Robeson/Malcolm X Academy

2585 Grove Street, Detroit MI, 48221-3164

Phone: (313) 494-8100 • Fax: (313) 494-7089

Principal: Jeffrey Robinson

About Us

Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy is the first public school program in the United States to provide an African-Centered curriculum. Offering grades PreK-8, the school was created to provide culturally responsive teaching techniques that prepare students both academically and culturally to become productive citizens of the 21st Century.

Through the African-Centered pedagogy, students are prioritized as the center of all learning and are educated on the contributions that African Americans made to American society and to the world. In addition to the culturally-rich academic program, the academy offers all general curriculum courses and Art and Music programs to provide a well-rounded learning experience for students.

Our Partners

The school has partnerships with Tech State Detroit, Michigan State University’s “My Brother’s Keeper Program” and African American Language & Literacy Program, Focus Hope Detroit, and Wayne State University Africana Studies Program.


Our students participate in extra curricular programs like DAPCEP, Future City, Detroit Society of Engineers, Wayne State Math Corps, and Robotics Competitions.

Other offerings include Art, Tutoring/Extended Day Program, Accelerated Reading/Math, Robotics/Science Clubs, DAPCEP, Future Engineering Programs, Honor Society and Book Club, Michigan State University Male/Female College Program, Cheerleading, Student Government, Middle School Basketball, EBL Basketball, Legends League Baseball Volunteer Reading Corps and other Business Partnerships.

High Quality Pre-Kindergarten

More information about PreK programs

About the Principal

Dr. Jeffery Robinson is a 23-year veteran of the Detroit Public School System and was selected to be principal in 2009.  He has been recognized for his educational excellence by the Michigan Department of Education, Wayne County RESA, and he received national recognition as the Milken Family Foundation National Educator of the Year in 2001.  Dr. Robinson is the 1st in the State of Michigan to receive a Ph.D. in African American and African Studies Education Issues and Policy from Michigan State University.

Our Name

The Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy is named after two outstanding African American men who represented the ability of Africans to excel in the face of adversity. Paul Robeson was a pioneer in the cultural arts.  Paul Robeson recognized that his accomplishments meant nothing if future generations were not able to follow him, so he sacrificed part of his career to pioneer civil rights and take up the causes of justice.

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, or more commonly known as Malcolm X, is the legendary Black Prince of Civil Rights and the causes of social justice.  Malcolm X represents to young African American children the possibilities available to them when they are determined and educated.

Robeson Early Learning Center

Robeson Early Learning Center Letter to Parents

While the Robeson Early Learning Center school building will close, kindergarten classrooms at Robeson Early Learning Center will be reassigned to the main Paul Robeson, Malcolm X Academy building. All Pre-K programs will relocate to Palmer Park Preparatory Academy, which has a surplus Pre-K capacity. This transition will reduce administrative and facility costs to the district by consolidating the Paul Robeson, Malcolm X Academy program into one building. It will also bring greater efficiency for Pre-K programs by consolidating at Palmer Park Preparatory Academy.

Uniform Requirements

Shirts/Blouses: White button-up ( No Polo shirts).
Pants/Skirts/Jumper: Navy Blue.  Navy Blue clip on tie and or cross snap tie for females.

Female students in grades K-5 MUST wear skirts or jumper.

Black or dark color street shoes, gym shoes only worn during gym period.

Bell Schedule

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