Reinvented Marygrove campus opens new elementary school
Leaders of the reimagined Marygrove campus in northwest Detroit have renovated and reopened a public elementary school.
- The campus is still filling out, but the plan is to offer everything from "cradle to career," or pre-k to post-secondary.
- The Kresge Foundation plans to invest a total of $75 million in the campus. It's working with partners including Detroit Public Schools Community District and U of M.
The latest: The foundation toured Axios through the School at Marygrove Elementary yesterday ahead of its grand opening event Wednesday.
- The new elementary started this school year with kindergarten through second grade and will expand as students age up.
Between the lines: Marygrove expects an eventual student body of 1,000. Its high school opened in 2019 and an early education center last year. Middle school is yet to come.
- There's 130 elementary students and 350 in high school now, principal Lisa Williams tells Axios.
- Students apply to get randomly selected, though preference is given to those living nearby and/or coming from the early education program.
What they're saying: The Marygrove campus's curriculum is focused on social justice and project-based learning that gets kids involved in community, Williams says.
- For example, students are helping design a Wayne County health center for the campus.
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