DETROIT - Cesar Chavez Academy East Campus was recently featured in an article, Detroit Charters Face All of the Obstacles of Detroit Public Schools – And Overcome Them.
While the city's traditional district has been "rife with turmoil, districtwide teacher sickouts, sensational pictures of widespread deplorable building conditions, an employee kickback scandal, reports of misappropriated federal funds, and now … more sickouts," the CCA East Campus continues to move beyond challenges posed by poverty, previous educational disadvantage, learning disabilities, crime and blighted neighborhoods.
“There’s so much dark on the outside,” said principal Adasina Philyaw, who grew up on Detroit’s west side in a middle-class family, and whose mother taught in DPS. “But it’s not like that in here. This is a place of light.”
Cesar Chavez Academy spends about $6,000 let per pupil than DPS, in part due to the commitment, support and services provided by its partners including authorizer Saginaw Valley State University and management company, The Leona Group. Educating children, keeping them safe and well cared for, are top priorities for the school, whose population of students in poverty is nearly 100%.
The school provides students with uniforms and additional clothing. Free breakfast and lunch are served daily to students, and bags of food are sent home with the children each Friday to help sustain them over the weekend. Support is provided to the disproportionate number of students facing emotional and behavioral issues.
Academic achievement continues to rise at the school, despite these challenges. "CCA-East is achieving equivalent or better results than its neighbors on comparable M-STEP measures. Philyaw was proud to highlight the fact that 50 percent of her third-graders last year rated proficient in English language arts — a feat matched or surpassed by only one of 63 DPS schools. At the same time, she pointed out the need to improve results in science."
Congratulations Cesar Chavez Academy East Campus for being recognized for the amazing things you do for children every day!