Good Schools Awards Given to 24 Detroit Schools

Detroit, MI, June 1, 2005— The Skillman Foundation has awarded a total of $1.4 million in Good Schools grants to 24 Detroit elementary schools. The schools were selected in the high performing and improving categories of the multi-million dollar education initiative, Good Schools: Making the Grade. All Detroit elementary schools were invited to apply for Good Schools improvement grants of up to $100,000 for one year. Fifty-two schools selected in the aspiring and honorable mention categories will receive technical assistance and consultation on how to improve from the Good Schools Resource Center at Detroit’s Marygrove College.

“We wanted to provide all of our applicant schools with encouragement and incentives to improve in coming years. The schools are very excited about their awards and look forward to participating again in future Good Schools application periods,” said Carol Goss, President and CEO of The Skillman Foundation.

The Good Schools: Making the Grade initiative identifies indicators of student and school success and invites Detroit principals to apply for funding to maintain or attain these standards. The schools also receive self-assessment tools to identify strengths and weaknesses. All 300 elementary schools in the city — public, private, charter and religious — were invited to take part in the first application period that ended January 31. The next application period for Detroit elementary schools runs from June 1 – November 1, 2005.

The following schools received Good Schools: Making the Grade grant awards:

High Performing Schools

Criteria: Schools must meet a requirement that at least 75 percent of the students have met or exceeded acceptable achievement standards in two of the following three areas: mathematics, reading/language arts and science. In addition, schools must have a 90 percent attendance rate and meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

1. Alonzo W. Bates Academy, Detroit Public School, $100,000
2. Burton International, Detroit Public School, $75,000
3. Chrysler Elementary, Detroit Public School, $50,000
4. Cornerstone Schools Association, Private School, $100,000
5. John S. Newberry Elementary, Detroit Public School, $10,000
6. Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit, Public Charter School, $100,000
7. Samuel Gompers Elementary, Detroit Public School, $100,000
8. Samuel D. Holcomb Elementary, Detroit Public School, $100,000
9. William Davison Elementary, Detroit Public School, $75,000

Improving Schools

Criteria: Schools must have at least a 10 percent improvement over the prior year in two of the following three areas: mathematics, reading/language arts and science. In addition, schools must have a 90 percent attendance rate and meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

1. Anthony Wayne Elementary, Detroit Public School, $15,000
2. Academy of the Americas, Detroit Public School, $25,000
3. Carstens Elementary, Detroit Public School, $25,000
4. Christ the King School, Catholic School, $50,000
5. Dixon Elementary, Detroit Public School, $50,000
6. E.W. Yost Academy, Detroit Public School, $10,000
7. Foreign Language Immersion & Cultural Studies School (FLICS), Detroit Public School, $50,000
8. Genesis Elementary, Detroit Public School, $15,000
9. Isaac Crary Elementary, Detroit Public School, $50,000
10. John R. King Academic & Performing Arts Academy, Detroit Public School, $50,000
11. Laurence A. McKenny Elementary, Detroit Public School, $15,000
12. Mark Twain School & Academy, Detroit Public School, $15,000
13. Robert Burns Elementary, Detroit Public School, $50,000
14. William D. Wilkins Elementary, Detroit Public School, $25,000
15. YMCA Service Learning Academy, Public Charter School, $50,000

The following schools will receive technical and consultative assistance:

Aspiring Schools

Criteria: Schools must have at least 60 percent of the students meeting or exceeding acceptable achievement standards in two of the following three areas: mathematics, reading/language arts and science. Schools are also eligible if there has been at least a 5 percent increase of students meeting the achievement standards over the prior year.

1. Detroit Academy Science, Mathematics & Technology, Detroit Public School
2. Fairbanks Elementary, Detroit Public School
3. Ulysses S. Grant Elementary & Middle, Detroit Public School
4. Harms Elementary, Detroit Public School
5. Abner Larned, Detroit Public School
6. Loving Elementary, Detroit Public School
7. Edward A. MacDowell Elementary, Detroit Public School
8. Peter Monnier, Detroit Public School
9. Plymouth Educational Center, Public Charter School
10. Casimer Pulaski Elementary Middle School, Detroit Public School
11. Clara W. Rutherford Academy, Detroit Public School
12. St. Scholastica, Catholic School
13. Timbuktu Academy of Science & Technology, Public Charter School
14. Coleman A. Young Elementary, Detroit Public School
15. Peter Vetal, Detroit Public School
16. Weatherby Elementary, Detroit Public School
17. Daniel Webster Elementary, Detroit Public School
18. Brady Elementary School, Detroit Public School
19. James E. Vernor Elementary, Detroit Public School
20. William J. Beckham Academy, Detroit Public School
21. East Bethlehem Lutheran School, Lutheran School
22. James Edmondson Elementary, Detroit Public School
23. Bethany Lutheran School, Lutheran School
24. St. Timothy Lutheran Christian Day School, Lutheran School
25. Antoine Cadillac School, Detroit Public School
26. Logan Elementary, Detroit Public School
27. Mary McLeod Bethune Academy, Detroit Public School
28. Greenfield Park Elementary, Detroit Public School
29. Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Detroit Public School
30. Mann Learning Community, Detroit Public School
31. Pasteur Elementary, Detroit Public School
32. Chandler Park Academy-Greenfield, Public Charter School
33. Herman/Rodgers Academy, Detroit Public School
34. St. Cecilia Grade School, Catholic School
35. A. Douglas Jamieson Elementary, Detroit Public School
36. Schulze Elementary, Detroit Public School
37. Woodward Public School Academy, Public Charter School
38. Owen Elementary, Detroit Public School
39. Grayling Elementary School, Detroit Public School
40. Thomas A. Edison Elementary, Detroit Public School

Honorable Mention

Criteria: Schools that want to participate in the Good Schools initiative, but do not meet the basic requirements of student achievement and attendance.

1. Aisha Shule/W.E.B. Dubois Preparatory Academy, Public Charter School
2. Birney, Detroit Public School
3. Boynton Pre K-8 School, Detroit Public School
4. Fred M. Butzel Elementary, Detroit Public School
5. James Valentine Campbell Elementary, Detroit Public School
6. Detroit Urban Lutheran, Lutheran School
7. Gesu Elementary, Catholic School
8. Hope Academy, Public Charter School
9. Colin Powell, Public Charter School
10. St. Bartholomew School, Catholic School
11. B. Benedict Glazer Elementary, Detroit Public School
12. St. Mary of Redford, Catholic School

The nine indicators of success for good schools in Detroit were developed by national educational advisors after The Skillman Foundation conducted extensive research and meetings with Detroit parents, students, educators, business and community leaders. A Detroit task force of academic, business, political, government and community representatives further refined the good school criteria.

A comprehensive guide to good elementary schools in Detroit will be distributed later this year to parents, caregivers and students to help them make good choices. This guide will be developed into an annual consumer’s guide to all good schools in Detroit. For more information about Good Schools: Making the Grade, contact The Skillman Foundation at 313-393-1185 or log on to

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy committed to helping children in metropolitan Detroit by providing resources to improve their homes, schools and neighborhoods. Each year, Skillman awards more than $20 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties, with a special emphasis on organizations working in the city of Detroit.