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MacDowell Preparatory Academy

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Quick facts

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Grades Served Kindergarten -8th
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Enrollment 382 Students
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Type Of School Charter
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Start/End Time 8:30 am - 4:00 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 17:1

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Points of pride

At MacDowell, our team is dedicated to providing a world-class education to empower our scholars and help them make their dreams a reality. The importance of a college education is rapidly increasing in our 21st-century economy. As part of our enduring commitment to creating opportunities for our students, we offer a college prep curriculum and a clear path to college through our network of schools, Promise Schools. At the same time, we take a holistic approach to learning by supporting the unique interests of each child and helping our students develop individual excellence on the path toward achieving their goals.


Mrs. Lindsie Johnson

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A Member of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Community

Location & Contact

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4201 Outer Drive
Detroit, MI
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Phone Number +13134948141
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Bell Times

08:30 am - 04:00 pm

08:30 am - 01:00 pm (Friday)


Yes, Transportation is Provided

For information on our morning and afternoon bus routes, please call the office at (313)494-8142.

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Enrollment Details
Enrollment 382
Accepting New Students?


Application Required Yes
Application Priorities Siblings of Current Students
Enrollment Instructions

Families can download an enrollment packet at or pick up an enrollment packet from the school.

Academics & Activities


As part of our enduring commitment to creating opportunities for our students, we offer a college prep curriculum and a clear path to college through our network of schools. We also prioritize a holistic approach to learning by purposefully integrating character development and cultivating a scholars sense of self. Each aspect is critical to developing happy, stable and successful human beings.

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Top Activities

At MacDowell, scholars receive rigorous academic content and opportunities to cultivate their unique passions. During the school day, we offer PE, Art, and Dance classes as part of our core curriculum. MacDowell also offers chess, tutoring, and scholar mentorship as extracurricular enrichment.

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Leadership and Mentoring

Academic Offerings

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Homework help
Computer lab
Field Trips


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School Safety Culture

A core part of our vision is that all of our scholars will maximize their potential and achieve success in every area of their lives. One pivotal way that we support our scholars to achieve this vision is through the development of self-regulation.

We also strongly believe that in order to foster the appropriate decision making abilities in our scholars, there needs to be an environment where learning and correction can take place. We look to Restorative Practices in order to build the type of community where we not only celebrate success, but we also redirect when poor choices are made.