Detroit Deltas open social justice charter
By Karen Morgan
Special to the Michigan Citizen
The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has become the first Black sorority to open a charter school. The Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice is designed to help its students prepare for their role as the leaders of tomorrow.
“Our students are poised to become the architects of a better tomorrow,” explains Edythe Hayden Friley, president of the seven-member board that serves as the legal authority for the school. “Our role is to make sure they have everything they need to succeed.”
Students who enroll in the school will become part of a rigorous high school that emphasizes social awareness and high achievement. “We will send 100 percent of our students to college,” vows school Principal Meagan Brown.
According to Brown, all students will be required to apply to at least three colleges at the start of their senior year. So the only questions that would need to be answered are:
- What college they plan to attend?
- Which college offered them the most financial aid?
Officials at the academy want students to see themselves as catalysts for change.
“In a few years, they will be running this country and it is important they understand they have to be
prepared to take the reins of power. It is vital our students envision themselves in the role of future policy maker, lawyer, CEO and legislator,” said Friley. “Then they will understand the need for them to take full advantage of the many opportunities available here.”
Students at the academy will be encouraged to pursue careers in social justice and allowed to obtain real-life experience in their chosen field of study using internships and class projects
For more information, contact Detroit Delta Preparatory at 313.769.4717.