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K-6
Public
Sterling Heights, MI
Students enrolled: 523

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39600 Atkinson Drive
Sterling Heights, MI 48313

(586) 797-4400
(586) 797-4401
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June 01, 2011
We transfered to this school last year, and are VERY happy with the school, programs, classroom teachers, principal and families. Parents are very involved. There is a great multicultural feel about the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2010
I did an extensive research of schools in Utica District before enrolling our daughter in K, my husband and I simply wanted to give her the best we could! We chose DeKeyser ultimately because of their full day K program (not that many schools have it anymore!), and also the school ratings (we checked out greatschools.com and also the report cards on michigan.org). We simply couldn't have made a better choice! Our daughter just graduated from Kindergarten, we are very pleased with her progress throughout the year, all experiences with all teachers (including latch-key teachers), parents, principal have been positive, it's been a wonderful, blessed year! Special thanks from Anna, my husband and I to Mrs. Farr (the best teacher on Earth!), Miss Dawn from Latch Key, and also million thanks to Mr O'Connor and Mrs Marsha from Pupil Services who gave our daughter the chance to start at Dekeyser!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
I completed my teaching internship at Dekeyser a couple years back and must say that the students are very lucky to have such caring teachers and staff. The Dekeyser family is 'unique' and very supportive. Now that I am in a full time teaching position, I see my school striving to put measures and strategies in place that Dekeyser has been successfully doing for years. I truly recommend this school!

- submitted by a teacher
September 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 20, 2009
The staff in this building is AMAZING! I cannot say enough about the programs that they run, the parental support, the teachers, and the amazing administration! This school has inspired my child to be a life long learner.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2009
My daughter is not currently attending classes at Dekeyser, but she is enrolled in the IEP program. We have received excellent information and good tools. At times I felt as if my daughter was the only child that the school needed to work with. My family is truly grateful for the help we have received. A special thanks needs to be extended to Ruth Billings.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
I don't understand why UCS is spending money on the on-line blackboard when it is hardly being used. I believe my child's teacher posted things on it 5 times this year, I expected it to be used AT LEAST once a week.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 11, 2009
Yea to DeKeyser! Best elementary school in UCS! The students, parents and staff make it be the most amazing place where education takes place on so many different levels. Thank you to everyone that helps to make DeKeyser the place where'adventures never end!'

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
I agree with the parents who commented on this schools inability to help children with special needs. There is a lack of understanding of disabilities at DeKeyser. Very negative approach to education. Where is the positive reinforcement? Discipline methods are ridiculous. Double jeopardy- get in trouble and serve detention and then not allowed to participate in activity later in the year for the same incident...how is this justice? Staff unprofessional in front of students and parents. Overall, this school has been a very disappointing experience. And as for the statement from one of the teachers reviews regarding parent suggestions and advocating for your child...we tried this it doesn't work!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 17, 2009
As someone who is very close to the DeKeyser community, I have to say that I am shocked by the last comment posted. I have never seen any of the behaviors listed in that post happen at DeKeyser. In fact, I have never seen anything but positive, caring interactions between students and staff. Since DeKeyser doesn t have walls, it would be really difficult to hide anyone who belittles or embarrasses students. The teachers in that building are wonderful. They are passionate about what they do and make extra efforts to meet the needs of all students and create a positive learning experience. They often go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure their students and families are happy. I don t think some people realize the efforts the staff puts in to make DeKeyser great. To say that the teachers are only there for their summer vacations is inaccurate. Many people don t know that most of the teachers work all summer on their own time attending workshops and planning in order to better themselves and their classrooms. Mrs. Klatt has always been consistent. She deals with issues quickly and fairly. As a school of choice, there are families bringing their children to DeKeyser because of its reputation of academic success and caring. Families who are registered at DeKeyser are recruiting their friends and family. I don t think there s any higher compliment. If you are truly concerned about students being embarrassed and belittled, my suggestion would be to check in the main office and ask to observe the school for a day. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the great things you see.

- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2009
I have been a DeKeKeyser parent for 15 years, and I can't say anything negative about the first 13 of those years. The last two years, however, have been absolutely awful. Some of the teachers seem as though they are in this profession simply to have their summers off. They are not patient or understanding with the children, and embarrass them regularly in front of others. It is my opinion that children should be taught with encouragement; not belittlement. There are some wonderful teachers at DeKeyser but there are definitely those who could use some further education. Unfortunately, the principal seems to 'blow off' the concerns we have brought forward. It's time for Mrs. Klatt to start holding some review workshops for those teachers who have forgotten why they went into this profession.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 14, 2008
The curriculum is good, but I find some of the teachers to be rather snobby. They also seem to have some cliques within the faculty. That is not the example I want set for my children, especially my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2008
I have found some of the teachers to be a bit snobbish. They seem to have their own cliques within the staff. This is not the example I want set for my children, especially my daughter. I want them to learn to accept everyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
June 21, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
June 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 12, 2008
As a former Special Services TA at the school. I know first hand the difficulties of a special needs student. This staff has bent over backwards with each of the students in my care to accomodate the needs of a special ed student without forgetting the needs of the other students in their classrooms. Again, perhaps a GOOD look at other area schools and how they handle the same situations would give a clearer view on the agenda of the staff at DeKeyser. Imagine that, wanting to do what best suits the needs of YOUR child as well as what is best for ALL of the children that attend the school.

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2008
I feel really bad for any parent that can honestly say the principal and teachers are cold at DeKeyser. My child has been at Dekeyser for 4 years and we absolutely love it. Dekeyser is her school but everyone treat us like family. I have to agree with one of the previous reviews....the principal and teachers know each child by including the ones that aren't your typical 'problem child'. I know this to be true because they know my child by name and my child hasn't spent any time in the office for any negative reason. Dekeyser Staff Rock!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2008
As a teacher at DeKeyser I am surprised by the posting regarding special needs children. DeKeyser has been praised time and time again by both district representatives as well as consultants from the MISD for their extensive interventions and accommodations for students with special needs. Both the principal and staff regularly go out of their way to meet the needs of our students. We have been told many times by both parents and educators that we do more than many schools around for our special needs population. Our team is compassionate and always puts the needs of our students first. If parents are unhappy I feel it is their job to advocate for their children, meet with the special education team to voice their concerns, and come up with a solution. Our staff would be more than happy to work together.

- submitted by a teacher
May 13, 2008
I personally have had not so great experience with this school. If you have a special needs child, they have absolutely no clue as to what to do. They will try their hardest to ship your child somewhere else just so they dont have to deal with him/her. I guess it is a good school if ur child doesnt have any special needs. But they are lost when it comes to accomodating to special needs kids. I also thought the principal to be very rigid and cold. Doesnt understand the needs of children. And the staff just follow her lead, and are afraid to speak up. This is my own personal experience and my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2008
I personally did not care for Dekeyser, I felt the staff was rather cold. However, I am glad to see that other parents have had a positive experience despite my misgivings toward the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2008
We have been at this school for about five years and have had nothing but a great experience from the whole staff, from the teachers right on up to the principal. When ever there has been a concern we have been able to address it and it has gotten immediate attention.We feel that the whole staff works together as a family for the benefit of your child. We also have noticed that children with special needs have flourished there. How many schools can you mention where the principal knows the childrens' names on a daily basis (not just the ones that stand out)? and where the teachers still take an interest in your child even after they have left their classroom? We feel that this is a great school to be associated with and have our children attend as their second home.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2008
I am shocked by the negative remarks from march 31st. I have been involved with dekeyser for over nine years. My oldest has moved onto junior high and is doing quite well due to the fine education and care he recevied here. My youngest -- a fifth grader - is also flourishing . As long as i have been here, i have never seen the militaristic attitude stated below. If a child has a need, it is not overlooked. And as for the attitude that this is not a family oriented community, this individual needs to take a closer look. We have had quite a few hardships fall upon families this year...And this entire community has rallied together for those students and families. Education is obviously important but this staff proves over and over again that family and community are a vital part of that education.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
I would like to start by saying if you gave this school a negatrive remark you have obviously never spent much time there.I'am a proud parent and volunteer. This school is ultimatly the most unique. Where else could you go where all the teachers know your children, science olympia, lap tops, art, music, ccccccomputer

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
I do agree that the school has changed in the last couple of years however I feel this has to do with the lack of parent participation. Have you attended a PTCG meeting, five parents show up. I feel parents who are not happy with the school attend the meetings. You may learn something.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
My sister went to Dekeyser in the 1980's, my daughter in the 1990's and now my son in the 2000's. We've been extremely pleased with Dekeyser and feel that our children have received an outstanding education. With offsite learning at Echo Grove, family game night, family dance night, rollerskatting, end of the year carnival, assemblies, sixth grade banquets, three-to-be, spring fling, spirit week, staff appreciation, on and on, Dekeyser continues to be a family orientated school. I cannot disagree more when I hear statements like, 'Parents need to get involved and start questioning the way this school is being run.' I've been an involved parent for the past 26 years, and have nothing but postive things to say about the staff at Dekeyser. Certain rules always need to be maintained for order within any school and I feel Dekeyser does a good job maintaining balance.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
This school has changed a lot over the past few years. It used to be very family oriented and such a nice environment. Now the kids are ordered around like soldiers. They don't have enough time to eat their lunches, they get reward tickets for not talking during lunch (isn't that when you're supposed to talk?). When one child misbehaves, the whole classroom or lunchroom for that matter is punished. The classrooms are bursting at the seams. This school was not made to have 30+ kids in each room. It is a very small south end school that used to be very nice. Now it's just like the rest. School of Choice, All Day Kindergarten, and No Child Left Behind have gotten the best of this school. Something needs to change. Parents need to get involved and start questioning the way this school is being run.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2008
DeKeyser is a great school, if you get a good teacher. So far my son has had some teachers that are not to impressive. This school is fine. If your child need a little more attention, not the school for them. To many kid in the classroom, some are being left behind.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2007
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May 06, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
February 05, 2007
I agree that the school is one of the best elementary school of the UCS, however the staff need to improve the people and their communication skills. I love my daughter's teacher. She is friendly, polite and very knowledgeable.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
I am very impressed with my child and the progress that she made at the full-time kindergarten. Overall the teacher and the quality of the school is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2006
DeKeyser is a WONDERFUL school. UCS is known for their high academic standards and this has definitely proven to be the case. We transferred our son this year to DeKeyser through UCS's School of Choice program (we are in the Chippewa Valley School District). DeKeyser has exceeded our expectations, to say the least. We chose DeKeyser because of their willingness and ability to accommodate our son's severe peanut allergy. His 2nd grade teacher is extremely kind and caring. The principal is fabulous. In fact, the entire staff has been wonderful in making sure our son is well cared for and safe. The parents have been wonderful as well. DeKeyser is a warm, family-like school community and would highly recommend sending your child there, especially if they need special accommodations.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
My child is in Kindergarten.They have a good academic program, library program needs more supervision to see what books 5 and 6 yr olds are allowed to bring home. Their discipline regimine is like reform school. Not age appropriate for these little kids in just kindergarten. No feedback from staff of school. I like my son's kindergarten teacher and I am very happy with what they are working on in their cirriculum. It is the atmosphere that myself and other parents are concerned about.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
Dekeyser is a wonderful family orientated school. All staff members are fully engaged at all times in the learning process. The staff is also very supportive and patient with the students at all times.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2005
Dekeyser is an awsome school. PArents are veary involved with the school. At Dekeyser the kids will take art, music, gym, spainsh, and computors

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2005
I really love this school. Everything is excellent. The teachers, the principle, and the PTCG. The parents are involved and very friendly, that both my son and I made friends his very first year. Academic programs are very satisfactory. Kindergarteners take music, art, spanish, and gym. In short Dekeyser is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2004
DeKeyser is a great school! You will really love your child going to this school. There is a ton of teachers that will lead your child to their dreams! Also the teachers believe in your kids! DeKeyser is a place where adventures never end!

- submitted by a former student
February 23, 2004
DeKeyser offers a great curriculum, diverse learning potential, friendly environment, and much staff and parent involvement. I am very impressed with everything about the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2003
Teachers are committed and professional. I'm very impressed with teacher quality.

- submitted by a parent
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Dekeyser Elementary School
39600 Atkinson Drive, Sterling Heights, MI  48313
(586) 797-4400
Last modified Dekeyser Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dekeyser Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top