Pasteur, a PreK-6 school, offers a high-performing, general education curriculum that has garnered accolades from Excellent Schools Detroit as one of the top 20 K-8 schools in the city, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy as one of the highest-performing elementary-middle schools in the state. Pasteur has a unique reputation for educating generations of families and has one of the largest elementary-middle school alumni associations in the U.S. that helps with providing the day-to-day needs of students.
We are a competitive contender in academic achievement through the use of continuous improvement strategies, making our school a jewel within our neighborhood and a first choice for eligible students. We are a Skillman Grant Winner.
School of the Week: Pasteur Elementary School, where listening to the student voice matters most!
Posted on November 19, 2012
It’s not challenging to get adults to boast about your work within a school, or perhaps have community leaders provide accolades on your outstanding programs. For Pasteur Elementary School Principal Sharon Lawson, ‘grown-up praise’ is great and much appreciated. But it is the students’ opinions of Pasteur and their take on the learning environment that matter most to her.
“When I walk through the halls and see the smiling faces of my students, or they hug me and talk about how much they’re enjoying a certain program—that’s what I love,” Lawson said. “Children have a voice here. If they have a problem, they can come to speak with me directly.”
Perhaps the second-ranking voice of Pasteur belongs to parents, and then everyone else falls in line. This trait of Lawson’s—always putting her students and parents first—is why Marcy Feldman, President of the Pasteur Elementary School Alumni Foundation, says Pasteur is such a successful school.
“She actually listens to parents and community members, and allows us to come in and help,” Feldman said. “That’s not always the case. You’d be amazed at how difficult it can be to try to come into a school and make a difference. It can’t happen if the principal isn’t willing to work with you.”
‘These are OUR students’
Saying the Alumni Foundation, which originated in 1996, is active at Pasteur is an understatement. As the oldest and largest elementary school alumni foundation within DPS, Pasteur has a database of more than 1,400 alums, with graduation dates ranging from 1934 to the early 1990s, and roughly 255 paid foundation members.
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Volunteer Reading and Business Corps, Church/Civic mentors/tutors, Papa’s Pizza Corp., Detroit Westown Hartford Lions Club, Pasteur Alumni Foundation, Oakland University, Marygrove College – Student Teaching, Powerzone Sports, Alkebu*Lan Village, Foster Grandparents Program, National Kidney Foundation, 12th Precinct Police Department, Sherwood Forest Coney Island, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Oak Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church, Mikes Fresh Market, In & Out Market, New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, Family Victory Fellowship Church, Fifth Third Bank, First Independence Bank, American Mobile Dental, Starbase Program, Inside Out Literacy Arts Project, and Summer In The City Camp.
Pasteur Elementary School will successfully educate all of its students in a clean, safe and healthy learning environment by forming a school, home and community partnerships. We will provide opportunities for each student to reach his/her fullest potential in all seven of the Multiple Intelligence’s (Musical, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Logical-Mathematical, Linguistic, Spatial, Interpersonal and Intra personal). Therefore, our students will become productive citizens in a global society as a result of a curriculum which promotes excellence and diversity.
Girls Reading Book Club, Journal Writing Across the Country, Instrumental Music, Tutoring/extended day program, Internship program, Accelerated Reading/Math, DAPCEP, Science Club, Basketball and Baseball, Cheerleading.
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
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