Detroit Leadership Academy High School serves students in 9th-12th grade from Brightmoor and Cody Rouge. In conjunction with local partners, the long term vision of the school is to serve as both a school and community support to both students and their families. A community school, closer in proximity to many families than that of the local school district, provides families with a greater chance of consistent attendance and therefore achievement for students.
Detroit Leadership Academy's academic program is rooted in building positive and culturally responsive relationships. DLA believes in integrating positive youth development strategies into all aspects of DLA's culture to impact student achievement and build ownership. Effective youth development calls for a redundancy of opportunities and supports for every student, every year. This means more than a variety of random opportunities but rather the intentional efforts to ensure that all students have multiple “touch points” over time and multiple opportunities to practice and demonstrate learning.