One-Third of Detroit’s Best Schools are Charters

Lansing, MI (Vocus) September 15, 2009

As the new school year begins, 36 public charter schools are being recognized for excellence and will receive grants of up to $ 50,000 per school. These schools make up one-third of the highest-performing schools in Detroit, according to The Skillman Foundation’s “Good Schools: Making the Grade” program, which will award $ 1.7 million in grants to 102 schools in Detroit this year.

The Skillman Foundation’s goal is to assure that quality education be made available to every student. In the past 10 years the Skillman Foundation has worked to improve education in Detroit through a wide variety of projects and a $ 50 million investment.

The four criteria for the grant program are an increase in student achievement, improvement on school readiness, increases in high school graduation and college enrollment rates and innovation of good, small high schools.

“The Skillman Foundation cares about one thing–and that’s creating quality schools for all kids–regardless of who runs them,” said Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA). “We appreciate their recognition of these high-performing public charter schools in Detroit.”

The 36 charter schools making the grade are:

    Aisha Shule/Web Dubois Prep School – Elementary & High School
    Allen Academy – Middle School
    Cesar Chavez Academy – Elementary & High School
    Commonwealth Community Development Academy – Elementary & Middle School
    Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences – Elementary & Middle School
    Detroit Edison Public School Academy – Elementary & Middle School
    Detroit Merit Charter Academy
    Detroit Midtown Academy – Middle School
    Detroit Premier Academy – Middle School
    George Crockett Academy – Elementary & Middle School
    Hope Academy – Elementary School
    Hope of Detroit Academy – Elementary & Middle School
    Joy Preparatory Academy – Elementary & Middle School
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Center
    Marvin L. Winans Academy – Middle & High School
    Michigan Technical Academy, Meyers – Middle School
    Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit – Middle School
    Oakland International Academy – Elementary & Middle School
    Old Redford Academy – Middle School
    Pierre Toussaint Academy – Middle School
    Plymouth Educational Center – Elementary School
    Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology – Elementary & Middle School
    Universal Academy – Elementary, Middle & High School

A complete list of schools and their grade category can be found on the Skillman Foundation website at


Gary G. Naeyaert


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