Palmer Park Preparatory Academy

3901 Margareta, Detroit MI, 48221-2260

Phone: (313) 494-7300 • Fax: (313) 494-7306

Principal: Shirita Hightower

About Us

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy (P3A), offering a private school feel, is rooted in the belief that students are most successful in an educational environment that is child-centered and teacher-driven. Our goal is to prepare students for a life beyond high school, offering a college preparatory curriculum beginning with our youngest learners. Students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning with the DPSCD Office of Nutrition, featuring an outdoor classroom and a 46-crop school garden built and managed by our students. Mentoring and tutoring are the keys to success for many students, and Palmer Park has programs and partnerships with local community and faith-based organizations to help students achieve. Palmer Park Preparatory Academy is adding the Detroit Public Montessori pathway, bringing Montessori’s time-tested, state-recognized instructional approach and rigorous, child-centered program to Palmer Park Prep families.


  • Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)
  • Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer and Cheerleading
  • After-School Programs, Financial Literacy
  • School Social Worker, 2 School Counselors, School Nurse
  • Speech Pathologist, Psychologist
  • Instructional Specialist
  • Debate Team, Technology Club, LitWorld Club
  • Academic Games
  • Science Club, School Garden
  • Montessori Classes for Early childhood (ages 4-6; PreK and K)

Bell Schedule

  Morning Afternoon Half Day
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 AM 4:10 PM 12:15 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM 3:20 PM