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The School at Marygrove opened the doors to its first class on September 3

September 13, 2019

On September 3, the first ever class of freshmen at the School at Marygrove began the school year.


Students were greeted by faculty, staff, and graduate students from the U-M School of Education, Detroit Public Schools Community District (including members of the school board), Marygrove College, Starfish Family Services, and the Kresge Foundation. These organizations and institutions have come together to launch a “cradle to career” educational campus, which was announced in fall of 2018. 

Students will receive an engineering-focused education, taught through a social justice lens. Members of the SOE community are developing project- and place-based curriculum to create powerful learning opportunities and empower students’ agency in their communities. As the media coverage of the first day demonstrates, the curriculum and the SOE’s involvement were two particularly appealing prospects for students and their families. 

The SOE is operating a new and innovative Teaching School on the campus modeled after medical education. The Teaching School’s first exciting milestone is the introduction of a full-time teaching resident, Sneha Rathi, who will be teaching students about engineering. Additionally, teaching interns who are studying to become certified teachers through the SOE will be placed at the school this term. 

The School at Marygrove opened with seven exceptional teachers, including the U-M resident, and an experienced team of administrators. Six educators among the small team of teachers and administrators hold U-M degrees, with four being SOE alumni.

Additional media coverage is available from the Detroit Free Press, Chalkbeat, WXYZ, and Deadline Detroit