Important Messages Regarding Palmer Park’s Temporary Move to DIA
Below is an official status update, a letter to families and FAQ to help answer your questions.
Detroit Public Schools Community District’s utmost priority is to ensure the safety of our children and staff. Based on facility concerns and an immediate need to relocate to another facility, students and staff of Palmer Park Preparatory Academy will be temporarily moved to Detroit International Academy for Young Women (DIA) while Palmer Park undergoes facility improvements for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year. This emergency decision was based on finding adequate space to immediately return to full instruction and keeping all Palmer Park students and staff together knowing many families have more than one student in separate grade levels.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Effective March 19, 2018, the Palmer Park Preparatory Academy will resume classes and activities at the Detroit International Academy for Young Women (DIA) located at 9026 Woodward Ave for the remainder of the school year.
The decision for this temporary transition was made by Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Palmer Park Academy teachers and faculty due to the immediate repairs needed for the building.
Classes will resume on March 19 with a new bell time. School will begin at 9:20 a.m. and dismiss at 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday early release school will dismiss at 3:30 p.m. Please note, students reporting directly to DIA cannot be dropped off before 9 a.m.
Because Palmer Park is separate from DIA, a designated entry and exit has been assigned for students. All Palmer Parks students will enter and exit through door number 15, which is located on Josephine Street.
Additionally, transportation accommodations have been made. If your child is serviced by the Office of Transportation, they will continue to receive services. If your child walks to school or if you drop your child off at school, a shuttle bus will arrive at Palmer Park on Pickford Avenue at 8:45 a.m. and depart at 9 a.m. to transport these students to DIA. Should your child miss the 9 a.m. bus, there will be an additional pick up at Palmer Park Academy at 9:15 a.m.
Students will be dropped off at the same location where they were picked up.
We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time. Should you have any questions regarding the transition to DIA, please contact Palmer Park at (313) 494-7300.
Frequently Asked Questions
Beginning on Monday, March 19, 2018, all students enrolled at Palmer Park will be transitioned to DIA. The day will begin at 9:20 a.m. and dismissed at 4:30 p.m.
A parent meeting was held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 and several questions were raised. Below is a FAQ for your reference. Please check the website often as information will be updated frequently.
Location and Bell Time
1. Where is the Detroit International Academy (DIA) located?
A: It is located on 9026 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202.
2. What time will Palmer Park students start and end school at the Detroit International Academy?
A: The students will start school at 9:20 a.m. and school will end at 4:30 p.m. On Early Release Wednesday, dismissal is at 3:30 p.m.
3. Will students who walk to Palmer Park be transported to and from DIA?
A: Yes. Transportation will be available for students who walk to school. Shuttles will pick students up at 9 a.m. For dismissal, students will be dropped off at Palmer Park at approximately 4:50 p.m. daily and for Early Release Wednesday, they will be dropped off at 3:50 p.m.
4. Will students who currently ride the bus be transported to and from DIA?
A: Yes. Students who currently ride the bus will be transported to and from DIA. The Office of Transportation will contact all parents via direct mail and by phone. In addition, you may call the Student Transportation Call Center (313) 945-8600.
5. What if my child who walks, misses the bus pick up at Palmer Park?
A: There will be an additional pick-up at 9:15 a.m. after the first bus leaves.
6. Will neighborhood bus routes remain the same for students who ride a bus to Palmer Park?
A: Yes, the current bus system will remain in place, and your child will be taken to and from DIA. However, times may change for pick up and drop off.
7. What about security for the students who are waiting for shuttle buses at Palmer Park?
A: Shuttle buses will arrive at Palmer Park at approximately 8:45 a.m. In addition, there will be additional security at Palmer Park for students who are awaiting the shuttles.
8. Can I pick up and drop off my child at DIA?
A: Yes. Families will be able to drop off and pick up your child at DIA. It is a parking lot available on Josephine St. for pick up and drop off near door number 15 where students will enter and exit the building. Students reporting directly to DIA cannot be dropped off before 9 a.m.
9. Will the Palmer Park students interact with DIA students?
A: Grades 2 – 8 will be located on a separate floor and not interact with DIA students. For Pre-k – 1st grade classrooms, we have made special arrangements to house Palmer Park students in a separate part of the building on the first floor due to federal and state requirements. Also, DIA and Palmer Park Students located on the first floor will not be combined in the same classrooms, and a teacher will be with Palmer Park students at all times in the hallways.
10. How will Palmer Park coordinate missed deadlines for assignments, field trip permission slips or fees due for student activities?
A: Palmer Park leadership will extend and/or reschedule pending deadlines. Once normal instruction is established at DIA next week, a new timeline for upcoming deadlines will be communicated. Missed assignments due to closure will also be adjusted.
11. Will my child’s teachers and class schedule remain the same?
A: Yes, all teachers and classrooms will remain the same. The school schedule will remain the same however, the times attached to the schedule will be adjusted due to the new bell time.
12. Do you have all my student’s classroom supplies (blanket, house shoes, etc.)?
A: The District will relocate all teaching supplies to the new school as directed by your child’s teacher.
13. When will the Palmer Park building repairs be completed, allowing for their students to return?
A: Palmer Park students will return to their building in the fall of 2018.
14. Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
A: Please continue to the Palmer Park at (313) 494-7300.
15. Will Montessori students be on the same bus as the bigger kids in the regular school?
A: Yes. Students will be organized by grade level and transported with adult supervision.
16. Will there be bus chaperones for Pre-k, Montessori and kindergarten students?
17. When can parents see the rooms?
A: Parents are welcomed to escort their children to school on the first day of classes.
Palmer Park Preparatory Academy (P3A), offering a private school feel, is rooted in the belief that students are most successful in an educational environment that is child-centered and teacher-driven. Our goal is to prepare students for a life beyond high school, offering a college preparatory curriculum beginning with our youngest learners. Students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning with the DPSCD Office of Nutrition, featuring an outdoor classroom and a 46-crop school garden built and managed by our students. Mentoring and tutoring are the keys to success for many students, and Palmer Park has programs and partnerships with local community and faith-based organizations to help students achieve. Palmer Park Preparatory Academy is home to the Detroit Public Montessori pathway, bringing Montessori’s time-tested, state-recognized instructional approach and rigorous, child-centered program to Palmer Park Prep families.
- Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)
- Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer and Cheerleading
- After-School Programs, Financial Literacy
- School Social Worker, 2 School Counselors, School Nurse
- Speech Pathologist, Psychologist
- Instructional Specialist
- Debate Team, Technology Club, LitWorld Club
- Academic Games
- Science Club, School Garden
- Montessori Classes for Early childhood (ages 4-6; PreK and K)