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Alum Success

Anna Wilson

"Lake State is a local University that gave me the option to earn my education while be located close to my family.  My short-term goal is to gain as much experience as possible in the community and to possibly continue my education toward a Masters Degree.  I’d like to continue my work within the city and take advantage of opportunities to be more involved in local politics.  In the long term, after I’ve made myself as competitive as possible the marketing field, I’d like to get a job at a medium to large size company and work more with individual products or brands as opposed to marketing a company itself."

" Currently I am a Board Member on the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority, in which my marketing background has been beneficial.  Also, I work with the International 500 Snowmobile race as the Chairperson of the Non-Race Events Committee and I work in the pits doing timing for the race and other tasks.  I am studying snowmobile mechanics to eventually become a race official or snowmobile technician.  I compete on the Soo Co-op Credit Union bowling team and I’m continually involving myself in various community events."

Anna Wilson '06

Charter Schools

In 2011, Detroit Service Learning Academy became the FIRST Public School Academy to be identified as a "School of Excellence" by the Michigan Department of Education!

Detroit Service Learning Academy

Mission Statement

The mission of the Detroit Service Learning Academy is to prepare students for academic success, lifelong learning, leadership, and meaningful service to the community.

Detroit Service Learning Academy Location

21605 West Seven Mile Road
Detroit, Michigan 48219
(313) 541-7619

Redford Learning Academy Location

25940 Grand River Avenue
Redford Charter Twp., MI 48239
(313) 539-4115

Detroit Service Learning Academy Contact Information

Detroit: Shannon Smith,
Redford: Amelia Norwood,

Management Company:
Elite School Management
Maurice Evans,

LSSU Oversight Officer:
Nick J. Oshelski
Executive Director Charter Schools

Charter Contract (pdf)

Board of Directors:
President: Orlando Woods,
Vice President: James Dozier,
Secretary: Douglas Bartell,
Treasurer: Idowu Jegede,
Trustee: Minnie Johnson,
Trustee: Josie Byrd,
Trustee: Airlene Gross,
Trustee: Keith Jones,
Trustee: Anthony Moffett,


Collaborative Successes!

A collaboration between staff, administration and parents is a recipe for success! “When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning children tend to do better in school. They stay in school longer and are more likely to enjoy the benefits of the educational process.” That is the conclusion of a recent report from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. The report a synthesis of research on parent involvement over the past decade goes on to find that regardless of family income or background “students with involved parents are more likely to:

  • Earn higher grades on test scores and enroll in higher-level programs;
  • Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits;
  • Attend school regularly;
  • Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school; and
  • Graduate and go to post-secondary education

The Detroit Service Learning Academy located on Detroit’s west side is home to more than 1,200 students. DSLA has successfully created a culture of engagement and involvement through events created to incite and stimulate parent interest. One of these events is the implementation of Parent University. The Academy is the host of several of these events throughout the year. These informative workshops help participants learn to develop skills and strategies that promote healthy living, financial management, legal advice, political awareness, and more. In addition to these forums DSLA provides a welcome space for parent volunteers and the PTA. The parent resource room is furnished with a microwave, two computers with internet access, and a meeting table. This space is exclusively open for parents to use daily.

DSLA’s most successful event of the year was the celebration of National African American Parent Involvement Day held on February 13, 2014. This event was promoted to the students as “Bring your Parent to School Day” and was the 5th annual celebration. Students were asked to bring their Parent to school with them to experience a full day of classes. Parents convened at the noon hour for a catered lunch, special guest speakers, and a raffle for a family of 4 to vacation at Kalahari Resort. This affair had over 253 parents in attendance.

Over the last decade parent participation and programs at DSLA are always a work in progress. Every school has a unique population, focus and mission. Finding an effective mix of activities, incentives, and student /staff buy- in has become one of the Academy’s most challenging best practices.

Graduate School Bound ...

Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill

"I've been accepted to Montana Tech's graduate school to pursue a master's degree in geophysical engineering. I have also accepted a full-funded graduate research assistantship to work with the Montana National Guard on developing magnetic techniques to detect unexploded ordinance. My summer internship with Geolex, a company under contract with the Guard, will study acquiring data, performing analysis, and offering interpretation on unexploded ordinance." [ more ]

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