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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
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
1,272 responses
Average ACT
21
1,237 responses
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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%

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 personally dislike The Detroit Public School system due to its inability to help its students. This school system gives out terrible lunches, has terrible wifi, and has few schools with working air conditioners. This school system only cares about two schools. Those schools are Renaissance High School and Cass Technical High School. These are the only semi-good high schools for and Detroiter to attend. If children are not able to get into these schools, then they end up going to one that's even worse. Not only does this school system put in teachers that are not qualified for the job that they have, but class sizes are enormous. This causes children to not want to pay attention at all, and causes both children and teachers to become frustrated with the environment that they are in. This school system discourages students, rather than encouraging them to have good lives.
Detroit Public School has an excellent academics; however, it can be better with more resources. The teachers have so much to offer but they don’t have enough materials. Moreover, Detroit Public Schools needs to improve their food. Breakfast and lunch are important meals of the day but when the meals aren’t appetizing, no students are interested in eating. The school should encourage parents to get involved with the school and know what’s going on. It is important for the parents to comprehend what’s going on owing the fact that they can help the students. Lastly, as a Detroit Public Schools student I want the district to make improvements on its schools so they will be able to prepare future leaders.