Partnership Parent Notice

April 9, 2018

Dear Parents,

For the 2016-2017 school year, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) changed its accountability system to assess every school in Michigan by proficiency and growth results from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP), along with English Learner progress, School Quality/ School Success information, and assessment participation. Schools performing in the bottom 5% across the state are identified as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools.  On March 30, 2018, the MDE released the names of CSI schools for the current year. Southwest Detroit Community School has been identified by MDE as a CSI school.

As a CSI school, SWDCS will be required to develop and implement a Partnership Agreement with MDE.  The Partnership Agreement will put additional resources in place to drive improvement and increase self-accountability.  In the coming weeks, we will work together to identify the specific needs of SWDCS, craft a plan to address these needs, and secure the support and commitment of our school board, our authorizer (Grand Valley State University), and the MDE.  Parents and community members will receive more information about how they can support the Partnership Agreement once the plan has been finalized and approved.

If you are interested in reading more about Michigan’s school accountability system you can find information at with specific information about SWDCS’ performance available at

The SWDCS Board, administration and staff are committed to your child(ren) receiving the highest academic experience possible which is why the management company was changed a year and a half ago and a three year strategic plan was completed in late fall. We will continue to work together as a team, with all stakeholders, to achieve academic success. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

Frank Donner