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About This School

Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies is a public middle school in Detroit. The principal of Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies is Mr. Todd Losie, whose e-mail is todd.losie@detroitk12.org. 677 children attend Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 69% of the 677 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies is 20:1. Old Redford Academy - Middle is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Japanese
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 99% 88%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.9%
Hispanic 0.4% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 0.2% 3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1% %
Asian 0.1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69% 77%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    My daughter have attended this school since Kindergarten & she has the best teachers in the country. They pay very close attention to thee children individually and as a whole class. The principal is awesome as well as the Asst. Principal! I love this school & my baby will be here until she graduated 8th grade! FLICS is awesome!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have went to F.L.I.C.S for five years from Kindergarten until Fourth grade. This school gives all students good education. I was in the highlight language Japanese because it is my couture. Japanese is the most recommended language in this school. I loved this school and my grades stayed with straight A's. This will be a good school for your child I myself recommend this school to parents around the district looking for a school for your child/children. It's a good school. It challenges students and increases G.P.A'S.I LOVED THIS SCHOOL! Sadly I had to leave it I was going to go to the school this year but I am going to John D. Pierce Middle School this year. Yet again I recommend this school to all parents looking for a school for your children. BEST SCHOOL EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Is a very good concept however my daughter grades have dropped dramatically this year. Her grades are so low that she is been expelled from the school due to her academic G.P.A. Which would be understandable if she just not able to keep up with the curriculum. However this is not the case. This is her 3rd year at FLICS and she enjoys learning Spanish. I feel that her grades have dropped due to lack of extra curricultives she has not had gym in two years and no type of elective this year. Students can not function/grow academically correctly without some kind of cool down. It's sad that my daughter have to leave FLICS for something she neither had control over or understanding. In hope they get their act together because for the most part the teachers are great and being bilingual is a huge advantage.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children that attend FLICS. I am very satisfied with this school. I was plesantly surprised from day 1. Judging from my eldest daughters 1st DPS school I was so ready to abandon DPS however FLICS is great. The parent involment is awesome and I feel this is what keeps its standards up. I have one daughter in 3rd grade speaking french. My other daughter is in kinderdgarden and learning Chinese. Huge thumbs up for FLICS! More importantly to the overwhelming positive parent involvment! This school seems to be better than any charter & most private schools

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is in the second grade and has been at FLICS since last year. The school is ok as far as academics but she had no gym class at all last year and only goes to gym twice a week now. I dont like the fact that the middle school children come in and exit out the same door. This year they installed a metal detector for 6th grade and up . I as a parent must walk thru it as well. Last straw . I do love the fact that you can drop your child off as early as 7 30 am for working and school bound parents this is great . They also have latch key. However the parking for pick up is an absolute mess.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the first year that I have considered sending my daughter to an another school. She has attended FLICS since kindergarten. I love the fact that the students are immersed in a second culture and language but I am saddened by the lack of organization and lack of ability for some teachers to control their classroom. This is especially noted once my child entered middle school. My daughter loves the language and skill she has acquired by attending FLICS but acheivement in her primary language skills (reading writing and science) are below average. Like all Detroit Public Schools teachers are not guarranteed for the following year. This is a hinderance to teacher student learning. I wonder if this school would be more effective if it were a Charter School? I do commend the principal for trying to improve communication between the school and parents!

  • (2 years ago)

    Filcs prepared me for things I never could get out in the real world with the foreign The Japanese language was one off the best structured languages and at the end you see that flics is more than a school I t's a family.I am porud to say I'm a firebird!

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is a graduate of FLICS having spent K-8 at that school. She excelled in the environment and many of her classmates as well have done excellent. Her exposure to Spanish early has lead it to a mastery of it...as she is now in high school (Cass Tech) has skipped a year of the language and will be in AP Spanish in the fall. While doing well in the language consistently She has maintained high marks in all other subjects including math and science as her FLICS teach really inspired her at the middle school level. Her class mates also populate the top high schools- Renaissance Cass and several private High Schools as well as public high schools in high performing suburban districts. I cannot say enough about the staff and parents there at FLICS. To any one considering it ask yourself what the world will be like in 30 years and how valuable a second langugae will be to your child's adult life.....

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter started Kindergarden this month. While the first day was hectic as far as organization I am pleased with everything else so far. She is in Chinese and Ms. Yang is her teacher. I like that she focuses on comprehension of what is being learned rather than just memorization. My daughter counts to 10 in chinese with ease and is teaching my husband and I as she learns new things. I am hopeful that she will continue to progress and thrive.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great concept terrible execution of the concept I am sad to say that my child will no longer be in attendance.

  • (3 years ago)

    First off; my two little one's was in a school of very low performance. From k-2 in that school they were sold A students and it looked as if they were where they should be compared to the other kids; they were head of they class and doing what I thought a second grader should do. Well fast forwarding; I had the opportunity to send them to FLICS the first two report cards went from sold A to Sold C-B students; behind a whole grade in FLICS standards; now they comprehend ten times better when they read; and the math is much further in complexity than at the other school.I have them in the 3rd grade French class and the teacher Madame Markaj is wonderful!They love school again and is getting back to making A's again and now I know they really earned them this time.I Was thinking about Chrysler elementary and Bates Academy but I consider myself lucky to have my kids in FLICS.One word of advice for you parents out there...This school is a sleeper don't rate 10 but this school is a 10!Your child after this school will be accepted at an top high school and will have a great chance for a college scholarship.Thank you hoped this helped in your choice.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our daughter is in the second grade Spanish class. Senora Barriera has restored her exuberance for attending school. She looks forward to attending class and she is excited and happy to be in her classroom. She had begun to exclaim that she did not want to attend school while at Bates Academy which was very unusual for her. We are far more impressed with an educational environment that promotes a healthy desire for learning than to be involved with an institution solely on its reputation. We are pleased with Senora Barriera's approach and feel comfortable with our child being in her care. As we are very protective of our daughter this praise is well earned. We are looking forward to the rest of the school year. Senora Barriera is a fine example of what a DPS educator should represent.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a Principal in an affluent suburban school district but a resident of Detroit and I proudly send my daughter to FLICS. I cannot wait for my younger son to begin attending the school next year. The students are immersed in the cultures and language of their choice (Spanish French Chinese and Japanese). My daughter is in the Spanish program and people are generally astounded by how well she speaks comprehends reads and writes Spanish. We have a very active parent group and my daughter loves her school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student at FLICs. It is an okay school. I am very irritated by one particular teacher that I will not name. She makes us perform in the Spanish festival when we don't want to. Her voice is annoying. She yells a lot.

  • (4 years ago)

    Immersion in diverse language and culture should be required in all schools.

  • (4 years ago)

    Im a student at flics right now and its my last year and i think my school is wonderful with the exception of one teacher but they're trying their best so its okay.

  • (4 years ago)

    Beginning in kindergarten students are immersed in their chosen target language of French Spanish Japanese or Chinese. My daugher who majored in French continued with French and Spanish in highschool and her fisrt year of college where among other things she is tutoring other students in French.

  • (5 years ago)

    this is one of the best school i ever been this is my last year iam going to miss it there

  • (5 years ago)

    F.L.I.C.S is a great school for kids who have an open mind about learning. Because if know that your child does not listen or has innapropriate behavor this school is not for you. But when my daughter's friends leave the school she has to understand that they probably didn't get the language or didn't study. You have to be willing to learn anything and open their mind and can't act stubborn. This is my daughter's 8th year she has been there since kindergarten and takes Japanese and loves it and so do I. Her G.P.A is higher than a 3.5 and is looking forward for a great future for her. This is an exellent school with great teachers who share their international culture and language and their English language Arts and Mathematic teachers are great also. I highly reccomend this school to bright open- minded parents and children.

  • (5 years ago)

    The philosophy at FLICS is an excellent one but with all Detrot Publics schools I would advise parents to get involved and seek out resources at home to continue their learning. Make an effort to change the things that you feel should be different. Instead on complaining about staff or teachers abilities as a parent volunteer and provide your service where you see areas of lack. Attend the L.S.C.O. meetings with an open mind and the Board meetings to express your ideals or concerns. You make a different! You meet the challenge! Do your homework as a parent and research for the answers that they need. Provide some resources to help educate your child(ren). Remember it takes a village to raise a child that's real talk...become a part of the solution and not the problem!

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