Garvey Academy

2301 Van Dyke Street, Detroit MI, 48214-3958

Phone: (313) 866-7400 • Fax: (313) 866-7382

Principal: Shelia Davis

About Us

Marcus Garvey Academy, which serves students in PreK to 8th grade, offers a high-performing, African-centered learning environment that places an emphasis on cultural awareness, global learning and community service. The strength of the program is a focus on culture and self-awareness. Garvey Academy believes in building students’ self esteem, self respect and pride to raise student achievement. Marcus Garvey Academy’s indictors of student success include continuous improvement, commitment to community empowerment and a love of life long learning. The school features $8.6 million in building upgrades and renovations of academic areas.

WWJ News: Marcus Garvey Students Win Compuware App Challenge, Ride on Thanksgiving Float

Posted on October 31, 2013

Four fifth-grade girls from the Detroit Public Schools’ Marcus Garvey Academy earned first place Wednesday afternoon in the Compuware Mobile AppChallenge — a competition to design the best app idea for concept development by Compuware.

Called “The Brainy Bunch,” the team proposed Live Better in Detroit — an app that would combine information on recycling, gardening tips and ideas, Detroit real estate listings, information on building a new home in Detroit, and news content. There’s also an “Advice Page” with expert advice on living in Detroit.

Read the full WWJ story

Renovation and new Harambee Center addition

The comprehensive plan for Marcus Garvey Academy called for an $8.6 million upgrade for building infrastructure and renovations of academic areas in 2011. At the heart of these improvements was the new Harambee Center addition, which is the new gathering space for the school’s African-centered curriculum. A completely flexible space that can be secured from the rest of the school for use after hours, the Harambee Center provides a welcoming home for student gatherings by day, the lunch room for the middle school students at noon, as well as ample accommodation for events for parents and the community on evenings and weekends.


Inside Out Writers Program, Boys and Girls Basketball, School Community Agencies and Services, Robotics Club, The M.A.D.E. Conflict Resolution Program, Spanish Club, Detroit Compact Scholarship Program, Academic Games, Girls & Boys Read Program, The180° Self-Esteem/Conflict Resolution, Tutoring/Extended Day After School Program, In School Full Service Health Clinic, Urban Gardening, Adult Computer Literacy Class, Glee Club, Music, Art, Computer Courses, Physical Education, Schools of the 21st Century

High Quality Pre-Kindergarten

More information about Pre-K Programs


To provide a high-performing learning environment emphasizing academic excellence and community service with an African-centered curriculum. This approach prepares our students to be competent, productive citizens, and life-long learners in a global 21st century society.


“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you started.”

Uniform Requirements

Shirt: White.
Pants/Skirts: Blue.

Bell Schedule

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