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MacDowell Preparatory Academy (“MacDowell”) is a K-8 public charter school serving children in the heart of Detroit’s northwest side. Established in 1924, today, MacDowell proudly serves over 350 scholars. The MacDowell Board is committed to its vision of MPA scholars maximizing their potential and achieving success in every area of their lives.

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Caring, Neighborhood School

Over 90% of our scholars live within a 1.5 mile radius of the school. This, along with right-sized enrollment and manageable class sizes, creates a close-knit community where scholars feel safe and are able to develop meaningful relationships with adults

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College Readiness

The importance of a college education is rapidly increasing in the 21st-century. As part of our enduring commitment to creating opportunities for our students, as we offer college prep curriculum.

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Academics - A holistic approach

Of course, the academic skills necessary to succeed are central to our program. We also prioritize a holistic approach to learning by purposefully integrating character development and cultivating a scholar’s sense of self. Each aspect is critical to developing happy, stable and successful human beings.

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Meaningful Enrichment

During the school day, we offer music and financial literacy classes as part of our core curriculum, and we partner with community organizations to offer after-school enrichment and athletic programming such as RacquetUp Detroit.


MacDowell operationalizes its vision through its mission to instill in its scholars the SKILL and WILL to prepare them for success in college and life.

Core Values

We believe that each student is important and valued, in offering structure and guidance for every child, in transparency and integrity, in providing leadership opportunities for the staff and students, in fostering good, healthy reciprocal relationships, in student, school and community engagement and in providing an environment where children are fully supported and feel comfortable opening up.

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Come to school excited about their future and own their own learning. They will maximize their potential and achieve success in every area of their lives.

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Passionate, knowledgeable and accountable for creating an environment where scholars enthusiastically learn.

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Actively supporting our children’s dreams and the work of our school.

Our Strategic Plan

The MacDowell Board of Directors is a  diverse collection of professionals from the business, policy, and education sectors who are all committed to ensuring an excellent education for MacDowell scholars.

Public Notice of Regular Board Meeting

Pursuant to Michigan Open Meetings Act, Act No. 267 of the Public Acts of 1976, being Sections 15.261 to 15.275 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.

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Administrative School Leadership Team

Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer – Dr. Brian Banks, J.D., Ph.D.

Dean of Scholars + Culture – Cameron Coleman

Dean of Operations – Alana Olds

Office Team

Office Manager – Ms. Jennifer Crump

Administrative Specialist – Mr. Dawan Glover


Kindergarten – Rachel Webb

Kindergarten/Paraprofessional – Lakeisha Bates

1st Grade – Contrina Hinton

2nd Grade/Scholar Engagement Specialist – Selena Dozier

3rd Grade/Paraprofessional – Alana Hubbell

4th Grade – Doris Freeman

5ht Grade/Paraprofessional – Ashlie Spencer

6th Grade – Danielle Walker

7th Grade – Carl Ramsey

7th Grade – Alijah Brown

8th Grade – Volanda Frazier

8th Grade – Chalcee Norwood


Physical Education – Daevon Robinson

SEL- Robert Hill

Intervention/Paraprofessional: Michael Siebert


We partner with community organizations to offer after-school enrichment and athletic programming, such as RacquetUp Detroit. Please click on the logos below to learn more about the organization!