Palmer Park Preparatory Academy is a school rooted in the belief that teachers are most successful in an educational environment that is child-centered and teacher-driven.
School of the Week: Palmer Park Preparatory Academy: FLASH! New Prep school opens in northwest Detroit
Posted on February 4, 2013
Can a school uniform transform a school?
The display case in the commons area between the early elementary and middle school wings of this school in the well-maintained University District is the third stop on the tour that Principal Bessie Harris guides. But the Dress for Success ethic and plaid uniform program displayed behind that glass case, and its impact on Palmer Park Preparatory Academy, was clearly evident among the boys and girls in the classrooms of fifth grade teachers Gwendolyn Williams and Charles Donlon visited earlier.
The fifth graders are disciplined and serious. The rigorous, precise atmosphere as Donlon runs his 25 students through multiplication tables in perfect unison and as at minimum two-thirds of the students quickly raise their hands to answer each question he poses, are reminiscent of those in a small private or parochial school setting.
Principal Harris, herself is wearing the uniform, tells a story that early this school year, after the Dress for Success program was instituted with 100% parent support as part of the Academy’s broader Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program, several of her students were questioned by a neighbor along nearby Livernois Ave. as to whether a new Catholic school had opened in this area of northwest Detroit.
“If we’re going to impact the future, we have to dress for success,” Harris states.
Success, defined by the Principal, her 10-member school leadership team and the Palmer Park Prep Academy (P3A) faculty, isn’t simply successful preparation for high school matriculation to Cass Tech or Renaissance High Schools where fully half of P3A eighth graders have completed the DPS entrance examination this year. It’s getting the students prepared for colleges including neighboring University of Detroit-Mercy or Marygrove, or Eastern Michigan 40 miles west in Ypsilanti, all of which have already been sites of college tours arranged by school counselor Deana Harris.
Read the full story:
Watch Now! Learn more about Palmer Park Preparatory Academy.
Where Teachers Lead…Students Succeed
Instrumental Music, Accelerated reading/math, Media Club, Journalism and School Newspaper, Science club, School garden, Cheerleading, Basketball, Baseball, Young Men and Women in Transition, Volunteer Reading Corps, University District Community, University of Detroit Mercy Athletic Support
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
Elementary Grades PK-5
Girls: White blouse, brown plaid jumper and brown plaid tie
Boys: Brown pants, white shirt and brown plaid tie
Middle School Grades 6-8
Girls: Yellow blouse, brown plaid skirt and brown plaid tie
Boys: Brown pants, yellow shirt and brown plaid tie