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Detroit Merit Charter Academy

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Quick facts

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Grades Served Kindergarten -8th
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Enrollment 732 Students
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Type Of School Charter
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Start/End Time 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Before/After Care Yes/Yes
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Uniform Yes
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Accepting New Students Yes arrow_downward See below
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Student/Teacher Ratio 20:1

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How to Apply

Points of pride

Detroit Merit’s core beliefs are: high expectations, effort, and a caring community. Everything we do is centered around these beliefs. What is best for students drives all of our decisions at DMA.


school leader
Ms. Sandra Terry-Martin

Ms. Martin has been with DMA since 2002. Her 23 years in education includes teaching 3rd, 5th, and 7th/8th grade, being a dean, and a principal. She has a BA from U of M and a MA from GVSU. She is a proud mom of 2 amazing daughters who are students at WSU.

Management Company

A Member of the Grand Valley State University Community

Location & Contact

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1091 Alter Rd.
Detroit, MI
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Phone Number +13133313328
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Bell Times

08:00 am - 03:00 pm

08:30 am - 03:00 pm (Monday)


No, Transportation is not Provided

We work with some outside companies that provide transportation for a fee. There is also an opportunity to carpool with other families.

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Enrollment Details
Enrollment 732
Accepting New Students?

Yes - Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Application Required Yes
Application Priorities Siblings of Current Students, Children of staff, Children of board members
Enrollment Instructions

Apply online via our school website or contact our Registrar, Ms. Kenya Morris at 313-331-3328 or at To be considered for the lottery, you must apply before the last Friday in February. We accept applications year round and accept students based on openings.

Academics & Activities

Specialized Program

Gifted and talented program


We offer a rigorous curriculum that is research based and proven to be effective in all content areas. In addition, we offer a Moral Focus curriculum to build character and a well-rounded student.

Support Programs

Top Activities

DMA hosts a variety of family events throughout the school year and partners with local agencies to provide tutoring, after care, family assistance during the holidays, camping for our students, and more. We offer clubs twice per year and clubs vary based on student and teacher interest. Clubs can range from kick boxing, exercise, walking to crafting, knitting, or healthy cooking. We also offer male and female mentor opportunities, Boy and Girl Scouts, Pretty Positives and Tiny Tunes Piano, among others.

Top Activities
Leadership and Mentoring

Academic Offerings

Merit instructional groups students to ensure we meet their needs where they are. Extra support is provided for students who have gaps in their learning, while an accelerated and more challenging path is offered to students who need a push.

Academic Offerings
Math interventionist
Reading interventionist
Homework help
Honors classes
Honors society
Computer lab
Field Trips


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School Safety Culture

Safety is a priority at DMA. Our safety team works through scenarios to ensure our students, families, and staff are safe. We have the most up to date equipment, a security guard, crossing guard, cameras, and policies to protect stakeholders.