Office of Guidance and Counseling

Detroit Public Schools’ graduating class of 2015 scored more than $164 million in scholarships and grants for college, up from $138 million for the 2013-14 school year.

Detroit Public Schools 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 DPS 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.

DPS increases number of seniors awarded Gates Millennium Scholarships

Top-performing students from Cass Tech, DIA, DSA, EEVPA and King receive full-ride scholarships covering their college expenses through graduate school

Seven Detroit Public Schools seniors – two more than the previous year — are among only 1,000 recipients nationwide who will receive the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship award.

The highly-regarded Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a full-ride scholarship covering all college expenses including tuition, housing, books and supplies through graduate school to use at any college or university of their choice. The DPS recipients will attend top-ranked colleges and universities, including Spelman College, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Michigan State University.

The 2015 DPS recipients include:
Cass Technical High SchoolJocelyn D. Rice and Dajion N. Whitfield
Detroit International Academy for Young WomenFatema Akhtar and Sakilah Islam
Detroit School of ArtsJon David Graves
East English Village Preparatory AcademyFred Wright-Jones
Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High SchoolParis Dimick

Read more about DPS’ Gates Millennium Scholars

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 aptitudes, needs, abilities and interests. Academic planning for college and career readiness is essential in providing supports 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 meets the needs of all students as they mature and progress through high school.

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 DPS 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.

Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling K-12 programs for parents, students, staff and community

These programs are also supported by the Office for Guidance and Counseling:

  • African Diaspora Youth Conference (ADYC), University of Windsor
  • College Application Week
  • Decision Day (College Acceptance)
  • Detroit Etiquette Program (DPS)
  • Detroit Scholarship Fund (DSF)
  • Detroit Urban League Future Warriors
  • Dual/Concurrent Enrollment Programs
  • Detroit College Access Network (DCAN)
  • Detroit and HBCUs College Fairs Scholarship Programs
  • Michigan College Access Network (MCAN)
  • Excellence Awards Ceremonies
  • Flagstar Bank Financial Literacy Workshop
  • Gear-up Scholarship Program
  • Detroit College Signing Day (College Commitment)
  • Metropolitan Teen Conference
  • Metro Youth Day
  • YMCA Achievers Program
  • MI Bright Future (School to Career)
  • NACAC: National College Fair
  • FAFSA Completion
  • Future Project
  • Promise Neighborhoods/Education Work Group
  • The Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation
  • Tuskegee Airmen’s Careers in Aviation History Week
  • Upward Board
  • Women of Tomorrow (Mentoring)
  • Winning Futures (Mentoring)

Resources for Staff, Parents and Students

Scholarship Websites