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School leader Ms. Wendy Shirley
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1445 East Lafayette St
Detroit, MI 48207

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4 stars
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August 25, 2013
I have been keeping track of post on this site about Chrysler School and I am here to say that some things do magically disappear. It doesn't matter if they are good or bad. I had a great post and it is no longer listed. I just want to say that there are problems in every school. I had an issue with a teacher and like any parent, I defended my child to the fullest. I know that in the real world, there are going to be people that just don't like you and don't mean you any good. It's just a fact of life. I want my child to know that and many other negative things that can happen. My son is stronger because he experienced this issue and made it through. He will be a well rounded young man when he leaves Chrysler.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
I graduated from Chrysler about 5 years ago. I HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE!!! I started Chrysler when I was in the 1st grade, I am now going to the 10th. Chrysler has not only given great knowledge, but great people skills aswell. All of the teachers were great. I loved them all. I'll have to say my three favorite teachers were my 1st grade teacher Mrs.Ivy(Ms.Veal), Mrs.Potter my 5th grade teacher, and my 2nd grade teacher Ms.Doubley. But in all Chrysler was my favorite school of all.

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2013
I see that my previous review of Chrysler Elementary School has mysteriously disappeared from this site. Anyhow, as I had stated in an earlier review, the leadership and teachers have formed a clique with each other that is unprofessional, judgemental., and the poorest example yet of how adults should behave. Further, this has led to the formation of a very self righteous social construct predicated on cronyism, nepotism, and every other "ism" you can image. If these people don't like you or your child, if they don't feel that you are a good "fit", they will make stuff up about your youngster and portray them as defiant and in need of medication. They go to great lengths to uphold their facade, at the expense of your youngsters' emotional well being. Further, this review is simply a repeat, in many ways of what was reported in 2006. This speaks to the seriousness of the unprofessional conduct which persists at Chrysler Elementary even now in 2013. I would expect that Greatschools.com will do its part to keep the public informed and not let this information mysteriously disappear. Like majic.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2012
My son attended Chrysler from Kindergarten through 5th and graduated last year. He got a great foundation to go anywhere from there. The school is still a jewel and should be a model for successful schools in Detroit.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2011
Although my daughter was accepted to Bates Academy, given her slightly shy personality, I wanted her to attend school in an environment that was more conducive and would be sure to make her flourish. THAT SHE DID and more! Mrs. Ringholz is an excellent Kindergarten teacher and she along with her colleagues work well to prepare the children to enter into the next grade prepared to master the next level. They have a great latchkey program, along with bible club, boyscouts and countless school events and activities to promote parent involvement, supplemental education, discipline, self-esteem and sound decision making for the students. My child also learned basic Japanese this year due to parents volunteering their time once a week. Chrysler is an elementary school that promises results! I strongly recommend this school to parents who expect a well rounded atmosphere and exceptional scholastic achievement!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
Another year at Chrysler and my daughter keeps achieving! My daughter is in first grade and Mrs. Robinson has done more than I could have imagined with her. I never thought my 6 year old would be reading and comprehending the way she does at this age. The academics at Chrysler are TOP NOTCH! I also appreciate the discipline the children get there. Chrysler is molding each and every student to be intelligent, responsible and honest individuals from elementary school to adulthood. Keep up the great work Chrysler, you are truly a blessing and I am so grateful my daughter is getting this experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
After two elementary schools that told me to put my son in private school because he would get the individual attention and encouragement that he would need to keep him from getting bored in class, I found Chrysler. I am so grateful for this gem in Detroit. I only wish that I'd sent him there sooner. Not only is it convenient, because I work nearby but I know that my son is well taken care of while at school. My entire family has been Detroit Public School-educated from preschool through graduation so I was not fond of the idea of needing a private school to give my son what he needed to achieve. Chrysler has a school nurse to take care of the small ailments. The students have gym and music in addition to their core classes. The staff is very encouraging to the students that want to try new things. The students participate in art projects and the main focus of the school is on writing. I love Mrs. Whitaker and the entire staff at Chrysler Elementary, including the latchkey staff. The Dad's Club is an outstanding bonus to all the other great things the school has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2010
this is the best school my child has ever gone to

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2010
I am so impressed with the work that the Dad's club is doing at Chysler. The dads are really involved. There hasn't been a day I haven't seen them standing outside making sure the children get in and out the building safely.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2010
This school is a hidden gem in the DPS. The ranking and test scores truly confirms this fact. I currently have a daughter in the 5th grade at Chrysler Elementary. She has been at this school since 1st grade. The teachers are phenominal and the principle is dedicated to the success of each student. My daughter is a 4.0 student who is challenged everday with the outstanding curriculum that is provided here. They have a Dad's Club that help provide support where needed. It is always great to see the men out taking charge helping to direct traffic and make sure that the children enter and exit school safely. As I prepare to send my daughter to the next level in her academic career, I am confident that Chrysler has prepared her to compete with some of the top students in her peer group........Thankyou Chrysler Family

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Chrysler has a long standing reputation for excellence with elementary children...and still provides a wonderful educational setting for children

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April 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2008
I am a new parent to Chrysler. I love it and my daughter loves it. I could see in the first day that my daughter was excelling. I pulled my daughter out of her former school because she was not being challenged. Now she is. She's still earning all A's but the degree of the A's are well worth it, to me. They have a great science and music program, too. The principal is very hands-on and she loves the kids at her school. I whole-heartedly recommend Chrysler to any and all parents. By the way, I don't live in the neighborhood and I travel quite a distance for this quality education!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2008
I would have to say Chrysler was average. Be careful of the test scores. They do not give you a clear picture of what Chrysler is all about. It is a small school with one class for every grade, teachers are set in their ways and clickish. Beware if your child is not one of the favorites! They seem to focus on the MEAP test and that is it. During the MEAP they are to busy to care and after the MEAP they just don't pay attention. After the 1st grade, personal growth, creativity, caring for others, are skills your that will not be promoted at school. My child has left Chryser, and is doing so much better. My child is in a school where all of the teachers their students complete well being. My child has more talents and strengths than just being able to score well on the MEAP.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2008
Chrysler is a great school if you really want your children to learn something!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
Chrysler is an excellent school. My daughter went there from Kindergarten to fifth grade and her teachers were wonderful with her. They gave her assistance when she needed it and they really put forth an effort to make sure that they did great on their homework. Their most recent MEAP scores tell the story as all of their scores did not dip below 95% overall for the entire school! This school is worth its weight in gold and with a wonderful parent support group to boot, you simply can't go wrong. it is an excellent Detroit Public School in an otherwise failing school system.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2008
Chrysler Elementary is an excellent school where they treat all the kids like family. My child really enjoys the environment and I am pleased with his level of academic progress. After school sports or activities would be nice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 21, 2008
I was a student at Chrysler years ago. It was great to see the same teachers that I had still there. The teachers are very dedicated to the success of their students. The only downside is that they really don't have any afterschool activities or sports of any kind.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 18, 2007
My husband is a former chrysler student, and still raves about his educational experience, so when my oldest child was ready for kindegarten there was no question about where he would go. And I have not regretted my choice. Mrs Ringholtz is one of the best teachers that I have met.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2006
I have had two children at Chrysler Elemnetary School. I and my husband decided to transfer our children to school from a very prestigious school because the acadeimic standing at Chrysler is as high or higher than majority of private schools. My oldest daughter is at a parochial school now only because Chyrlser on goes to the fifth grade. She continues to be on the honor roll at the private school as she was at Chrysler. My youngest child is still at Chrysler excelling. The school is not for theaverage student, the curriculum is challenging. Both my children have scored perfect scores on the MEAP several times as a result of curriculum. If you are seeking am elementary school that prepares your child to transfer to any school system Chrysler is it.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2006
I love Chrysler. My son is doing great and has enjoyed the experience of attending this school. I was planning on putting him in a private school, but after seeing how well he is progressing at Chrsler, I decided to keep him there. I have come to the conclusion that there is not a perfect school out there that will please everyone, however, you can find a school that is perfert for your child needs and growth potential. Chrysler is a perfect school for my son.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2006
My son attended Chrysler his 2nd grade year. I did not send him back! We had a horrible experience at this school which lead me to contact the Board of Education, superintendent, and a lawyer. The teachers my son had were very harsh and coarse boardering abusive. They do not assist children in need, and if the child has the slightest problem keeping up with their excellerated curriculum they will suggest the parent hold the child back form entering the next grade. The school is very small, the teachers are very clickish, and the principal sits like a bump on a log without a care in the world especially not running the school because the most aggressive teachers do that. If you want your child to attend a school where they learn in a happy, productive, and positive environment this is not the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
I have had a child in this school since 2004. The teaching methods of the teachers are not what it should be. They don't even offer real assistance for students who may have problems. I am definitely going to be taking my child from this school. And I definitely wouldn't recommend anybody sending there child or children to this school. They could do a whole lot better than Chrysler Elementary School.

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Chrysler Elementary School
1445 East Lafayette St, Detroit, MI  48207
(313) 494-8440
Last modified Chrysler Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Chrysler Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews.