Priest Elementary-Middle School

7840 Wagner Street, Detroit MI, 48210-1962

Phone: (313) 849-3705 • Fax: (313) 849-4824

Principal: Lisa Billops

Priest-Elementary Middle School – A Neighborhood-Centered, Multi-Cultural, Quality School Engaging Every Student and Ensuring Every Child Succeeds

Learn. Grow. Explore. Building a better world!  

About Us

Priest Elementary-Middle School, is a multi-cultural Neighborhood-Centered, Quality School, that engages every child and ensures each student reaches his or her highest learning potential.

Our very experienced and highly-qualified teachers use the proven, research-driven Success For All teaching method, which is a “whole-school improvement model.” SFA uses five essential strategies to raise academic achievement:

  1. Leadership for Continuous Improvement, where school leaders and teachers collaborate to set goals, measure progress, and celebrate success.
  2. Schoolwide Support and Intervention Tools
  3. Powerful Instruction, including rich discussion and motivation challenges to engage students
  4. Professional Development and Coaching
  5. Research

The school’s Reform Plan, which aims to ensure every child’s needs are met, also incorporates the use of specialized academic Coaches in Mathematics/Reading and the Reading First Initiative.

Technology is infused throughout the curriculum including through the use of computers, Interactive White boards, and Smart boards.

The school’s offerings include Schools of the 21st Century, an after-school program offer sports-related activities, Extended Day and Bilingual classes. Art, including watercolor painting, is offered to students from grades K-8, including an interactive curriculum that integrates art into literature and other academic subjects. Physical Education Classes, as well as Girls and Boy Basketball are also offered.

The school also serves as a hub of its neighborhood, offering activities for students and workshops and classes for parents from morning until night. Priest also offers a Department of Human Services Success Coach to assist families through the Pathways to Potential Program.

Offering a warm and inviting Parent Resource Center with a dedicated staff, Priest also offers many workshops for parents, including English Language Learners courses for parents. Parent nights, such as Book and a Blanket and Science and Mathematics activity nights, also encourage parents to make Priest their “second home.”

Partners include the Chadsey Condon Community Organization, Communities in Schools and ACCESS, who all work together to take the many cultures, ethnicities and differences and blend them into one unified school mission. That mission is to develop students’ social and academic skills by providing hands-on learning experiences that spur high achievement and to help students become life-long learners in a global society.

Extra-Curricular Activities to Build the Whole Child

Priest believes in providing a wealth of activities to ensure students have a well-rounded school experience that goes beyond academics, including Art, Physical Education, Basketball and more!

Some of Priest’s offerings

  • Art to students from grades K-8, integrating literature and watercolor painting.
  • Physical Education Classes and Girls and Boy Basketball
  • Fulltime Counselor
  • Fulltime Social Worker
  • Success Coach through Pathways to Potential
  • FREE breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Schools of the 21st Century, offering after-school sports classes
  • Extended Day
  • Bilingual classes
  • Individualized learning plan for each child
  • Success For All Reading Series
  • Academic Coaches in Mathematics and Reading
  • Technology, such as Computers, Interactive Whiteboards, Smartboards
  • Parent Resource Center with workshops

Experienced, Dedicated, Caring Staff

Priest’s teaching staff, who were individually selected and hired to work at the school, are highly-qualified and dedicated to ensuring each child reaches his or her potential. Many are bilingual. Our teachers are also highly experienced, having taught for more than 20 years in their subject area, on average.

Individualized learning for every child

Priest Elementary-Middle School uses a data-driven approach to ensure each child succeeds. Every child has an Individualized Learning Plan tailored to his or her academic needs and teachers use a variety of assessments to regularly assess students’ progress. Those include Renaissance Learning, MAP Testing, MEAP Testing, NAEP Testing and individual tests given by each teacher.

Priest also has a Reform Plan to improve school-wide student achievement, using the Success For All Reading Series, Academic Coaches in Mathematics and Reading, and the research-based Reading First Initiative.

High Quality Pre-Kindergarten / Pre-kínder de alta calidad

Priest 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.

More information about PreK programs

Partnerships that Matter with Businesses and Universities

Priest encourages business partnerships and creates many academic opportunities to help students constantly envision their academic path straight through to college and a career. Priest’s counselor plans career days and high school fairs for students.  General Motors and the Home Depot make presentations to Priest students. Higher Education institutions, such as Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, meet with Priest’s students.

Technology of the 21st Century

Priest offers students access to the latest technology in a modernized building that is fully wireless. Some of the technology used by teachers and students include Computers, Interactive Whiteboards, and Smartboards.

Free breakfast and lunch for every child

Priest serves a healthy, FREE breakfast and lunch to every child.

Parent Engagement

At Priest, parents are valued and encouraged to stay highly engaged in their child’s learning. The school creates a welcoming atmosphere, including family events such as a Parent Nights, Book and Blanket, and Family Science and Mathematics activity nights. Parents are invited to participate of monthly parent meetings and participate in many workshops.

Priest offers a warm and inviting Parent Resource Center with a dedicated staff, where parents have access to English Language Learners courses, financial literacy classes, resume writing workshops, Baby and Me classes for parents of children 5-years-old and under and much more! Other family events, such as Daddy-daughter dances and Mother-son-activities, also encourage parents to make Priest’s families their “second home.

Vision Statement

Priest Elementary-Middle School is a culturally diverse community of life-long learners reaching their full potential by participating in a rigorous academic program with high expectations that meet each student’s needs. Our school is supported by all of its staff, parents and other interested community members.

Mission Statement

Priest Elementary-Middle School is a dynamic, culturally diverse community of learners. Our mission is to develop students’ social and academic skills by providing challenging hands-on learning experiences necessary for high student achievement. We also aim to make our students life-long learners in a global society.


At Priest we are committed to each and every student. Our challenge is to educate them to become responsible and respectable citizens in order to achieve their optimum level of success in society.

Bell Schedule

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