Detroit Public Schools Open Enrollment begins July 6

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Detroit Public Schools parents will be given the opportunity to enroll their children in almost any DPS school they choose – regardless of geographical boundary — under the Open Enrollment Initiative that begins Tuesday July 6.

DPS is already an open enrollment district, but this formal initiative is unprecedented and will be parents’ only window of opportunity to change their children’s school assignments.

“The Open Enrollment Initiative is critical because it will help create an orderly academic environment from Day One when the new school year begins this fall,” said Karen Ridgeway, executive director of the Detroit Public Schools Office of Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability. “We will be able to generate student schedules sooner so valuable instructional time won’t be wasted.”

Letters containing information and a questionnaire are being sent to all district parents today and a marketing campaign aimed at getting all students re-enrolled will be launched on Tuesday, ahead of an August general campaign to boost enrollment. Parents are expected to fill out one questionnaire for each child and will be allowed to select first, second and third choice schools.

The Open Enrollment Initiative does not apply to examination high schools or application schools, which have separate enrollment processes, but it will allow parents to select the school they think best suits their child’s needs. To help guide the decision, a new edition of the Detroit Public Schools Guide 2010-2011 will be available at enrollment service centers.

There will be three enrollment periods, with priority dates given to students whose schools are closing. Those students will be assigned to a school based on their address, but they may choose another school. The enrollment periods are as follows:

Students whose schools are closing: July 6-16
Students whose schools are not closing: July 16-23
Students who need special education services: July 6-Aug. 31

Enrollment will take place Mondays through Fridays at nine service centers throughout the city. They are:

DPS Welcome Center, 3031 W. Grand Blvd., (313) 873-9974, 8:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m.
Harris Building, 3700 Pulford, (313) 866-3775, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breithaupt Career & Technical Center,9300 Hubbell, (313)-866-9550, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Central High School, 2425 Tuxedo, (313) 852-6995,7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cody High School, Room 112, 18445 Cathedral, (313) 866-9497, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Brenda Scott School, 18400 Hoover, (313) 866-6268, 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Duffield Elementary, 2715 Macomb, (313) 494-8350,8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Priest Elementary School, 7840 Wagner, (313) 216-5675,7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Charles Wright Academy, 19299 Berg Road, (313) 538-3024, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Students may enroll in their school of choice as long as the school has not reached capacity for their particular grade. Enrollment preference will be given to students who live within the boundary of a school, and those students will be provided transportation if they meet the district’s criteria. Students who choose to attend schools outside their boundaries will not receive transportation

As part of the initiative, all Detroit Public Schools families:

  • Will receive a letter that confirms the selection for each student in the family and informs them of the school in which each child is expected to attend this fall. Students must attend the assigned school on the first day of school. Transfer requests will not be honored during the first weeks of school.
  • Are expected to have all students to report to school and attend all classes the first day of school, Tuesday, September 7, 2010.
  • Attendance agents will be sent to the homes of students who did not report to class the first day of school. Parents will be required to re-enroll all students who did not attend school on the first day.

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