See Photos: ‘DPS Open Doors Day’ attracts hundreds of families

On Saturday, April 27, more than 90 DPS schools opened their doors, allowing parents to see schools firsthand; meet principals, staff and parent leaders; take tours; sample healthy nutritional food in the school cafeterias for free; and see in action DPS’ plans to create Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools throughout the city.

The ‘DPS Open Doors Day’ was held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. as part of the Open Enrollment Period, which runs through May 10.

Some activities included classroom visits, instructional technology/lab demonstrations, presentations by teachers, student performances and business/community partner information. Some schools also featured choirs, step and cheer teams, puppet shows, mini band concerts, Michigan Tech Science Experiment Stations and more!

Additional unique ‘DPS Open Doors Day’ offerings included:

  • Dedication of a new Alumni/Parent Room with Gloria Bettis, Bettis Foundation; tours of the new $21.8 million Mackenzie PreK to 8 School, which opened in fall 2012
  • Hard-hat tour of the new Diann Banks-Williamson Educational Center, a $6.67 million addition to replace the old Kettering West Wing facility for Special Education that will open adjacent to the new East English Village Preparatory Academy
  • Schools of the 21st Century “Dinner Theater” mini-production from West Side Story & Indian Tribal dances at Harms Elementary School with DPS’ healthy food offerings and fancy dinnerware glasses filled with milk
  • Exotic Zoo-an interactive petting zoo presentation at East English Village Preparatory Academy showcasing science offerings; dance performances, school tours of the new $46.3 million school building that opened this fall
  • Hoop House tour at Drew Transition Center, a unique post-secondary vocational center for Moderate and Severely Cognitively Impaired, Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired, Physically Impaired, Otherwise Health Impaired, and students with Autism; Students plant and harvest vegetables that are incorporated into their school meals as part of DPS’ healthy eating and fresh foods initiatives
  • Free flights across the city by Davis Aerospace staff
  • Showcase of the district’s 17 new or significantly renovated schools as part of the 2009 bond issue
  • Free shuttle buses available from seven Parent Resource Center hubs; the four-hour time block, as well as the shuttle bus service, allowed families to visit several schools in one day
  • Free samples of DPS’ healthy lunches, free refreshments and other giveaways
  • Mobile Dentist at Ludington Magnet Middle School
  • Dance and music performances by students from the renowned Detroit School of Arts
  • Preschool Showcase at Marcus Garvey Academy and Charles Wright Academy
  • Free workshops by The Home Depot at the Osborn Parent Resource Center
  • Autistic Team offering information and support opportunities for students with disabilities at Earhart Elementary-Middle School
  •  And much more!

Individual schools that are open for enrollment through May 10 include 12 neighborhood schools showcased by Excellent Schools Detroit as among the best in the city, as well as new schools and college preparatory programs with curriculums focusing on science, medicine and performing arts. DPS also offers multilingual education programs, Public School League scholar-athlete programs and Parent Resource Centers.

For enrollment information, call (313) 240-4377 or visit

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