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Detroit's Community Education Commission publishes school guide for parents

Second edition has profiles for every public school in the city

Detroit’s Community Education Commission has released a second edition of the Detroit Parents’ Guide to Schools, a resource designed to help parents decide which school in Detroit is the best fit for their child. 

The guide, available for Detroit parents as they finalize their school decisions towards the end of summer vacation, features updated school profiles for 189 public district and charter schools in the city and additional resources, including tips for parents and helpful information on early childhood education, scholarship opportunities, adult education, and job training.

The guide, published here and in print, is broken down into seven color-coded areas representing each City Council district in Detroit to allow parents to search for schools by location. On each school profile, parents will find information on school leadership, school culture and safety, before and after school care options, transportation, uniform requirements, and activities offered.

“We are so excited to put all of this important information into one place for Detroit parents,” said Monique Marks, chair of the CEC. “For too long, Detroit parents have had to go from school to school to find out more information. Now, we have every school profile in one, easy-to-use guide that will make it so much easier for parents to choose the right schools.”

New to the second edition is a culture section for each school profile, where schools have shared information about their points of pride and school safety. Also new is an expansion of the resource section, which now includes:

  • More tips to help parents and students navigate the education system in Detroit
  • Important contact information for schools and community organizations
  • Post-graduation resources, like the Detroit Promise, advanced course information and other programs
  • Early-learning resources, like 313 Reads, a citywide reading initiative
  • Information for parents, including adult education and GED programs, job training and placement assistance

The Community Education Commission is a nonprofit formed in 2018 to increase access to quality education for all Detroit families. Working with diverse stakeholders across the city, the CEC develops critical resources and systems-level solutions that address common challenges faced by Detroit families. In addition to in addition to publishing the schools guide, the CEC also operates the GOAL Line, a high quality transportation and afterschool program in Northwest Detroit.

To learn more about the Community Education Commission, visit