15850 Strathmoor Street, Detroit MI, 48227-2965

Phone: (313) 866-9600 • Fax: (313) 866-9626

Principal: Felicia Cook

Official School Web Site

About Us

John R. King integrates the fine and performing arts into a rigorous academic curriculum. With state-of-the art technology in all classrooms and a recent $10.2 million renovation, our school prepares students for life and the real world of work in the 21st Century.

The Academy was identified by the Skillman Foundation as a High Performing-Good Schools grant recipient in 2010. We were previously named a Skillman Good School in 2005 and again in 2006.

The school’s name was officially changed to John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy for the 2004-2005 school year to reflect our unique position of offering a full instrumental and vocal music program, as well as dance, drama and visual arts.

Transportation is available to students living within our school’s boundaries.


Vocal and Instrumental Music, Glee Club and Angelic Chorale, Art, Physical Education, Library, DAPCEP, Academic Games, Chess Club, Tutoring/Extended-Day Program, Targeted Academic Interventions within the Classroom, Accelerated Reading/Math, Cheerleading, Boys and Girls Basketball, Dance, Students with Awareness and Goals (SWAG), Peer Mediation, Junior Achievement, Skillman Good Schools Grant, Carnegie Learning, Volunteer Reading and Business Corps

High Quality Pre-Kindergarten

More information about PreK programs

About the Principal

Our Principal, Felicia Cook, is a lifelong educator dedicated to maximizing student development and academic success. Principal Cook has over 25 years of experience as a leader within the Detroit Public Schools District.  It is her belief that performing arts is a blend of academics, structure, discipline, and creativity. Her focus on maintaining a student centered and collaborative learning environment are the driving forces behind creating a dynamic culture within an exemplary school.

Our Vision

We will accelerate student learning through the DPS Instructional Education Model which teaches students mastery. We will instill in our students self-direction, lifelong learning, and an awareness of the world community, and their responsibility to it.

The staff of John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy will work diligently to ensure that the students are the “Main focus.” Students’ success is now and will always be the number one priority at John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy.

Our Mission

John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy, in collaboration with the community, will successfully educate all students in a clean, safe, orderly, data-driven and student-centered learning environment. We will include the arts and technology in all classes to prepare students for higher education and the world of work.

Bell Schedule

  Morning Afternoon Half Day
Mon–Thur 7:30 AM 2:40 PM 10:45 AM
Friday 7:30 AM 1:50 PM