Jerry L. White is a center-based special education school for Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired, Moderately Cognitively Impaired, Severely Multiply Impaired and Severely Cognitively Impaired students ages 14-19.
Our purpose is to create a continuum of services for students with disabilities; to acquire an age-appropriate learning environment; and to provide a full-service program for students who are between the ages of 14-19. We prepare students to transition into the appropriate post-secondary educational program and to live as independently as possible.
School of the Week: Jerry L. White Center
Posted on January 27, 2014
“If it is to be, it is up to me!”
When you walk in the doors at the Jerry L. White Center, you are immediately greeted with a smile, a handshake, a hug, and most importantly a personalized welcome that represents the theme of the school “If it is to be, it is up to me!”
Students and staff alike are treated as family members and constantly feel a sense of belonging and love. So in turn, when there are visitors at J.L. White, students welcome and treat their guests as they too are a part of their family.
As one of Detroit Public Schools’ premier special education high schools, Jerry L. White is a center-based special education program educating students ages 14-19 who are Hearing Impaired, Moderately Cognitively Impaired, Severely Cognitively Impaired, Severely Multiply Impaired, Visually Impaired or have Autism Spectrum Disorder.Principal Tia’Von Moore-Patton says that she prides her staff and curriculum on focusing on students’ abilities not their disabilities.
The name we honor…
In September 2005, DPS proudly opened the Jerry L. White Center. The building was named in honor of Jerry L. White, who was a dedicated Boy Scouts of America advocate. White brought scouting into the classroom for students with special needs. As a result of his outstanding work, he received many awards in the scouting community including several Chief Winners Circle awards. White’s untimely death in 1998 left the scouting community shocked and saddened, however his legacy continues as the Trailblazer Division provides scouting opportunities for many students with special needs.
White’s wife, a former Special Education Director of Highland Park Schools, Carolyn White continues to uphold his legacy by being heavily active within the center and participating in many school functions. Mrs. White is a member of the Greater Northeast Optimist Club, which has adopted J.L. White and contributes to the school by volunteering and making donations. Most recently the Optimist Club donated 30 winter coats to the school for students in need.
“My husband was an unassuming individual. He never talked about what he did; he just did it. This school is upholding a family mentality and Principal Patton, Ms. Vincent and the entire staff are doing a wonderful job at honoring my husband’s name,” White said.
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Technology, Computer Applications, Bilingual Support, Special Olympics, Basketball, Cheerleading, Adaptive Physical Education, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Nursing, Speech and Language, Music Therapy, Choir, Drum Group, Dance, Drama, Daily Living, Laundry, Sewing, Commercial Foods, Landscape/Gardening, Custodial Maintenance, Occupational Guidance and Preparation, Recycling Program, Baby Think It Over Program, Science Club, Journalism Club, Mentoring Programs, Business Partnerships
The mission of Jerry L. White Center is to provide a learning environment that encourages all students to strive for independence by providing an individualized academic, functional and pre-vocational work environment regardless of their challenges.
To prepare students to maximize their potential in this global society via industrialized instruction, appropriate pre-vocational opportunities, community-based instruction, and support services.
The Name We Honor
In September 2005, Detroit Public Schools proudly opened the Jerry L. White Center. The building was named in honor of Jerry L. White, who was dedicated to scouting. He brought scouting into the classroom for students with special needs. As a result of Mr. White’s stellar work, he received many awards in scouting including several Chief Winner Circle awards. Mr. White’s untimely death in 1998 left the scouting community shocked and saddened. His legacy continues as the Trailblazer Division provides scouting activities for students with special needs.
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