6021 McMillan Street, Detroit MI, 48209-1630

Phone: (313) 849-3701 • Fax: (313) 849-4733

Principal: Natalia Russell

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About Us

The Neinas Tradition: Educating the Student While Servicing the Families and Our Community Since 1916

Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy, a Neighborhood-Centered, Quality PreK-6 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!


  • 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 Dual Language Learning Academy, 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 Dual Language Learning Academy 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 / Pre-kínder de alta calidad

More information about PreK programs

Community Partners

Bridgepointe Non-Profit Support, E&L SuperMercado, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program, Southwest Housing, Greening of Detroit, Kroger

Vision Statement

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.

Mission Statement

We will educate all students using best practices to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)  in partnership with parents and the community.

Bell Schedule

  Morning Afternoon Half Day
Mon–Thur 8:30 AM 3:40 PM 11:45 AM
Friday 8:30 AM 2:50 PM