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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Health & Safety
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  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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Detroit Public Schools is a public school district located in Detroit, MI. It has 46,372 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 10% of students are at least proficient in math and 17% in reading.
Address
3011 West Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
Telephone
(313) 873-7922

Detroit Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
17%
Percent Proficient - Math
10%
Average Graduation Rate
78%
Average SAT
1010
1,571 responses
Average ACT
21
1,276 responses

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
46,372
Free or Reduced Lunch
73.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,700
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.5%

Finances

Total Expenses
$882,693,000
Expenses Per Student
$17,157/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    49%
  • Support Services
    45%
  • Other
    6%

Detroit Public Schools Reviews

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Detroit Public Schools is an urban district, predominantly black district that has many strengths but also weaknesses. I attended Bates Academy my 8th grade year, which was my first time sitting in a DPS chair. The facility was quite old and could use some updates, but the atmosphere was more than admirable, and I enjoyed coming to school daily. Cass Tech where I currently attend employs passionate and qualified teachers. The classrooms are typically unleveled because of the over-enrollment. The food at the high school is an acquired taste, but on the bright side, the district is sending a good message to kids, and helping a lot of children better their food choices by teaming up with Michelle Obama. Many schools are splattered with diversity and that makes for an interesting learning environment. Safety can be an issue in DPS schools, that explains the metal detectors that are in probably every DPS school you will visit. There are a plethera of clubs and activities!
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I can't speak for all DPS schools, but I can say that based on my experience , DPS needs much improvement. I would say that their were plenty of great teachers that did the best that they could with the resources they had. Unfortunately, the resources available were obsolete and miniscule in comparison to schools outside of Detroit. And what is even worse is that schools are continuously being closed in Detroit, rather than improving and changing them for the better. Overall, DPS is okay because the teachers lay down a foundation of learning for students, but it's harder for students to build up from that foundation with the many deficiencies of DPS.
In schools where the majority of kids come from middle to upper middle class families who care about them and take an active role in how they are educated, the majority of kids will end up graduating, speaking decent English, being proficient in mathematics, and will become productive citizens. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
The converse is also true. It is evident that throwing money at such a problem does not engender a solution.
Still, one of those fifty worst school districts is close to where I live. The problem there is that the district is poor and small, also that in that area, there are no good, high-paying jobs for those kids to work at, so if they have any ability, they do the best they can and leave to find a good job.