• We are proud to announce that the DPSCD Office of Charter Schools was accredited by Cognia  formerly AdvancED in June 2019.

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Charter Schools

  • Detroit Public Schools Community District is an Accredited Authorizer that authorizes 7 public school academies that serve students in a variety of settings and models from kindergarten through high school.

    Charter schools are public schools that are required to hire certified teachers, accept all students regardless of ability, administer the M-STEP and otherwise abide by the same laws required of traditional schools in Michigan.

    A charter school authorizer since 1994, Detroit Public Schools Community District issues contracts with charter schools and monitors them to ensure they are financially sound, meet their academic goals and follow state and federal requirements.

    The Office of Charter Schools mission is to support, develop and hold accountable high-performing charter schools that prepare Detroit children for college and careers. In accordance with this mission, we have established academic targets for Detroit Public Schools Community District-authorized academies.

    Office of Charter Schools academic targets call for each general-admission academy to outperform Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and to close the achievement gap by 70 percent at each grade level, based on growth on the NWEA MAP and/or Scantron Performance Series test from Fall to Spring each year. Schools are required to test all children in grades 2-8 in the Fall, Winter, and Spring (see Testing Windows.) DPSCD provides NWEA MAP testing licenses for every student.

    In holding schools accountable, we are measuring student learning against the national ACT college readiness standard. We have done this, in part, because the adoption of the national Common Core Standards is raising the bar, and we must prepare our students for the new playing field on which they must compete.


    Charter Schools

Contact Information

  • Office of Charter Schools

    Fisher Building, 9th Floor
    3011 W. Grand Blvd
    Detroit MI 48202
    Phone: (313) 873-7927
    Fax: (313) 873-6184

    Alycia Meriweather
    Deputy Superintendent
    Phone: (313) 873–7553  


    Ester Sutgrey

    Program Supervisor

    Phone Number (313) 873-3566