Thirkell Elementary-Middle School

7724 14th Street, Detroit MI, 48206-2644

Phone: (313) 596-0990 • Fax: (313) 596-0982

Acting Principal: Denise Connelly

About Us ESD Recommended Schools Logo

The undisputed, top elementary school in the state, Thirkell was selected as the No. 1 school in Michigan by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the No. 1 school in the city by Excellent Schools Detroit. The rankings are based on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and confirm Thirkell as an educational pillar in the city of Detroit for nearly 100 years.

Offering grades PreK-7, Thirkell has been acknowledged numerous times by the Skillman Foundation’s Making the Grade Initiative as a High Performing School (2007-2010) and as an Aspiring High Performing School (2010-2011). Thirkell has also consistently met adequate yearly progress (AYP) since 2001.

Multiple high-tech computer labs, an on-site Henry Ford Health Clinic, challenging curriculum and educators who think outside of the box to fully engage students make Thirkell an attractive destination for hundreds of parents and children.


Four leading computer labs, On-Site Henry Ford Health Clinic, Art, Vocal & Instrumental Music, Honors Classes, Tutoring/Extended Day Program, Accelerated Reading/Math, Computer Applications Course, Robotics/Science Clubs, Girls Scouts/Boy Scouts, DAPCEP, Glee Club, Honor Society, Student Government, Beyond Basics, F.A.S.T. Reading Program, Debate Team, Mathematics Bee, Book Club, School Garden, Cheerleading, Basketball, Football, Softball, Volleyball, Volunteer Reading Corps, Business Partnerships, Church/Civic Group Mentors

High Quality Pre-Kindergarten

More information about PreK programs

Belief Statement

At Thirkell Elementary School, we believe that learning is a life-long collaborative process. We are dedicated to meeting the challenge of providing support and cooperation to all members of our school community. Our child-centered approach and family/community involvement encourages all students to understand and enjoy the learning process in a secure, caring and nurturing environment.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of our students and staff is we can overcome many obstacles and still provide an excellent education for all of our students.

Uniform Requirements

Shirts/Blouses: White, Light/Sky Blue.
Sweaters/Cardigans: Black/Navy or White.
: Navy Blue, Black.

Bell Schedule

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