Organization Ranks Best And Worst K-8 Schools in Detroit Based on MEAP Scores

The report card is in, parents. No, not your child's. This time, it's Detroit schools that are being graded.

Excellent Schools Detroit, a nonprofit organization working to get Detroit children quality education, assessed the Michigan Education Assessment Program, or MEAP, scores of kindergarten through eighth-grade schools in Detroit, naming the city's top 20 and bottom eight schools.

The evaluation

For the assessment, Excellent Schools Detroit evaluated 126 K-8 schools, including public, private, parochial and charter schools. The evaluation is based on this year's MEAP scores and the schools' year-over-year scores, a release says.

The results

The results of the organization's evaluation found 12 of the top schools are Detroit Public Schools, while seven are charter schools and one is a private school.

Here is a list of the schools making the grade:

  • Dixon Elementary School
  • Charles Wright School
  • Detroit Premier Academy
  • Maybury Elementary School
  • Clippert Academy
  • Bates Academy
  • Vernor Elementary School
  • Pasteur Elementary School
  • Cornerstone Nevada Primary and Middle School
  • Oakland International Academy – Elementary and Intermediate
  • Garvey Academy
  • Detroit Merit Charter Academy
  • Chrysler Elementary School
  • Burton International School
  • University Preparatory Science and Math (PSAD) Middle
  • University Preparatory Academy Elementary Mark Murray
  • University Preparatory Academy Middle School
  • Edison Public School Academy
  • Thirkell Elementary School
  • Davison Elementary-Middle School

Thirkell Elementary, a Detroit Public School, was ranked No. 1.

The eight worst performing schools are:

  • Allen Academy
  • Commonwealth Community Development Academy
  • Detroit Enterprise Academy
  • Universal Academy
  • Voyageur Academy
  • Pierre Toussaint Academy
  • Michigan Technical Academy Elementary
  • Center for Literacy and Creativity

Nicole de Beaufort, vice president of communications and community engagement for Excellent Schools Detroit, says "parents and students making decisions about where to go to school have more choices than ever in Detroit."

"Excellent Schools Detroit is focused on ensuring the best possible information is available to help make that decision," she says.

But because the evaluation was based on MEAP scores alone, Monique Woodland-Phillips, the principal at Allen Academy, one of the schools on the list of underperformers, told the Detroit Free Press "it's a misrepresentation of who we are."

"It's a disservice to students to only take one data point and make a decision on whether parents should choose this school," Woodland-Phillips told the Free Press.

The organization plans to release an updated list in July, which will look at early learning programs and high schools, too, the release notes. That list will be "a broader review" based on "multiple factors," the Free Press reported.

"Ultimately, we want Detroit children to be in high-quality learning environments," de Beaufort says, "and that starts with knowing which schools are good."


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