Gardner Elementary School

6528 Mansfield Street, Detroit MI, 48228-5209

Phone: (313) 581-4615 • Fax: (313) 581-3713

Principal: Karen Doneghy

About Us

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.


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

More information about Pre-K Programs

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.

Uniform Requirements

Collared shirts in white, light blue and navy. Bottoms in black, beige and navy.

Bell Schedule

  Morning Afternoon Half Day
Mon–Thur 9:00 AM 4:10 PM 12:15 PM
Friday 9:00 AM 3:20 PM