Points of pride
Ms. Cummings, principal of Gardner Elementary for three years, is a product and graduate of DPS. Ms. Cummings received her bachelor degree from Marygrove College and master degree from University of Detroit-Mercy. Ms. Cummings will begin a doctoral degree this fall at Oakland University. Always an educator, Ms. Cummings continues to mentor children and young adults through her local church and community organizations.
Location & Contact
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 detroitk12.org/transportation 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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To enroll, parents/guardians must submit completed enrollment forms and required documentation. Visit detroitk12.org/enroll 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.
Academic Games, One-to-One Technology Program, Co-ed Basketball, 4th and 5th grade Track, Extended Learning Opportunities on Saturday
Is there a parent advisory council?Yes
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.