Attention ALL MPA Families!

Welcome MPA families,

We hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing, and enjoyable summer! We are excited to welcome all of our scholars for the 2022-2023 school year. The first day of school is on Monday, August 29th, with breakfast at 8:00 am and class begins at 8:30am. The school day dismissal is 3:40pm.

If you know of any family or friends, who are still looking to enroll their child or children in school, let them know MacDowell Prep is still enrolling and we have limited seats for the 22/23 school year. We would love for them to join our MPA family!

We will be hosting our annual “Back to School Rally” on Friday, August 26th, 2022, from 1:00pm-4:00pm with refreshments, giveaways, and uniform polo shirts for $10.00 each. You’ll also be able to meet our MPA staff and obtain vital information on new enrichment programs, afterschool programs, and sports activities. 

As a reminder, the school will be closed on Monday, September 5th for the Labor Day holiday. 


Educationally yours, 

MPA Leadership Team 

2022-2023 School Year Applications Now Open

Secure your seat today! 

back-to-school checklist for the 2022-2023 school year  

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Office Hours

The main office is currently open Monday - Thursday from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Please feel free to call first with any questions or concerns. 

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The MacDowell Mustangs are


Parent Engagement


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21st-Century Learning


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Whole Child Growth


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We are MacDowell

Mustangs Scholars are M.I.G.H.T.Y!



The mission of MacDowell Preparatory Academy is to instill in its scholars the skill and will to prepare them for success in college and in life. 


MPA scholars maximize their potential and achieve success in every area of their lives.


Our scholars come to school excited about their future and own their own learning. They will maximize their potential and achieve success in every area of their lives.


Our faculty is passionate, knowledgeable and accountable for creating an environment where scholars enthusiastically learn. 

Our parents, guardians, 
community are actively supporting our children’s dreams and the work of our school.

In providing a quality education for all students.


Each student is important and valued.


Every child needs structure and guidance.


In transparency and integrity.


In providing leadersihp opportunities for staff and students.

In fostering good healthy reciprocal relationships.

In student, school, and community engagement.

In providing an environment where the whole child is supported and feels comfortable and able to open up.

Click here to learn more about MacDowell's Strategic Plan


MacDowell is a self-managed school dedicated to providing a world-class education to empower our scholars and help them make their dreams a reality. 

Caring, Neighborhood School

Over 90% of our scholars live within a 1.5 mile radius of the school. This, along with right-sized enrollment and manageable class sizes, creates a close-knit community where scholars feel safe and are able to develop meaningful relationships with adults.

Academics - A holistic approach

Of course, the academic skills necessary to succeed are central to our program, We also prioritize a holistic approach to learning by purposefully integrating character development and cultivating a scholars sense of self. Each aspect is critical to developing happy, stable and successful human beings.

College Readiness

The importance of a college

education is rapidly increasing in the 21st-century. As part of our enduring

commitment to creating opportunities for our students, we offer a college prep

curriculum and a clear path to college through our network of schools.

Meaningful Enrichment

During the school day, we offer music and dance classes as part of our core curriculum, and we partner with community organizations to offer after-school enrichment and athletic programming such as RacquetUp Detroit. At MacDowell, scholars receive rigorous academic content and opportunities to cultivate their unique passions.

Worry-free Transportation

Life can be hectic, and it is made more difficult when a parent must walk or drive their scholar to school on a daily basis. MacDowell families have access to worry-free bus transportation to and from school each day free of charge.


MacDowell Preparatory Academy

4201 Outer Drive

Detroit, MI 48221

Tel: 313-494-8141   Fax: 313-494-8142

School Hours


8:30 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.





Thank you for your message for MacDowell Prep! We look forward to getting back to you shortly.

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