Proclaiming a “revolution of love” and vowing a Detroit comeback, Madonna spent time with students at a local charter school during a quiet homecoming visit today.

Details are elusive, but the Michigan-bred pop star posted a pair of photos this afternoon on her Instagram page marking her trip to Detroit Achievement Academy.

“Discussing Michael Jackson vs. Pharrell Williams!” reads the text accompanying a shot of Madonna crouched on a colorful mat, talking with several young students. “Watch out! Detroit is coming back !!!!!”

Detroit Achievement Academy, founded by organic-apparel entrepreneur Kyle Smitley, opened last fall in the Rosedale Park and Grantmont neighborhoods on the city’s northwest side. The school has drawn national attention for its aim to provide a free, “world-class education.”


The academy, funded by private donations, caters to kindergarteners and first graders.

“Sharing stories with kids at the Detroit Achievement Academy!” reads the caption on the second Madonna photo. “Very impressed by Kyle Smitley and her team doing what they can to bring education back to the Motor City!”

“Today was … iconic,” the academy posted on its Facebook page this afternoon. “We are all so smitten over Madonna’s visit.”

School founder Kyle Smitley declined to share more information about Madonna’s visit, but said the pop star’s camp was likely to release details.

The Free Press has reached out to Madonna’s publicity team for comment.

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