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Carstens Academy of Aquatic Science

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Quick facts

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Grades Served Kindergarten -8th
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Enrollment 309 Students
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Type Of School DPSCD
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Start/End Time 8:30 am - 3:40 pm
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Before/After Care No/No
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Uniform Yes
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Accepting New Students No arrow_downward See below
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Student/Teacher Ratio 30:1

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Points of pride

Carstens Academy is committed and passionate about creating a positive learning environment for our students. We practice Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports, Calm Classroom, and Community Outreach Programs, as well as Home Visits to build a stronger community relationship. We are the only school in Michigan with the IDRA/Coca-Cola Valued Youth Tutoring Program and we have received Michigan's Healthy School Initiative award three times. Through collaborative relationships, we work together to help our students achieve academic excellence.


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Mr. Cornelius Pearson

Mr. Pearson is the Principal of Carstens Academy of Aquatic Science, and has been a dedicated official of the District for twenty years. Mr. Pearson encourages all students at Carstens to be the best that they can be academically and socially. As a 21st-century instructional leader, he assists Carstens students and staff to achieve success by implementing research-based strategies and using multiple forms of data. Mr. Pearson seeks to promote student achievement and positive school culture.

Location & Contact

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13000 Essex Avenue
Detroit, MI
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Phone Number +13138665500
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Bell Times

08:30 am - 03:40 pm


Yes, Transportation is Provided

Provided for students who attend their neighborhood boundary school and live greater than 3/4 mile from the school. For more details please see or call the school. Transportation provided for exceptional education students according to their IEP. For more details, please contact the Office of Exceptional Students Parents at Frederick Douglass Academy South Wing at 2001 W. Warren Suite 166, Detroit, MI 48208-2216 or call (313) 748-6499.

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Enrollment Details
Enrollment 309
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Application Required No
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Enrollment Instructions

To enroll, parents/guardians must submit completed enrollment forms and required documentation. Visit or call 313-240-4377 for more information.

Academics & Activities


In Kindergarten through 8th grade, District students' learning experiences push them to think critically and have meaningful experiences with content or order to build knowledge for success within and across grade levels. Schools use the EL Education curriculum for English Language Arts/Literacy, Eureka Math for Mathematics, hands-on project-based learning and labs for Science, and various primary source texts and resources in Social Studies that best match the content and subjects taught in each grade.

Support Programs

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Academic Games, Basketball, National Jr. Honor Society, Gardening club, Afterschool Tutoring

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Academic Offerings

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Honors society
Computer lab


Is there a parent advisory council?


DPSCD schools offer a variety of initiatives to support parents and increase parent involvement. This includes Parent-Teach Home Visits and Parent Teacher Associations that ensure that teachers and parents are working together to advocate for our schools and children. DPSCD’s Parent Academy also provides FREE classes for District and non-District parents that equip them with tools and skills to build capacity and confidence to support students academically, socially, and emotionally.

School Safety Culture

Detroit Public Schools Community District is the only school District in the state with a fully functioning police department. In addition, to external patrols and security measures, the District has taken a whole child approach to student safety with a student code of conduct inclusive of restorative practices, a dean of culture, attendance agent and a school culture facilitator in each school and a districtwide approach to character development through our Expect Respect initiative. The Police Department's focus is based on a four-tiered strategy of crime prevention, intervention, student reintegration into the learning environment, and as a last option enforcement. The whole child commitment is supported by the methodologies of trauma informed practices.