Detroit Edison Public School Academy
1903 Wilkins Street
Detroit, MI 48207
Ralph C. Bland – Superintendent
T: (313) 833-1100
F: (313) 833-8653
Ralph Bland, Superintendent:
What We Stand For:
We are delighted you are interested in learning about Detroit Edison Public School Academy. Established in 1998, we attract students from all over metropolitan Detroit. Our campus is located in the historic Eastern Market district near downtown Detroit.
Our academic curriculum is aligned with the Michigan State Standards and designed to stimulate, challenge, and beckon forth the best from each student. We also offer a broad range of co-curricular programming to enhance and enrich your child’s overall growth and learning.
At DEPSA, we pride ourselves on creating a learning community with the balance of academic study combined with artistic and creative expression.
As you continue to learn about DEPSA, you will understand why our students are among the best educated in the state. You will sense also our commitment to excellence and the actions that this commitment engenders. After reviewing the website, if you think our school is right for your young scholar, give us a call. We will happily answer any questions you may have, or if you like, we can arrange a tour so you can see first-hand what we do and how we do it. We look forward to hearing from you.
DEPSA’s mission is to prepare students entrusted to its care for a future as global citizens and successful life long learners. Utilizing a proven research-based curriculum, academic development is achieved in a dignified and supportive environment that incorporates family, staff and community partnerships, in pursuit of educational excellence. When walking the halls of DEPSA, one will find amongst the staff, students, and parents discipline, mutual respect, a shared interest in teamwork and friendly collaborative relationships.
Student achievement, staff professionalism, and parent involvement are of utmost importance and exist throughout the building.DEPSA continually evaluates, analyzes, assesses, aligns and embeds a multitude of strategies and methods to provide a world-class education to its student body. The curriculum is data-driven and research-based. The K-5 curriculum includes; 90-minutes of daily instruction for both the Success For All Reading and Everyday Math programs, 60-minutes per day of writing/language arts/handwriting, and 60-minutes of science and social studies. The children also attend a 60-minute “special class” of music, art, physical education, or french on a rotating schedule. Additionally, the 6-8 curriculum focuses on; 120 minutes daily of english and language arts, 60 minutes of reduced class size mathematics, and 60 minutes of science and social studies.
Also, students in the Junior Academy attend french, forensics, choir, band, or physical education on a two-day rotating schedule. The staff of highly-qualified/certified teachers receive over 120 hours of professional development training prior to the start of school and extensive additional development throughout the year.
Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary Award, 2007
NCA – CASI North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
The National Center For Urban School Transformation Excellence in Education Award, 2007
Skillman Foundation “Making the Grade” High-Performing School Award, 2006 Identified as a high performing school based upon eight indicators of school success.
Intel School of Distinction Award, Finalist 2006 Named a national finalist in the category for Excellence in Leadership
Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) Charter School of Excellence Award, 2005 Awarded and recognized as the number one charter school in the state of Michigan for being a high achieving school.
Spirit of Detroit Award, May 2005 Awarded to the Superintendent on behalf of the school from the Detroit City Council for outstanding leadership, exceptional achievement, and dedication to improving the quality of life.
Honor Roll Recognition, March 2005 Internal award recognizing over 400 student’s high academic performance quarterly, including awards from President George W. Bush.
The Induction to the Master Teaching Program, August 2005 Internal recognition of staff members successfully completing over 120 hours of Professional Development.
High Performance Teacher of the Month, Monthly Internal award recognizing teachers in newsletters and giving incentives for going above and beyond normal teacher duties and responsibilities.
Platinum Pioneer Award, annually Internal awards recognizing parent volunteerism and involvement within the school’s design
Golden Apple Recipient, 2002-2003 Issued by the Michigan Department of Education for consistent gain in student achievement.
Double Four Star Rating, June 2000 An award received for highest obtainable achievement in management of student achievement and finances. Quality Leadership Navigator and Lighthouse Recognition, 1999 Awarded from the Michigan Quality Council and Governor for demonstrating a commitment to continuous quality improvement with potential for further deployment and results through the implementation of effective plans, procedures and measurement systems.