Detroit Science Center to Expand with Charter School

DETROIT — The Detroit Science Center is poised to expand and get a face-lift in the next year and a half through a unique educational partnership that will see a science and math charter middle school located on its site.

Officials from the nonprofit, privately run science museum and the University Prep charter school system, a group of charter schools in Detroit, are working together to create the new University Prep Science and Math Middle School. The school, which promises to graduate at least 90 percent of students and send 90 percent to college, will open at another undisclosed site this fall while the new structure is built. An affiliated high school eventually will be added at an undetermined location.

Both sides say they will benefit from the arrangement, with the science center advancing its mission to be a premier destination for engineering education, and the new school offering its students unprecedented access to the center’s docents, experts and engineers.

“It’s going to be more than just a one-time field trip that schools and students are used to,” said Principal Shawn Hill. “We’re going to extend the learning in every way possible to the science center and really take advantage of the exhibits.” Read the rest of this entry »