2 Detroit charter schools are in running for $1M national prize

Charter school’s applied for YASS prize, which is a prestigious national award

DETROIT – Winning $1 million can be a game changer, especially if you’re a school. Now, a pair of sister-charter schools is in the running for the mega national prize.

Two charter schools, Detroit Achievement Academy and Detroit Prep, in the neighborhood of 800 students from kindergarten through eighth grade, are getting an unconventional but successful education.

The students say it’s hard to put a finger on it, but the environment makes them feel free, safe, and validated to learn, and they are inspired so much they look for ways to learn.

The charter school’s applied for the YASS prize, which is a prestigious National Award that comes with serious money behind the accolades.

Of all the nation’s schools and learning institutions, the sister-school pair is one of 33 semi-finalists for that big education award.

There’s also a community component to the contest to sweeten the pot. Just by people in the public showing up to vote for the school, they could possibly win an additional $100,000.

Click here to cast your vote.

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About the Authors:

Paula Tutman is an Emmy award-winning journalist who came to Local 4 in 1992. She's married and the stepmother of three beautiful and brilliant daughters. Her personal philosophy in life, love and community is, "Do as much as you can possibly do, not as little as you can possibly get away with".

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.