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Holly Henley

The elementary school choir's cover of Pharrell williams song "Happy" was so good that I had to watch and listen twice.  These are some remarkably talented young performers especially given their young ages. It is wonderful to see an institution that values music education given the ever increasing emphasis on core subjects.  Keep up the great work!


Patsy Walsh

I am sure you have received millions of comments relating to your children's choir singing 'Happy'.  I would like to say that I am an old lady living in Florida, and I cry every time I hear them singing. The words, the music, the children are one of the most beautiful things in my life, and I share it often. Thank you for what you have given the world. Thank you. God Bless the school and your city.


Jo-Grace Waite

Dear All at DAAS,

the Ellen Degeneres episode with Pharrell Williams and the Amazingly talented Choir from DAAS has just aired in New Zealand.
I have been sitting here with tears streaming down my face!What is it about Detroit?
In the early seventies I discovered my lifelong hero Sixto Rodriguez - (also from the city of Detroit) and today I have just discovered  a whole bunch of awe-inspiring Heros!!!


Ben Jones

Just saw and SO enjoyed you guys video!!! Just marvelous and that's from an ol 55 year old country boy who loves young talent. you are ALL beautiful and keep it up so the wife and I can watch you on T.V. soon as I'm sure we will. Keep smiling everyday!!!!!! Going to play it again now.


Sara Ferris

Dear Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences,
    I just listened to your marvelous singing on the Huffington Post.
Your talent, your spirit, your happy voices lifted me up and touched my heart.  I am a semi-retired school teacher, and have heard many choirs over the years, but yours was special, really exceptional!
    There is so much bad news in the world, and your singing reminded me to always look for joy in life.  You brightened my life and that of my friends.  Keep singing, you have a great gift! Bless you and thank you!   Sara Ferris


Tamara Rogers

I just saw the Choir sing Happy on You Tube.  I wanted to commend you for what you are doing in the lives of these young minds.  It was so great to see the positive things that you are doing in your community.

Thanks for sharing,


To All Concerned

To all concerned,
 My heart was lifted at seeing the young people perform. Our future is so important right now.
 I can only offer my prayers in support of your efforts. May God Richly Bless you!


From South Carolina!

Hey from South Carolina!
I am a teacher in Clemson, SC at Edwards Middle School.  Our seventh
graders just finished two days of state testing in writing proficiency,  and
we were so HAPPY to be through!  I played your HAPPY video to all 130
of my students during the day.  We were all smiling  and clapping  and


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Several Assessments are mandated to monitor student success and to guide instructional efforts.  As a public school academy in the State of Michigan, DAAS is required to administer certain standardized assessments to evaluate school and individual student achievement.

In the Elementary & Middle School Academies, the MEAP (Michigan Educational Assessment Program) is administered in the Fall to third through eighth grade students.  

Also in the Middle School, College Readiness Exams such as, the ACT's EXPLORE are given annually to students in grades eight through tenth.  The data from the EXPLORE is used to plan a student's high school course path and to help students begin thinking about college and work.

In addition to these state mandated assessments, DAAS administers the Scantron Performance Series Test Assessment to second through eighth grade students to collect norm-referenced data.

Also, students take classroom tests to evaluate their progress on a regular basis.  These tests are administered by the classroom teacher and are designed to give individualized feedback that will assist in developing the student's educational plan and in identifying the student's strengths and weaknesses.

You will be notified well in advance of their administration.