C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Detroit Public Schools is a public school district located in Detroit, MI. It has 47,277 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 11% of students are at least proficient in math and 17% in reading.
Address
3011 West Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
Telephone
(313) 873-6205

Detroit Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
17%
Percent Proficient - Math
11%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1000
1,092 responses
Average ACT
21
1,229 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
47,277
Free or Reduced Lunch
75.7%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,700
Teachers in First/Second Year

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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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.
I like that Detroit Public Schools offer a diverse environment, while still offering a great education. Detroit Public Schools do not cost, and allow for every student to attend and have equal opportunities. Individuals that attend Detroit Public Schools end up in the same higher institutions of learning as a student that attended a private school. Detroit Public Schools are an amazing experience and allow for individuals to experience top of the line academics and teachers that truly care about their students college readiness. Detroit Public Schools allow for students to experience the real world, which is based on diversity, which is truly an excellent experience.