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Edward 'Duke' Ellington Conservatory of Music & Art

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Quick facts

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Grades Served Kindergarten -8th
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Enrollment 590 Students
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Type Of School DPSCD
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Start/End Time 7:30 am - 2:40 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

Duke Ellington was awarded the JumpStart Theatre grant to revitalize our theater and drama performing arts program, and host an annual school play. Our Music Performing Arts received excellent ratings and the highest rankings at this year's local and state music festivals. These are just a couple of examples of the many awards and honors in arts education that exemplify how we are passionate about cultivating the intellects and the creative genius in all of our children. Duke Ellington is part of the Detroit School of Arts Pathways Program.


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Dr. Twila Ainsworth-Comfort

Over the past 14 years, Dr. Ainsworth-Comfort has worked with four urban public school districts (Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago and New York) and three universities (University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University). Dr. Ainsworth-Comfort's background in urban education reform has helped her serve as a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has also served as an instructional coach, common core curriculum developer, professor, teacher mentor, practitioner researcher, and an English teacher. Dr. Ainsworth-Comfort is committed to cultivating both the academic intellects and creative genius in all of our students!

Location & Contact

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9860 Park Drive
Detroit, MI
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Phone Number +13138528500
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Bell Times

07:30 am - 02:40 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 590
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Application Required Yes
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Enrollment Instructions

To enroll, parents/guardians must submit completed enrollment forms and required documentation. Participation in the DSA Pathways program requires an application. Please visit for more information or call 313-873-6347.

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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Performing Arts, One-to-One Technology Program, Equipped Classrooms and Labs, Schools of the 21st Century Afterschool Program, Sports, Extracurricular Activities like Chess Club and Lego Club

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Academic Offerings

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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.