• Transportation and Afterschool
    Programs for Detroit Students


    Transportation and Afterschool Programs for Detroit Students



As of Friday, March 13, 2020, GOAL Line transportation and afterschool programming was suspended for the remainder of the school year to ensure the safety and well-being of students, families, and staff. 

Please visit www.covid313.org for information and resources to help you navigate through this challenging time.  

Community Education Commission (CEC) and GOAL Line are identifying ways to support families and staff during this uncertain time. Updates and resources will be shared on our websites and directly via email and text.

Click below for a statement from the CEC Board Chair and Executive Director and recommendations for keeping yourself and one another safe and healthy.

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What is GOAL Line?

The GOAL Line is an unprecedented partnership between the Community Education Commission, charter schools, Detroit Public Schools Community District, teachers, parents, and city leaders to improve education opportunity for Detroit students.

Since 2018, GOAL Line offered high-quality afterschool programming and bus transportation to students that attend 14 partner schools. For the 2019-20 school year, GOAL Line has partnered with 14 K-8 schools in Northwest Detroit, including DPSCD and charter schools.

Learn more about how GOAL Line works

How does GOAL Line Work?


GOAL Line offers high-quality enrichment programming at the Northwest Activities Center for K-8 students attending its partner schools. 

 The GOAL Line bus picks up students from their school and brings them to the afterschool program, where they participate in activities like swimming, gymnastics, coding, art, music and more.


Students can also ride the GOAL Line bus to get to and from school in the mornings, afternoon and evening. 

Students get on the bus loop at the GOAL Line stop closest to their home and ride to the participating school of their choice. At the end of the day, they can ride the GOAL Line bus from school back to the stop closest to their home.

GOAL Line is keeping families in Detroit.

73% of parents surveyed said they kept their student in a Detroit school, or enrolled their student in a Detroit school, because of GOAL Line.
​Fall 2019 Parent Survey
What do the students say?

One of the major outcomes of successful afterschool programming is student social emotional growth. GOAL Line is committed to providing a space where students feel included and safe. To make sure we are on-track, we commit to quarterly surveys that allow us to adjust to feedback in real time. The below results are from the first session of Fall 2019.

of kindergarten-2nd graders said
they feel safe 
while at GOAL Line.

of all students said
there is an adult at GOAL Line 
that cares about them.

of 3rd-8th graders said
they learned something new in their enrichment class.

of kindergarten-2nd graders said they
​made new friends 

at GOAL Line.

Safe, engaging afterschool programs

The GOAL Line transports students to the Northwest Activities Center for continued enrichment during after-school hours. 

Research shows that exceptional after-school programs have positive effects on children’s social-emotional and mental development, as well as being associated with better grades and decreases in problematic behavior.

Trained counselors, teachers and security officers are all on site and fully engaged. 

Are you a provider? Become a GOAL Line partner

Afterschool programs help improve grades and behavior.

Our flexible and reliable programs fit your family needs.

Safe and fun environments allow students to develop new skills.

Fall 2019 Opening Day at GOAL Line Afterschool

Partner Spotlight: Just Speaks

3rd - 5th grade GOAL Line students participated in "Just Speak" this Fall,  a program that was locally recognized for it's innovative resiliency curriculum

See the full feature on CBS Detroit

Choose a Detroit School that Works for You

The GOAL Line connects Detroit families with 14 quality DPSCD and Charter Schools in Northwest Detroit. Students enrolled at any one of the participating schools will be eligible for GOAL Line transportation and after-school programming. 

DPSCD Partners

  • Bagley Elementary
  • Coleman A. Young Elementary
  • Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies (FLICS)
  • John R. King  Academy
  • Palmer Park Preparatory Academy
  • Pasteur Elementary School
  • Schulze Academy for Technology and Arts
  • Vernor Elementary School

Charter School Partners

  • Cornerstone Andrew-Young Academy
  • Cornerstone Lincoln-King Academy
  • Detroit Achievement Academy (DAA)
  • MacDowell Preparatory Academy
  • Rutherford Winans Academy
  • University YES

Why is this work important?

Learn more about our impact

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Northwest Activities Center

Upper Level

18100 Meyers Road

Detroit, MI 48235


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GOAL Line transportation and afterschool programming is made possible by our community of youth advocates.