Our mission at DSLA is to prepare students for academic success, lifelong learning, leadership and meaningful service to the community.





Emmy Award winning WDIV TV-4 reporter and anchor Chauncy Glover is truly a Southern gentleman. His Glover Project (CGP) is an extensive, hands-on mentoring program, created to groom inner city teenage boys into upstanding gentlemen.
Detroit Service Learning Academy Adds New Location! Now DSLA will extend their academic excellence, commitment to community and passion for teaching to the Redford Community. The 62,000 square foot building sits on 6 acres of land and provides DSLA with a second location.
Shannon Smith has over 16 years of experience in the education industry. He has earned both his Bachelor and Master degrees from Eastern Michigan University. He is currently working towards completing an Ed. Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. Shannon’s extensive academic resume includes leadership experience as an Assistant Principal, District Committee Leader, School Founder, Principal, and Director of School Operations. In addition to Smith’s district and administrative leadership experience he has taught high school English, Biology, Astronomy, and Environmental Science. Smith’s favorite quote by Harry S. Truman is in alignment with his educational philosophy, “In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first”. Shannon believes that knowledge of self, discipline and clear focus is the key to success in life. DSLA District welcomes Shannon Smith as the Director of Charter School Operations.
DSLA has been recently recommended for full accreditation by AdvancED. This accreditation means that DSLA has been recognized as a professional leaning community that has met a set of educational standards set by AdvancED. During the rigorous accreditation process, not only were our academic standards evaluated, but also our programs, governance and best practices. Having this accreditation is additional confirmation of our teachers and staff working together to meet the needs our student and parent community. To read more about AdvancED click here
Detroit Service Learning Academy is now under new management. Elite School Management is owned and operated by Maurice Evans.
This year the Technology Department has introduced the new Primary Computer Lab. The lab was designed specifically for kindergarten through second grade.
Here are the top 10 reasons why parents choose the Detroit Service Learning Academy. For registration information or for a tour contact our Pupil Accounting Office at 313.541.7619 extension 1138.
Detroit Service Learning Academy is among a handful of schools to "Beat the Odds" according to a study by the Michigan Department of Education.