Office of Guidance and Counseling

Detroit Public Schools Community District offers a host of school guidance programs to help every child meet their college and career goals, including academic planning for college. Through our School Counseling Programs, we work to ensure that all students will acquire and demonstrate competencies in the areas of academic, career and social/emotional development. We strive to make sure students acquire college and career readiness skills, pursue post-secondary degrees and become responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners.

School counseling in DPSCD is based on the National and Michigan Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Models, designed to meet the needs of all students, pre-school through high school. Our comprehensive model supports students by involving families, schools, and our communities in assuring academic success for ALL students. School counselors offer counseling activities that are developmental in design and preventive in purpose. Effective counseling programs are important to the school climate and culture, using data to drive program decisions to improve student achievement. Successful programs depend upon the support and collaboration of administrators, teachers, other school personnel, students, the community and other stakeholders.

About our Programs

Elementary/Middle School Guidance

The Elementary and Middle School Guidance Programs are designed to provide students with the skills to be successful in career planning, personal growth, interpersonal relationships and academic achievement. Prevention and early intervention are the foundation of the Program Components. Classroom and small group guidance are strategies often employed to support developmental and socialization skills. Counselors are less encumbered with records and documents management permitting them to deliver maximum engagement of interactive guidance activities and services.

High School Guidance

Guidance and Counseling is a comprehensive and proactive program of specialized activities that assist students in identifying, planning, and attaining those goals and employment opportunities consistent with their aptitude, needs, abilities, and interests. Academic planning for college and career readiness is essential in providing support for all students to be successful in “higher learning institutions”. The Guidance and Counseling Program is a systematically designed set of components including a counseling curriculum, responsive services, individual planning, and systems support. It is developmental in design to offer sequentially planned activities which meet the needs of all students as they mature and progress through high school.

Detroit Promise Scholarship

The Detroit Promise provides last-dollar funding for students who live in the city of Detroit and will graduate from any high school located in Detroit. The Detroit Promise provides Detroit youth a tuition-free path to earn a post-secondary credential at a number of institutions after any Pell and/or TIP funding a student receives has been applied to the tuition and mandatory fees bill.

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Wade H. McCree Jr., Incentive Scholarship Program

The Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholarship Program for ninth graders began as a pilot program in 1985 with seven colleges participating as scholarship sponsors. The program is designed to provide certainty of opportunity to attend college. The scholarship program offers a full tuition grant upon the ninth grade student’s successful completion of a four-year college preparatory curriculum with a minimum B (3.0) average while in high school and a composite score of 21 or better on the American College Testing Exam (ACT) or SAT equivalent.  In order to participate, students and their parents must sign an agreement which states that they will meet the performance standards of the scholarship program delineated in the Student/Parent Contract.

Nomination Eligibility Requirements:

  • Completion of 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade in Detroit Public Schools
  • Completing and returning a signed contract
  • 3.0 (B) or better grade point average at end of the 9th grade
  • Recommendations by high school principal and counselor
  • Excellent reading and mathematics scores on the Grade 8 State Assessment
  • Attendance at the Fall Induction and subsequent yearly meetings for parents and students

Detroit College Promise-DPS Foundation

Every DPSCD student who lives in the city of Detroit can earn a college scholarship through the Detroit College Promise.

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Docufide develops a system for electronic transfer of school transcripts between high schools and colleges. Docufide provides its electronic transcript exchange system to CEPI, which serves Michigan’s K-12 public schools and students.

Resources for Staff, Parents, and Students

Scholarship Websites