Detroit Prep Academy Opens New Campus

Located in Pingree Park, the newly renovated school received donations from Detroit native Madonna and local organizations.
8411 Sylvester St. Image via Google Street View

Renovations undertaken at Detroit Prep Academy have officially been completed. Located in the former home of Anna M. Joyce Elementary School in Detroit’s Pingree Park neighborhood, the three-story school has officially opened its doors.

The first diverse-by-design public charter school in Detroit, Detroit Prep had been operating out of a church basement before its transition to the new 43,500-square-foot property at 8411 Sylvester St. The new location is less than 5 miles from the city’s downtown where Bedrock and Related Cos. are getting ready to break ground on the $300 million Detroit Center for Innovation

The $6.9 million project included upgrades to the 21 classrooms, a kitchen, cafeteria and gathering/performance space. Detroit Prep plans to expand to support kindergarten through eighth grade by 2025. By then, the property is also expected to include a playground and outdoor learning space.

The project was financed through a partnership of IFF, Capital Impact Partners and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Capital Impact Partners contributed $1.7 million to the project while IFF provided $2.8 million along with $6 million of new market tax credit allocation. Other donors that contributed with various grants were from pop singer and Detroit native Madonna ($100,000), Born and Raised Detroit Foundation ($10,000) and Grey Ghost Detroit ($175,000).