Detroit Public Schools has launched its spring Open Enrollment period, extending now through May 20. To showcase individualized programs and school offerings to parents and students, the district will host a new series of Open Enrollment events April 28-May 3. (See the full schedule of events below.)
The event series will kick-off with “Spend a Day in K,” a Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition Week April 28-May 1, where every DPS elementary school will have their Pre-Kindergarten students engaged in daily transition activities with kindergarten classrooms.
On Saturday, May 3, DPS will host four open enrollment fairs geared toward specific audiences, including a Specialized Services Fair to showcase district programs for students with special needs, a Cinco de Mayo Outdoor Enrollment Fair for students in Southwest Detroit, the annual K-8 All-Schools Open House, and the district’s second High School & Career Academy Fair showcasing all DPS high schools in one location for incoming ninth-graders to peruse.
“We are excited about the great things happening at DPS and our Open Enrollment period for current students. As I’ve stated before, we’re doing things differently to showcase our wonderful schools and programs to parents,” said Jack Martin, DPS Emergency Manager. “Through our recent customer service surveys, parents said they want to know more about specialized services programs. We decided to host an event at Jerry L. White Center, one of our premier special education centers, to show parents we’re listening. And we want them to see first-hand the environment where their children will be educated.”
The Open Enrollment event series is part of DPS’ five-year Strategic Plan to change the course of the district’s enrollment trajectory so that more current students will be retained, and more students not already in DPS will enroll. The events also fall under the district’s new year-round marketing strategy and seek to build on the positive momentum gained from the successful Winter Retain and Gain Campaign and the Summer Enrollment Campaign. Both campaigns stemmed traditional enrollment losses and helped schools to gain market share.
“We know that the more stable our enrollment is, the better our chances to maintain the new programs we offer – such as Art and Music at all K-8 schools, our new Career Academy program and K-8 Sports Leagues – and add additional top-notch educational programs that serve our children and attract new customers,” Martin added.
Each school event will have specialized itineraries with representatives on-site to talk about the unique offerings in DPS. The high school fair will have a number of exciting elements, including details about specialty programs and career pathways, as well as scholarship information. It will also showcase details about the district’s new Career Academy, where high school students can earn a comprehensive high school diploma, associate’s degree through Henry Ford Community College, heavy machine operator certification and a paid internship through coursework in plumbing and pipefitting, HVAC, electricity, carpentry, masonry, horticulture and interior furnishings. This new program will begin in September 2014 and include a four-week summer “bridge” program in June at the restructured A. Philip Randolph Technical High School.
Open Enrollment Events
April 28-May 1
Pre-K to K transition Week: “Spend A Day in K”
Every DPS elementary school will have their Pre-Kindergarten students engaged in daily transition activities with Kindergarten classrooms. This will include reading circles, math lessons, lunch, etc. The itineraries have been coordinated by Early Childhood teachers. All schools are required to participate.
Thursday, May 1
“Get on the Bus to Kindergarten!”
Beard Pre-K students and their parents will travel to Roberto Clemente while Fleming Pre-K students and their parents will travel to Pulaski. They will take a tour of the kindergarten classrooms, meet the kindergarten teachers, learn about the curriculum, AND their parents will enroll them in kindergarten.
Friday, May 2 from 9 a.m.-Noon
Every school that houses Pre-K will host Pre-K enrollment events for parents and students, including Pre-K classroom tours and curriculum overviews by Pre-K teachers from 9 a.m. to noon.
Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
“Open Doors Day” Events
All elementary-middle schools will be open across the district during Open Doors Day, and all elementary schools will also host a Kindergarten Round-Up. All schools have developed their own creative itineraries to engage families with tours at each site. Free lunch will be provided by the Office of School Nutrition.
All high schools and CTCs will be represented at a city-wide High School Fair. Attendees can learn about all high schools, Career Tech Academies and scholarship opportunities in one location. Every school will have a booth and representatives on-site. Schools will showcase their great offerings with marketing paraphernalia and creatively decorated tables. High School Fair highlights include: Dr. Darrius from Radio One’s Hot 107.5 will be live on-site; A PlayStation 4 Giveaway, courtesy of ABC Warehouse; a $200 Target Gift Card Drawing; and Walmart Gift Card Drawings throughout the event. Free lunch will be provided by the Office of School Nutrition.
All schools in Southwest Detroit will be showcased in one location at the outdoor Cinco de Mayo Enrollment Fair in the Western International High School parking lot. This event will coincide with the weekend-long Cinco de Mayo celebration in Southwest Detroit. Every Southwest school, and other schools that choose to participate, will have a booth on-site to showcase their great offerings with marketing paraphernalia and creatively decorated tables. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, giveaways, on-site registration and more. A free Southwest-inspired lunch will be provided by the Office of School Nutrition.
All Specialized Services Departments and Special Education Centers will be showcased in one location for the first-ever Specialized Services Fair at Jerry L. White Center! Guests will enjoy student performances, gain information about exclusive special education programs and more. Free lunch will be provided by the Office of School Nutrition.
For more details, visit detroitk12.org/enroll or call 313-240-4DPS (4377).