Award Year: 2016

Dodson Elementary School

205 North Beck Road
Canton, MI, 48187-4808

(734) 981-8003

Dr. April L. Quasarano, Principal at time of Nomination

Plymouth Canton Community Schools

School Website


Dodson Elementary School is a place where we embrace diversity, as we strive to become productive, responsible citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 65%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Two or more races: 8%
  • ELL: 20%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Dodson students problem-solving with interactive technology.

Dodson students problem-solving with interactive technology.

Learning Today...Leading Tomorrow is not only Dodson Elementary School's motto, it is a reflection of our beliefs, embraced by the students, staff, and community members. Dodson is located in Canton, a suburb nestled between Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. The community we serve is diverse, consisting of students from multiple cultures speaking many different languages. At Dodson we embrace diversity, and we strive to become productive, responsible citizens. We are a peace loving, nurturing, highly intelligent community. Dodson is staffed by outstanding teachers, who possess advanced degrees, complemented by many years of teaching experience. Teachers and support staff practice the most cutting edge research-based instructional techniques. Students are fortified with a rigorous curriculum, which places emphasis on attaining basic skills and applying those skills to problem solving situations. Our students are equipped with one-to-one devices, which enhance the growth learning mindset. We are proud of our excellent standardized state test scores, which rank us in the top 5% of high achieving schools in the entire state of Michigan.

At Dodson, we believe in shaping the character of our students. We offer daily learning opportunities on character development, including monthly themes built around such fundamental pillars as, respect, honesty, empathy and caring. We are fully committed toward raising every student to become upstanding citizens, who contribute toward a better world. With our dedicated teachers and staff, we look forward to raising the bar of excellence, which we established when we opened our doors to the Canton community in 2001.