Points of pride
Principal Wills joined the DLA team in 2017 with experiences in both charter and traditional public school. With a background in social work, Principal Wills' work at DLA has evolved as her campus has grown to include the middle school grades. In her current role as PreK – 8 Principal, she focuses on the academy’s student success, staff retention and growth, and community outreach. Principal Wills has become a pillar in the community as the Community Association’s and Brightmore Education Action Team’s Recording Secretary. She works closely with her staff, students, families, community members, and stakeholders to advance the academy.
A Member of the Central Michigan University Community
Location & Contact
Yes, Transportation is Provided
Our bus routes run on the west side of Detroit. All students are eligible to the capacity of the buses. Parents can visit the front desk for more information.
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|Accepting New Students?||
Yes - PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
|Application Priorities||Siblings of Current Students|
Applications can be picked up at the front desk daily during school hours.
Academics & Activities
DLA is committed to providing an educational program focused on preparing students for success at the next educational level. To that end, DLA provides trauma informed education, timely and targeted intervention, and has a culture of achievement centered on high expectations and high support.
|Leadership and Mentoring|
PreSchool available on-site; Great Start Readiness Program. Free to families with certain levels of income.
Is there a parent advisory council?No
School Safety Culture
DLA Academy focuses on the development of a strong school culture through the use of restorative practices and mindfulness strategies that teach students self-regulation and problem solving skills. The school’s Student Support Team (Behavior Interventionists, Social Worker, Mindfulness Coordinator) work alongside teachers and students to implement a robust PBIS system with these focus areas at the center.