The new school year is underway, and students are back in Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) buildings across the city, including the latest addition, The School at Marygrove. The school is a unique educational partnership that began in 2019 and is part of a “cradle to career” program called the P-20 Partnership.  

The initiative is a collaboration among several organizations including Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), The Kresge Foundation, the Marygrove Conservancy, Starfish Family Services and the University of Michigan School of Education. This summer, the school celebrated a major milestone in its growth after the first class of high school seniors graduated. 

On the heels of The School at Marygrove’s success and a new school year, DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti joins One Detroit contributor Stephen Henderson, host of “American Black Journal,” for an exclusive interview at Marygrove Conservancy to share an update on the state of the district and what he’s prioritizing this school year.  

They talk about new teacher contracts, challenges with funding and equity, and the state of student absenteeism. Plus, Dr. Vitti talks about the success of the School at Marygrove and its first graduating class. Detroit Public Television will air “The Pioneers of Marygrove” documentary about the school’s first graduating class on Friday, Sept. 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET. 

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