DEPSA has been a wonderful place for my children to learn, grow and explore new things.
We are a family that is student achievement driven. We strive for educational excellence!
My daughter no longer attends DEPSA but when she was there, I felt Mr. Bland and his corp of teachers met and even exceeded the educational contract between my daughter and them. DEPSA, in my opinion, can compete with some of the region's best schools - my most major concern was regarding overall parental support and involvement. It seemed to me that too few parents were involved enough to help Mr. Bland meet, what I felt was a great academic mission. Success of any school is in direct correlation with the relationship it has with and the involvement of its parents. Not only does it take a village to raise a child, it requires a village to educate it as well!!!
This is my 2nd grade son's second year at DEPSA. This is a great school with an excellent curriculum however the teachers that I've encountered have very little classroom management. A great curriculum and a chaotic classroom environment still equals no real learning.
I am going into my Sophmore year in high school, and still get emotional when I think about DEPSA. I started Detroit Edison in August of 1998 as a kindergarten student. When I walked acrossed the stage in 2007, tears filled my eyes as I thought about all the fundamentals and essentials that DEPSA has taught me. I appreciate that school in so many ways. I was the president of STAND (Students Taking a New Direction), and was also active on safety patrol. Mr. Bland is a wonderful person, who is still there for me even though I'm no longer a student there. I have seen teachers and friends come and go, as well as not so good days. But overall I can say DEPSA has taught me a lot of things that has made me who I am today. Im glad to be a 'DEPSA Original'. -Meghan B.
My search for a good school ended with DEPSA. We have finally found a home for my two sons, currently in 4thand 6th grades. The school has an excellent curriculum, clean and modern facilities, tons of extracurricular activities, a dynamic superintendent who is always striving for higher levels of achievement, caring and invloved principals, and great teachers. My sons and I are happy there.
The learning is great the best I've seen so far since we move here in Sept. However thier safety leave something to be desired for. There is no real safety for afterschool programs anyone can walk in or out. Children are not well accounted for. Same goes for the pick up in the afternoon, it's just a frenzy with no real orgaziation. This needs to be addressed if this school wants to go to the next level. There is no real multi ethnicities in the school, I would like to see Depsa actively recruit other minorities from our communities in the surrouding area.
I think that DEPSA is the best thing going in the city of Detroit. The staff is caring and certified. The curriculum is great and the administrative staff is great!
This school rocks! This is my son's 2nd year at DEPSA and he is in the 1st grade this year. I am amazed by some of the things that they are learning. I love the attitudes of the teachers and administration as far as learning and uping the bar. I welcome the weekly homework packets and the vacation packets. I expect my son's school work to be challenging. Our children have to be prepared for this very competitive world. I want my son to be successful and I believe he is off to a good start at DEPSA. I will be enrolling my daughter in 2008 for Kindergarten and I expect the same if not more. Keep up the good work DEPSA.
Excellent and fair principal Mr.Bland is a fair and just person who genuinely loves our children.
In a predominantly black school there should be more African centered studies not just about Martin L. King, but our history and the major inventions by African Americans.Some Foreign language should be mandatory in junior high not French or German because in an a capitalist urban environment our children are'nt exposed to French or German merchants, they are exposed to Arabic, Korean, or some other Asian language.
A school is what the vision is! Detroit Edison Public School Academy far pasted my expectations. The vision of Principle Mr. Bland is current, appropriate, solid and well disciplined. My children were challenged as we were parents to excel in studies. It was great to see our children study like we did in college! Let's not joke here and face it, we have to think out side the box and compete with the corporate world. Preparing our children for what they will face is vital. On many occasions we the parents rolled up our sleeves to get work done. We didn't mind the sacrifice, to improve our children's future. Staff & Facility very professional, clean, safe and deserving of the Blue Ribbon Award. Continue your good program! We Thank You, Mr.& Mrs. Fenton M. Jones
My son is in kindergarten, acadmeically he improved almost 100% since the beginning of the school year. They have various of activities for the students. The principal is so involved with the students it was unbelievable. You can tell he really cares about the students and staff. Also, the parent involvement is excellent.
Overall DEPSA is a good school. You won't find anything like it in the City of Detroit. The quality of education your child receives all comes down to the teachers, the students and parental involvement. The teaching/admin staff is ok. The science (Mr. Shahid) and forensics (Ms. Caldwell) courses are extremely weak (no depth or organization), while the math (Mr. Sumerton), social studies (Mr. Wooten), and health (Mr. Burley) are outstanding. The student body is pretty good. No major incidents to speak of. Parent involvement is pretty good, but could be more organized.
As a educator, I find it difficult to find a school even closely comparable to the world-class education DEPSA offers our students. DEPSA is the epitome of a student-centered, supportive learning environment. Administrators, teachers, and students do everything possible to reach out to the success of all students. With the essential curriculum, along with 'Specials' classes including Music, Art, PE, French, Drama, Forensics, Band, etc, there is always a class of interest for students. After school programs include Elementary Show Choir, Ecology Club, Art Club, Basketball, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Dance Team, and more. Teachers and administrators can always be found at students' events. Around the clock security makes DEPSA one of the safest schools in the city. This is a very supportive environment which proves why this school was the first charter school to be named a Blue Ribbon School.
My daughter is a first grader at DEPSA. Let me just say that no school is perfect but they come darn close. The late fee is only $25. I was late once and never again. The staff is great. Ms. Rodgers, who my daughter had last year, still gets a Christmas gift from us. We are looking forward to them maybe building a high school in the future. My Daughter and I love this school. Parents are rewarded for their time put in at the school with a dinner in June. I am looking forward to the one this year.
My son has been attending DEPSA since kindergarten and is now in the 4th grade. He has a lot of opportunities to excel, his instructors challenge him however; he can be challenged more. I enjoy the rapport and school activities. I am an active parent who always participates. My son has joined the basketball team and it has given him more incentive to stand out and shine in class. Participating on team sports also enables him to build relationships with his instructors and behave in class because if his citizenship is lacking the coach benches his players which is a great idea! Mr. T you rock! Traffic has improved immensely with the direction of the superintendent Mr. Bland and all parent and instructor volunteers. We appreciate you all! Thank you very much!
My son has attended D.E.P.S.A. consistently since the school opened. I have watched staff come and go, students go and come back, and I am very pleased with the overall program. My son has grown from a boy to a young man with the help of myself, his dad and the staff and students at Edison. (Mr. Wooten, Jr. Academy, you rock!) My youngest started kindergarten this year (Mrs. Kilpatrick, Kindergarten teacher, you rock!)and my 7 year old is in the second grade. I love everything and everyone from the crossing guards to the 'higher powers that be'. Keep up the good work D.E.P.S.A.
DEPSA is a wonderful school! My daughter has been a student at DEPSA since Kindergarten. She has been challenged academically at ever grade level. There is a high expectation of parental involvement that is a must with any successful school. Education does not end when school is dismissed. Our children need our assistance and our involvement in their education if they are to succeed. Thank you, Mr. Bland, Academy Directors and the teaching staff for a job well done.
I have been an employee of DEPSA since 1998, when the school first opened. I have been and involved parent as well as employee. I have put my two children through DEPSA and has been very pleased with the results. My dughter first came as a kindergartener and will be graduating from the 8th grade this upcoming June. The extra curricular activites have prepared both my son and daughter for their high school careers. I would highly recommend this schol to anyone who is looking for a great place to have their children taught. In the fall of 2006, we also be adding a preschool. Again, this is a very well organized, professional, and great enviorment for anyone who wants their children to be taught by only the best. This is truly a hallmark of excellence.
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