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Rutherford Winans Academy – Elementary

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Quick facts

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Grades Served Kindergarten -7th
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Enrollment 240 Students
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Type Of School Charter
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Start/End Time 8:00 am - 3:30 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 36:1

Enrollment Deadline

April 4

Application Required

How to Apply

Points of pride

Rutherford Winans Academy ranks 184th in the state on the Mackinac Center report. The CAP grade was an "A". The Rutherford Winans Pistons Math Hoops team went to Cleveland, Ohio to participate.


school leader
Mrs. Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott has worked for 40 years, committed and dedicated to servicing the students of Detroit. She sets high standards for herself, her students, and the school community.

Management Company

A Member of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Community

Location & Contact

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16411 Curtis St.
Detroit, MI
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Phone Number +13138520709
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Bell Times

08:00 am - 03:30 pm


Yes, Transportation is Provided

Our students ride the Goal Line Bus. Maps of the routes are available in the main office. All students must register to ride the bus. There is no fee for the bus ride. If students attend the Goal Line Program at the Northwest Activity Center, there is a minimal charge and registration is required for the Goal Line Program.

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Enrollment Details
Enrollment 240
Accepting New Students?


Application Required Yes
Application Priorities Siblings of Current Students
Enrollment Instructions

Enrollment applications can be submitted on the website at or on site at Rutherford Winans Academy 16411 Curtis St. Detroit, Michigan 48235.

Academics & Activities


The curriculum materials we use at RWA are Eureka Math, Wonders Reading materials, Interactive Science, Study Island, IXl, and Raz Kids. Our students are benchmark-tested three times a year. The students also take the NWEA test three times a year. The 3-6 grade students take the M-Step.

Support Programs

Top Activities

We have a dance team, and we have a royal celebration called the Butterfly Program. We also have programs, like Real Women Read, Real Men Read, and Health Fairs.

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Leadership and Mentoring
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Academic Offerings

STEM program
Science Workshops -- for parents and students
Reading Workshops -- for parents and students
Spelling Bee
Pistons Math Hoops

Academic Offerings
Reading interventionist
Homework help


Is there a parent advisory council?


Our parent organization meets once a month to review what our students are doing at RWA. Our parents are allowed to express concerns and suggest ways we can continue to improve our practice.


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School Safety Culture

Rutherford Winans is a very safe school. The students know that they are valued. Every student is reminded that they are royalty. We begin every day with the school pride and students state they are endowed with super intelligence. We have a non-bully policy, and we practice restorative practices.