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6501 West Outer Dr
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3 stars
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April 17, 2014
My children have been attending FLICS since 1998 & we are so proud of all the postive changes to the program & building location that have occured over these years. My youngest child is currently in the Spanish program (since Kindergarten) & is flourishing at FLICS. She is the current School Body President 'Elect' which has afforded her many opportunities. She was recently an inductee into FLICS first class of National Junior Honor Society members!!!! FLICS has helped me to cultivate my child & expose her to politics, community service, news & media, arts/music (string orchestra), and athletics (cheerleading). BRAVO FLICS :-.)

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
My daughter have attended this school since Kindergarten & she has the best teachers in the country. They pay very close attention to thee children individually and as a whole class. The principal is awesome as well as the Asst. Principal! I love this school & my baby will be here until she graduated 8th grade! FLICS is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
I have went to F.L.I.C.S for five years from Kindergarten until Fourth grade. This school gives all students good education. I was in the highlight language Japanese because it is my couture. Japanese is the most recommended language in this school. I loved this school and my grades stayed with straight A's. This will be a good school for your child I myself recommend this school to parents around the district looking for a school for your child/children. It's a good school. It challenges students and increases G.P.A'S.I LOVED THIS SCHOOL! Sadly I had to leave it I was going to go to the school this year but I am going to John D. Pierce Middle School this year. Yet again I recommend this school to all parents looking for a school for your children. BEST SCHOOL EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 06, 2013
Is a very good concept, however my daughter grades have dropped dramatically this year. Her grades are so low that she is been expelled from the school due to her academic G.P.A. Which would be understandable if she just not able to keep up with the curriculum. However, this is not the case. This is her 3rd year at FLICS and she enjoys learning Spanish. I feel that her grades have dropped due to lack of extra curricultives, she has not had gym in two years and no type of elective this year. Students can not function/grow academically correctly without some kind of cool down. It's sad that my daughter have to leave FLICS for something she neither had control over or understanding. In hope they get their act together, because for the most part the teachers are great and being bilingual is a huge advantage.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
I have two children that attend FLICS. I am very satisfied with this school. I was plesantly surprised from day 1. Judging from my eldest daughters 1st DPS school I was so ready to abandon DPS, however FLICS is great. The parent involment is awesome and I feel this is what keeps its standards up. I have one daughter in 3rd grade speaking french. My other daughter is in kinderdgarden and learning Chinese. Huge thumbs up for FLICS! More importantly to the overwhelming positive parent involvment! This school seems to be better than any charter & most private schools

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
My daughter is in the second grade and has been at FLICS since last year. The school is ok as far as academics ,but she had no gym class at all last year and only goes to gym twice a week now. I dont like the fact that the middle school children come in and exit out the same door. This year they installed a metal detector for 6th grade and up . I as a parent must walk thru it as well. Last straw . I do love the fact that you can drop your child off as early as 7:30 am for working and school bound parents this is great . They also have latch key. However the parking for pick up is an absolute mess.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2012
This is the first year that I have considered sending my daughter to an another school. She has attended FLICS since kindergarten. I love the fact that the students are immersed in a second culture and language, but I am saddened by the lack of organization and lack of ability for some teachers to control their classroom. This is especially noted once my child entered middle school. My daughter loves the language and skill she has acquired by attending FLICS, but acheivement in her primary language skills (reading, writing and science) are below average. Like all Detroit Public Schools, teachers are not guarranteed for the following year. This is a hinderance to teacher student learning. I wonder if this school would be more effective if it were a Charter School? I do commend the principal for trying to improve communication between the school and parents!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
Filcs prepared me for things I never could get out in the real world with the foreign The Japanese language was one off the best structured languages and at the end you see that flics is more than a school I t's a family.I am porud to say I'm a firebird!

- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2012
My daughter is a graduate of FLICS, having spent K-8 at that school. She excelled in the environment and many of her classmates as well have done excellent. Her exposure to Spanish early has lead it to a mastery of it...as she is now in high school (Cass Tech) has skipped a year of the language, and will be in AP Spanish in the fall. While doing well in the language consistently, She has maintained high marks in all other subjects, including math and science, as her FLICS teach really inspired her at the middle school level. Her class mates also populate the top high schools- Renaissance, Cass, and several private High Schools, as well as public high schools in high performing suburban districts. I cannot say enough about the staff and parents there at FLICS. To any one considering it, ask yourself what the world will be like in 30 years, and how valuable a second langugae will be to your child's adult life.....

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2011
My daughter started Kindergarden this month. While the first day was hectic as far as organization, I am pleased with everything else so far. She is in Chinese and Ms. Yang is her teacher. I like that she focuses on comprehension of what is being learned rather than just memorization. My daughter counts to 10 in chinese with ease and is teaching my husband and I as she learns new things. I am hopeful that she will continue to progress and thrive.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2011
Great concept, terrible execution of the concept, I am sad to say that my child will no longer be in attendance.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
First off; my two little one's was in a school of very low performance. From k-2 in that school they were sold A students and, it looked as if they were where they should be compared to the other kids; they were head of they class and, doing what I thought a second grader should do. Well fast forwarding; I had the opportunity to send them to FLICS the first two report cards went from sold A to Sold C-B students; behind a whole grade in FLICS standards; now they comprehend ten times better when they read; and the math is much further in complexity than at the other school.I have them in the 3rd grade French class and the teacher Madame Markaj is wonderful!They love school again and is getting back to making A's again, and now I know they really earned them this time.I Was thinking about Chrysler elementary and, Bates Academy, but I consider myself lucky to have my kids in FLICS.One word of advice for you parents out there...This school is a sleeper don't rate 10 but this school is a 10!Your child after this school will be accepted at an top high school and will have a great chance for a college scholarship.Thank you hoped this helped in your choice.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
Our daughter is in the second grade Spanish class. Senora Barriera has restored her exuberance for attending school. She looks forward to attending class and she is excited and happy to be in her classroom. She had begun to exclaim that she did not want to attend school while at Bates Academy, which was very unusual for her. We are far more impressed with an educational environment that promotes a healthy desire for learning, than to be involved with an institution solely on its reputation. We are pleased with Senora Barriera's approach and feel comfortable with our child being in her care. As we are very protective of our daughter, this praise is well earned. We are looking forward to the rest of the school year. Senora Barriera is a fine example of what a DPS educator should represent.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
I am a Principal in an affluent suburban school district, but a resident of Detroit and I proudly send my daughter to FLICS. I cannot wait for my younger son to begin attending the school next year. The students are immersed in the cultures and language of their choice (Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese). My daughter is in the Spanish program and people are generally astounded by how well she speaks, comprehends, reads and writes Spanish. We have a very active parent group and my daughter loves her school.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
I am a student at FLICs. It is an okay school. I am very irritated by one particular teacher that I will not name. She makes us perform in the Spanish festival when we don't want to. Her voice is annoying. She yells a lot.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 29, 2010
Immersion in diverse language and culture should be required in all schools.

- submitted by a teacher
January 08, 2010
Im a student at flics right now and its my last year and i think my school is wonderful with the exception of one teacher but they're trying their best so its okay.

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
Beginning in kindergarten, students are immersed in their chosen target language of French, Spanish, Japanese or Chinese. My daugher, who majored in French, continued with French and Spanish in highschool and her fisrt year of college, where among other things, she is tutoring other students in French.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2009
this is one of the best school i ever been this is my last year iam going to miss it there

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2009
F.L.I.C.S is a great school for kids who have an open mind about learning. Because if know that your child does not listen or has innapropriate behavor this school is not for you. But when my daughter's friends leave the school she has to understand that they probably didn't get the language or didn't study. You have to be willing to learn anything and open their mind and can't act stubborn. This is my daughter's 8th year she has been there since kindergarten and takes Japanese and loves it and so do I. Her G.P.A is higher than a 3.5 and is looking forward for a great future for her. This is an exellent school with great teachers who share their international culture and language and their English language Arts and Mathematic teachers are great also. I highly reccomend this school to bright open- minded parents and children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2009
The philosophy at FLICS is an excellent one, but with all Detrot Publics schools I would advise parents to get involved, and seek out resources at home to continue their learning. Make an effort to change the things that you feel should be different. Instead on complaining about staff or teachers abilities, as a parent, volunteer, and provide your service where you see areas of lack. Attend the L.S.C.O. meetings with an open mind, and the Board meetings to express your ideals or concerns. You make a different! You meet the challenge! Do your homework as a parent, and research for the answers that they need. Provide some resources to help educate your child(ren). Remember it takes a village to raise a child, that's real talk...become a part of the solution, and not the problem!

- submitted by a community member
no rating July 06, 2009
My daughter is going to this school and she hates it she does not like it this is a bad inviroment for your child and she has been going since she was in kindergarten now she is in 5th and i am still thinkind about putting her in another school this school does nothing...

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
My daughter has attended FLICS for 4 years and I have been holding on as it has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride. Some teachers and administrators are consistent and some others are not very consistent and in turn I have found that my child who is in an inconsistent environment has regressed as a student and has been just as inconsistent. I can not continue to have my child in an environment that lacks structure and consistency and this is unfortunate because FLICS offers a great tool in a second language but the only problem is that there is not much time spent teaching a language because of the chaos that is displayed on a regular basis in this school. I will be considering other alternatives for my child to get back focused on her studies as opposed to the chaos that she competes with daily.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2009
I attended FLICS the first year they added middle school as a seventh grader. They have a strong parent committee and excellent plans and goals for the school. As unorganized as they are I still received an excellent education and with very few middle school students we became more of a family. I am finishing up my freshman year at Cass Technical High school and Im proud to say My FLICS family, syudents and teachers, have prepared me for high school life.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 11, 2009
FLICS is not what it was when I put my daughter in 5 years ago, she will not be returning next year. The principal lacks skills which in turn so does the rest of the administration. They took on too much when they moved and started going up to the 8th grade, so they had to fill up spaces in a hurry which in turn had an open enrollment to all students when I first enrolled my daughter they said this would not happen, but it has so she will not return. Too bad because there are some good teachers there they have been given the short end of the stick as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
Two kids in Kindergarten - Spanish. Sra. Milette is a great teacher. My kids are learning fast. .

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2008
I attended F.L.I.C.S from k-8. I was the first Chinese class to attend. I did very well there my teachers were always good. I am in high school now in the 10th grade I only wish it went up 2 k-12 because the school that I go to only teaches Spanish... I will always love this school no matter what hopeful it s still open in the near future so my kids as well as others may get a chance of a life time and attend F.L.I.C.S

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October 23, 2008
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October 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2008
I was very excited to send my son to this school last year for kindergarten and he has returned for the first grade this year. His teacher was fantastic and really spent spent a lot of time giving him extra work to keep him challenged. The problem I have with this school is the leadership and administrative staff. I already thought the school was unorganized but it was even more evident this morning with the complete chaos that was the first morning of the new school year. They have a huge challenges with communicationa and organization. I feel as though the prinipal and her staff do not have the ability to communicate effectively and they seem to have no desire to do so. If there is not drastic improvement in this area I will not send him back next year.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2008
this school is wonderful I love it . My children are very fulient in spanish now

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no rating August 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 12, 2008
FLICS is not a good school, the school needs a stronger principal and a better vice principal. This is not the school for my children and yours.

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April 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2008
My child transferred to FLICS in the 7th grade. I thought it was a great concept and my child had great hopes in learning Japanese. My son did very well in Japanese and loves the language. The Japanese teacher is good, very attentive. The draw back is only one high school offers Japanese and that is Cass. If your child is going to Renaissance or King, you can forget it!

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December 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2007
Flics is not a good school for the students

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2007
The school has no organization. Teachers are often late or absent. Communication between the school/teachers and parents is nonexistent. Office staff often seem overwhelmed and uncertain about how to answer parents' questions about general issues.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
I am unhappy with FLICS. You have to be a classroom parent or else involved with school to get a special treatment for you and your child. It is sad but it is true. There is lack of communication between parents and teachers. They will call you only if there is something wrong. We are taking our girl elswere.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2007
FLICS is a superior school in many ways- quality of teacher instruction, the langugae curriculum, and parental involvement. The challeneges that FLICS has in the 2006-2007 school yeas come from a) a move to a newer building and b) the expansion of the school to include a 6-8 grade program. Many of the challeneges come from students who have transferred in from other schools. Schools dont expand if they arent performing at high levels. A child beginning in this program in the primary grades will be proficient enough to place out of high school level language classes. My place of birth is questioned by native spanish-speakers after they have spoken with my 5th grade daughter in Spanish. A truly global education awaits at FLICS; the long term benefits are undisputable.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
The immersion concept is wonderful. The parent involvement is necessary. The staff and administration are horrible. My wife and I both participate at school functions, work with our child in her language of choice, work with her when there is home work. I find that the teachers and administration have there favor student(s) that they choose to nurture and protect. All children should be given the same opportunities.

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May 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2006
My daughters won't be returning to FLICS after the holidays. This school does not have the professionalism that I expect. I felt that my views and involvemnent as a parent were not welcomed. So long DPS, it's off to private school we go ...

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2006
Boy I am totally over this school. Foreign language immersion is an excellent concept and the school has great potential, but I will agree with other parents, this school lacks the appropriate administrative practices, staff, and services to really come out on top. I even think the school works best for the younger children in K-2 with its full immersion, but becomes totally chaotic at the higher grades. It is even easier to follow up at home with other materials when children are small, such as basic arithmetic and reading. Once the children are older...forget about it. FLICS becomes another flaw in the DPS system. If FLICS had the right funding and management, I think it would work, but right now my experience has been less than favorable!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2006
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- submitted by a student
September 21, 2006
My children have flourished at FLICS. They are strong in their subjects, and have progressed in both the Japanese and French languages. The premise of the school definitely works when parents are involved. If you do not have the time to focus on your children, and enhance their development in coursework as well as the foreign languages, then this school is not for you. I really love the multicultural philosophy. I was a bit concerned about the move to a new building, but now that the children are there, things are looking better. It has nice science labs,air conditioning, and adequate space for the children. I believe FLICS is a great school of choice!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
My family did not have the best experience with FLICS. The school seems really over-rated. Organization lacks terribly. The bi-lingual philosophy is great, but the school needs more staff, funding, and leadership to function successfully.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2006
I withdrew my child from FLICS this past school year because of poor administrative practices. The prinicpal was slow to address legitimate complaints from parents.The school did not have much structure.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
Flics have now moved to their new location. I find that the school is not all what it claims to be. The school does not have enough teachers for each grade level. The curriculm of learning moves to fast for kindergarteners to grasp this new language and style of teaching. Sometimes the communcation between the teachers can be difficult because it is hard to understand them.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
This is my first year at F.l.i.c.s., and my child is being taught all the required english for the semester at one time. Then the class moves on to all the math required for the semester, etc. My child & I find this a bit overwhelming, she feels the work is being thrown at her in school. So when she arrives home I find myself working with her on a daily basis, reviewing concepts and teaching her myself. I am not sure this is what I'd like to keep doing til the 5th grade. I wasn't prepared for the reality of the immersion concept. Most of the teachers have accents that take time to get accustomed to, which slows down the learning process for new students just entering the school. The tutoring available for her language costs $25.00 per week, the other languages are free. I hope my child survives this transition.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2005
I feel that FLICS is an exceptional school, but with any learning experience for children parents have to do their part. Children learn from their environment first, meaning teach your kids the fundamentals at home. How to play fair, respect the rights of others, how to respect those in authority, pay attention, and accept challenges. Teachers have their part as educators, but parents know first hand if their child is prepare for a immersion study program. Foreign teachers have different cultures, and teaching techniques, than American educators. FLICS is a challenge, just as any others tool for learning. Work with you child, and teach, and appreciate the opportunity.

- submitted by a staff
no rating November 19, 2004
I went to this school K-3, and I really enjoyed this school. It had a great idea but it just didn't have the funding, at least when I went there, to properly excute the goals that they set. I want my children to go to a school just like this one. I feel that this school did wonders for me as a child cause it allowed me to not believe that English is the only language to know, it allowed me to be more culturally open and diverse.

- submitted by a former student
May 27, 2004
My children attended from K-2nd. Kindergarden and 1st grades were good; 2nd grade has been horrible. Good Theory, poor practice. I feel this year was a waste to my children and fear they lack in a lot of areas.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2004
I have a child that has been going to this school since the kindergarten, she is in the Spanish curriculum. I really like the fact that the curriculum has foreign language, that is four different languages, Spanish, French, Japanese and Chinese. I also like the fact that the teachers are from the native countries. I also like the fact that the principal is allowing the children to be individuals. I am proud to be a parent of a student that has more than one language learned.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2004
I have one child in Japanese, one in Spanish and a neice and nephew in the French program. The school also offers chinese. The children are taught in the language solely most of the day. My sons are practically fluent. This school is one of the best kept secrets of the Detroit public School system. Parents say they want to prepare there children for a gobal economy and a world of diversity. What better way to do so? My children are nearly fluent in a language at 6 and 7 years old and are taught the culture as well! This school is excellent!

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Foreign Language Immersion And Cultural Studies
6501 West Outer Dr, Detroit, MI  48235
(313) 651-2400
Last modified Foreign Language Immersion And Cultural Studies is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Foreign Language Immersion And Cultural Studies Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 57 reviews.