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Elementary Academy Senior Instructional Coach: Casita Adams



Every school needs to have a positive climate, a supportive culture where each individual demonstrates respect and open communication. I believe each child is capable of learning. As educators we must provide an environment that is engaging and safe for all students to learn.


I have been in the field of education of over 17 years. My passion for teaching grows more each year. I have a background in Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Science, Health Education, Curriculum Instruction and Reading. I am currently pursing my Educational Specialist Degree in Administration Leadership and Supervision at Wayne State University.

I’m excited to be a member of the DSLA family. It is my goal to continue to make the Elementary Academy the premier school to attend in the city of Detroit. I am grateful to have been a part of the DSLA community for the past three years and I look forward to meeting each of you. You also have my commitment to be an important partner along with you in our students’ education while creating a brighter future.


The goal for the Elementary Academy at Detroit Service Learning Academy is to develop future leaders by maintaining high expectations for students. Staff will model the expectations and character traits that exemplify a DSLA student. We provide a safe, structured place for students to learn. We believe that service to our


Elementary Academy

The Main Building will open its doors at 7:30a.m. for student entry.  Students in grades 3 and 4 will enter through the mural door (9) on the west side of the building near the crosswalk between the buildings.  Fifth graders will enter the building from the east doors as you drive in the loop around the rear parking lot from Seven Mile.  

Breakfast will be available only between 7:45-8:15am.  Students must enter the main doors and sign in to receive their tardy passes after 8:10am.  Student instruction will begin immediately following breakfast and continue throughout the day until 4:00pm.

If students in grades 3-5 have younger siblings attending DSLA, they will meet them in the Multi Purpose Room at dismissal.  Third and fourth graders will assemble with their classes along the main circle drive at 3:55pm.  Fifth graders will dismiss along the rear circle drive where they enter the building in the mornings.

We look forward to this opportunity to assist you in furthering your childrens' education.

No Child Left Behind!

The Detroit Service Learning Academy takes pride in servicing all students and is especially proud of the progress that has been made within its Special Education department with students. The model that is practiced at the Detroit Service Learning Academy is that of “full inclusion,” which encourages General Education and Special Education teachers to work together for the common good of all students. The Special Education teachers collaborate with the General Education teachers within the general education classroom setting to reach all students. In addition, the Special Education teachers conduct small group sessions to reinforce concepts taught during general education classes.

Our Special Education Department consists of a Special Education Director, School Social Worker, Speech and Language Therapist, Psychologist, seven Special Education teachers, and five Special Education Paraprofessionals. 

The Detroit Service Learning Academy determines theexistence of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) by using a four part process, identifying a Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW) called the Aptitude Achievement Consistency Model which is based on the Cattell Horn-Carroll Theory (CHC). A more detailed approach to this model can be accessed through the Wayne County RESA website.