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At MPA, scholars are provided with a rigorous academic experience and engaging extracurricular activities that build the skill and will necessary to be successful in high school and beyond


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MacDowell scholars receive individual and small group instruction to support them in meeting their academic goals.

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In preparation for the 21st-century economy, MacDowell scholars use technology to practice skills and complete assignments.

The academic skills necessary to succeed are central to our program. Our educators are committed to the academic excellence of our scholars. Our curriculum combines rigor, technical skills, and culturally relevant pedagogy. 

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. This approach also ensures that there is a love of learning. In the early grades, this looks like a passion for reading (developed through our comprehensive approach to literacy) and curiosity for math. In the middle school, scholars explore topics deeply with a greater focus on project-based assignments.

We create a college-ready environment where scholars are exposed to the expectations of college graduation from Kindergarten through the 8th grade. 

We utilize championed educational techniques to provide our scholars with the resources that they need to be competitive in high school, college and beyond.


Our team is dedicated to providing a world-class education to empower our scholars and help them make their dreams a reality.

At MacDowell, scholars receive rigorous academic content and opportunities to cultivate their unique passions. During the school day, we offer PE, Art, and Dance classes as part of our core curriculum. MacDowell also offers chess, tutoring, and scholar mentorship as extracurricular enrichment.

As a leading K-8 school based in Detroit, MacDowell Preparatory Academy offers:

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Alumni Tutoring Program
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Chess Club
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Mighty Mustang Boys Basketball Team
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Lady Mustang Girls Basketball Team
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Girls & Boys Mentoring Programs
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Girl Scouts Program
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Project Healthy Communities


We can’t wait to welcome you to the MacDowell family.


We aspire to be the best place for leaders to lead and teachers to teach.