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School leader Robert Davis
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District Detroit Service Learning Academy
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21605 West Seven Mile Road
Detroit, MI 48219

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4 stars
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June 11, 2014
I agree with the last post. This school was once excellent. With the continuous staff changes things have continued to go in a downward spiral. The principle has probably changed every year for the last three years and the teachers are starting to leave as well. The principle is horrible and the staff is even worst. The teachers have no control over the classrooms, they do not notify you of any changes. All of the extra programs that I choose the school for they have cut out, no Christmas program, no end of the year carnival, and no compassionate staff. I hate for my daughter to change schools her 8th grade year, but she will not be returning next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
This school was good at one point in time but now it is horrible. I would not recommend you send your dog the for training. Administration care more about money then education. They are study changing staff members without even telling the parents. Teachers have no control over the classrooms. When ever there is a out break of the flu they don't notify the parents. And lastly a lot of the administratiob have bad attitudes

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
I am extremely impressed with this school. The principal and support staff as well as the teachers are present themselves in a very professional manner. This is my son's 3rd school in 3 yrs and I hope to be his last through 8th grade. The learning and social responsibility curriculum are all very relevant to today's environment and culture. The homework is pertinent and an extension to what is being taught at that time and not just a packet of work that my child has no clue about because it was just breezed through in the classroom. I hope his 3rd grade year is as successful as his 2nd grade year was. I look forward to many more honor role certificates to come through my door!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
If you want your child to have the best, then Detroit Service Learning Acd is for you. The teachers are great in terms of providing your child with what they need. It is a technology base school, therefore, your child will far exceed in their knowledge of computer. They will be educated on social networking, search engines, and many other aspects of the computer. But wait! They will learn on regular PC, MAC, etc... The administration from top to bottom work for what is in the best interest of your child. M.E.A.P. scores, as well as, other national testing problems are very high. I can go on, but I will leave it to you to do your research.

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December 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 12, 2009
My daughter is a student at DSLA and so far it has been just ok. I would like for the school to have weekly classroom newsletters that highlight what is happening in the school and in the classrooms on a weekly basis. At the JA for 6-8 this is not in place and it should be. Also, teachers should be required to update grades in powerschool on a weekly basis and not wait until the end or weeks later so that parents can keep up to date with their child's grades. One more thing about the school is that I think they do a good job at preparing the students for the MEAP test and that is a plus.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
I love my school it is fun but is disiplined but you can learn stuff that most high school kids are learning now

- submitted by a student
no rating August 10, 2009
I am Jazmine Williams. I am a former student. I gratuated from there in 2007. I have to say to the staff and parents that are reading this. DSLA is a real wonderful school for your child to attend. I have learn so much from the school, staff, students, and parents. I would like to say i am proud to be a DSLA former student.!!! 1999-2007 had lots of fun...! :)

- submitted by a student
July 28, 2009
i am a 6th grade student at the dsla and i love it the curriculum academics and the social activity is amazing whoever is in this school is up for an amazing life changing chance of education!

- submitted by a student
April 18, 2009
Our school is excellent and it is better than it was before.

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2009
This school actually is not as good as it was before but they need to step it up and stop the non sense. My daughter is in the eighth grade which means this is her last year at this school and they were supposed to go to Cedar Pointe but the new J.A. Adminnistrator cancled it. I have to say they do change teachers inthe middle of the year and dont keep check of there uniforms. Your better of going to Taft Middle School down the block.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2009
I love this school. My son is in 1st grade and in his 2nd year at DSLA. The teachers are outstanding. The curriculum is great. I get a daily update on my son progress and anything that he is having trouble with. My son will attend DSLA until 8th grade. Anyone who sends there kids to this school will be pleased.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
This school is a nightmare...I am not sure what happened to the excellence i was reading in these posts, but by far this school is nothing to brag about. I have three children that attend there and of the three there is only one teacher who really keeps in contact with us regarding our child. I left DPS hoping to find something different, but after this year that is it. I will continue to put my trust in a district that has been around for years rather than one trying to get in the game. The school switches teacher's in the middle of the school year and never inform the parents. I would not recommend this school to anyone. I wish the government would stop pushing teaching exams but actually teaching the children. DSLA gets two thumbs down!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 12, 2009
This is my son second year, I found it through this site. They score high on the meap testing, and their curriculum is outstanding. No problem behavior is tolerated. They follow through on kids/parents complaints. They have band, robotics, etc..I just wish they had a high school. What am I'm to do now? They encourage parents involvement, and have great field trips such as colleges, movies, restaurants, up north camping etc.. Keep up the good work Mr. Wallace.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2008
This is my first year hear at DSLA and I am already loving it. I don't love it just because of the new people that I've met, it's because of the teaching it's way better than my old school. I just love it hear at DSLA!

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 16, 2008
i am a student. I am in the 6th grade and to me i love this school.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 22, 2008
I have had my kids in the YMCA SLA for 8 years now. I recommended this school to family and friends, and would recommend it to anyone else. This is a great school with great kids, teachers and the rest of the staff. I can't wait till they get a high school. If you are looking for a great, safe, high achieving school for your child this is it! Go YMCA!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
AYO! What can i say! This school have did wonders to my life! I just graduated june 2, 2008 from the YMCA SLA's jr. academy. I've been attending this school 1999 when it was first built. I have history with this school. It is awesome! they have many activities such as cheerleading, boys basketball, girls basket ball, band, robotics, and they used to have a marching band! This school takes trips all over the state. So if you want your child to have a good education and want them to be successful in life, I would reccomend your child here!

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 17, 2008
After Graduating from the YMCA SLA ive become a better student.I realize to trust in myself in doing things best to my abillities.In doing so my report card are really good.I want to thank all the teachers who have taught me through the years.Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2008
This is my son's first year (kindergarten) at this school. And thus far I must say I am very pleased. The curriculum is great and so are the teachers. The only downfall I would say is the parking. But I have noticed someone in the parking lot lately directing the traffic. So I guess their working on improving it.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2008
This is my daughter 1st year there and she's in kindergardent. I love ymca school they are very secure and concerned about the children learning and well being. I can actually say that im looking forward to my daughter graduation from the 8th grade. The only thing i have a problem with is the traffic and the parking i hope someone from the school reads this but i know they will get it together.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 07, 2008
I have experienced this school's patient and excellent education program with two children. This is school is excellent excellent excellent the teachers are personable. Kudos to the principal and adiministrative assistant of the junior academy. I recommend this school all parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
Very great school. I have 2 children who attend this school and it is great to have the teachers so dicated to the parent and the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 05, 2008
I attend the Ymca-Sla. This is my first year attending here. I think taht this is a wonderful school because out of all the schools I've attended; Ymca taught me a whole lot of new vocabulary and that improved my writing skills. The teachers always teaches and take the time to help students when they need assitance. Thats why I believe Ymca-Sla is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2008
My daughters attend the y and I give the school a rating of 5 stars.My 3rd grader is a student in ms.Barnes classroom. She is such a loving and caring teacher.She is very good at her job,and the students and parents love her!!! Thanks Ms.Barnes ( Ms.Starks and Deja'nay Williams)

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 07, 2007
I have been attending ymca sla ever since the 3th grade now Im in the 8th grade I really love the school, the enviroment is great and I feel safe going outside, the school curricumlum activitys are fun and the only problem i have with the school is the time, why is school so long?

- submitted by a student
June 26, 2007
As far as character building and instilling a desire within a student to want to learn, and having an atmosphere of security; I would give YMCA SLA the highest score available. Being an older parent with grown children I am very please with this newer form of public education. This has been the best experience for my 8th grader who graduated this year. He is going to be alright. He went from an suffering system, to a homeschooling situation then to the best situation YMCA SLA. The administration, teachers and community atmosphere has worked well for my family as well as for my future-leader-son. He also learned to give back to his school and his community.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2007
The school is incredible. The lunch is great, the classes are very interesting, and the learning atmosphere is so inviting. I have attended the school for 5 years now and after the first 3 years,I knew it would be hard for me to leave in the eighth grade. I have heard that they might have a high school,but I'm not going to hold my breathe. The school is just wonderful and I love it!

- submitted by a student
April 13, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 02, 2007
My daughter has been a student here since first grade.She is in the sixth grade now and I have been extemely pleased with her experience here.All of her teachers have been wonderful and seem to truly care about all their students.The children at this school are given the best education and the field trips are much better than anything I've ever witnessed(Ivy League College Tour, Exchange City,etc).I hope that YMCA Academy introduces a high school before my daughter gets out of eighth grade because that is where she will be going!

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
My daughter has been attending YMCA SLA for 3 years, since kindergarten. I really like the staff. I have seen teachers go the extra mile. I do have to complaints, the traffic around the school is horrible and I the fact that the kids have to go to another building for gym. Other than these problems that should be looked into especially the traffic, I think Ms Greene-Roberts and her staff are doing a great job.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2007
I really like the school, but there are a few things that needs a change. The school grounds are covered with trash, there is trash all around the ground by the dumpsters and my childs classroom window was broken over the thanksgiving break and it is still broken (January 2007). I love all of the extra activities, but the trips are too expensive.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2006
I really like the school. things I learned in 8th grade I am learning in High School.

- submitted by a former student
September 10, 2006
I was a student that attended the school for 4 years it was great the kids were nice the bathrooms was always clean in the teachers was always nice the teachers always went all the way for there students if the school had a high school i would love to attended it my overall experience was great.

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September 08, 2006
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March 24, 2006
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- submitted by a student
February 15, 2006
My son has attended ymca sla for 5 years now. Overall I am pleased with the school. I do have a few complaints though. The traffic is rediculous. Something needs to be done regarding the traffic. I think different start and end times for grades is needed. Trips are too expensise. Working people can not afford them. Lastly, the annual science fair projects are too difficult and advanced for the elementary students. My child will not be submitting any more projects because it is too time consuming for me. My plate is too full for extra stress. And where is the principal? The last principal seemed to be a little more involeved in day to day activities.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2006
I have to say that I love this school and my son does as well, he is a fourth grader and will be here until the end. I love the run of the school and the professionalism of the staff. I wish my son could attend until 12th grade, the district really needs to look into it. I would bring my oldest son back. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2005
I've been going to this school for 7 year's.I'ts a very good school.The best teacher in this school is Ms.Brown.On my report card all I get is (2.9-3.8 g.p.a).I love my school very much.

- submitted by a student
June 08, 2004
The teachers really do care! My 2 young men go to this school and they love it. My youngest has attended since Kindergarten, he speaks spanish and is learning sign lanugage. My oldest came to YMCA with only a 2.0 GPA. Since being at YMCA his GPA has been a 3.25 and better (honor roll student). He will be leaving this year 2004 going to high school. I wish they had a 9-12th grade. YMCA is the best!

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
From what I have witnessed the teachers and staff are dedicated to making sure these children have the best education. They make sure that the parents are involved with the all over learning process. There are numerous activities involving teachers, students, and parents. There is genuine affection between the students and staff. You can tell that these people truly care for the children and about their education.

- submitted by a parent
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Detroit Service Learning Academy
21605 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit, MI  48219
(313) 541-7619
Last modified Detroit Service Learning Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Detroit Service Learning Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews.