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At Detroit Prep, our learning approach focuses on developing and nurturing the the whole child through multiple dimensions of student achievement: a commitment to mastery of knowledge and skills, character development, high-quality student work, and family and community engagement.

Detroit Prep is a proud Expeditionary Learning school. Expeditionary Learning is based on the following design principles:

1. THE PRIMACY OF SELF-DISCOVERY

Learning happens best with emotion, challenge, and the requisite support.

 2. THE HAVING OF WONDERFUL IDEAS

Teaching in Expeditionary Learning schools fosters curiosity about the world.

3. THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR LEARNING

Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity.

4. EMPATHY AND CARING

Learning is fostered best in communities where students' and teachers' ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust.

5. SUCCESS AND FAILURE

All students need to be successful if they are to build the confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges.

6. COLLABORATION AND COMPETITION

Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear.

7. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others.

8. THE NATURAL WORLD

A direct and respectful relationship with the natural world refreshes the human spirit and teaches the important ideas of recurring cycles and cause and effect.

9. SOLITUDE AND REFLECTION

Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas.

10. SERVICE AND COMPASSION

Students and teachers are strengthened by acts of consequential service to others.

Within our learning expeditions, students experience all subjects through the lens of a broader topic, in the context of our community and the world in which they live. Students engage in fieldwork, community service, and work with experts to complete in-depth studies in one or more subject areas. Expeditions culminate with high-quality projects and exhibitions that demonstrate mastery of standards. Our Habits of Character are constantly and meaningfully integrated into all parts of our day.