Okay, so here's our (literal) elevator pitch:

We feel so excited, and so grateful to be moving into our #DPforeverhome in just a few months. We know that this big, old, three-story building (more on that below) is beautiful and perfect for our forever school home.

But it also has A LOT of stairs.

This fall, we are going to install a new elevator to ensure that ALL of our students, staff, families, and neighbors can access and use all of the spaces in our entire building for years to come.

We need to put down a $45,000 cash deposit ASAP to make it possible for us to move in by December. Would you consider supporting us as we work to live out our mission of providing a "world-class and equitable education" in Detroit?
Here are a few ways you can help:

1. Donate directly to our elevator campaign by clicking the donate button below

2. Share about our campaign with a friend or two! The more people who donate, the quicker we will be able to install our elevator and move in to our new space.

3. Join us at The Villages Bier and Weingarten in Detroit's West Village for the first three weekends in August. All proceeds will go directly to the purchase of our elevator. All event details can be found on our Facebook event. See you there!


We need your help!

we need a new building. we PURCHASED our dream space. 
we WIll need to raise $1,000,000 to move in. 

Detroit Prep is continuing to add one grade level each year and, after this year, we will no longer fit in our current space. We need to buy a school building of our own! We've found our dream building (more on that below) and we need to raise $1,000,000 in one year in order to be able to move in this school year. 

How you can help:

  • We need cash! Every dollar that you are able to give will make a huge impact on our school. We will squeeze the use out of every single penny. Please please please consider digging as deep as possible and making a gift to our building project.

  • We need materials! Are you a vendor that sells lights? Carpet? Furniture? Paint? If so, please e-mail us right this second. We want to give you a tax receipt for your generosity and shout about your greatness from the mountain tops. We will be the best partner you could ever imagine.
  • We need you to tell everyone you know! When you donate, we will send you a unique image like the one you see below. The image will feature a number corresponding to what number donor you were! Share it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter right away and, if you are feeling super kind and supportive, make this image your social media profile picture for a month. Your friends and family are probably (almost) as awesome as you are and so sharing our mission with them will be an enormous help for Detroit Prep! Even if you can't donate, sharing our fundraiser and our updates is a tremendous help.
  • We need your muscles! We will have lots of chances to come get your hands dirty on the building! Sign up for updates here and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • We need you to come hang out! Come to our events and bring your friends! Since this is a year-long fundraiser, we will be hosting lots of events to meet you, thank you face-to-face, and to make giving a little bit more fun :) Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates!

Why you should help us:

  • We truly, seriously need it. If we can't raise the money to move into our building, our school's entire trajectory will be in jeopardy -- our current facility can no longer accommodate us and there are no affordable alternatives nearby!

  • Pingree Park is a really great neighborhood that deserves a huge source of blight to be returned to its original use as a school and community hub. Research shows that schools can reinvigorate a neighborhood fast and authentically, and this community truly deserves it.

  • Because every child, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or zip-code deserves a world-class and equitable education. We give all students a foundation of academic excellence and character development while fostering a love of learning and passion for exploring and fulfilling their extraordinary potential as learners, leaders, and world-changers. This new building will help us do that.

When you donate, a few things will happen. 

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  • You will move us one step closer to bringing an abandoned building back to life, to bringing an excellent school to a great neighborhood, and to giving our students the joyful, safe place that they deserve to learn in. 

  • We will send you a really cute unique image that corresponds to what number donor you were. (See above example.) We will ask you to share it on every social media platform you can. We will also ask you to make it your profile photo for a month or so. 

  • If you donate over $100, we will send you this really awesome keychain as a gift and memento for helping us move into our forever home.

  • If you donate over $1,000, we will send you a keychain and pennant! You're an important part of our team, and we want you to feel like it.

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Let us name something special in your honor. 

$1,000,000 is a lot of money. Your generous gift (that will make such a huge impact on our entire school & community) should be recognized for years to come.

If you donate:

$250,000 // So much important community time is spent in the cafeteria. We'd love to dedicate ours to you!

$100,000 // We'd love to name a classroom of your choice in your honor! 

$50,000 // We will name a student reflection room after you, which will be at the end of each hallway as a safe space and haven.

$25,000 // We believe libraries should be the heart of every classroom. Let us put a classroom library in your name!

$10,000 // We will personalize a plaque for a student locker with your name (or another name of your choice)!

we are so lucky to know such incredibly kind people:

The Building

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Isn't it perfect? We love it. We fought like crazy to own it. 

The details:

  • It is less than 1 mile from our current location, which means we can maintain our same bus routes and continue to serve our families!

  • It is located in Pingree Park, a really awesome neighborhood with lots of kids and families that need an excellent school option!

  • The building is 43,500 square feet and has 21 classrooms and 3 levels. It has hundred-year-old oak floors, space for a kitchen, cafeteria, and small gathering/performance space. This means it will hold us until we are at capacity, serving kindergarten through 8th grade.

  • We will have space to build a playground and an outdoor learning space to support our project-based learning curriculum! In our current facility, we have no playstructure and a very tiny space for our students to play outdoors.

Thank you so much for your endless support -- we couldn't do This without you.