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18977 Schaefer Highway
Detroit, MI 48235

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(313) 450-0642
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July 29, 2013
David ellis academy east was a very terrible school they had many many activities such as cheering,girls baseball,boys basketball,dance,and lylas group now all we have is a coed basketball team and dance team.......thier gym teacher mr.green has anger issues half of the basketball quit because of him all he does is makes them run back in forth and we lost every game accept 1 also my daughter told me that while they were doing notes he was watching boxing on youtube and on his phone. He picks on this young boy in 6th grade and i saw that with my own eyes. They have no gym uniform they either have to put there school shirt over there uniform or just workout and play just remember to bring gym shoes. Ms.comeaux,Mr.reed,and Ms.todd are the only teacher that take responsibility. There were lots of complaints about one teacher I've heard as a substitute and talks down on all grades she substitutes some parents threaten to leave the school and they boosted the children a grade up they unorganized but at the end of the day my Child's not going there next year!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
I loved that school, and I always will. I've been there since Kindagarden to the sixth grade. Then I was transfer to the sister school, but that school was my second home, and always will be. The staff is amazing. I would miss that school

- submitted by a community member
May 18, 2013
David Ellis Academy is a model charter. We are firm believers that student achievement is a must. In order for our students to achieve, our teachers must be highly qualified and always willing to learn as well. We believe in teaching the whole student. Therefore character is important and reinforced at DEA. Community partners and parents are integral stakeholders that DEA involves in our successes! The teachers are knowledgeable, the staff is helpful and the principal is fun! We are a family and we welcome you! I am not sure of where so many negative comments come from but we welcome you to see for yourself! :)

- submitted by a teacher
March 25, 2013
I enrolled my daughter into kindergarten for school year 2012-2013. They have two, half of days a month off and with the winter break, spring break and professional development days it is too many days out of school. I just don't understand what the purpose of the half of days are. I don't see how a quality education can be provided with so many days off. I understand the breaks because those are the norms for students but half a days too. I have talked to a few other parents to see what they do with their children on the half of days and they say that their kids stay home. Unfortunately, I can't leave a 5-year-old home alone. The excessive time off is a burden. For a prime example, March 2013: Half day of school on 03/07/2013, no school on 03/15/2013, half of day 03/28/2013, no school on 03/29/2013. Their policy also doesn't make sense. My daughter was being bullied on several occassions and the administrator informed me that it is against policy to disclose actions taken on the other child. My daughter was the victim and I explained that a victim has the right to know the outcome but staff reinforced that it's their policy. I can't wait for the school year to be over.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
I went to Devid Ellis 2 years ago from 1-6 grade. Even though the school isn't perfect they taught me things very well. I was placed in higher level classes during my 7th grade year at a new school. The teachers I had were very well. Even though the principal I had wasn't fair in my opinion but I'm just a kid. All in all David Ellis is a great school to send your child to.

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2011
his is my daughter 2nd year at the 7mile Schafer location and her last. Last year we did not have as many problems as we do this year. The school should be for students looking for a second chance at their education. The teachers have NO control over the students, they respect and listen to me more than they listen to their teachers and it is a grave disappointment. I could go on and on but to avoid putting the school down in its entirely the best thing for me to do is to remove my child from the noneducational institution.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2010
The school is horrific! The building is close to dilapidated, the Principal has no sense of organization or urgency. The school cannot keep a science or math teacher (core subjects). No wonder their test scores are horrible. When going to parent teacher conference I found it unorganized and many teachers did not show up. I took my child out as soon as I found another school. Think twice before sending your Child to David Ellis. Their Test Scores Say it ALL

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2010
I feel the school is awesome in so many ways. The teachers are very attentive to the students. My daughter told me that the reason students can't come and go to the bathroom is because a few students are making it bad for others because they destroy school property but her teachers still let her go if it's an emergency. If students are being talked down to, and I doubt they are, then they probably deserve it. I think the principal is moving the school forward in so many ways.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
Yes, I have to agree, this school is awful in so many ways. The teachers are not attentive to the students at all. They deny them opportunities to go the bathroom and talk down to them constantly. It was once a very good school, that has suffered by the change in leadership. The principle needs to get a clue.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 19, 2010
The principal is awful, some of the teachers are good, others aren't, they won't help a child out, if they need it. Tutoring doesn't help, the principal has favorites and let things go, (as far as threats), don't send your child to this school, it's a death trap!!! i've tried to ask for assistance, i've been given the run around, now david ellis will know how his school is being ran

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2010
Academically, the school is great. The security of my kids is never questioned. My only complaint is that the front line staff in the office don't have any answers. I have yet to call with a question and they knew the answer immediately. There front line needs to be involved in more communications. It would also be helpful to have a online calendar with all events including after school activities.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2010
Greats school. Teachers are innovation, administration is awesome. Just an overall great school!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2010
I have been a student at David Ellis Academy for 9 years now. I must say that DEA has truly helped me for my future. Its not just a school but also a household. We are a family. Everyone student, teacher, and parent looks out for each other and make sure no child is left behind. I have truly made life-long friends. Not only do I continue attending this school here because of the social benefits but also academics. David Ellis has prepared me for high school and universities academically and mentally. I have already passed the test to Kingswood Cranbrook Upper School (one of the top private schools in the world) and I plan to attend in Grade 9. As a citizen from Detroit this is an awesome opportunity and your child will be introduced to this opportunity as well if you enroll him/her in David Ellis Academy.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
My school is wonderful. This school is fun.

- submitted by a student
March 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 14, 2008
This school is so unorganized in so many ways.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 04, 2008
I have had mixed feelings about DEA but not at first. My first impression was wonderful; I was excited about the discipline and the idea that they seemed to raise the bar for the kids. Then, I began to see that my oldest child was falling through the cracks. He has some special needs and I talked with teachers and administrators almost the entire year about getting him an AEP started. It was not until the next school year that it seems anyone really took me seriously. Now, while they seemed to have provided extra help for him that he needs they have not really given me an idea of what kids of things his AEP consists of and not included me in the process. I am going to give them one more chance then I may pull both of my children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 27, 2008
I my self thought this school was a school with no organization. I can count on my hands the times my third grade daughter had homework for the whole year . There is no challenging work being done , depite the Detroit Public schools being overcrowed my children learned a lot fom certified teachers within DPS . However, seeing that the education is poor in DEA and the poor envormoent with DPS which deteriates the learning from students I decided to send my kids to GESU. In addition my child that was in the kindergarten , he learnred more in preschool in DPS in one semester, then in DEA within a year,, that is sad. they was not allowed to bring bookbags home daily thus craming all the homework on the weekend instead of siting with your child daily to go over and enhance things they did that day

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 25, 2008
DEA Detroit campus is awful. I have never seen so much disorganization and an administration that knows nothing about running a school. The building is falling apart and there was only one teacher there worth her weight in gold and now my kids love science because of her. I am not surprised that she left.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 11, 2008
We had one bad experience after another at this school. My child got A's but the work mostly consisted of dittos and nothing challenging. I wasn't surprised to see the low test scores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 26, 2008
My daughter just finished her kindergarten year at David Ellis Academy. I am very pleased with the rate as to which she has been learning. I sat in on class more than once and found her teacher, Ms. Bonnie, to be exceptional. I love her. She responds to emails, phone calls and takes an honest and sincere interst in you child. I know this is just the beginning and I am hoping to find a 1st grade teacher of similar qualities. As for the Latch Key program, it is horrible. For parents, like myself, who are in a bind and need latchkey, its not a good situation. The kids run around like they are crazy and one of the latchkey teachers, doesn't make it any better by yelling at them more than, I'm sure, some of the parents do. Latchkey needs some type of structure and discipline, just like the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
We sent our child there is year hoping that they lived up to the hype that said in their brochure. Boy, was it a culture shock and not in a good way. The school is very unorginized. They are still doing construction, so it gives that appreance of being run down. There is no gym class, so the kids have no physical activity. Overall the academics are O.K. but the latchkey program is terrible. They do not have any orginazation what so ever. My child's old school had 2 ladies running it and were on top of everything. Davis Ellis has multiple and are complety oblivious to anything that goes on. Yes they do have after school field trips but the day to day has caused feeling of dread at the idea of him being there. He will not be returning in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 28, 2008
I am a student and i have been going to DEA for 4 years now. The structure is great. The staff is awesome. The teach the kids well.

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2008
It's cool but too strict at times. Ms. Watson is the best teacher in DEA West.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 25, 2007
My son has just started going to DEA, and if I am jumping the gun well than we will see at the end of the year. I Totally love this school so far. I am very impressed with the uniforms the kids look very professional. I hope to God this school is extended up to the 12th grade. Everywhere u go people will say bad and good things, however it is all about what u think. Don't base your decision on what others will say. Check it out for yourself. So far the staff is wonderful keep up the good work DEA.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
I love this school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
i am a student who has been going there for a while and David Ellis Academy West is a great school

- submitted by a student
May 03, 2007
The quality of education at David Ellis Academy and David Ellis Academy West are exceptional. My oldest daughter who is now in high school has been able to succeed because of the things she learned, while she was at David Ellis. My youngest daughter is still there and she is doing very well and she enjoys going to school each day. The teachers there challenged the students to learn more about various topics. The math teacher at David Ellis West Mrs. Robinson incorporates different math projects in her curriculum, such as Building a Kite, Building Different Types of Home and Business Plan. These project help the students understand how math relates to their everyday life and how it is a part of everything you do. I have nothing bad to say about David Ellis Academy, just keep on teaching and preparing students for the next level of educational success.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
The school year started out ruff the drop off and pick up situation is terrible. I don't like that the principal has changed three times this school year. I feel as though that affects the staff. I do feel my daughter is learning but the communication with the teacher isn't open door.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2007
I feel this is a great school. Ms. Morris and Mr. Hurd are two great administrators and really care about the students as well as parents. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2006
I have sent my girls to private schools all there life. I no longer could afford it so I was told about David Ellis in Redford. that school is the best and I tip my hat to the teachers there and David Ellis cared enough to start such a awesome school. My girls love it and there teachers are so right on point. I would recommend this school to all who wants the best for there kids and students who wants to attend college/PREP High School DEA can take you there. I never thought a Detroit School could be this well put together after all the fears I had. Keep doing what you do and after my children are gone I will continue to back you so that no child is ever left out. Thanks again DEA! You rock! They even bus the kids to school. When Detroit was on out they were in.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2006
DEA is a good school. I have a 3rd & 8th grader. The director is wonderful,she cares about the quality of the school. The new school leader(k-5), I don't know him but look forward to getting to know him. Education programs are of high standard and does prepare the students for the next level. They have extra-curricular programs, and is real big on parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2006
The school has smaller class size. It is well organized and clean. Some members of the office staff are unprofessional and/or unfair which does affect the staff and children. The children are sometimes handled unfairly or uncaringly by some. However, the school has several great and caring teachers that love children.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
David Ellis Academy is a good school. I here some parents complaining about the projects & expectations. I used to complain myself. However, I believe that the school is preparing the kids for High School & College. They encourage independence and self-direction, because the ultimate goal is to prepare them to become productive citizens. My son excells at D.E.A & has been encouraged to do more by some of his teachers. He loves Math, Science & Social Studies, etc. because his teachers continue to challenge his learning. Sometimes if most students are at a certain level, then that is the level that the teacher teaches on and they don't allow the kids that 'have it' to go any further and thats not fair, because the child becomes bored. I guess my son has been blessed to have good teachers. We're leaving the state & I hope I find a comparable school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2006
The Quality of service you receive when you first enter the school building, does determine the quality of service your child will receive from the teaching staff. Customer service wether it be to parent or student is critical in the determining factor, children are the internal customers and parents the external. If the office staff is not friendly, you can probably bet the overall school 'culture' will be the same. This means if the principal allows the support staff to be this way, possibly the teaching staff has the same culture.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2005
I only have good things to say about this school. Hving a child go there since 3rd grade that recently graduated and now goes to Renaissance High. I believe this schools teachers are very professional. The school is always clean and organized. The students have small classes. That way they get individual help from the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2005
I love th math department. My child has projects that I have found to be very rewarding. These projects help my daughter relate real life experiences with math concepts. It requires us as a family to work together.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2005
This schools needs alot of improvment, especially in the area of teachers helping the children grow. I think they are very unprofessional and should take classes on how to talk to a student and motivate them. Verses always putting them down. And their math program needs to be re-vamped, the kids are not getting the basics skills needed for High School Math(the MEAP scores support this). - Jamie Walker-White

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2004
The school has room for improvement. There are some teachers there that say things to the kids that is unprofessional. Words that can be damaging to the child's self-esteem. There is a need for more extra curriculum activities. Music, art, language.

- submitted by a parent

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David Ellis Academy
18977 Schaefer Highway, Detroit, MI  48235
(313) 450-0642
Last modified David Ellis Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
David Ellis Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top