Great Schools That Should Be on Your Radar

Metro Parent's top education advertising partners offer some insight into what makes them a truly unique choice for your child.

Great schools provide more than just a wonderful education. Their positive effects can be life changing. Each family is looking for something different — and now more than ever, schools offer more than a typical classroom setting. Some have a heavy emphasis on STEM or STEAM learning, others take project-based learning to the next level and others offer learning opportunities for the whole family.

What every parent wants is a learning environment that welcomes their child and encourages them to dig in, engage and thrive. One thing is for certain: parents have many choices. Here, we present a roundup of top Metro Parent advertising partners that shared with us what they are doing in their classrooms to help students excel.

Check out the great schools we think are worth a look and read their content to learn even more about what they offer.

Detroit Public Schools Community District

Serving nearly 50,000 students, DPSCD is Michigan’s largest public education system and has plenty of success stories to share. Learn about DPSCD’s Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School where students become equipped to compete in a global workforce through immersion programs in French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. Discover how students at Davis Aerospace Technical High School at Golightly train in state-of-the-art simulators through a unique CTE Flight Training program, and see how students engage in creative expression through Detroit School of Arts and the DSA Pathways initiative. There’s so much more to know about DPSCD!

The Roeper School

An independent preschool through grade 12 school for gifted students in Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, The Roeper School is guided by its mission statement of Educating and inspiring gifted students to think as individuals and engage as a community with compassion for each other and this world. Learn how all members of this unique educational community engage in ways that respect the individual and collective needs to build social justice. Discover how each student at Roeper creates community and agency by building lifelong problem-solving skills that help them become an independent thinker deeply invested in creating a caring educational environment — all while gaining confidence for a strong and successful future.

Academy of the Sacred Heart

In the Upper School at Academy of the Sacred Heart, girls thrive as they participate in a global community through exchange programs, immersion experiences and in-depth dialogue with Sacred Heart peers to solve real-world problems. Discover how these programs and the small-by-design educational environment provide space for young women to take risks and gain self-awareness — and thrive. As Michigan’s oldest independent school, Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills serves girls from infant to grade 12, and boys from infant to grade eight.

Alliance Française de Détroit

Children with knowledge of the French language and an understanding of the rich culture of francophone countries have a distinct advantage in today’s global society. At Alliance Française de Détroit, the nonprofit French language and cultural center in Farmington Hills, all family members can engage in programs to celebrate French culture and engage with the language in unique ways. Discover events for children, adults and families and register for classes today!

Creative Montessori Academy

Research suggests that students who attend a Montessori school not only become strong, confident students — they actually carry personal well-being into adulthood. This is no surprise to faculty and staff at Creative Montessori Academy, a tuition-free K-8 public school in Southgate. Find out how students at Creative Montessori Academy learn to prioritize their work, collaborate with peers, solve problems that matter in their lives and build empathy and community every day.

Detroit Waldorf School

A reconnection with former Detroit Waldorf School students from early graduating classes of the 1970s and 1980s reveals the profound effect this unique education has had on their lives. In addition to their professional accomplishments, alumni are free-thinking, moral and self-confident individuals who thrive, thanks to Detroit Waldorf School’s robust curriculum of rigorous academics and age-appropriate artistic and practical experiences. Discover how today’s students at this PK-8 independent school in Detroit’s Indian Village neighborhood benefit from this experiential and integrated approach to education.

Aim High School

In Aim High School’s small educational environment for sixth- to 12th-graders with learning and social differences, students build relationships and connections with peers, teachers and their community through a wide range of electives. See how this electives program enriches the curriculum for Aim High School’s students by providing outlets for fitness, art, coding, robotics, music, drama, photography and so much more — all while helping them develop interests, connect to others and build valuable social skills.

Ivywood Classical Academy

Parents often recognize the American classical education their children receive at Ivywood Classical Academy, a K-8 tuition-free charter public school in Plymouth. Starting in kindergarten, students experience a robust curriculum governed by the Barney Charter School Initiative of Hillsdale College and filled with history, geography, literature, literacy, science, writing and an accelerated math approach that puts students on track to be a full year ahead of grade level. Students study phonics and grammar, plus Greek and Latin, as well as personal discipline and moral character. Adding one new grade each year, Ivywood Classical Academy will eventually become a full K-12 charter school.

Macomb Montessori Academy

At Macomb Montessori Academy, a tuition-free K-6 charter public school in Warren, kindergartners truly experience the Montessori philosophy during each busy day. Based on the concept that individuals construct their own learning, instruction at Macomb Montessori Academy fosters self-motivation and excitement for learning. Discover how kindergarten students learn through play and individual exploration with work-plan goals, allowing for self-paced learning and mastery of concepts. See how students learn grace, courtesy and respect for others while they gain the sense that they are part of an interconnected community.

Mount Clemens Community Schools

Within Mount Clemens Community Schools is a center for quality early childhood education called M.L. King Academy. Here, children engage with play-based learning through Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), the gold-standard for early childhood education, free for qualifying families. Discover how 4-year-old students engage with their classroom and their peers to learn valuable school-readiness skills that will serve them well in kindergarten and beyond. Also within M.L. King Academy is the Mount Clemens Early Childhood Special Education program, where highly qualified teachers provide individualized instruction for children ages 3-5 with speech, cognitive challenges, social delays and other developmental delays with supportive strategies.

Oakland Schools

Preschoolers are eager to learn and that’s why Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is so important for 4-year-olds. Available for eligible families, GSRP is a high-quality, play-based program that encourages students to be curious, creative, confident and collaborative across a curriculum that includes science, math, social studies, language, social and emotional, physical development and health, creative arts and literacy. Learn more about why GSRP, with its focus on school readiness, is so important for Oakland County families.

Livonia Public Schools

Tests and report cards aren’t the only methods to measure student success, and that’s why Livonia Public Schools provides so many opportunities to help students thrive. Learn how the district’s Community with Character initiative helps students build key traits, and how a focus on social-emotional support helps students feel safe and ready to learn. Through career-focused programming, robust gifted and talented and high school performing arts programs, a STEM curriculum and a unique Japanese-English immersion elementary school — plus reimagined collaborative spaces in all Livonia Public Schools and other projects in the planning — Livonia Public Schools offers respectful interactions, rigor and relevance to benefit the “whole child.”

Ypsilanti Community Schools

As one of just 44 districts in the country to receive the federal Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant, Ypsilanti Community Schools is fulfilling its vision to boost literacy for all students. Learn more about the district’s immediate goals of increasing student access to a wealth of diverse books, getting books directly into the hands of students and improving literacy outcomes especially in early grade levels. Discover how the Literacy Excellence Accelerates Performance initiative at Ypsilanti Community Schools will help students achieve a strong foundation of literacy and how the interrelated skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening will open doors for opportunities in their future lives.

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