“It is an honor to be part of the PEC and Distinctive Schools’ family. I’m excited to work side-by-side with the PEC staff, board, students, and families to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education. PEC will offer unparalleled services for our students and families academically, socially, and emotionally.” –Mrs. Schranda Battle
We look forward to welcoming Mrs. Battle to the PEC family, and cannot wait for you to meet her! We hope to see you on the 13th! We are set to have an incredible school year next year with all of you!
–Scott Frauenheim, CEO of Distinctive Schools
In partnership with the PEC Board of Directors
The Plymouth Educational Center (PEC) Governing Board is thrilled to name Distinctive Schools as the Charter Management Organization (CMO) for PEC. Distinctive Schools is a 501(c3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the work of charter schools. Distinctive Schools provides intensive supports that accelerate achievement, performance, and college-preparedness. Through their innovative personalized learning model, coupled with dedicated social-emotional learning coaching and development, Distinctive Schools has a proven record of highly successful schools in both Metro-Detroit and Chicago.
"The Plymouth Educational Center (PEC) Governing Board reviewed a number of Charter Operators. After a rigorous interview process, we are excited to share that Distinctive Schools was selected as the CMO for PEC," stated Darwyn Fair, President of the PEC Governing Board. "We are confident that Distinctive Schools is the best choice for our PEC students, and look forward to a strong partnership and successful future for our school community."
Under the leadership of The PEC Governing Board, in partnership with Distinctive Schools, Central Michigan University plans to present a reauthorization plan for PEC with their board of trustees. Since 1995, Plymouth Educational Center has been a pillar of the community, developing rich traditions and a legacy that will continue to support students and families long into the future. The board, in partnership with CMU, has worked to ensure the longtime legacy of PEC continues through reauthorization and the new partnership with a full-service charter management organization.
“This is an exciting opportunity as we look to the future of PEC, and positively impacting families in Detroit, Michigan, into the future,” said Scott Frauenheim, Chief Executive Officer of Distinctive Schools. “We are committed to closing the opportunity gap by providing access to rich personalized learning experiences for students and families.”
Distinctive Schools is proud to announce that Mrs. Schranda Battle has been selected as the school principal for the campus. Battle is a graduate of Wayne State University and Detroit Public Schools. Her school restart work has a proven track record of improved culture, climate, and increased academic gains. She has served as an English teacher, Special Education teacher, Special Education Director and School Principal over the course of 19 years in education.
“It is an honor to be part of the PEC and Distinctive Schools’ family,” stated Battle. “I’m excited to work side-by-side with the PEC staff, board, students, and families to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education. PEC will offer unparalleled services for our students and families academically, socially, and emotionally.”
PEC will serve students in K-8 for the 2019-20 school year and is currently accepting applications. Visit www.PlymouthEd.org for more information about enrollment. PEC is the third Distinctive Schools managed campus in the metro-Detroit area, Distinctive College Prep – Harper Woods opened in Fall of 2017 and Distinctive College Prep – Redford opened in Fall of 2018. All three campuses are free, not for profit, charter schools.
For more information on employment opportunities or how to enroll your child at Plymouth Educational Center, visit http://www.PlymouthEd.org.
About Distinctive Schools
Distinctive Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the work of charter schools. The team includes passionate educators and determined leaders who innovate, trailblaze and collaboratively lead a public education transformation, as well as ensure that each and every one of Distinctive Schools students thrive in college, career, and life. To learn more, please visit http://distinctiveschools.org/.
Dear Plymouth Educational Center Families,
It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of the school year! We are excited about the future of PEC, and look forward to collaborating with you in the coming weeks! As you may know, PEC has been notified of re-authorization into the future with our authorizer, Central Michigan University. Distinctive Schools is honored to have been selected as the new full service Charter Management Organization (CMO) for PEC, and will be on campus frequently in the coming weeks. We are excited to celebrate the history, culture and traditions of PEC and to bring new and exciting change to the school as we begin to work together.
This has been an incredible year for our students, staff, and families. Distinctive Schools is committed to ensuring a strong finish to the school year and we are actively planning for next school year. We are excited for a great 2019-2020 school year, focused on academic excellence for all, a strong social-emotional learning environment and providing the best place to teach and learn for students in teachers in all of Detroit. We can’t wait to kick-off the first day of school, September 3, 2019! To that end, we want to share several changes to our school calendar for next year.
Overview of 2019-2020 Calendar
These changes consider multiple perspectives from students, teachers and families. Wednesday early release days will allow for all campuses in our network to spend time collaborating. All calendar decisions were also made with careful consideration by the Distinctive Schools network team, and PEC School Leadership. We appreciate all of the parent feedback and we are grateful for the support from all of our families.
We thank you for your continued partnership.
–Scott Frauenheim, CEO, Distinctive Schools
Dear PEC Families –
We are excited about the future of PEC, and look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks! Distinctive Schools is honored to have been selected as the new full service Charter Management Organization (CMO) for PEC, and will be on campus frequently in the coming weeks.
Distinctive Schools is a non profit educational practice leader, recognized for our personalized learning model. Our mission is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism. We build our work on a foundation of joy and kindness, empowering students, families, and staff to contribute to our mission in a meaningful way. Distinctive Schools will be the employer of the wonderful PEC staff and will be held accountable by the PEC board for all day to day operations, strategy, academic oversight, and management.
The first opportunity to meet members of the Distinctive Schools team is Monday, May 13, at 5:00pm! Please join us for a Town Hall Meeting. We can’t wait to hear from you, share information about Distinctive Schools, and enjoy conversation and a light dinner together. We are working closely with the PEC staff to begin designing and planning for next year and we know your feedback will help guide us to continued excellence.
We are eager to build upon the culture and traditions at PEC to continue promoting excellence, innovation and joy for our PEC students. The re-enrollment form can be found here, if you haven’t already responded, please send it in! We are thrilled to welcome back all of our PEC current Kindergarten through rising 8th grade students and any new students joining our community for the 2019-2020 school year. If you know of someone looking to apply to PEC, please share this link to invite them to apply.
To learn more about Distinctive Schools, please visit our website!
–Scott Frauenheim, CEO, Distinctive Schools