For the 2019-2020 school year, the Detroit College Challenge runs from October 28th to April 3rd. High schools will earn $1 for every point on the leaderboard, up to 1,000 points or $1,000. Also, the top school who has the highest FAFSA increase rate from the previous year will earn an additional $1,000 grant. Schools earn points by students completing  The Detroit College Challenge Badge , FAFSA completion, and staying engaged on the Detroit Portal. The rewards store gives away gift cards and prizes to counselors & students.  

 We partnered with Get Schooled to launch a one stop digital platform for students in Detroit with the most up to date resources students need to pursue a post-secondary education. The college readiness tool is administered through Get Schooled Detroit, because of their interactive platform. 


Get Schooled, in partnership with DCAN and funded by General Motors, have teamed up to deliver a range of support including text hotline to get help with college essays and ask questions about applications,  digital content and school-wide programming to create a social college-going culture online. Get Schooled engages students to learn about college while earning prizes for their level of activity.


Get Schooled was founded in 2010 through a partnership with Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In launching, they’ve posted more than 10 million visits and have built a community of approximately a million young people attending up to 11,000 middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout the United States. 


The 2018-2019 engagement in Detroit was the following: 

  • Over 12,400 students registered on the Get Schooled Detroit platform

  • 4275 badges were completed. Badges are a tool that the platform uses to share content pertaining to a specific topic that students might be interested in

  • 62,000 text exchanges between students and the platforms text line. This text line allows students to ask questions pertaining to: preparing, paying, applying, and  succeeding in college.

Detroit College Challenge

 In 2019-20, 24 high schools have signed up:

Ben Carson High School

Cass Technical High School

Cesar Chavez High School

Cody High School

Communication and Media Arts

Cornerstone Health+ Technology

Davis Aerospace High School

Detroit School of Arts

Frontier International Academy

Golightly Career and Technical Center

Hazel Park High School

Henry Ford High School

Hope of Detroit Academy

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

John J Pershing High School

Martin Luther King Jr/Sr High School

Mumford High School

Osborn High School

Renaissance High School

Romulus High School

Summit Academy North 

University Prep Art & Design 

Voyageur College Preparatory

Western International High School

Detroit College Access Network

1 Woodward Ave, Suite 1900, Detroit, MI 48226

info@detroitcan.org  |  Tel: 313-600-1827

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