The Neinas Tradition: Educating the Student While Servicing the Families and Our Community Since 1916
Neinas, a Neighborhood-Centered, Quality PreK-5 School located in vibrant Southwest Detroit, offers a rigorous elementary curriculum and solid pathway to middle and high school.
Neinas’ students follow lesson plans that focus on the rigorous Common Core State Standards. The school’s teachers incorporate technology throughout their daily lessons to better prepare students for the real world.
Because Neinas also believes in educating the “whole child,” Neinas provides students many offerings outside of the core course offerings, including a Music program led by a certified teacher, Academic Games competition, and Art classes integrated into the standard curriculum.
Neinas offers classes of 25 students or less to ensure individualized attention, and all students have individualized learning plans tailored to their specific learning needs.
The school staff uses a data-driven approach to ensuring students’ learning needs are met, including assessments like Data Directory, MClass and MAP, MEAP, Renaissance Learning, DIBELS, Accelerated Reading and Math, ELPA and MI-Access. The school building’s walls are lined with class data to simulate “Data Walls” that help Neinas teachers to regularly assess students’ academic achievement. Data analysis is followed up with regular teacher observations.
Because Neinas has been named a Priority School by the State of Michigan, The school also offers FREE after-school tutoring, small group instruction for students and an extended year program.
Neinas 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.
Outstanding Graduation Pathways: Connections to the award-winning Clippert Academy magnet middle school and Family Nights at Western International Academy
Neinas believes in creating a direct link to graduation through field trips and family nights at Western International High School, allowing students to experience the outstanding opportunities that await them in high school and solidify the vision of their path to graduation. Western High recently has received a $28.3 million renovation and includes upgrades to classrooms, a new swimming pool, black box theater and more!
School of the Week: Neinas Elementary School
Posted on December 15, 2014
They just keep coming back to Neinas Elementary School
Each day, the educators and partners at Neinas Elementary School build upon the school’s foundation of nearly a century of service. They work to meet the educational and social needs of the 270-plus students and their families in the tight-knit southwest Detroit community.
And everybody – it seems – just keeps coming back.
The families keep returning.
Students learn in the same classrooms as generations of parents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
The volunteers keep returning.
Universities, churches, clothing donators, food providers, former teachers, Forgotten Harvest, Bridgepointe Community Partners, The Detroit Institute of Arts and even a national news network have maintained long-lasting partnerships.
Even staff members return if needed once they have separated from the District. Bilingual teacher Julia Ortiz happily returned from Puerto Rico this past year to provide Bilingual educational support to the students.
“My mom sat in this desk.”
“Just about every child here has had a family member attend Neinas,” says Principal Natalia Russell. “That ties us together and creates a sense of belonging. From the student’s perspective, knowing that ‘my mom sat in this desk’ helps them to take ownership of what they’re doing in school.”
Watch Now! Learn more about Neinas Elementary School.
- Individual Learning Plan for each student
- Small Classes
- Adult GED/ABE and ESL classes
- Academic Games
- Instrumental Music and Chorus
- First Move Chess
- FREE tutoring
- Mandatory Extended Year
- FREE healthy breakfasts and lunch
- Field Trips, providing students with hands-on experiences
- A full-time social worker
- Partnerships to help students achieve/Bloomberg Writing Partnership
- Bilingual staff
- Accelerated Reading and Math
- Family Literacy Nights
- Student maintained school/community garden
Highly-qualified, Highly-Experienced Staff
Our highly-qualified teachers have been teaching for more than 15 years, on average, bringing a depth of experience to our school. Teachers respect the students and encourage higher order thinking. All auxiliary staff members present a customer-oriented attitude when parents call, stop in the office, or ask for help in the hallways.
Free breakfast and lunch for every child
Neinas serves a healthy, FREE breakfast and lunch to every child through the Office of School Nutrition. That includes healthy fruits and vegetable through the district’s Farm to School Program. We believe healthy bodies help to make a healthy child!
Neinas is focused on partnerships that help build academic success. The school has a partnership with reporters from Bloomberg who work with Neinas students to improve their writing and research. Other partners include Forgotten Harvest, Bridgepointe, Pathways to Potential and Neighborhood Legal Services.
Parent and Family Engagement Matter to Us
Neinas has an investment in our parents and families because we know that students excel when parents are more engaged in their children’s learning. We have an open door policy, and parents are encouraged to talk to teachers regularly, which helps our students stay on track. Neinas has a parent room, where parents are able to receive resource help as well as connect with bilingual staff for assistance. We also offer use of our library’s computers to our parents.
We engage and welcome parents through:
- School Clean Up
- Literacy programs
- Open houses
- Community garden
- Activities and programs in our school, as well as our area City Park
- Parent volunteerism opportunities
- Parent workshops
- PACSA monthly meetings
21st Century Learning in an historic site
Neinas Elementary, located in a residential neighborhood in an historic building, has been upgraded for the needs of today’s students. Wireless Internet service has been installed throughout the building, and the school incorporates the latest in 21st century technology. Neinas Elementary teachers use smart boards, desktop computers and Mac books. New fire doors have been installed, our school kitchen has been updated and a new video security system was installed Spring 2013 .
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
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Every student will be able to read on grade level by the third grade. Students will meet or exceed all standards on national, state and district testing.
We will educate all students using best practices to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in partnership with parents and the community.