Dove Academy of Detroit

Why Choose Dove Academy

At Dove Academy we are committed to building a Culture of Universal Achievement.

This is based upon the fundamental belief that each child is capable of meeting high academic standards in reading, language arts, and math, AND that the school has the power to make that opportunity a reality. We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares him or her for college if they so choose to attend.

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At Dove we have the belief that the most significant learning occurs where trust and love for another are the foundation. Students learn what is essential, meaningful and enlightening when they feel safe and secure. Every student is worthy of attention, care and love that comes with shared achievement. Staff continuously work together as a team and create opportunities to build their relationships with one another for the betterment of all students. They truly have their students’ best interests at heart.

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Dove’s PreK through 8th-grade curriculum is built around a strong emphasis on math, language arts, science and social studies – the foundations for college or career readiness. Lessons are tailored to meet the needs of each student as each child learns differently. The thought of attending college for these students becomes a reality throughout their daily academics, engagement with others, and motivation from their teachers. No Excuses University has not only helped to shape the culture of the school as a whole, but the dedication of the staff brings true value to each and every student who walks through the door.

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Although academics are the central focus of the school, Dove Academy is also happy to offer various sports and after-school opportunities for its students. From basketball to cheerleading, students are able to get involved. Having these teams helps to create a sense of community among peers and families as well.


Dove Academy is a proud member of the “No Excuses University.” We were the second charter school in the nation, and currently, the only school within the State of Michigan, to receive this prestigious designation!

The “No Excuses University” program was founded on the following core beliefs:

  1. Every student has the right to be educated in a way that prepares them for college.
  2. It is the responsibility of educators to create exceptional academic systems that make college a reality.
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At Dove we have scholars, not just students. We work to motivate students to make and reach goals by making a human connection with them. Getting to know and gaining the respect of each family makes them feel valued and that they are part of something. If students believe in and value themselves, they will have the confidence to indulge in their interests and seek out achievement. We guide students in this process by stressing the importance of college and planning for the future. At Dove, we believe that every student has a story and that we are here to walk alongside them so that they can achieve greatness."

Tommy Brooks, Principal