej. Hallo. Bonjour. Guten Tag. Sannu. Ciao. Konnichiwa. Dakota. Ahoj. Zivjo. Hola. Jambo.
All mean a simple Hello.
This one word displayed in 21 languages at the school’s entrance illustrates the vast cultural diversity and warm, welcoming climate that all Gardner Elementary School students, educators and parents share upon entering their second home each day.
Gardner is one of DPS’ most culturally diverse schools with roughly 320 students. The Middle Eastern student population accounts for about 40 percent, with families originating from Yemen, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon.
The African-American student population also accounts for roughly 40 percent. Hispanic students from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Mexico represent about 10 percent of the Gardner student body. Others have traveled from countries such as Nigeria in West Africa to make Gardner their second home, modeling to the world that people of all cultures can coexist.
Gardner’s mission statement is simple but sincere: “Many cultures, one goal, to become our best!”
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Art, Physical Education, ESL Classes, Arabic, Tutoring/Extended Day Program, Destinations, Accelerated Reading/Math, Chess, Friday Fun Clubs, Walking Club, Book Club, Foreign Language Club, Drama, Cheerleading, Chess Club, Arabic Dancing, Culture Club, Art Club, Sports Club, Science Club, Computer Club, Volunteer Reading Corps, Learning Village for Parents, Business Partnerships
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.
About the Principal
Karen Doneghy has been the principal at Gardner Elementary since 2003. Her compassion and dedication has helped to establish Gardner as a premier professional learning community. Karen’s open door policy welcomes parent and the community to have an active role in all aspects of Gardner’s continued success.
At Gardner Elementary School, students work together to become their best in an environment rich in cultural diversity, with the support of innovative technology, and the dedication of highly qualified administration and staff members.
Many cultures, one goal, to be our best!
Commitment to Success
In order to help all students become lifelong learners and to develop to their fullest potential, we believe a safe and healthy learning environment is essential in promoting learning. We believe that our school environment is a positive, active, enjoyable and stimulating place to learn. Our curriculum is centered on experiences that address individual needs. The skills, values and competencies taught in our curriculum will be usable to our students as they graduate and assume their adult roles in our community, nation and world.
Name We Honor
James Gardner (1845-1920) was a philanthropist known for his public service in the interest of education in this district formerly known as Dearborn Township.
Collared shirts in white, light blue and navy. Bottoms in black, beige and navy.