Located in a new $22.3 building, Munger PreK-to-8 School offers a rigorous college-preparatory program in a warm and inviting, state-of-the-art learning environment.
Munger’s highly-qualified staff, many of whom speak Spanish, believe in the motto that Munger is the place “where smart students come to grow!” The school community is richly diverse with eight languages spoken in the building.
Munger Elementary-Middle School uses a data-driven approach to ensure each child succeeds. Every child has an Individualized Learning Plan tailored to his or her academic needs and teachers use a variety of assessments to regularly assess students’ progress. Those include Renaissance Learning, MAP Testing, MEAP Testing, NAEP Testing and individual tests given by each teacher.
The bright, colorful school is designed for 21st century learning with a full media center, the latest technology, an elementary and middle school wing connected by a two-story “student arcade” that serves as a dining court, a student center and school square.
Technology is infused throughout the curriculum including through the use of computers and netbooks, Classrooms teachers have use of LCD projectors, document cameras and interactive Smart boards.
Munger believes that well-rounded learners also should engage in a variety of extra-curricular activities that enrich their lives. To help students expand their love of learning, Munger offers art, instrumental music and band. Girl Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan also provide after-school activities. To ensure all of Munger’s students are academically successful, Munger also offers after-school tutoring.
The school has fostered numerous partnerships that are aimed at helping students to excel. Partners include Alternatives for Girls, Southwest Counseling Solutions, and the UAW/Ford through Bridging Communities. Gleaners Community Food Bank offers students a fun and engaging healthy eating cooking class and Forgotten Harvest helps to provide services to families.
Munger also prides itself in creating a safe environment for students and parents, including strategic use of dedicated parent volunteers to assist the school in maintaining a positive school environment.
School of the Week: Munger Elementary-Middle School
Posted on October 7, 2013
As Principal Deborah Hurst walks down the bright new hallways at Munger Elementary-Middle School in Southwest Detroit, she high-fives a middle school student.
A few minutes later, she high-fives a passing teacher and then a parent filling out a form at the Department of Human Services Office just off the main hallway. Later, she stands outside the back door near the playground and high-fives every prekindergarten student walking back into the school after a mandatory fire drill.
“It’s the universal greeting at Munger,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you speak Spanish, English or Arabic. It doesn’t matter what your culture is. We greet each other here. This is not just a schoolhouse. This is a school home.”
In fact, the “universal greeting,” which Hurst said even extends to babies in strollers and parents in cars who wait in line for the Gleaners Community Food Bank food distribution at the school, is part of a larger message of creating a community atmosphere.
Munger is one of 21 Detroit Public Schools designated to be a “12/7 Community School,” offering longer hours each day and eventually opening on weekends to offer a wide array of services for students, families and the surrounding neighborhood.
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Some of Munger’s offerings:
- Carnegie Math for middle school
- Physical Education Classes
- Fulltime Social Worker
- Instrumental Music
- FREE tutoring
- FREE breakfast and lunch
- Boys and Girls Club
- Extended Day
- English Language Learners classes
- Individualized learning plan for each child
- Technology, such as Computers, Interactive Whiteboards, Smartboards
Experienced, Dedicated, Caring Staff
Munger’s teaching staff, who were individually selected and hired to work at the school, are highly-qualified and dedicated to ensuring each child reaches his or her potential. Many are bilingual. Our teachers are also highly experienced, having taught for more than 25 years in their subject area, on average.
Munger also offers a state-approved Pre-Kindergarten program to fully prepare students for kindergarten. The program incorporates child-directed learning to foster a love of learning but also uses structured lessons that include pre-writing and foundations in math, science and social studies.
Free breakfast and lunch for every child
Munger serves a healthy, FREE breakfast and lunch to every child.
Munger prides itself in parent engagement. At Munger, parents are valued and encouraged to stay highly engaged in their child’s learning. The school creates a welcoming atmosphere and holds regular events to welcome parents, including Parent Nights, an Open House and a Meet the Teacher Night.
Through Southwest Counseling Solutions, the school offers English classes to parents so they can assist their children, and Munger has a Parent Room with a Spanish-speaking staff member who acts as a liaison for parents.
Outstanding Graduation Pathways
Munger’s staff believes that every child should be able to envision their path to high school, college and careers, with direct links to graduation through field trips and family nights at Western International High School, allowing them to experience the outstanding opportunities that await them in high school and solidify the vision of their path to graduation. Western High has received a $28.3 million renovation and includes upgrades to classrooms, a new swimming pool, black box theater and more!
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. For more info, go to detroitk12.org/preK
Pre-kínder de alta calidad
Ofrecemos una experiencia de aprendizaje de alta calidad por estudiantes con necesidades especiales y estudiantes de educación general que tienen 4 años para el primero de noviembre. El currículo de los salones de Pre-Kínder de Las Escuelas Públicas de Detroit esta alienada con los estándares nacionales de aprendizaje temprano y los estándares de calidad de aprendizaje temprano del consejero de educación del estado de Michigan.
Por más información vaya a detroitk12.org/preK
About the bond program
Munger is among the final three new DPS schools in the $500.5 million School Construction Program that opened this fall, part of a $150 million in voter-approved investment, which placed more than 3,000 students in brand new learning environments.
More than 11,500 students are currently attending class in 13 substantially improved or newly constructed facilities that were completed 2010-2011.
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