I am a former DAAS parent. I just learned that Oakland University, who is the charter authorizer of DAAS endorsed DAAS's current superintendent who has no educational experience. He is a lawyer by trade. He is working as a lawyer while still trying to be the superintendent of DAAS. Our students deserve better. DAAS was once a really good school.
Detroit Academy of Arts Sciences has provided my grandson with a great beginning to his school career. He just completed kindergarten and I can not be more pleased with his education. The reading program at DAAS has helped him so much. I am so thrilled when he writes me notes to me that are grammatically correct. I learned at his kindergarten promotion that 95% of all of DAAS kindergarteners are reading at or above grade level! When talking to other parents, they said they are keeping their children at DAAS because of what they are learning and the reading program. I can t agree more! I recommend DAAS to any parent who is looking for a school that really works with its students!
I would recommend that parents not send their child to DAAS. Aside from a few excellent teachers and support staff the school is not up to par with other schools in the surrounding areas. My child's fourth grade teacher did a wonderful job this year educating my child but I come to find out that she will not be returning next year. She will be greatly missed by myself, my child and the rest of the student body and staff. It is educators like her that make DAAS what it is. Due, to the fact that she will not be returning neither will my children. The administration should try to retain teachers like her instead of letting them go. They wonder why enrollment is down and it is due to the poor management of the school by the inexperienced administration.
DAAS is one of the best elementary schools in city of Detroit. The administration and teachers are caring and committed to student achievement. The MEAP scores continue to climb. The fine arts department is second to non in an elementary school. DAAS students can be found performing throughout the city. Each and every time DAAS students perform; they receive standing ovations and rave reviews. Superintendent Stan Bowman is taking the school and district in the right direction. Under Mr. Bowman s leadership, DAAS continues to flourish. Staff Appreciation was last week. The appreciation the parents demonstrated towards the staff was over whelming. It was a testament to how parents feel about the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences.
It is good to know that there are other teachers past and present that have had a positive experience teaching at Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences. I had to relocate out of state because of family obligations but I really enjoyed my time at this school. When I was a first year teacher, Ms. McReynolds,the Primary Principal along with the Instructional Coaches mentored and encouraged me every step of the way. They saw my potential to be a excellent teacher and they continuously encouraged and motivated me even when I felt that I might not be able to make a difference. I can honestly say I am now a successful Homeroom teacher because of the genuine support I received. I really miss DAAS!
I am a previous employee of DAAS and I have read several of the parent reviews and they are correct in stating that DAAS offers many extracurricular activites and many new and innovative programs. I do have to disagree that the school is CLEAN, it is DIRTY and very unsanitary for the young ladies. The girls bathrooms are horrible, sometime there is not tissue or soap for the young ladies. The classrooms are filthy, the floors are never mopped until the school goes out for break and sometimes not then. Now for what I feel is the failure of the school, the ADMINISTRATION, this is the WORST administration I have ever encountered. They are very unorganized, they have LACK of knowledge in their professions, they are doing such a great injustice to the students and parents. DAAS has had many great teachers that have entered that school and left.
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