One-Third of Detroit's Best Schools are Charters

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Skillman Foundation awards $1.7 million to 102 schools through the "Good Schools: Making the Grade" grant

The Skillman Foundation cares about one thing--and that's creating quality schools for all kids--regardless of who runs them

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As the new school year begins, 36 public charter schools are being recognized for excellence and will receive grants of up to $50,000 per school. These schools make up one-third of the highest-performing schools in Detroit, according to The Skillman Foundation's "Good Schools: Making the Grade" program, which will award $1.7 million in grants to 102 schools in Detroit this year.

The Skillman Foundation's goal is to assure that quality education be made available to every student. In the past 10 years the Skillman Foundation has worked to improve education in Detroit through a wide variety of projects and a $50 million investment.

The four criteria for the grant program are an increase in student achievement, improvement on school readiness, increases in high school graduation and college enrollment rates and innovation of good, small high schools.

"The Skillman Foundation cares about one thing--and that's creating quality schools for all kids--regardless of who runs them," said Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA). "We appreciate their recognition of these high-performing public charter schools in Detroit."

The 36 charter schools making the grade are:

  •     Aisha Shule/Web Dubois Prep School - Elementary & High School
  •     Allen Academy - Middle School
  •     Cesar Chavez Academy - Elementary & High School
  •     Commonwealth Community Development Academy - Elementary & Middle School
  •     Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences - Elementary & Middle School
  •     Detroit Edison Public School Academy - Elementary & Middle School
  •     Detroit Merit Charter Academy
  •     Detroit Midtown Academy - Middle School
  •     Detroit Premier Academy - Middle School
  •     George Crockett Academy - Elementary & Middle School
  •     Hope Academy - Elementary School
  •     Hope of Detroit Academy - Elementary & Middle School
  •     Joy Preparatory Academy - Elementary & Middle School
  •     Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Center
  •     Marvin L. Winans Academy - Middle & High School
  •     Michigan Technical Academy, Meyers - Middle School
  •     Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit - Middle School
  •     Oakland International Academy - Elementary & Middle School
  •     Old Redford Academy - Middle School
  •     Pierre Toussaint Academy - Middle School
  •     Plymouth Educational Center - Elementary School
  •     Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology - Elementary & Middle School
  •     Universal Academy - Elementary, Middle & High School

A complete list of schools and their grade category can be found on the Skillman Foundation website at

Gary G. Naeyaert

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