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Divine Child Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 545 students

Strong faith formation, excellent academics, outstanding athletics & fine arts

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $79,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $780.

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Posted August 28, 2014

I'm a DC alumni and my son attends this school! I LOVE IT!!! I could not be happier the teachers and principal go way above and behind. My son got extra help all the time. Teachers are amazing and do everything to help the students. Anyone in 6th grade would be lucky to get Mrs.Prevost as a teacher. She is so dedicated to her students and help them with their needs.. Teacher of the year. I would recommend to everyone. Sister Cecil is amazing, so welcoming and help the student feel comfortable there! Love this school. Parents are welcoming too!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2014

I love Divine Child for many reasons. First of all, if you are considering this school for your child, consider the decision made. This school is such a great environment for you student. I love DC so much. The teachers here are amazing, enouraging and supportive of all students, even the rowdy ones. I was bored in math all year, and my teacher noticed this. The math teacher created and individualized program. Then, at the end of the year, this teacher, while signing my yearbook, spoke to me and said she would recommend to the next math teacher that I would be in advanced math, which actually does not exist in my grade. They are going to make it work for me so I can learn at a better pace and skip the boring stuff! The curriculum is great. There are so many sports and programs you can do. I have won school, district, regional, and state titles through one little competition in the school, so it can obviously take your child quite far. I am very involved within the school and parish. There is NO bullying and NO peanuts! If there is bullying going on, it is nowhere near the school, and if taken to an adult, will be taken care of. http://divinechildelementaryschool.org
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2014

Ok people don't send your child here!!! I just graduated from there and I ABSOLUTELY HATED IT. The teachers are not well trained and don't want to teach anything. They are very lazy. I'm so happy to get out of this prison school. I'm not going to the high school. Please don't put your child through this. It sucked because no teachers were dedicated and wanted to teach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

I graduated from DCES last year, and I can honestly say that getting out of that school is the best thing that's happened to me. There are literally no words to describe how much I hate this school and everyone in it. The high school is even worse. I'm transferring to Stevenson next year, I can't take it any more.


Posted April 3, 2014

DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE!! It's not what it used to be. I HAD 2 children enrolled for a total of 11 yrs and was very involved in the school. The principal and assistant principle don't seem to care anymore. In the last 3-4 yrs, there has been a high "retirement rate" of teachers who were replaced with young college graduates. They "retired" because enough parents complained. You think that would be a good thing but not at DCES. You would expect that bullying would not be tolerated in a Christian school, but their response is that they can't do anything about it. That is what my son heard a school administrator tell a parent whose child was being bullied. It's not just the students that bully either. Yet this is a Catholic school with an anti-bully policy. As for academics, the junior high math dept is laging. The English Dept is another bust. They rarely do lab in science class. Computer and Art are fair at best. Social Studies, Religion and Gym are the best. The others don't teach in a manner that the kids understand. My child and many of his friends failed English and had to take summer school. He learned more from the tutor in 3 months than the teacher all year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2014

So I hate this school so much. Please don't out your kids through it. The teachers are sooooo lazy. They expect kids to already know everything. They don't want to teach!! They are just there to fill the time. They give no time to study for tests and rigorous tests on nothing they talked about. They don't care about kids. One teacher swore at the class and said shut up. Don't come here beware!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

The faith formation is outstanding. It is a wonderful, loving faith filled school. We have children in 1st, 3rd and 4th grade. The teachers are great. They work well with children that struggle as well as the gifted. The principle is a wonderful leader and sets a sound Catholic foundation for the school. submitted by parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

I have five children in this school and could not be happier. I find the teachers to be.... teachers. Just like any other school, but the difference I see from other schools is their dedication to the faith for which I put my children in this school to begin with. Unlike some, I support more Bible studies and more time in Church because that is what I feel builds a better person, not a GPA, however, to that point, my children s GPA s are 4.0, 3.8, and 4.0 (hmmm, hard workers?), the other two do not have them yet. I would recommend this school to any parent who wants their child or children to receive a quality education, that is based on Faith first, then Academics, then everything else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2013

Not happy with this school I do feel it was a great mistake to attend this school. My son is being racially profiled based on what someone else said,nothing he did. The teachers won't respond to emails pertaining to his grades so I forwarded to the assisatant principal still nothing from that teacher. He gets help with all of his classes yet he still struggles with there programs. His grades have dropped at this school, but never to this degree at the other private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

I sent my kids to this school in the late 1990's and 2000's. I am very pleased with the school and will be sending my three Grandkids to this school also. My kids are successful college degreed professionals and I attribute Divine Child for this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

Our school has a great administration staff, and thats where our success begins. They are compassionate and provides a christian learning environment with up to date standards on everyday life struggles children experience in the home. These days, many families are going through crisis either with job loss or divorce, and these experiences can challenge your childs academic progress. But with a wonderful counseling staff that discreetly helps a child in need,and terrific principal that allows such intervention, they pull the kids through it and make them whole again! The learning environment is neat, clean and orderly, and our technology department is up to date. I am so happy to be a part of the Divine Child Elementary school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2009

Divine Child is not what I expected at all. It is not a warm or welcoming environment. We wasted a few years of time and money and were extremely dissapointed in the lack of education our child recieved. The class sizes are ridiculous and the teachers dont even know what is going on. Dont bother to enroll your kids there if you are a blue collar worker- only the kids of doctors and judges get the special attention. Also be prepared to break out the check book because as if their insane tuition isn't enough they are constantly asking for more money. Divine Child is a dissapointment on many levels. You are better off sending your kids to public school. They are trying to stay alive on a 20yr old reputation that no longer applies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2009

I am a 12 year graduate and I was put at a huge disadvantage by attending this school. The administration make you believe it is a higher level of learning and at the time the grading scale was much tougher than surrounding schools. When I applied for college the kids with the 3.0 from Dearborn High and Crestwood got accepted and my 2.8 was still a 2.8. None of the schools in Michigan cared that I had attended the hallowed Divine Child and that the grading scale was tougher. Math and Sciences are incredibly weak. Way too much time spent in Bible studies and in Church!


Posted January 15, 2009

While the elementary school does provide good discipline and balanced religious education, the teaching staff, methods, and technology is far behind some of the better public schools. There is a trade-off on the value of the Catholic education in attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

Divine Child is exceptional. I have three children in the elementary school and could not be happier. Each one of my children gets fantastic grades and are confident, cooperative and well rounded. As for the parents who believe there is too much homework and the upper grades are weak, sorry, you are mistaken. Your children are given time to complete homework at school, just as mine are. We have never been up until 11:00 doing homework. If you are prepared and diligent, as Divine Child teaches, you'll be fine. There is also lots of oportunity for parent involvement and fun for the kids. This is a fantastic parish, school and family. It is worth every penny spent on tuition. My kids are happy. We are happy. And we are proud Falcons graduates as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2007

I love Divine Child. This school is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2007

Divine Child does not live up to its so called 'Quality of Education' Grades 1-3 have wonderful teachers. However after that the quality of the teaching staff deteriorates. Teachers have very little interest in parental involvement. Curriculum is quite behind. The Math and Science department needs much overhaul. Overall, it is quite a negative atmosphere for children. I do not advocate this in terms of superior quality. We have removed our children from this school due to lack of curricular improvements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2005

We have been a part of the Divine Child Schools for 9 years. The staff wants to see the children do well. In the elementary school there are two computer labs with up-to-date technology. The computer teacher for the older grades could communicate better, but the students still learn a lot and learn from each other. Sports are big. But there is also an excellent music program, which includes choir, theater, and band. The class sizes are large. But, with discipline the teachers are able to teach. There is a reading specialist for those who need assistance. Safety precautions are very good and of utmost importance to the principal. My oldest child is a freshman. Over 1 million dollars have all ready been awarded to seniors in academic scholarships this year. The staff reminds the students to 'get involved'. They do and they are happy to be students at DCHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2004

This is my child's first year at DC and he is in the junior high. Although the school & class sizes are big, the principal is very hands on and knows and takes an interest in all the students. There is just an average amount of homework and lots of extra activities to join. The choir director is first rate! I can't say enough about how grateful we are to have been able to come to this school and church. I hear nothing but good things about the high school as well. The school has wonderful safety policies and the discipline and parental involvement can't be beat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2004

Well, I believe that DC is a good school. Not great. The specials program is among the worst and the class sizes are huge, DC is a big family that you know will always be there. The six main classes are well taught and the extra curricular programs like sports and choir are in good hands. 3.75 rating.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 69%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 3% 2%
African-American 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Sr. M. Cecilia Bondy
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (313) 564-5455

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Teacher-run
  • accelerated math
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Detroit
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Girl scouts
  • Math club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • Even though we are a parish school, we draw students from 31 different zip codes throughout the metro Detroit area.
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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$3000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Archdiocese of Detroit grants

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Divine Child High School
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25001 Herbert Weier Dr
Dearborn, MI 48128
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