Turning Point Academy

12300 Linnhurst St., Detroit MI, 48205-2627

Phone: (313) 866-2200 • Fax: (313) 866-2090

Principal: Mershira Oliver

About Us

Turning Point Academy is a day treatment program for severely emotionally impaired students in grades K-12 in the Wayne County eastern region area. The program focuses on shaping student behaviors to facilitate their return to neighborhood schools.

Turning Point Academy services students who:

  1. Have been recently discharged from inpatient psychiatric hospital settings, who have been identified as Emotionally Impaired by their school.
  2. Have been receiving services in a self-contained setting in their local school and have been unsuccessful. These students require a setting that emphasizes coping skills and behavior intervention strategies in order to benefit from their learning environment.

TPA is designed to foster growth and change in social and emotional behaviors to enhance each student’s ability to function at both school and community.

Our Beliefs

We at Turning Point Academy believe in a multi-facet approach in addressing the areas of social and emotional and academic needs of our students. We believe in working collectively with parents, staff, students, and the community to enhance each student’s ability to successfully interact in society.


Four core classes, Accelerated Reading/Math, Positive Behavior Support, Music Therapy, Media Clubs, Community Group Mentors, Green Schools Initiative, Chess Club, Transition Services, Group and Individual Therapy, Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers, Community Based Activities

The school also has two Technology Labs with the latest technology. In addition, the students receive ancillary services per their Individualized Education Plans (IEP) during the course of the instructional day. Ancillary services include School Social Worker, Speech Therapist, Certified Emotional Impaired Teachers, Behavior Specialist, Teacher Consultant, Transition Specialist, and various mental health services. The students also participate in various community based instruction activities to align the curriculum with their IEP goals and objectives.

DPS Safe Routes to School Program


Turning Point Academy will promote academic and behavioral distinction for all students in a supportive and therapeutic environment which encourages mutual respect for diversity and ethnicity. Students will apply academic knowledge; develop positive coping skills, and communication skills to support a healthy life style and successful interaction in the community.


The mission of Turning Point Academy is for our dedicated teachers and staff to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which students are challenged to set realistic goals in order to reach their fullest potential through a broad range of academic and behavior strategies. Staff, students, and parents work cooperatively in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Our Day Treatment program reflects the needs of students who are severely emotionally impaired- supporting them in maturing educationally, emotionally, and socially.


Mr. Gary Taylor has more than 19 years of experience in education and has been the principal of Turning Point Academy since 2008. Prior to coming to Turning Point Academy, he served as a Mental Health Associate at both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric hospitals throughout Michigan. Mr. Taylor also served three years as a special education curriculum coordinator in the Detroit Public School district. He has experience teaching children and adults who have special needs and coordinated educational programs for Aurora Hospital of Michigan.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Central State University, and a Master of Science degree in educational administration.

Bell Schedule

  Morning Afternoon Half Day
Mon–Thur 7:30 AM 4:15 PM 10:45 AM
Friday 7:30 AM 12:00 AM