To support the mission, vision, and values, the Academy has selected five guiding principles. They are: Academic Excellence, Health & Wellness, Leadership Development, Global Citizenship, and Civic Engagement. These principles serve as the foundation for all curricular development, instructional programs, and activities for the school. The principles also address many of the 21st Century skills and interdisciplinary themes necessary for success.
The Academy’s curricular programs and resources assist in the development of academically accomplished young men and women who are confident in their abilities, innovative in their thinking, and ethical individuals who are active members of their community.
In addition, the Academy’s academic programs provide learning experiences to guide students in becoming:
- voracious readers,
- effective oral and written communicators,
- to speak articulately,
- creative and analytical thinkers, and
- proficient with technology.
Students also apply mathematical and scientific principles and appreciate and value artistic expression. The school recognizes that learning differences exist within its student population and work within its mission and resources to determine the best strategies for developing individual students’ potential.
The Academy has established a goal for students to make at least 1.25 years growth annually as measured by the Northwest Evaluation Assessment (NWEA).
Health & Wellness
We are committed to collaborating with our lunch provider and local organizations to offer a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack.
We will work closely with the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and medical facilities to provide on-going health screenings, information and classes on healthy strategies to implement at school and home. The YMCA and the Detroit Innovation Academy are devoted to improving the health and well-being of our students, families and communities.
DIA is inspired by Dr. Stephen Covey’s book, “The Leader In Me” which incorporates the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, with academic achievement as a strong foundation for the school’s culture.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People:
- Habit 1: Be Proactive® • You’re in Charge
- Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind® • Have a Plan
- Habit 3: Put First Things First® • Work First, Then Play
- Habit 4: Think Win-Win® • Everyone Can Win
- Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood® • Listen Before You Talk
- Habit 6: Synergize® • Together Is Better
- Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw® • Balance Feels Best
The habits show students the importance of being a leader, making good choices, and developing a good work ethic, all of which are characteristics of a successful college student and/or employee. The process also teaches students personal leadership and 21st century life skills, such as goal setting, time management, teamwork, problem solving, respecting diversity, and life balance. Building a culture of success and addressing each student as a whole person is essential to the achievement of every student at DIA.
For more information visit www.theleaderinme.org.
- Increase students awareness of global issues
- Cultivate respect and appreciation for diversity
- Help students understand the connections between their local actions and experiences and what is happening in the rest of the world
- Prepare students for 21st century careers
Throughout the school year, students will participate, organize and lead a variety of activities including:
- International speaker series
- International celebrations and festivals
- Oversees/International experiences for students
- Virtual interactions with students from other countries
Community service projects will help students:
- Apply academic, social, and personal skills to improve the community
- Make and influence decisions with real results
- Grow as individuals, gain respect for peers, and increase civic participation
- Experience success no matter what their academic ability level
- Gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their community, and society
- Experience reciprocity
- Develop as leaders who take initiative, solve problems, work as a team, and demonstrate their abilities while contributing to community development
Common elements of all initiatives include: 1) exposure to a number of positive adult role models, 2) opportunities to build positive friendships, 3) opportunities to plan, to lead and to articulate points of view, 4) involvement of parents to increase their capacity for self and family development, and 5) delivery of programs through goal and team based activities that foster learning and enhance creative, critical thinking.
The Academy’s wraparound services focus on three core areas: career and college preparation, community service, and academic enrichment. All programs are rooted in the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets. Programs are primarily offered during non-school hours including before and after-school, on the weekends, and during the summer.
The Y Detroit Innovation Academy is a public charter school funded through State School Aid. As an alternative to the Detroit Public School system, parents do not pay tuition for their children to attend our charter school.
Grade Levels Served by DIA
How to Apply for Admission
To apply for admission to the YMCA Detroit Innovation Academy, please download an application. Once your application is complete, either:
1. Drop it off at school
Applications can be left at the main office of the Detroit Innovation Academy, located inside New Providence Baptist Church at:18211 Plymouth Rd.
Detroit, MI 48228
2. Drop it off at your local YMCA
YMCA staff can collect your completed application at the front desk. To find out which YMCA is nearest you, please click here.
3. Mail it to the following address:New Providence Baptist Church
Attn: Detroit Innovation Academy
18211 Plymouth Rd.
Detroit, MI 48228
4. Fax it to 313-397-8199, our school office
An open lottery process will be used if the number of applicants exceeds capacity.
DIA is conveniently located off of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and Plymouth Rd in Detroit.
DIA Elementary Address
18211 Plymouth Rd
Detroit, MI 48228
Using the interactive map below, you can scan the nearby area or get directions to the DIA school.
Questions about DIA?
We are pleased to answer any questions about our school. To contact us, you may fill out the form below and we will respond as quickly as possible.
However, don't hesitate to call us on the phone at 313-736-5537.
Budget and Salary/Compensation Transparency Reporting
The Detroit Leadership Academy is committed to transparency concerning the operations and management of our school. Please see links below for transparency reports.
Board Approved Budgets
- 2014-2015 General Appropriations Resolution
- 2013-2014 General Appropriations Resolution (Final Amended)
- 2013-2014 General Appropriations Resolution (Amended)
- 2013-2014 General Appropriations Resolution
- 2012-2013 General Appropriations Resolution (Final Amended)
- 2012-2013 General Appropriations Resolution
Current Operating Expenditures
Current Bargaining Agreements
- Current Bargaining Agreements – The district hires all staff through a third party.
Employer Sponsored Health Care Plans
- Employer Sponsored Health Care Plans – The district hires all staff through a third party.
Bids required under section 5 of the public employee health benefits act, 2007 PA 106, MCL 124.75
- The district hires all staff through a third party.
Employee Compensation Information
- DIA did not pay a Superintendent in FY 2012-2013 and did not have any employees earning in excess of $100,000.
District Paid Association Dues
District Paid Lobbying Costs
- The Detroit Innovation Academy does not participate in lobbying activities or utilize lobbying services