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Why the James and Grace Lee Boggs School?

Why the James and Grace Lee Boggs School?

By Guest Blogger Kibibi Blount-Dorn

Before I was a parent, I was adamant that, when I had children, I would send them to public school. I knew that any school could become a nurturing learning environment if there were enough dedicated parents, teachers, and administrators. But somewhere along the way, our education system became an industry instead of an institution.

Are There Any Neighborhood Schools Left in Detroit?

What's old is new again.  As our team tries to reimagine the idea of the neighborhood school, we have had to examine what issues the decline in this idea has created in Detroit, specifically in Islandview Village.  Members of the Islandview community have expressed their frustration with the assertion that a decreasing number of children in the area was responsible for the decision to close Bellevue in 2005.  Through our demographic research, conversations with Islandview neighbors, and walk-throughs of the neighborhood, we have learned that there are currently many children in the area a


The Boggs Educational Center Project Team is thrilled to announce that we have received a charter contract offer from Eastern Michigan University.  This partnership will allow the school to open in September of 2013.  Currently, the school plans to open with 88-100 Kindergarten through Grade 3 students in mixed-aged classrooms.  The school is slated to open in the former Bellevue Elementary School in the Islandview neighborhood on Detroit’s East Side.