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Detroit, MI
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9740 Mckinney Street
Detroit, MI 48224

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(313) 640-4610
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April 06, 2015
This school is terrible!! It has really dissapointed my expectation of being a safe and compassionate learning environment. My biggest frustration is directed towards the head administration and their approach with handling the extreme violence in this school. They claim to have a zero tolerance for fighting but yet the bullying is out of control. In addition, I feel that he leaders of this school have displayed to be insensitive towards parents, and often not cooperative towards collaborating with parents to resolve issues. I'm also exstremely frustrated with how the leader of the school would rather take drastic measures against students in regards to disciplinary actions instead of developing a strategic plan that would yield a favorable outcome for the student. But, in retrospect, it seems that approaches taken to resolve persnal matters and concerns seem to be more beneficial for the staff. Overall, I'm left with feelings of being overwhelmed and discouraged.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2014
This school is terrible, to say the least ! They say that they have a zero tolerance policy, but my son is being bullied everyday they think if they did't see it it didn't happen , also he was assaulted twice and there was nothing done about it just excuses ! The teachers seem unexperienced and unable to deal with problems properly . If your child is being distracted by other students he is isolated from his piers, instead of addressing the problem. The Principal is dismissive a know it all and will not listen to reason, instead she believes that her staff is perfect and cannot make mistakes. If I read these review's I wouldn't have enrolled my son in this less than mediocre "school", and I use that term loosely !

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2014
Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts is an AMAZING school. The culture is vibrant, exciting and fun. The building is clean, safe, student centered and encouraging. The staff are passionate, knowledgeable and hard working. The Principal is - WOW!! Totally committed to student achievement. It doesn't matter if students see the Principal 5 times in a day, they light up knowing that she loves and cares for them. Even our parents, they are supportive and always present. I am glad to be a part of the WAPA family, we are turning our school around and we wont stop until all of our children are succeeding.

- submitted by a teacher

August 23, 2013
The administrators and teachers are very professional yet personal with students and parents. The receptionist and secretaries are efficient and friendly. You can trust that your child will be safe and educated.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2013
Terrrrrrible! The teachers are lazy and messy! Students are lost are wayyyy behind grade level. The administration are incompetent and not being challenged to do their jobs. Please, I beg you, DO NOT send you children here.

- submitted by a parent

July 06, 2013
I wouldn't say that this school is as terrible as some of the parents are making it to seem. My children have been attending this school for a few years now and when they first entered after leaving DPS, they were very far behind. One of my children will be entering the 12th grade this year and she has earned a full academic scholarship to attend U of M once she graduates. Another one of my daughters is entering the 3rd grade and she is reading at a 6th grade level. The staff works with your children to try to give them the best education that is possible. Like any other school, they have their issues but they are not as bad as the reviews listed here are. I would like to encourage more parents that are pleased to review the school also. The parents of other students is who I tend to have a problem with. they are not teaching their children nothing but ignorance when they act the way they do and that attitude reflects on the school. The school also offers drama, dance, orchestra, computer, Spanish, and many other classes that you can not find anywhere around. Stop in and check out the school for yourself before judging it prematurely.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2013
I would strongly suggest before enrolling your child here, confirming how the school handles incidents of bullying and student violence. My daughter was severely injured by another student because the schools administration considered the other student displayed "leadership skills." Even after the final attack on my daughter the only reason the school removed the bully from the classroom was because I filed a police report. There are safer environments for your children PLEASE DON'T RISK it. The damage far out weighs the benefits of this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2012
I am so pleased with this school. My daughter is in kindergarten but she reads at a 2nd grade level and school ends in 2 more months. Ms. Jiang is a wonderful teacher she has high expectations for her students. She is the type of teacher that really love her job. She even helps the students to extend their vocabulary. My daughter has devel oped so much. academically as well as socially. I recommend that all parents enroll the children here.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2012
I enrolled my daughter here in lieu of paying tuition for her to return to Cornerstone. She has fallen behind her peers in other 2nd grade classrooms at other schools. She virtually going to school everyday to have a babysitter. I am now reapplying to Cornerstone and paying to send her to Kuman learning centers. A second grade class should do more than color. They should be practicing reading, using dictionaries, doing math work, etc. I am angry with myself for placing her here against my better judgment. I would not send my dog to this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2010
The Winans Academy is a wonderful school. My child can from a charter kindergarten in southfield and when we got to winans she was so behind. Mrs eggleston did a good job in partner with myself to get her caught up. We are moving to the opposite side of town and will not have any transportation so we have to take her out. I really wish they offered trnsportation.

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2010
I have two daughters who were recently promoted from 5th and 8th grade. I really appreciated the Teachers and other Staff at the school.... And to me it's not enough parent involvement, at PTO meetings especially! Parents need to be involved instead of always complaining. The curriculum was quite challenging at times but, that's life. I truly love Winans Academy. I have watched the school improve in so many areas in the last 9 years and I will continue to support the vision of my Pastor and Chancellor.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 27, 2009
The school is making efforts to improve. The adminstration cares about the students..although it can be very exhausting for teachers..I'm assuming due to the high teacher turn over rate.

- submitted by a community member

June 14, 2009
This school is unorganized and the teacher turn over rate is high. My 3rd grader is not the best behaved, but did not deserve to be put out for breathing. I will return to DPS. They are willing and capable of handling children when problems arise. The grass is not always greener on the other side!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 21, 2009
I have two children that have attended Winans Academy since Kindergarten. They are now in fouth and second grade respectively. I have been very pleased with Winans. The building is clean. The teachers and support staff are great and the overall atmosphere of the school is pleasant. I have and will continue to highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent

December 21, 2008
Excellent School, Excellent teachers and curriculum. The teachers there care and rules are definetely inforced. The curriculum is great, especially for a child who love performing arts. I love the diverse atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2008
The Winans Academy is a great school. My daughter is in the first grade and this is her first year. My oldest daughter attended Cornerstone from 3rd thru 7th and I believe my daughter that is going to Winans Academy is getting more. I can not wait until my 3 year old can attend the Winans Academy. I do spend time there.

- submitted by a parent

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Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts Elem.
9740 Mckinney Street, Detroit, MI  48224
(313) 640-4610
Last modified Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts Elem. is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts Elem. Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top